[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series on the Silver City Arts and Cultural District Tourism Town Hall held on April 13, 2018.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The first part of the presentation was given by New Mexico Tourism Department Deputy Secretary Audrey Herrera-Castillo introducing the various programs available to the public through the department.
The second portion featured two panels. They spoke about tourism and then answered questions.
SILVER CITY, N.M. – The 32nd edition of the Tour of the Gila is fast approaching and, as in years past, many diverse men’s and women’s UCI teams have signed on to take on the challenging five-day race.
“Myself and a number of folks in our community have put in ton of work preparing for this year's race,” Tour of the Gila Race Director Jack Brennan said. “The reward for all of us is to see all of the athletes who have decided to come to our community and race our event. I am so pleased with the quality of athletes from many parts of this country and from a number of foreign countries that will be participating in the 2018 Tour of the Gila.”
Photo and article by Hallie Richwine
The Grant County Democratic Party held a candidate forum for County Commission Districts 1 and 2 on April 11, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. Before the panel state Senator Howie Morales addressed the crowd.
“It’s good to be home,” he said, and he reminded attendees to get out and vote. Morales also said that no matter what the results of the election bring, the Democratic party needs to come together on June 6, 2018 as one team.
Life Quest, Inc. (LQI), a non-profit located in Silver City, NM that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and children from birth to 3 with or at risk for developmental disabilities, is announcing its permanent closure. Life Quest has been a very important part of this community for 45 years, providing services for children and adults and had been the sole provider for Early Intervention (EI) services for Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties for the past 30 years. Over these years, Early Intervention services resulted in thousands of children who were prepared for the transition to school and also facilitated community inclusion and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
During the spring of 2017 a decision was made by the NM Department of Health to award an additional provider, who is for-profit provider in the area, the ability to provide contract services for the Early Intervention Program in the four county region. This particular provider had also been the sole therapy contractor for Life Quest for the previous two years. Life Quest was told by the state that this decision was based on population and the allowance of a “Freedom of Choice” for families. This decision did not account for the dwindling population of the rural areas we served nor did it account for the shortage of available therapists in the rural southwest. When the new provider was awarded the Early Intervention contract they ended their contract with Life Quest and subsequently all the therapists and many of Life Quest’s trained staff went with them.
By Danna Lopez
On Monday, April 9, the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 traveled to Deming to participate in the annual Bataan Death March Tribute presented by the Bataan Elementary School's fifth graders.
Silver City, NM, April 16, 2018—The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 for all of the Gila National Forest due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:
Wind speeds are expected to exceed 20 mph.
Relative humidity is 15% or lower.
Fire danger rating of High, Very High, or Extreme.
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