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sixth st tk march 2019The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored students from Sixth Street Elementary School as Kiwanis "Terrific Kids" for the month of March. The Kiwanis Terrific Kid program recognizes students for demonstrating a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship. Pictured are as follows:

Back Row from left: Silas Paupaw, Kylynn Marshall ,Ella Hamilton, Chayson Kapple, Maurie, Alexiyah Villa, Analeya Munoz

Middle Row from left: Britny Matchin, Angel Benavidez, Noah Baca, Adrian Davila, Victoria Jaramillo, Chloe Montoya.

Front Row from left: Zamiel Chavez, Millanya Vega, Alfred Rodriguez, Zaryah Lucero, Keira Luna.

Not present: Georgia Rogers, Evan Egge-Ledger, and Ryaden Tussing

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument volunteer Joan Cox reached a total of 4500 service hours at the park on February 28, 2019. Cox has been a volunteer at the monument for five years.

Previously, Cox has volunteered at many other parks, including Everglades National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and White Sands National Monument. She has also volunteered at New Mexico State Parks; City of Rocks State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park,

Now retired, Cox began in the hotel business. Her husband worked for a park concessioner at Yellowstone, and she was happy to follow him there. Her two children were born in Yellowstone, where the family spent five years.

Cox later accompanied her husband’s moves to other parks, enjoying the ability to help the National Park Service’s mission of conservation and enjoyment “on the side.” Although Cox’s husband has passed away, she continues to be passionate about parks, and especially loves volunteering at Gila Cliff Dwellings.

Latest in a series of low-flying military aircraft across Grant County

On Thursday, March 14 at approximately 12 pm, four C-130s flew very low over homes in the Cliff-Gila Valley, 30 miles west of Silver City, New Mexico. One of the planes banked and released flares over agricultural fields and dropped six to eight groups of flares leaving a trail of smoke that caused an acrid smell detected by local residents. This is the latest incident in an increasing number of military aircraft flying at low altitude over the Gila region.

“It was very disturbing to see flares like that dropped so low over fields and homes," said Cliff resident Sharman Russell. She explained that she is not anti-military. "My father was a test pilot in the 1950s who died flying past Mach 3 in the X-2. I have a great respect for pilots and for the Air Force. But there is a place for military training, and the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness, and nearby rural areas and small towns, is not the place."

sixth st marchThe Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored students at Sixth Street Elementary School in February for being Kiwanis “Terrific Kids”. Family members, honored students and Principal, Bobby Trujillo celebrated in the school cafeteria complete with a presentation of certificates to each Kiwanis Terrific Kid” for the month of January. The Terrific Kid program is student leadership incentive provided by the Kiwanis Club of Silver City. The January Terrific Kids are as follows:

Back row from left: Emma Vega; Adrianna Placencio; School Principal, Bobby Trujillo; Cooper Nix; Kaya Perry; Rylee Quimby; Celeste Jacques; Alina Ortega;

Middle Row: Brooklyn Burrola-Grado; William Ellis; Averi Enriquez; Taylor Jacquez; Mishae Cuevas; Sethaniel Johnson

Front Row: Daniel Perry; Astraea Cisneros; Ezmia Escobar; Giada Torres; Veda Werber; Millanya Vega

Not Pictured: Gabriel Jimenez and Izrah Castaneda.

unnamed 10L-R: Brandon Bencomo of Calvary Christian Academy; Ava Bjornstad of Aldo Leopold High School; Ivan Legarda of Silver High School for February; Eleazar Melendez Jr. of Silver High School for March; John Gonzales of Cobre High School; and Brianna Rodriguez of Snell Middle School for February. The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored the Kiwanis Students of the Month for March at a luncheon prepared by the Silver City Masonic Lodge. School educators and family members joined the Kiwanians in listening to a short presentation from each student, who was then awarded a special certificate and other Student of the Month program items. This Kiwanis youth leadership presentation honors students that strive to earn the best grades and demonstrate superior leadership and good character roles in their respective schools. 

donation to cart for va clinicCandy Luhrsen of Grant County Federated Republican Women stands with cartThe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 has set up a Refreshments Cart at the Silver City VA Clinic. The clinic is located on the bottom floor of the medical building across the street and a little east of the hospital. The orthopedic doctors have their offices on top floor of that building. The cart was set up on Thursday with a little help from a couple of veterans, who were there. The shelves are stocked Doritos, fruit leather, orange juice boxes, bottled water, Pringles potato chips, Pretzels with cheese, and a variety of Nabisco cookies. A case and a half of Doritos were donated by the Republican Women as part of their Caring for America Program.

The ladies at ALA 18 hope the snacks will help veterans get through the day, especially after fasting for blood draws. Snacks are free to veterans and the cart will be checked weekly and restocked.

bayard proclamation 2019At the Bayard city hall meeting on March 11, Mayor Chon Fierro read a proclamation proclaiming the week of March 10-16 as Girl Scout Week. In the photo in front, from left are Kamera Ortiz, Karina Cabrera, Trinity McBride, in the middle row are Lucy Montenegro,Nevaeh Cabrera, Shavelle Ortiz, Aimerie Pena, Gabby Arciero, and Membership Manager for Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Annette Toney.  In the back are Raul Villanueva, Kristi Ortiz, Mayor Chon Fierro, Adrian Ortiz, and Charles Kelly. For more information on Girl Scouts please call Annette Toney 538-2481.

students cleaning ditchIzabela Chase, Aiden Young, and Emily Cox clean out an irrigation ditch on The Nature Conservancy’s Gila River Farm to raise money for their trip to Atlanta, Georgia. (Courtesy Photo)On Wednesday, March 13, three senior eco-monitoring students from Aldo Leopold Charter School, in Silver City, NM will be traveling to Atlanta, GA to take part in a Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps workshop led by former Vice President, Al Gore. Atlanta, the logistical and spiritual home of the American civil rights movement, inspired the theme of the Atlanta training: climate justice. The students raised money for the trip through the combination of a GoFundMe campaign, wetland restoration work, and direct appeals to local conservation organizations. Following the training, participants return to their own communities and commit to do at least ten climate change awareness events the following year. Many thanks to everyone who generously donated to make this happen!

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