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Truth or Consequences, NM, August 7, 2017—For Immediate Release. Smokey Bear and the employees of the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest spent a couple of hours in the evening of August 1 at the Sierra County National Night Out. Smokey Bear and the employees passed out about 165 bags of Smokey mementos and information to the participants at the National Night Out.

1st responders walmart drive rsPictured from Left to Right: Paul Ortiz - SCFD; Troy Lane - Native Air; Colton Allen - SCFD; Faviola Garcia - GRMC EMS; Jacob Herring - GRMC EMS; Michael Starr - Native Air; Travis Schull - Native Air; Cindy Kulikowski and her Daughter Dillon - Native Air; and Anthony Murillo - Native AirSaturday 8/5/17 - The Silver City Fire Department, Gila Regional EMS and the Air Methods Flight crew were out at the Silver City Wal-Mart doing a Back-to-School supply drive to help local schools.

THANK YOU ALL for going above and beyond everyday for our community!

kelly rodriguez rsKelly Rodriguez, AVPN, RN, Interim Director
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
In addition to her regular role of Assistant Vice President of Nursing (AVPN) at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), Kelly Rodriguez is also the Interim Director at the Gila Regional Cancer Center (GRCC). She has been a nurse for 11 years and part of her nursing experience includes Oncology.

senior olympics opening rsOpening Ceremonies. From left to right; Chris Trujillo, Thomas Morrish, Rachael Valencia, Michelle Valencia, Marie Elena Galindo, Gloria Sierra, Ernest Sierra, Raegan Sunchild, and Mario Quintana

dine college agreement rsL to R: Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President;
Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President; Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation President;
and Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel, Dine College President.
Window Rock, AZ – Students attending Dine College will soon benefit from an agreement singed with Western New Mexico University, offering a seamless transition for candidates in the special education degree program.

The new partnership will give Dine College students admission to WNMU after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. The students will then earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education by attending WNMU fully online.

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance includes a stipulation in the agreement for financial aid recipients in the program to teach in Navajo schools for each year financial aid was received.

martha placencio rsMartha Placencio MA/CNA
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
Martha Placencio has 39 years experience as a Medical Assistant (MA) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with the past 5 years serving patients at Gila Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Cancer Center.

"When I heard that GRMC had posted the position I jumped at it," said Mrs. Placencio. "I stayed at GRMC to ensure patient continuity. The patients at the cancer center become like family, I could not leave them."

rachel benavidez rsRachel Benavidez, Patient Navigator
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
The Patient Navigator program at Gila Regional started in 2009 under the UNA Amiga Grant and later transitioned fully to Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in 2011. Since the beginning, Rachel Benavidez has been helping cancer patients navigate through the cancer care process. With the change to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center as the cancer care providers for the GRMC Cancer Center, Rachel is thinking only of the patients.

Luna County's Court Appointed Special Advocates program has been working hard to ensure children in foster care are well prepared to return to school.

The program, which covers Luna, Hidalgo and Grant Counties, purchased 85 pairs of shoes for children in the tri-county area.

"This year we were fortunate enough to have additional funds to be able to provide these children with shoes. In the past, we have been able to help our foster children with backpacks and other back to school supplies," Vivian Silva, CASA program director, said. "This year however, we decided to go with something different that would help foster parents, adoptive parents and biological parents with the financial burden they can face when getting their child or children ready to go back to school."

There are about 85 children in foster care between the tri-county area and cases are still coming in. CASA is in need of volunteers in all three counties.

CASA volunteers are strong advocates for children in the foster care system. Advocates visit foster children at school and in other settings, and then report back to the courts so they can ensure the child's educational, psychological, and medical needs are being met.

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