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.

SILVER CITY- NMSU Grant County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Poultry Flock Management Workshop on May 22, 2019 from 12-1pm at the Grant County Cooperative Extension Office located at 2610 N. Silver St. in Silver City, NM

Community members are invited to bring their lunch and spend an hour learning about small flock poultry management. The event is free to the public. “If you are wanting to get a small backyard flock this is the workshop to attend to learn everything you need to know to get started” said Swapp.

SILVER CITY- NMSU Grant County Cooperative Extension Service will host an alfalfa and forage production workshop on May 22, 2019 from 3-5pm at the Grant County Cooperative Extension Office located at 2610 N. Silver St. in Silver City, NM

This event is free and open to the public. A guest lecture will be heard from Mark Marsalis, NMSU Forage Specialist on topics such as common forage issues, irrigation and management tips as well as pest control practices. “This workshop is not something commonly offered in our area but will be extremely beneficial to forage producers in the area” said Swapp.

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 2, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Black Range Ranger District is prepared and ready to implement the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project beginning Saturday, May 11, conditions permitting. 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 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. Impacted 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.

Objectives for the Indian Peaks Prescribed Burn include:

  • Introduced and maintaining fire across 50-80% of the landscape within the next decade.
  • Reducing natural and activity fuel accumulations.
  • Introducing and maintaining fire back into a fire dependent ecosystem.

The project boundaries have been prepared by limbing and brushing existing roads, and placing control lines.

kookaburraThe Kookaburra is a popular Australian bird made famous in song. Although they are in the kingfisher family of birds, their diet consists mainly of insects, mice, snakes and other small reptiles, as well as the young of other birds. (Photo by G. Emerson)The May 3 monthly program of SWNM Audubon will feature a presentation on Birds of Australia by Gary Emerson. Gary is a birder, astronomer and systems engineer, who lived in Australia for several years but makes Silver City his home now. The meeting begins at 7 PM in Harlan Hall room 219, on the WNMU campus at 12 thand Alabama.

Gary was very fortunate to have grown up in the Ozark Hills of Northern Arkansas with an amateur naturalist grandfather who knew everything that grew, crawled, flew or swam in the woods. As soon as Gary could walk, he would accompany his grandfather and he soon started learning and enjoying nature and birds.

During a 40-plus year career, Gary worked in astronomy and space science. In astronomy he worked on a NASA contract as a Lunar Observer, making observations of the Moon. He was a solar observer for the High-Altitude Observatory, studying sunspots, and was a research associate for the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics assisting in rocket launches to study a supernova and comets. At his private observatory southwest of Boulder, Colorado, he discovered the only asteroid discovered from the state of Colorado.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument announced today the summer schedule of ranger-guided interpretive programs. The staff will be offering daily guided tours as well as the popular full moon tours of the dwellings.

Programs begin May 24, 2019 (the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) and will run through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day (September 2), availability of programs will depend on staffing levels.

Visitors can meet a ranger daily for a 45-minute guided tour of the dwellings at 1:00 p.m. Visitors are reminded that the program begins at the cliff dwellings, not at the trailhead. It takes around 30 minutes to hike the half-mile from the trailhead to the dwellings; please allow time to get to the starting point of the tour.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen or other sun protection and bring plenty of water. The trail is moderately strenuous. Visitors hike one-half mile and go up 185 feet in elevation to reach the dwellings, and then hike another half-mile downhill to return to the parking area.

Organizational development expert, Renée Despres, PhD, MPH, hosts a workshop on nonprofit board development and structure on Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Western New Mexico University. Through discussion and hands-on activities, Despres will teach participants about the different ways to structure nonprofit boards, what they do, and how to build them to last through transformative times. The workshop costs $25 per participant. 

Seating is limited so you must RSVP by calling the Nonprofit Resource Group at (575) 597-0035 or email NRG@frontierus.org.

patrick at restroomPatrick Hoskins in front of the new restrooms. (Courtesy Photo)Silver City MainStreet and the Freeport McMoRan Foundation along with the Grant County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. May 16 for the new restroom building at the Main Street Plaza located between Seventh and Eighth  streets just off of Bullard Street next to the Big Ditch Park.

The Main Street Plaza has been a part of the Downtown Action Plan for a number of years and Phase I, funded by the Freeport McMoRan Foundation, was for much needed public restrooms.

“We have residents who come to shop downtown and most businesses do not have public restrooms. Shoppers leave to go home if they cannot find a restroom,” said Patrick Hoskins, Silver City MainStreet Board President. “The completion of Phase I has in turned been leveraged to acquire additional funding for Phase II and hopefully for Phase III to complete the project. We are truly grateful for the Freeport McMoRan funding and for support from the Town of Silver City.”

Lake Forest, CA – May 2, 2019 – Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant* (MQSR), is celebrating the official grand opening of its newest New Mexico restaurant, which opened in December at 2629 Highway 180 East in Silver City, beginning Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12. 

Guests are invited to join in on the grand opening celebration each day for a chance to win a variety of prizes, merchandise and free food. On Wednesday, May 8, guests will also enjoy music hosted by 102.9 KNFT-FM from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 200 people who register for the grand opening celebration here, will also receive a free Combo Meal of their choice.** 

“We have such a loyal following throughout New Mexico, and are thrilled to be able to officially celebrate our arrival to Silver City with the local community,” said John Bissell, district leader for franchisee, QK Holdings. “Whether our guests are craving The Del Taco made with seasoned beef and hand-grated cheddar cheese, or our Epic Burritos made with fresh grilled chicken and hand-sliced avocados, we look forward to serving our combination of fast, fresh food served at an unbeatable value to local Silver City residents for years to come.”

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