Makayla Grijalva | News-Bulletin photos

Two weeks following the Big Hole Fire that devastated 75 to 80 percent of Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, the conservation center held its annual Earth Day Fiesta. The event included a nature walk to the black, scorched landscape and the native grasses growing though the scars could be seen up close. The event also included a presentation from Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico, complete with live animals such as a great horned owl and Gila monster.

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Makayla Grijalva was born and raised in Las Cruces. She is a 2020 graduate of The University of New Mexico, where she studied multimedia journalism, political science and history. She covers the village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Schools, SODA and the town of Peralta.