Here’s a look at some local news:

According to a release from the U.S Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, the BLM is selling fuelwood permits for personal use to the public.  Due to the recent court ruling, the US Forest Service is unable to sell fuelwood permits, so demand for fuel wood from BLM land has increased.  In almost all field offices, BLM fuelwood permits are valid for cutting only dead (down or standing) piñon and juniper (cedar).  Cutting green trees or other trees not allowed by permit is strictly prohibited.  Minimum and maximum cords for purchase vary by field office and fuelwood permits cost $10 – $12 per cord and are available in person at select locations or online. For more information, visit blm dot gov slash maps or call 575-835-0223.

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner joined Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert and Deputy Chief for Fire Prevention, Kylle Marshall during the council meeting this week to declare October 6th through 12th as Fire Prevention Week. During the meeting, councilors approved a resolution allowing Silver City to take out a loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority in order to purchase two new fire trucks.

The Western New Mexico University Foundation recently awarded four scholarships, amounting to $20,000, to nursing students enrolled at WNMU for the 2019/2020 academic year. The scholarships were all made possible by the  Robert and Ione Martin Scholarship, the Frank and Bernice Parrish Scholarship, the Robert and Ione Martin State Match Scholarship and the Frank and Bernice Parrish State Match Scholarship in honor of Bob and Marie Martin’s parents, who deeply valued education. The recipients awarded were WNMU nursing students Savannah Parga, Adrianna Odogui, Damienantonio Whitlock, and Marian Allen. Recipients of the WNMU Foundation’s Martin family scholarships are selected annually through a competitive application process, and awardees are chosen based on their standout academic progress, dedication to the nursing profession and financial need, among other criteria. A committee made up of Martin family members, WNMU Foundation staff and WNMU nursing faculty collaborated in the selection process.