Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

It's always fun to talk about new chamber members as well as the existing members we have. In fact, there are currently over 300 members in the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

Two of the newest members are Mimbres Valley Medical Group and Deborah Van Tellingen Photography Studio.

Mimbres Valley Medical Group recently opened new offices in Silver City at 1000 North Hudson Street in Silver City. In June, Janie Vargas, a Physician Assistant, began seeing patients in the Silver City office. Mimbres Valley Medical Group is accepting new patients. You can call them at (575) 538-0486. Mimbres Valley Medical Group will host a ribbon cutting/open house on Wednesday – September 13 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to visit one of Silver City's newest healthcare facilities.

We welcome another new member to the Chamber of Commerce, Denny's. Like many other people, we patiently watch the progress on the construction of Silver City's newest restaurant. General Manager Kelly Ward and her staff are chomping at the bit to begin serving the folks of Grant County. Keep watching, the restaurant opening is just around the corner.

Congratulations to La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery. This local boutique winery is celebrating its 8th Anniversary this Saturday. Owners David and Esperanza Gurule know how to put on a celebration, so if you are looking for something to do Saturday… we recommend a short trip to 100 DeLaO Road south of San Lorenzo, New Mexico. There will be delicious food, fine wine, New Mexico brewed beers and terrific music throughout the day. If you're not certain where to find La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, give them a call at 505-259-9523. The celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. and shuts down at 6:00 p.m.

Have you really looked around lately? Sunday afternoon, during a drive between Deming and Silver City, everything was so wonderful looking. It’s green everywhere you look. Heck, even the Mimbres River had lots of water running in it, when just a few weeks ago it was as dry as a bone in the desert. Then this Tuesday morning, I was topping the hill in front of Walmart looking to the west. And wow, the mountains are so beautiful when they are a luscious green.

So, what made the difference? Well, have you ever seen the movie starring Burt Lancaster titled “The Rainmaker.” Burt Lancaster’s character, Bill Starbuck, is paid $100 to make it rain. They are pounding on a drum and doing lots of other stuff that any sensible person would know isn’t going to cause it to rain. Yet, in the end… it rains. Now we may not have anyone beating drums or doing other crazy things to make it rain. But we do have Mr. Steve Maxwell. And he can make it rain. Every time he comes to Silver City and puts his area rugs out for sale along Highway 180… it rains. So, “Thank You,” Mr. Maxwell. We appreciate your bringing the rains to Grant County.

A couple of weeks ago my old office computer died a horrible death. It didn’t suffer, but I sure did. I’ve been hauling my personal laptop back and forth from the house to work. We saved many files on a thumb drive, so I carry that little device everywhere I go. And of course, my laptop has the devil’s own software, Windows 10, loaded on it. Thus, we have been training this old dog a few new tricks. Thank goodness my new computer was delivered this morning. In fact, this is the first file I have typed using my new computer.

Yep, I am strutting around in tall cotton this afternoon.

A week and half or so ago someone wrote to the Silver City Daily Press complaining that city officials were doing things to keep new businesses from coming to Silver City. Since moving here in August of 2013, I haven't seen any evidence of this situation. In fact if you could ask the developers of the new Denny's Restaurant, I bet they would be happy to tell you how easy it was to work with city officials to bring this new restaurant to our fair community. I spoke with the folks at Domino's and they are pleased with how the process has gone to get their new restaurant up and running in Silver City. Please understand, if there has been anyone working against businesses like Denny's or Domino's, it sure as heck wasn't city officials. It would be the "do-gooders" that seem to know what the general public wants better than anyone else.

Almost weekly I receive a telephone call from someone considering a move to the Silver City area who has gone online to learn more about the crime rates in our community.  Without a doubt, they always mention how they have read that crime in our neck of the woods is much higher than the national average.

Celebrating Independence Day by honoring our heroes seems like a pretty neat idea. Think about it. Who is your hero?

It could be a teacher who gave you the inspiration to succeed in school and later at your employment. It could be a law enforcement officer who helped you during a time of great need. Your hero might be your pastor who has inspired you to lead a good and decent life. Shoot, there are some people who may call the publisher of the Silver City Daily Press a hero for saving Silver City's hometown newspaper. The possibilities of whether or not you have been a hero to someone might amaze you.

In the John Wayne movie McClintock, Chill Wills fires off a gun and hollers :"People, People, People" so that everyone will listen to what John Wayne has to say about farming on the Mesa Verde. So if we were in a certain area and Chill Wills was still alive, I would ask him to pull that hogleg and get everyone's attention. I can envision him firing a shot into the air and calling out, "People. People, People. Gather round for this important message about Independence Day. Independence Day is always on July 4. It ain't on the Saturday before... and it shore ain't on the Saturday afterward. We celebrate Independence Day on July 4 and that's my final word on this matter." I couldn't have said it any better Mr. Wills... thank you.

The theme of this year's Independence Day Celebration is HEROES - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Our Grand Marshals will be veterans from World War II. Mr. Ray Davis with the American Legion has volunteered to contact all the World War II veterans to invite them to be in the parade as our Grand Marshals. The Grant County Republicans have volunteered to provide a float for the World War II veterans to ride on as the Grand Marshals. This will be a great way to honor these fine heroes.

So if you want to be in the parade, what must you do? Contact the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce office to receive a parade entry application form. Our phone number is 538-3785. The form has the parade rules and tells you how much the cost will be to enter the parade. The cost is determined by what type of entry you will have.

Besides the parade, we will also have our festivities in the park. There will be lots of food, music, vendors and information booths. So if your organization or business wants to have a booth in Gough Park on July 4, what must you do? Please contact the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce office at 538-3785 and ask for a Vendor Booth Application. It's that darn easy and it's pretty painless to boot. The booth spaces are starting to fill up, so if you want a space, you should contact us soon. Heck, this is June 21, and July 4th isn't very far off.

What about fireworks? Are we going to have fireworks on July 4th? ABSOLUTELY! We have to have fireworks. There has to be some type of old-west unwritten code that says a western town must have a fireworks show. Well, we are in the West and we believe in following the Code of the West. So we'll be shooting off those big beautiful exploding fireworks balls on Tuesday evening - July 4. It's going to be a great fireworks show brought to you by First American Bank and the Town of Silver City.

By the way we want to say Thank you to the newest member of the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce... Cactus Jacks. If you haven't visited Cactus Jacks, you need to. Cactus Jacks sells healthy delicious food. It's basically a small healthy grocery store. They also have a menu of food items you can order that are delicious. I recently had the "Dagwood" sandwich with BBQ potato chips. It was delicious.

Cactus Jacks is located at 1307 North Pope Street in Silver City. You can call them at 575-538-5042. Whether you are shopping for groceries to take home or you just want to pick up a light delicious meal... Cactus Jacks is a great place to visit.

So "People, People, People," plan to attend all the holiday fun of the 4th of July on July 4 in downtown Silver City, New Mexico. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 538-3785 or stop by our office in the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center in Silver City.

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