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tosc water crewBy Lisa Jimenez

At right, from left, Manny Orosco, Silver City utilities foreman, Chris Haley and Johnny Baca, both water crewman, check a local water meter for leaks, using sonic-wave technology leak detection equipment purchased late last year as part of the town's water conservation efforts. To date, 1,259 fire hydrants, water valves and meters have been checked for leaks, and 16 were discovered and repaired. (Courtesy Photo

Water is vital to human life. Adult bodies average 60% water, and our brains are composed of 73% water. Without water, there is no food production. Simply put, without water we die. Yet daily we turn on our faucets and don’t think twice about that precious, life-giving liquid flowing from the tap. This article is the first in a series by local freelance writer Lisa Jimenez, about town government and services. Today’s focus: our municipal water supply.

iwaasa 3571 72Greg Iwaasa, DPM (Courtesy Photo)Silver City, NM, October 26, 2018 – People in need of foot or ankle care in southwest New Mexico can once again have expert care for their various conditions. Greg Iwaasa, DPM, has joined Gila Regional Medical Center, bringing over 5 years of experience in foot and ankle medicine. The team at Gila Foot & Ankle Clinic is welcoming new patients who want healthier, happier feet and ankles.

"Many people have problems with their feet and just live with the pain," says Dr. Iwaasa. "Having difficulty moving can make other medical conditions worse, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Aches or pain are often accepted as a normal part of life - but it's not normal to have chronic or continuous pain. My philosophy is that every patient is an athlete and it is my job is to maximize their ability to ambulate for overall health benefits. If someone is experiencing feet or ankle pain on a regular basis, they should see a podiatrist before it gets worse."

oniken10242018Pictured left to right: Sensei Chad Petty, Trayd Peterson, Isabella Mittica, Gabrielle Mittica, Trip Peterson, Tamrah Ortiz (Courtesy Photo)Oni Ken Karate had 6 competitors compete in Albuquerque, Oct 13, 2018 at the 6th Annual Jim Hawkes Memorial Tournament. They brought trophies home for 3rd & 4th place weapons Kata, 2- 1st place, 2-2nd & 3rd place sparring, 2nd & 3rd Chanbara, 2-1st place, 2nd place and Grand Champion in Kata. 

firstsavingsdonationsFirst Savings Bank just made two donations to the Silver City School District this week at its monthly Board Meeting —$200 for COATS FOR KIDS and $125 for the High School Debit Card Program with the bank.

First Savings Bank started a High School Debit Card program that the bank’s customers can choose to be part of in which they receive a Silver HS Logo Debit card to carry and use for their debit and credit purchases. In return, the bank is donating 10% of the Merchant Fees back to the Schools to use as they see fit. "As this was the first year for the cards we expect to see the banks donations grow and increase every year going forward,” Jack Herndon, First Savings Bank Silver City market president, said. "We are excited to be able to help the School System any and every way we can.”

Silver City, New Mexico, November 1, 2018- Silver City Care Center, a 96-bed skilled nursing center located in Silver City, New Mexico, announced today that it is now officially a subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare.

Earlier this week, Genesis HealthCare (Genesis), one of the nation’s largest providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation, completed the acquisition of nine Preferred Healthcare skilled nursing and assisted facilities.

“This is an exciting time for Silver City Care Center,” shares Administrator Kristi Blackwell.  “We look forward to benefitting from the expertise and support of Genesis while providing the same high-quality healthcare services Genesis affiliates offer patients and residents across the country.”

paulageislerPaula Geisler, owner of Common Ground Gallery, is admiring Ann Alexander’s mixed media sculpture that is titled “The Raven.” Ann’s entry won the People’s Choice award at the Silver City Art Association’s individual artists’ show that continues at the Common Ground Gallery through October 31. (Courtesy Photo)

On September 14 and 28 from 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., about 140 7th grade students from La Plata School participated in a project sponsored by the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site (MCHS) and Grant County Archaeological Society (GCAS). The goal was to introduce the students to the prehistory, history and natural features of the Mimbres Valley.

la plata kids at mchs 3Throughout each day, small groups of students visited eight stations where they participated in hands-on presentations on the following topics: Mimbres archaeology, pottery, and tools; the Mattocks Ruin Archaeological Site and artifact documentation; the MCHS Museum; Apache history; rock art; and the Mimbres River riparian ecosystem and endangered species. Stations were located near the two historic Territorial adobe houses, at the Mattocks pithouse/pueblo ruin, and at the Mimbres River.

cwf 2018jpgStudents from Lordsburg enjoy the Gila River as they look for macroinvertebrates at the Children's Water Festival (Photo by Carol Ann Fugagli)Beginning in 2004, the Children’s Water Festival has taken place in Grant County annually, offering elementary students from throughout the region a chance to study and explore our local watersheds. Over the last 14 years, various non-profits, the Forest Service, the New Mexico Environment Department, local school districts, and many volunteers have joined the effort to engage thousands of children in learning about their environment, rivers, and watersheds. The festival was initially held in town, focused on the Silver City watershed of San Vicente Creek. The Mimbres River has also been the site of the event, and currently the festival is held along the banks of the Gila River. The Children’s Water Festival was made possible this year with the help of many generous donations and the efforts of a diversity of instructors and volunteers. Carol Ann Fugagli is the Education and Outreach Director for the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, and has been volunteering or helping to organize the festival for 10 years. “Environmental education is my passion. When I see the students in the river splashing around and shrieking with discovery at catching water insects, it fills me with pure joy. I am proud of our community and all of our supporters who help make this event happen.”

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