Local News Releases

These releases come from other sources than the Grant County Beat. This category will include events in and news releases from Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

joel crop img 3717The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is happy to introduce one of its newer member artists, Joel Armstrong. 

A recent transplant to Silver City since January of this year, Joel has focused his attention on the New Mexico landscape. When he says landscape, he refers to the small and intrinsic details that make up our surroundings. He has been creating small colored pencil drawings, which serve as a major contrast to the large wire installations that he has been creating for 20 years. He is also exhibiting wire drawings, silver wire, and rust based as a contrast to the colored pencil. His background was in illustration and design, as well as 15 years as a professor at John Brown University. 

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 21, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District is prepared and ready to implement the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project. The estimated project size is 9,400 acres on National Forest System lands, and an additional 600 acres of New Mexico State Trust Lands and private property inholdings. The plan is to burn Units 9, 10, 11, and 12 (see map attached). The district is closely monitoring onsite fuel conditions and forecasted weather. This project area includes portions of Mule, Bear and Kennedy Canyons located northeast of Beaverhead Work Center. Affected Forest Roads (FR) include FR 14, FR 520 and FR 955. New Mexico State Highway 59 and 163 may be impacted by smoke and fire personnel traffic to and from the project.

Silver City, NM, May 21, 2019—For Immediate Release. All Gila National Forest (Gila NF) offices and ranger stations will be closed on Monday, May 78. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, May 28.

Despite the office closure, fire personnel, law enforcement officers, and recreation staff will be on-duty on the Memorial Day holiday for the safety of visitors.

Volunteers are needed to place flags on grave sites at Fort Bayard National Cemetery starting at 8:00 am on Friday - May 24 and to be removed on Tuesday - May 28 at 8:00 am.

Tools needed: you will want to bring a hammer and implement to make pilot hole for flags.

The Grant County Copper Cowbelles are now taking scholarship applications for students pursuing jobs in trade professions. They will continue to offer scholarships for college degrees in agricultural fields but recognize the need to reach a broader field of applicants in rural areas by supporting those individuals that want careers such as welders, plumbers, electricians and lineman.

Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 school year. Applicants pursuing trade professions must be a graduate of a Grant County high school or in a dual enrollment program for their desired trade.

Coalition meeting Thursday May 23, 2019 at12:00 PM at Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS).

HMS Conference Room #1,1007 N Pope St. Silver City, NM 88061

Lunch will be provided

Mission: To raise awareness in Grant County about Youth Substance Abuse thereby creating an environment that cultivates healthy productive lifestyles through policy and advocacy change that promotes resilient and empowered youth.

Mimbres, NM, May 20, 2019 —Volunteers are a valuable asset in the management of recreation on the Gila National Forest. Organized volunteer groups contribute hundreds of hours to activities like trail maintenance, campground rehabilitation, weed removal and more. Individual volunteers also make significant contributions by serving as volunteer hosts or by maintaining campgrounds and picnic grounds.

Quemado, NM, May 20, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District, in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, under direction of Dr. Steve Nash, is currently excavating a possible Great Kiva in the Toriette Lakes region. Ground penetrating radar and magnetometry studies are also being conducted. A systematic appraisal of this structure, in conjunction with previously excavated structures in the region, will enhance our understanding of their function and why the site aids in the development of social cohesion.

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Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.

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