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honeybee rsHoneybeeAt the meeting of the Gila Native Plant Society on Friday, April 20, 2018, Dr. Manda Clair Jost will give a presentation entitled "Interactions between domesticated, feral, and native bees in the Southwest". As Dr. Jost explains her topic, "Old-world honeybees are here to stay. But even though there has been great concern about the status and stamina of European Apis and their africanized siblings, the effects these non-native bees have had on native bee and plant species is hotly debated and only partly understood. This presentation will review the status of domesticated, feral, and africanized Apis mellifera in New Mexico and Arizona, with special regard to the potential impacts these bees have had (and may continue to have) on our native bee and plant communities".

Mimbres, NM — The Wilderness District Ranger is pleased to announce that the Lincoln Canyon Timber Sale will be implemented beginning April 16. The sale location is T15S R12W, NE of Sec 14 & SE of Sec11 and 25 acres will be thinned. The boundary of the unit is painted with orange tracer paint and the trees to be cut are marked with blue tracer paint. Approximately 64 CCF of sawlog timber will be removed by the purchaser. The project is expected to be completed by December 13, 2018.

This project meets the objectives of the Gila National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan by providing timber to maintain and create jobs in the local communities and managing for diverse habitats. It also implements part of the Upper Mimbres Decision and will decrease overstocked stands, improve overall health of the stands, and improve wildlife habitat. Resource protection measures and Best Management Practices will be adhered to and implemented as required by the Upper Mimbres Decision Notice and the Gila National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

As of March 1, 2018, the State of New Mexico required that anyone preparing or serving food sold to the public, including volunteers with charitable organizations, must take costly courses and be certified. Rep. Rebecca Dow, Legislative District 38, announced that she worked hard to ensure volunteer groups would not be negatively affected by this regulation. The state has recently decided to exempt volunteer and charitable organizations from this regulation. Only paid food industry employees must take the training and test. So, nonprofit and charitable organizations may hold their bake sales and enchilada dinners without anyone having to be certified. This decision came down after many had already paid for and/or taken the training.

Deming: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Friday April 6, 2018:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction, Inc. (Contractor) will begin roadway rehabilitation at exit 85. The eastbound on/off ramps will be closed during construction. The westbound on/off ramp will remain open. Detours will be in place at exit 82A/B. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be Friday from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Reserve, NM – The Reserve Ranger District would like to remind visitors to always practice campfire safety. The district has responded to three abandoned campfires in the last week. One fire grew to be 15 acres before being suppressed. This time of year, the weather is often warm and windy and with the lack of winter moisture, unattended camp fires can easily escape. The forest has seen an increase in visitor use from shed hunters, and anticipate more visitors with turkey hunts starting this weekend. The Gila National Forest would like to remind visitors to always practice campfire safety.

Local residents are invited to downtown Silver City on Saturday, April 14, 2018, to enjoy a downtown promotion called Love Local. Downtown merchants are offering great deals, drawings, and discounts because they love our local community. The promotion is sponsored by Silver City MainStreet to encourage more local shopping.

Patrick Hoskins, MainStreet board president states, "We have 145 independently owned businesses in downtown including retail, coffee shops, restaurants, lodging and services. That is a big tax base that helps all of Silver City and Grant county. The businesses are owned by people who live in our community and are invested in our community's future.

The Silver City Rotary Club will be holding a yard sale on

Saturday, April 14th, starting at 8:00 a.m.

NM law changed as of March 1, 2018. Now there needs to be a certified food manager and other certified food servers present whenever food is sold, even for fundraisers or bake sales. The next training is for Food Servers and will be offered on May 4, 2018, at the Extension Office on Silver Street across from the pool. Trainees would need to sign up and pay the $40 by the April 27 deadline. Hopefully, others will sign up, so that there will be enough servers, when we next hold a fundraiser. See the attached announcement for details.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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