Here’s a look at some local news:

Grant County has received a Community Development Block Grant of $750,000 to be used for ADA improvements at Bataan Park. According to the Grant County Beat, the funds made possible due to the hard work and collaboration from Charlene Webb, County Manager, and staff, along with Priscilla Lucero Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Executive Director and her staff. The funds will help with making areas of the park including numerous picnic tables ADA complaint easily accessible to the disabled and the handicapped.

According to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health has reported the first laboratory confirmed cases of influenza (better known as flu) of the 2019-2020 season. All five cases are adults; three cases reside in Sandoval County, one in Santa Fe County, and there has been one fatal case in Bernalillo County where the 90-year-old patient died. The Department of Health recommends that everyone six months of age and older get flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in certain groups because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications, or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Some of those groups include: children under 5 and especially children younger than 2 years old; pregnant women; people ages 65 and older; people with chronic illnesses and those who are immunocompromised; people in nursing facilities; people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than six months; American Indians and Alaskan Natives; and people who are morbidly obese.

Silver City Animal Control and Grant County Animal Control is requesting assistance from the general public regarding growing reports of animal dumping. According to a release, over the past six weeks, there has been a growing number of reports from people observing drivers dumping animals at Penny Park, Old Mill Rd and in Fierro Canyon. Animal Control Officers are asking anyone observing an animal being dumped to not engage the pet owners. You can call city animal control at 575-388-8840 or county animal control at 575-538-9261 to file a report.