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Silver City MainStreet has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

We at Oni Ken Karate are proud to introduce our newest Yellow belt and Green belt.

20180420 184637From left are Sensei Trent Petty, Brianna Huntington, Cayden Flores, Sensei Chad Petty

20180420 181049 1From left are Sensei Trent Petty, Emma Vega, James Gallegos, Lilly Bachman, Sensei Chad Petty.

Photos and article by Sandra Michaud

Past Silver City Poet Laureate Elise Stuart read selections from her newest book, "My Mother and I, We Talk Cat" to a group of people at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon.

plants people pots rsWestern New Mexico University's Dr. Bob Rickle (second from left) stands with participants in WNMU's ceramics program, including Gerry Bryan (second from right) and faculty member Courtney Michaud (middle). In the foreground are some of the clay pots that will be given, plants included, to area seniors as potential mood-boosters.Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Friends of Clay and the Institute for Rural Social Work Research are collaborating on the Barbara Peppey Memorial Plants People and Pots Project to bring potted plants to area assisted living facility residents in memory of former School of Social Work faculty member Barbara Peppey.

To kick off the project and remember its namesake, the groups held a brief ceremony on campus last week. Now, the pots and plants will be distributed to local seniors.

Before her tragic death in 2016, Barbara Peppey was an avid potter at the university's ceramics program and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Rural Social Work Research, an independent not-for-profit corporation informally affiliated with Western New Mexico University. As a professional social worker, Peppey had worked extensively with senior citizens in Maine.

The Barbara Peppey Memorial Plants People and Pots Project will enable interested seniors at Sunset Vista Assisted Living, the Silver City Senior Center, the Santa Clara Assisted Living and Santa Clara Senior Center to choose a handmade pot and a plant for which they will provide care.

"Research has suggested that many positive benefits result from seniors engaging in plant care," Peppey's widower, Gerry Bryan, said.

Brittany Jauriqui-Andrade and Amaris Fay, who are social work students and researchers in the Institute for Rural Social Work Research, will administer a mood-measuring survey instrument to seniors before they choose their plants. One month later, the survey will be conducted again to measure any changes in mood that might be attributed to seniors' involvement in caring for the plants.

"Hopefully participants in Silver City and Santa Clara will be uplifted through this project," said Professor of Social Work and Institute for Rural Social Work Research Founder Dr. Bob Rickle.

The project collaborators consulted with Chala Werber, who runs the university greenhouse, regarding the best types of plants to use, considering hardiness, visual appeal, fast growth and non-toxicity.

Call 575-956-8698 for more information about the Barbara Peppey Memorial Plants People and Pots Project.

lydia huerta rsDr. Lydia HuertaSilver City, NM — Dr. Lydia Huerta, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Cultural Studies at WNMU, is the recipient of the first annual Ally Award presented by PFLAG Silver City. Dr. Huerta is the co-founder of The Center for Gender Equity and Social Justice.

archers rsFrom Left to right Xander O'loughlin, Mason Lockett, Riley Brabson, Javiel Garcia, Julian Garcia, Ian Valenzuela, Parker McMillan, Caitlyn Brabson, Colten Smith, Josh Agnew, Brye Baptiste, Bristan Lockett Jacobi Lockett, Logan Fretz, Jeraiah Garcia, Chris Morgan, Cooper Miller, Samantha Jones, Tanna Goar, Jetta Parkey, Morgan Bighley.It is that time of year again for the Grant County 4-H shooting sports teams. Senior members aged from 13 years old to 18 years old competed last week to earn their spot on a team traveling to the state competition in Raton, NM at the NRA Whittington Center. Members competed in shooting sports contests ranging from air rifle, rifle, shotgun, archery, pistol, and hunting. The top 8 individuals from each contest will form two teams to compete at the State Contest in May. Those top individuals for the Air Rifle contest are Cole Rogers, Seth Neal, Jadaniah Tarpley, Haley Jacquez, Autumn Laws, and Sophia Egge-Ogas. The top individuals for Shotgun contest are Ty Dalton, Cooper Miller, Connor McDaniel, Jacobi Lockett, RJ Orrantia, Chris Morgan, Max Misquez, and Ty Holman. The top individuals for the Pistol contest are Julian Garcia, Bradley Sullivan, Xander O'Loughlin, Seth Neal, and Jeraiah Garcia. The top individuals for the Archery contest are Julian Garcia, Riley Brabson, Bristan Lockett, Jacobi Lockett, Ian Valenzuela, Brye Baptiste, Javi Garcia, and Morgan Bighley. The top individuals for the Hunting contest are Matt Tavizon, Cole Rogers, Samantha Jones, Xander O'Loughlin, Logan Fretz, Javi Garcia, Morgan Bighley, and Cooper Miller. We congratulate all of the members that qualified for state and wish them the best of luck at the State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships.

Photos Courtesy of Bruce Bloy and Patty Reed

Even in the beginning, Spring of 2005, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) dreamed of having a gathering space all their own, a space where “the Great Conversation” could occur. That day has arrived. With the gift of the use of a house, President Shepard made WILL’s dream a reality. On Saturday, April 14, 2018 WILL opened the doors of Rhoda House, at 104 Rhoda Road on the WNMU campus.

Rhoda House initially needed architectural and cosmetic work. WNMU maintenance staff, the Bigelow Construction crew and many WILL members all volunteering their time labored hard for almost a year to create a warm and welcoming space. We thank them all for their hard work and dedication. Randy Woods, Doug Dexter, Anita Williams, Linda Ewers, Diane Miller, and many, many other WILL volunteers deserve a special thank you for their persistence and hard work in creating this special gathering place for our community.

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