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linda middlebrook rsREALTOR® of the Year award recipient Linda Middlebrook, at left, receives her certificate of award from Cassie Carver, 2017 Silver City Regional Association of Realtors PresidentThe REALTOR® of the Year award is given each year to a member of the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS® through a nominating process. The criteria include REALTOR® spirit, local Association activity, civic activity, State and National activity and business accomplishments.

photo 1 rsThe Imagination Library of Grant County (ILGC) seeks to expand the early literacy program throughout New Mexico. This nonprofit program helps to create a culture of literacy and learning in New Mexico by preparing children, ages 0-5, for school success through access to books and time spent reading with an engaged parent. Grants from the Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation and Brindle Foundation have provided funds for program and operating expenses associated with statewide expansion, including a portion of book costs, educational materials, training and travel.

brian tudor 2017 art grantGCAG members Mary Margaret Soulé, at left, and Jane Bowen, at right, present a check to Brian Tudor of Silver High School.

patricia doherty photoPatricia Doherty of Harrison Schmitt Elementary School receives a check from GCAG Board member, Jane Bowen.

The Grant County Art Guild gave two additional "Art Makes You Smart" grants to two art teachers who had previously applied for the original grants given by the Guild last December. The grants are intended to help art teachers purchase supplies for art projects in their classrooms. The grant money was generously donated by a Guild member. "It's a shame that the Guild couldn't give grants to all the teachers who applied" said the guild member, who preferred to remain anonymous. "The students of these teachers should have the resources needed to pursue art in their classrooms."

By Jackie Blurton

di massey 2017 art grantDi Massey receives grant from GCAG Board member Jackie Blurton

crumbley 2017 art grantLeslie Crumbley receives grant from GCAG board member Tom Vaughan

This fall the Grant County Art Guild invited art teachers to apply for two $250 "Art Makes You Smart" grants. The grants are intended to aid teachers in the purchase of art supplies for their class rooms. Di Massey from Cliff Schools and Leslie Crumbley from Cobre Consolidated Schools were selected as this year's grant recipients.

Photos by Jackie Blurton

Members of the Grant County Art Guild have been invited by the Silver City Public Library to display their work in the library’s meeting room. The art was hung on January 8 and will be on display until March 7. The works includes paintings and photography.

2018 library show keith spangleGrant County Art Guild member Keith Spangle displays his fantasy oil paintings.

img 7893Sixth Judicial District Court Judge, Timothy (Othy) Aldrich, has graciously accepted an academic position with the Criminal Justice Department at Western New Mexico University. Judge Aldrich will replace the distinguished Professor Curtis Hayes who retired in 2017.

By acceptance of this position, Judge Aldrich announces that he will not be running in the 2018 election cycle to retain the position of District Court Judge.

gs cookies 2018 rsBack row, from left, are Hailey Peterson, Ellena Bertolani, Sophie Landreth, Raelyn Bjorkman, Angelina Hernandez.
Front row, from left are Rylee Reyes, Hayley Mendoza, Samantha Armstrong, Denise Kirkpatrick, Annaleah Mendoza, Lilly James.
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest troop 54323 show off the cookies for this year, and the posters they made to help cookie sales at the cookie booths. Front row, from left are Rylee Reyes, Hayley Mendoza, Samantha Armstrong, Denise Kirkpatrick, Annaleah Mendoza, Lilly James, Back row, from left, are Hailey Peterson, Ellena Bertolani, Sophie Landreth, Raelyn Bjorkman, Angelina Hernandez. This troop has been practicing giving change and taking orders to get ready for the upcoming cookie sale program.

Photos Courtesy of Jessica Swapp

On January 6, 2018 a cattle producer workshop was held at the NMSU Grant County Cooperative Extension Service. Presentations were offered by Dr. Marcy Ward, NMSU Livestock Specialist, Dr. Craig Gifford NMSU Beef Specialist, Dr. John Wenzel NMSU Extension Veterinarian and Tom Dean NMSU Southwest Director and Co-Director for the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center. The day was aimed at providing local producers with resources and education on better management for their operations. 

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