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SILVER CITY-Grant County 4-H has had a busy couple of weeks. Members from the six 4-H clubs in the county competed for spots on the prestigious Grant County 4-H Shooting Sports Teams. In May, 30 youths will attend the New Mexico 4-H State Shooting Sports Championships in Raton, NM.

The following youths will be representing Grant County 4-H in seven different shooting sports disciplines:

Air Rifle
Team 1:
Seth Neal
Ariel Hanson
Clay Lewis
Sophia Egge-Ogas

Individual: Rachel Bobo

2019 senior olympicsThe Copper Country Senior Olympics celebrated the opening of their new office in Western New Mexico University's Watts Hall on Friday - April 12.  Holding the ribbon are Senior Olympics board members while local dignitaries: Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, WNMU President Joe Shepard, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner and State Senator Gabriel Ramos oversee the cutting of the ribbon.

Watts Hall is located at the corner of Swan Street and Highway 180 East in Silver City, New Mexico.  

Western New Mexico University Foundation Receives Trust Distribution for WNMU Students 

Silver City, NM – A Western New Mexico University Foundation endowed scholarship established in 2005 has received a new injection of funds following the distribution of a charitable remainder trust founded by the family of John and Arley Reese. The John A. (Jack) & Arley M. Reese Scholarship, one of the WNMU Foundation’s largest named endowments, was created to award scholarship funds to WNMU students in the areas of criminal justice/law enforcement, social science, nursing and education.

“I witness, and am proud to be a part of the impact this scholarship has on our students each year. These additional funds will work to enhance the reach and lifechanging effect the Reese family continue to have on our campus community,” said Western New Mexico University Foundation Executive Director Jodi Edens-Crocker.   

The significant additional gift from the Reese trust will allow the scholarship to support more students over a long period of time, while having the ability to grow in size, in perpetuity, creating a legacy of educational support. The trust’s funds were presented to the University Foundation during a lunch on the WNMU campus by the daughters of Jack and Arley Reese, Katherine Eaton and Francis Day. “Supporting this scholarship endowment is very important and special to us because our father taught us that a little effort and a bit of money can go a long way,” Francis said. 

girlscoutsFrom L-R, front row: Samantha Armstrong, Ella Bertolani, Rosie (guide dog), Angelina Hernandez, Sophie Landreth; back row: Hailey Peterson, Lilly James, Christine Fila, Rylee Reyes, Hope Manos, Hayly Mendoza, and Kyla Aragon.Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Troop 54323 in Silver City had a special visitor last night. Christine Fila, a local therapist who is visually impaired, came to talk to the girls about her service dog “Rosie." While Rosie is wearing her harness she is working and should not be distracted. Girls learned etiquette for when they are around guide dogs, such as don't touch, don't pet or feed, don't call the dog by name, and don't give the dog commands. Girls were told that Rosie understands about 40 words (commands) and were told it cost about $60,000.00 to raise and train one guide dog. Guide dogs are the the guiding eyes for people who are blind or visually impaired, and they are specially bred and trained for this most important job. At the end of the presentation Rosie's harness was taken off so the girls could pet and hug her. For more information on Girl Scouts contact Annette Toney local Membership Specialist/Recruiter at 538-2481, or check out our website at www.gsdsw.org. 

pastor beth simpson copyFirst United Methodist Church-Silver City is very pleased to welcome our Interim Pastor, Beth Simpson who will be with us throughout April, May and June. Beth currently serves as Assistant Pastor and Youth Minister of the FUMC in Deming. She will be with us on Wednesdays and Sundays during this period, offering her counsel and spiritual guidance. Welcome Beth!!

rowan and kiteThe Hunt and Burchett families attended the annual Kite Day at Alma on Saturday April 6. The wind was not totally cooperative but for the most part the kites got in some good flying time. This is a free event that is wonderful for all generations. Pat and Dusty Hunt, their daughter Alida, grandchildren Rowan, 6, and Brennan Burchett, almost 3, enjoyed the company of fellow kite enthusiasts, a beautiful moderately warm day, a picnic tailgate lunch and the thrill of seeing the unlimited variety of kite sizes, shapes and colors.

To top off the fun, Rowan won the “door” prize, a beautiful monster-sized red kite. Later in the afternoon, a front moved into the area with steady winds and the new kite went up and stayed up until the family decided it was time to head home grateful for the folks that make this event possible.    

amosAmos Torres, local singer-songwriter, performs live on GMCR / KURU 89.1 FM with George Carr, a member of the GMCR Board of Directors, serving as audio engineer . (Courtesy Photo)Gila/Mimbres Community Radio (GMCR) and KURU 89.1 FM will hold a Membership Drive and Showcase of Local Talent Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, 2019. Carolyn Smith, Chair of the radio station’s Board of Directors, said “This fundraiser and membership drive will highlight live performances and conversations with musicians, poets, activists, elected officials, and hosts of KURU’s many fine locally produced programs, along with many of the regularly scheduled programs that have made the station such a valued resource for the community. Visitors to the station will be welcomed to an open house with delicious refreshments and gracious hospitality.”

GMCR and KURU broadcast music, news and public affairs, cultural and educational topics, and commentary, with Spanish-language in addition to English programming. Locally produced programs include Earth Matters, Local Flavor, Roots and Branches, Jazz from the Gila, Rambling Radio Revival, Mitchellaneous, Travelers in the Night, Use Your Words, Today’s Healthy Community – and more!

img 1906Pictured: (L-R) Bob Connor, Jeremiah Garcia and John Sterle, Commander, Post 18Silver City Lions Club visited Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18, 409 College St. to present a donation to Post 18's Boys State account. Post 18 is currently recruiting High School Juniors in the Grant Co. area to attend the Dept. of New Mexico's annual Boys State (and Girls State) sessions at Eastern NM Univ. in Portales, NM. The 2019 NM Boys State session is scheduled for May 26-31, 2019, while the NM Girls State Session will occur on June 2-7, 2019. For further information on The American Legion Boys State and Girls State programs, please contact Commander Sterle at 623-293-1639 or "johnsterle@comcast.net".

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