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Photos at Catsis memorial courtesy of Sandra Michaud

Obituary for John Catsis from Northwestern University

Silver City author John Catsis was laid to rest with military honors at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery Monday, November 20, attended by family and friends. He died in Silver City, New Mexico, on April 7, 2017 at the age of 83. John Catsis was born in Evanston, Illinois, on July 9, 1933, to Greek immigrant parents, Aristides and Vera (Halkiopoulos) Catsis. John’s father was a long time proprietor of the Main Bowling Center at 925 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. John attended Evanston public schools, and earned two degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His education was interrupted in the mid-1950s, during the Korean War era, by a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Corporal. John served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, Denver, Colorado; and the American Hospital, Paris, France.

This past weekend Girl Scout Troop 54289 was filled with the giving spirit. The troop organized a Thanksgiving care package for families in need. This not only taught the girls a valuable life lesson in giving back to others but also earned them their Giving Back to my Community Badge. The troop not only put the baskets together but also showed the true meaning of Thanksgiving by buying the Turkeys with their own earnings from last year's cookie sales.

Girl Scout Troop 54289 would also like to thank Dr. Virginia Hernandez, Dr. Susan Bauer, Dr. Brian Etheridge and Family, Anna and Irene Chavez, Carmen Castanon, Lori Wallin and Family, Brenda and Lino Woods, Stephanie and Joe Sierra, CiCi Lucero, Nellie Padilla, Kiana and Randy Saponaro, Karina Jimenez, Elsa Martinez, Frances Grooves, Mary Manning, Tanvir Hafiz, and First New Mexico Bank. For more info on the Girl Scouts please contact Annette Toney at 575-538-2481.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) recently completed a three-year study of groundwater quality in the state's southern border aquifers with funding from the Border Office of the New Mexico Department of Health. The study identified unhealthy levels of contaminants in one of every five wells tested. Laboratory testing was conducted for concentrations of arsenic, uranium, fluoride, nitrates and E. coli. Of the 521 individual wells tested, 108 samples exceeded the federal and state health standards for one or more of the contaminants.

"The good news is that most well water we tested fell within the healthy zone," said NM WRRI's project manager, Erin Ward. "The bad news: We found elevated contaminants in more wells than we anticipated."

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest troop 54323 girls are working on a badge called My Best Self that was made possible through a grant from United Way of Southwest New Mexico. Recently they worked on step 1 of 5 learning about how they are all the same but yet very unique form each other. They all made small books of themselves showing how hair color, eye color, etc. and how they are all different. Then played a game to find out how they are similar such as having, for instance, a sister, having a pet, and again hair and eye color. Girl Scouts discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.

birthday 2Fred Fuller celebrating his 90th birthday flying with Caroline Baldwin,whose pictured airplane used to belong to Fuller. (Courtesy Photo)

Fred Fuller, a pilot for more than fifty years, on his 90th birthday, enjoyed flying a plane—the airplane that used to belong to him until he sold it to Caroline Baldwin. 

Photo was taken at Grant County airport after he landed.


(Santa Fé) – Con Alma Health Foundation announced today that it has named two health heroes who have built coalitions with partners to improve the health of their communities: Ophelia Reeder, facilitator of the McKinley County Health Council, and Mary Stoecker, who retired this year as health promotion specialist for the New Mexico Department of Health in Silver City.

This is the ninth year Con Alma, the state's largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, has recognized health heroes -- people who make incredible contributions to improve the health of New Mexicans. For each health hero, Con Alma donates $1,000 to a nonprofit of the hero's choice. Con Alma will donate to the Inmate Support Program of the Southwest New Mexico Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Coalition in Grant County on behalf of Stoecker and to the Alzheimer's Association's New Mexico Chapter, designated for McKinley County, on behalf of Reeder.

Grant County, NM (May 3, 2016)— Eat Smart to Play Hard (ESPH) is a social marketing research project sponsored by the University of New Mexico's Prevention Research Center (UNM PRC); implemented across New Mexico and designed to encourage kids to build a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity habits. The grand finale is Fun Day, designed to reinforce the previous six weeks of healthy eating and physical activity. WNMU's Football and Softball teams, Grant County Sheriff's Dept., Cari Lemon, Monique Reyes, Cate Bradley, The Volunteer Center and April Teague, ICAN Educator for Grant County, presented this year's Fun Day activity centers.

Grant County Farm and Livestock Bureau members attended the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau annual conference this past week in Las Cruces. This was also the centennial anniversary of the NMFLB. Along with regular members, Kurtis Welker, Emily McDonald and Katie Van Dran of Silver High FFA and Mathew Gentry from Cliff High FFA attended and participated in a statewide discussion group contest. Mathew Gentry won second overall in the contest.

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