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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.

photo 1 rsCattlegrowers Board Member Jack Crumbley with Cliff High School Home Ec teacher Lindy Williamsonphoto 2 rsCattlegrowers Secretary, Lucinda Billings, left, and Home Economics teacher Rosemary Placencio of Snell Middle Schoolphoto 3 rsL to R Cattlegrowers Secretary Lucinda Billings with Chase, Hattie and Tanya Dobrinski accepting beef for Calvary Christian Academyphoto 4 rsCowBelles President Pat Hunt, left, and Candice Lucero of El Grito HeadstartThe Grant County Cattlegrowers purchased a "Grant County Bred, locally raised steer" at the 2017 Grant County Fair, Junior Livestock sale. The meat was processed and then distributed to local school Home Economics programs for beef preparation lessons. The Grant County Copper CowBelles assisted with the project with some of the monies needed for processing.

At the turn of the year, SkyWest Media officially began accepting business under its marketing division. Led by Ted Tucker and Sabrina Pack, SkyWest now leads local and national marketing initiatives spanning all forms of traditional and digital media from creation to execution, in addition to their radio operations in the area of KSCQ-FM, KNFT-FM, and KNFT-AM.

Broadcast, marketing and production are the pillars that SkyWest stands on. As SkyWest's team moves forward, every effort to strengthen each pillar is always top of mind. Continued partnership with Google and team members as Google AdWords Certified professionals is paramount to staying at the edge of the industry.

With a team now built on certifications from; the American Marketing Association, Google, Facebook and multiple awards in the film industry for video production work, SkyWest looks to 2018 as an exciting challenge to take their clients even further as they expand upon their pillars of success as a 14 year old media company.

SkyWest believes that their tireless hard work learned from their national marketing experience, applied to the local stage of Silver City and Grant County, will help the area. They seek to give back in many ways.

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