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worm 2SILVER CITY-The Grant County Cooperative Extension Service along with NMSU Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program was awarded a grant earlier in the year to teach students all about vermicomposting. The schools that participated in the program were Stout Elementary and Harrison Schmitt. Students learned about the parts of the worm, different types of worms, how they decompose material into organic matter and were able to make worm bins that they kept in their classrooms. The six-week program allowed students to learn about agriculture using science, technology, engineering and math. 

fdPictured left to right: Rosalie Saiz, Betty McIndoe, Lorraine Marquez, Angie Garcia, Lillian Galindo, Billie Behrens, Maria Elena Sanchez, Shelley Topmiller, Kathy Terry and Carolyn Luck.Chapter wove the theme throughout the 2018-2019 year. Recently the chapter celebrated Founder’s Day with a banquet and awards presentation at Adobe Springs. The evening started out with the members greeting former sister, Billie Behrens and her friend Betty McIndoe who traveled from Santa Fe and Rio Rancho respectfully.    

Special awards were presented to Maria Elena Sanchez, who received the Founder’s Award and Best Program of the Year. The chapter voted by secret ballot on the program they enjoyed the most and Maria Elena had a guest speak, Manny Lucero, who showed the chapter quilts he has made and discussed how he became interested in make quilts and how he taught himself to make them.

grant county dream makers 2019 finalThe graduating Aldo Leopold Charter School and La Plata Middle School Dream Makers Club 2019 completed a year-long exploration of possible health care careers.Friday, May 3, 2019; Silver City, NM: Deziraye Salgado has her future all sewn up thanks to her participation in the Dream Makers Club where she learned how to suture wounds. The La Plata Middle School 8th Grader wants to pursue a career in health care after a year-long whirlwind adventure through the career opportunities available in the field of health care offered by the after-school club.

Salgado and 21 other Grant County Middle School students graduated the Dream Makers Club last month. Along their way to graduating, the teens visited with veterinarians, learned to take vital signs from a midwife, toured research laboratories at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and climbed into a Native Air medical helicopter.

img 6167Great to see the properties owners in our community get involved in the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program.

Many thanks to Chief Whitmarsh and the PA Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Lambert and AC Fell from Silver Fire Dept., Beth and Larry from USFS, Tom Zegler from State Forestry and of Course the Grant County FMO and all the property owners that showed up to support the effort.

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img 9366Helen and Leif Nordell, who transported the elephant and represented the Republican Party of Grant County at the statewide elephant contest. The Republican Party of Grant County entered the NM State Party's elephant contest at the Silver Elephant Dinner in Albuquerque on April 27.  

5 other counties from around the state entered the contest. Those present at the dinner voted for the favorite elephant. Grant County won first place and was awarded $500.  

"The elephant was graciously made for our party by Jared Lackey of Lackey’s Welding. The cutouts represent many of the major concerns for Grant County residents  including: the baby for Right to Life for the unborn babies, mining picks representing our mining industry, the gun represents our 2nd Amendment rights, the horse and cowboy represents our agriculture culture, the cross represents our faith, the US flag represents our great nation and our desire to remain free with much less government control and interference. Thanks to Leif and Helen Nordell for transporting it to Albuquerque and representing our county so well,” said Cyndi Donovan, treasurer.

critical care 0324Pictured back row, left to right: Lawrence Aquino, Angela Cox, James Vigil, Meagan Montoya, Vince Torres. Front row, left to right: Sonia Rivera, Victoria Vega, Rexine Sierra, Jessica Escobar, Dr. Donald Stinar, Kelly Rodriquez, Annabelle Evans, Octavia Djanque, Roberta (Bertie) Berry.Silver City, NM, April 29, 2019 – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, announced today that 11 RNs underwent education and training for Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Certification.

The two-day education and training program was conducted Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, at the hospital, and supervised by Dr. Donald Stinar, Dr. Nathan Williams, Donna Kiehne, CNP, and GRMC clinical directors including Bertie Vesely, RN, Octavia Djanque, RN, Rexine Sierra, RN, Stephanie Provencio, RN, and Vince Torres, RN. The RNs who received certification include Max Rothpletz, Vince Torres, Christina, Solberg, Victoria Vega, Meagan Montoya, Stephanie Provencio, Sonya Rivera, Jessica Sprague, James Vigil, Annabelle Evans, and Jessica Escobar.

img 0723Grant County Federation of Republican Women Members and GC Conservatives, Carol Lutz and I registered voters at Silver City High School during the lunch periods on Wednesday, May 1. Karen Nelson and I will register voters at Cobre High School during their two lunch periods on Thursday, May 2. We distributed a number of Now You Are 18 booklets and copies of pocket U.S. Constitutions complete with the Declaration of Independence. It is amazing how little the students know about the differences between the two major political parties.  

silver high science olympiad teamSilver High Science Olympiad Team is headed to the national competition in Oklahoma this summer. Pictured with their BotBall robot are (back row left to right) Marcela Johnson, Sarah Stanley, Tyrell Marek, Mr. Nathan Nolan; (front row left to right) Caoilfhionn Nolan, Dannika Maldonado, Melody Harwood, and Kief Gonzales. Olympiads not pictured are Reagan Barragan, Justice Guillory, Gabbi Hughes, Mikaela Johnson, Parker McMillan, Sheena Merino, Anayah Peru Nicole Rodriguez, Cole Rogers, Lonnie Sandoval and Doug Stone.Wednesday, May 1, 2019; Silver City, NM: Silver High Science Olympiad team is on to better challenges, or maybe the BEST challenge of these teen scientists’ lives.

Ranking in the top 10 during the state-wide New Mexico Science Olympiad this February, raking in nine medals, and winning at seat at the National Science Olympiad Competition wasn’t enough for this team of 19 Olympiads.

They have set their sights on competing in the Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST), a national six-week robotics competition in the United States held this coming October designed to help interest middle school and high school students in possible engineering careers.

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