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tour power and light printing Left to Right: Audrey Hernandez, Anabella Lopez, Ella Bertolani, Rylee Reyes, Kyle Durrie (holding Frankie), Angelina Hernandez, Heather Steinmann, Sophie Landreth, Samantha Armstrong, Kylynn Marshall, Hope Manos, and Emma Vega.Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest toured Power and Light Press with owner Kyle Durrie in downtown Silver City. They were able to print a poem on a printing press from 1923. They worked with Heather Steinmann, a writing professor at WNMU, the week before. Steinmann is also former Girl Scout. Heather practiced yoga with the girls then sat down with her laptop to ask the girls questions about "Girls." Then their words were put into their poem, "Girls are brave." The Girl Scout experience gives young women the confidence to and the tools to lead, to find inside the uncertain girl, the citizen who will make a difference in her world. For more information on Girl Scouts call Annette Toney at the Silver City Girl Scout Office 538-2481 or check out our website at www.gsdsw.org.

Silver City MainStreet/Arts & Culture District has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities, said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

onikenaprilCongratulations to Oni Ken Karates' new belt promotions. Pictured left to right, front row: Melody Dietz (orange belt, 1st level beginner), Terrence Palomarez (yellow belt, 2nd level beginner), Sensei Trent Petty, Jason Palomarez (yellow), Joseph Palomarez (yellow), Trinton Palomarez (yellow) and Sensei Chad Petty.

The Selection Committee is delighted to announce that the next Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County will be Eve West Bessier.

This honorary role is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, demonstrated a commitment to the literary art form, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civil discourse. Following the tenure of co-poets laureate Beate Sigriddaughter and Jack Crocker, the committee received several applications for the role and after interviewing all applicants, the committee offered Bessier the position.

Eve West Bessier was born in the Netherlands. When Eve was seven, she and her mother immigrated to San Francisco. Eve holds a Master of Education from the University of California, Davis as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University. She moved to New Mexico almost five years ago, and is the new host and coordinator of  the monthly Just Words Literary Reading series. Eve is an award-winning author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction whose latest poetry collection, Roots Music: Listening to Jazz, has just been published, and novel, New Rain, was just released in paperback. Eve is a retired social scientist, studio musician, jazz vocalist and voice coach, and visual artist. A nature enthusiast, Eve hikes on the Continental Divide Trail daily and enjoys the many cultural events Silver City offers.

melody harwood 1Melody HarwoodSilver High School is proud to announce that one of Silver High's students will be attending the summer program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is an extremely high honor for student, Melody Harwood.

Here’s the website for the program: http://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites 

Melody Harwood's response to the award:

image003 3Left to Right: Gayla Lacy, Emily Cox, and Izabela Chase (Photo Courtesy ALCS Staff)Silver City, NM: Izabela Chase, Gayla Lacy and Emily Cox have been named by the New Mexico Community Foundation as the 2019 recipients of the Aldo Leopold Charter School’s Ella, Michael and Ella Memorial Scholarship. Izabela Chase was awarded $2,000, Gayla Lacy was awarded $500 and Emily Cox was awarded $500.

The Ella, Michael, Ella Memorial Scholarship was established in loving honor and memory of the Aldo Leopold Charter School students Ella Kirk, Michael Mahl and Ella Myers who lost their lives in a small airplane accident in May of 2014. Their dedication to environmental studies, music and the arts, and their level of community involvement and civic engagement, serves as an inspiration to all.

som april 2019The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored the April Kiwanis Students of the Month with a luncheon celebration prepared by the Silver City Masonic Lodge. School educators and family members joined the Kiwanians in listening to a short presentation from each student, who was then awarded a special certificate and other Student of the Month program items. This Kiwanis youth leadership presentation honors students that strive to earn the best grades and demonstrate superior leadership and good character roles in their respective schools. The students honored are as follows:

L-R: Samantha Jones, Cliff High School; Aria Baca, Aldo Leopold Middle School-March; Anson Beck, La Plata Middle School-March; Aujineah Rosales, La Plata Middle School-April; Reece Wilguess, Aldo Leopold Middle School-April; Angelique Garcia, Snell Middle School; and Aysia Jordan, Silver High School

Not present: Julia Mathieu, Calvary Christian Academy; Jessilyn Hobby, Aldo Leopold High School; and Karren Diedrich, Snell Middle School-March.

cpc 4 19From left, Romeo Cruz, Charlene Gomez, Martha Egnal, DeShae Murphy, Anita Rios, Misty Pugmire, Catherine Tanner, Kelli McGhiey.The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year it was held April 8-12.

This annual celebration happens in April and the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

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