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love local 2018 rsPictured are Geraldine Castillo, First American Bank Branch Manager and Operations Officer and Joel Schram, Market President holding the Love Local totes sponsored by the bank.Local residents are invited to downtown Silver City on Saturday, September 1, 2018, to enjoy the downtown Love Local Celebration. Twenty-nine downtown merchants are offering great deals, drawings, and discounts because they love our local community. The promotion is sponsored by Silver City MainStreet to encourage more local shopping.

dia de los muertosMichele Parlee’s “La Mariposa” is a 6’ 4” 3 dimensional work of art, and the winner of the 2018 Dia de los Muertos poster art contest.Every year, in preparation for the Silver City's Dia de los Muertos multi-day event, an artist competition is held for a piece of art, the image of which will to be featured on the current year's poster. This year's winner, local artist Michele Parlee, is congratulated for her spectacular 6'4" creation. She won "bragging rights", a $100 gift certificate from Leyba and Ingalls Art Supply and Gallery, and the honor of having her work of art featured on the 2018 Dia de los Muertos poster as well as other publicity for the event. "La Maiposa" was carved out of Styrofoam, covered in cement, embellished with hand cut glass and then grouted. The adornments are made of hand-fused glass. The sculpture, along with other art pieces entered in the competition will be on display at the Silver City Visitor's Center from October 22 to November 4.

img 0048From left are Republican Party of Grant County Chairman Don Luhrsen, Maria Perkins and her husband, Will Perkins, candidate for Sixth Judicial District Court JudgePhoto and article by Frost McGahey

“Judges should follow the law. Not make the law,” William Perkins said at a luncheon for the Republican women on Wednesday. Perkins is running for Judge of the Sixth Judicial District (which covers Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties) in November. He has been appointed by Governor Martinez to fill the interim vacancy by another judge, and will begin on October 9.

“I am an attorney at Lopez, Dietzel, Perkins and Watson and 25 percent of my work is being a public defender because we have a contract with the state," he continued. "When a defendant can’t afford a lawyer, the judge assigns the case to my law firm..”

ft bayard entertainment system aug 2018Susie Snedeker, GCEA member; Jody Ossis, Fort Bayard Activities; and Gena Moon GCEA member. (Courtesy photo)Susie Snedeker, GCEA member; Jody Ossis, Fort Bayard Activities; and Gena Moon GCEA member. (Courtesy photo)

The Grant County Extension Association presented Fort Bayard Medical Center with an entertainment system for their patients. The system includes speakers and a DVD player to show residents movies and play music. The Association visits Fort Bayard each month for a make-and-take activity. They also are making curtains for the chapel. The Whitewater Club, still exists after nearly 90 years, and meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church on Swan Street at 9:30 am. For more information, please call the Extension office at 388-1559.

Single Socks has donated some really nice gift baskets for FREE drawings at the Taste of Downtown event and the Love Local Celebration event on Saturday, Sept. 1.

hms entrance rsSilver City, NM – According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), National Health Center Week (NHCW) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's health centers over the past five decades. NHCW is taking place this year from August 12 through August 18, 2018.

kiwanis august 2018 rsMembers of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City attended their annual Southwest Convention in El Paso and came away with many honors, awards and new leadership positions. The Kiwanis Southwest District that includes clubs from Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso, awarded Dotty Pfeifer of Silver City with the Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year Award. Not only is Dotty the Secretary of the Kiwanis Silver City Club, in addition she sponsors 2 Terrific Kid schools and a K-Kids Club at Stout Elementary. Dotty has volunteered for 35 years, mostly as chairperson, of the St. Francis Associates in Silver City, where she coordinates a food pantry with other volunteers, in addition to securing grants for funding of the program as well as helping those in need for utilities, rent, medicine and emergency shelter. Dotty's husband, Craig "Horse" Pfeifer was awarded the Kiwanis Southwest District Foundation highest honor, the Kachina Award for his dedicated service to the district, Kamp Kiwanis and beyond. Completing the honors for the weekend, Silver City Kiwanis President, Alma Carson was installed as Division 7 Lt. Governor charged with representing Silver City, Deming, Las Cruces and Socorro County on the District Board of Directors. The Kiwanis Club of Silver City meets at 12 noon each Tuesday at Wrangler's restaurant in Silver City and the public is always invited to attend.

Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

img 1989Back row, scholarship recipient Pedro Corral, and auxiliary members Irma Trejo, Jennifer Yost and Mary Jo Tillman. Front row from left are scholarship recipients, Kelly Rodriguez, Ariana Garcia, Zaciliah Rodriguez, Annabelle Evans, Savannah Parga, Jennifer Rosales and Dana Chairez

August 8, 2018 – The Gila Regional Medical Center Auxiliary awarded 11 Scholarships to assist caregivers in Nursing Education, entry level R.N., advanced training for those who are already R.N.’s, and for those pursuing a degree in the health care field. Recipients received anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 each, the funds were sent directly to the school. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Dana Chairez, Pedro Corral, Annabelle Evans, Ariana Garcia, Kamala Golden, Monica Sedillo, David Montes, Savannah Parga, Kelly Rodriguez, Zaciliah Rodriguez, Jennifer Rosales.

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