Here’s a look at some local news:

Yesterday, area voters were permitted to cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the County Clerk’s office during regular business hours. Residents may request an absentee ballot application by mail, telephone, online at, or in person at the clerk’s office. Ballots must be returned to the County Clerk’s office or Voting Convenience Center before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 5th, to be counted.

In a news release issued by the Interagency Fire Prevention Group, land managers are reminding the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors. Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. The following  suggestions are meant to help not only hunters but to all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying to avoid sparking a wildfire: refrain from building campfires during windy or dry conditions; Never leave a campfire unattended and be sure to completely extinguish campfires with soil and water until cool to the touch before leaving; keep a shovel, extra water, and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, at your camp and when target shooting; when cutting firewood, take the time to make sure your chain saw is properly maintained, sparks may fly and ignite a wildfire if the spark arrestor is not functioning properly or the tip of the bar comes in contact with a rock; when shooting or sighting in your gun, place your target in an area free of flammable vegetation and avoid rocky outcroppings; and avoid parking on dry brush or grass; your exhaust system can ignite the vegetation.

The Silver City Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association in promoting the year’s fire prevention week campaign. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape – Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The Silver City Fire Department is inviting the community to tour their stations this week and are encouraged to call Deputy Chief Kyle Marshall to arrange for a tour visit. This Saturday, Silver City and other fire departments will be in the Del Taco parking area from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. to celebrate fire prevention week. There will be free kid’s meals, fire prevention materials, and a visit by Sparky the Fire Dog.