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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.

santa rita lodge rsLeft to right: David Fischer, Secretary Santa Rita Lodge, Todd Winder the Facility Manager and Diane LeBlanc, Management Analyst of Fort Bayard State Veterans Home.Santa Rita Lodge presented another donation for the veterans at Ft Bayard State Veterans Home. This is but one of the ways Grant County Masonic Lodges support the community and the Veterans of our Country.

gs visit ft. bayard med ctr rsGirl Scouts of the Desert Southwest were at Fort Bayard Medical Center Thursday evening singing Christmas Carols. More than 50 people attended. Girls, brothers, mom, dads, and grandmas joined in the fun.

For more information on Girl Scouts call the Girl Scout office at 538-2481.

tu casa rsTu Casa, a comprehensive substance abuse rehabilitation facility, is an example of Silver City, Grant County and the local community effectively collaborating to increase local services and job opportunities, despite limited resources. Tu Casa will be managed by Hidalgo Medical Services, and is expected to open in late spring.Silver City – Though it's difficult to find a silver lining when it comes to local and state budget woes, one positive outcome is increased collaboration between the Town of Silver City, Grant County government and other local institutions, including Western New Mexico University (WNMU) and Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS). Such partnerships are resulting in better coordination and sharing of resources regionally, which allows important infrastructure and service improvements, despite difficult fiscal challenges.

oni ken dec 21 rsOni Ken Karate is happy to announce our new promotions. Pictured from left to right: Eric Dominguez, Giselle Dominguez, Luis Dominguez, Reno Hughes, Sensei Chad Petty, and Sensei Trent Petty.

They are now in the intermediate level of karate.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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