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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. 

Wednesday Eve 12/27, Freemasons installed the officers of 4 Grant County Masonic Lodges for the ensuing year, in celebration of the festival of St. John the Evangelist. Silver City Lodge #8 hosted the open installation, which was attended by people from around the area. Light refreshments were served to the public after the installation.

The Masters for the up coming year and their respective Lodges are:
Bill Negal IV Silver City #8, Jason Hamilton Mimbres #10, Darwin Bleak Santa Rita #44, and Jeff Larkin for Hurley #55. The installing officers for the evening were: Val Brahm Master, David Fischer Marshall & Secretary, and Bruce Tolhurst Chaplin.

Masons (members of Freemasonry) are the initial starting point for all of the Masonic "Appendant Bodies", i.e. you have to be a Mason in good standing to belong to the Shriners, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and others, which make charity their primary effort. For additional information regarding Masonic Lodges, please contact a Mason near you or call, Bob Baker at 575-538-8561.

The Nonprofit Resource Group starts the new year with a new Learning Circle: The Top 10 Things That Make a Great Nonprofit on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the College Street Plaza Suite #5, located at 301 W. College Ave. These peer-to-peer discussions are tailored for nonprofit leaders to share the characteristics an organization needs to go above and beyond. Is it a specific practice? A type of outlook? A vision? Or could it just be commitment to the cause? This is an opportunity to meet with other nonprofit leaders and hear their insights into what works for nonprofits.

Learning Circles content is customized to address the needs of each group to achieve the goals of each participant. The participants meet for 90 minutes either in person or remotely by video or teleconference.

The Learning Circles are made possible by a partnership with the United Way of Carlsbad, and funded by the McCune Charitable Foundation. The Nonprofit Resource Groups is a program of the National Center for Frontier Communities.

For more information or to register, please contact Kendra Milligan at (575) 597-0035 or NRG@frontierus.org. Visit the NRG website at nresourcegroup.org.

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