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gnader rsSilver City—Jaime Embick, Silver City Community Development Director (left), trail advocate Bob Schiowitz (center), and new trails maintenance worker, Dustin Gnader, took a walk along a few of Silver City's hiking trails Wednesday to discuss trail maintenance needs. Gnader is a Silver City native and a 2000 graduate of Silver City High School. Here they are pictured at one of the newest trail heads, currently known as the Visitor's Center Riparian Trail, located on the west side of the Visitor's Center.

"I'm really excited to be part of this community and to help in any way that I can," Gnader said. "I love to be outside, so this is the perfect job for me. I'm looking forward to working with local trail advocates and volunteers to improve and maintain our local trail system."

Schiowitz, a long-time Silver City resident and trail advocate, said Gnader's hiring is the starting point for improving maintenance of local trails and trail heads, a job which until now has fallen largely to local volunteers. "It's great that the Town of Silver City has dedicated this position to our local trails and open space," he said. "It will make a tremendous difference in our ability to keep trails open and available for local residents to enjoy. But one person can't do the job alone. We still depend on local volunteers to help."

Embick emphasized that Gnader's sole responsibility is trail maintenance. All other trails related issues, questions and volunteer information should be directed to her at jembick@silvercitymail.com or (575) 534-6349.

single socks donation rsSean Ormand President of 1st New Mexico Bank and Kathleen Wigley from Single Socks.On December 13, 2017 First New Mexico Bank donated $1,000 on behalf of our customers to Single Socks, a Community Run Thrift Store to fight hunger in Grant. Some of the organizations that have applied for and received funds from Single Socks are Aldo Leopold High School, 1st Presbyterian Church, Grant County Food Pantry, Rio Mimbres Baptist Church, Silver City Gospel Mission, Volunteer Center of Grant County, Guadalupe Montessori School Community Garden, Silver City Farmer's Market, Bayard and Silver City Farmers Market, Bayard and Silver City Community Gardens and El Refugio Women's Shelter. Our goal is to help build long-term solutions for a hunger-free Grant County. Single Socks is located at 111 W. College, Silver City, 575-388-2488.

Silver City, NM – Southwest New Mexico has a higher than average food insecurity rate and this means that many residents will have to forgo having a heartwarming holiday feast in order to afford to keep the lights on or the house warm.

According to Feeding America, the nation has an average food insecurity rate of just over 13 percent. Luna County has a rate of 20 percent and Catron county has an 18 percent food insecurity rate. Additionally, both Grant and Hidalgo county report rates higher than the national average. Food insecurity is a term used by the United States Department of Agriculture and other organizations to describe a lack of access to affordable and nutritious food.

gisel vega rsGisel Castro Vega from Universidad de Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Mexico, holds a project she made while participating in Western New Mexico University’s Winter 2017 Language Institute.Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University was host to 110 youth from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, for the Winter 2017 Language Institute on Dec. 4-8, 2017.

community partnership rsFrom left: Cari Lemon, Hakiteli Tuivai, Charlene Gomez, Jonah Barrera, Anita Rios, Blair Baeza, Jacob Lara, Kalie Lyle, Rebecca Dow, Tien Nguyen, Terry Anderson, Angelica Boone, Priscilla Lucero, Vicente Partido, Miguel Vicens-Feliberty, Calum HillA great partnership came to fruition as Dr. Miguel Vicens's students presented an official business plan as their final project for the semester. Nine WNMU School of Business students enrolled in the capstone course ‘Business Policies and Management,' completed a semester-long project in partnership with the local non-profit Community Partnership for Children (CPC). The students are Annette Perez, Jonah Barrera, Calum Hill, Kalie Lyle, Blair Baeza, Hakiteli Tuivai, Jacob Lara, Tien Nguyen, and Vicente Partido.

oni ken dec 7 rsLeft to right: Sensei Chelsea Been, Jayden Been, Michael Mesa, and Ethan Rico.Oni Ken Karate is happy to present our first promotions in our Little Dragons Class of 3 & 4 yrs old. They have been working hard to learn their kicks and having fun while doing it.

lineberry foundation grant rsFrom left: Charmeine Wait, Executive Director, Silver City MainStreet, Patrick Hoskins, Board President, Silver City MainStreet, and Rory Deubel.The Silver City MainStreet Project received a $5,000 grant from the Lineberry Foundation to be used for operating expenses. As a small non-profit, this grant is greatly appreciated because operating expenses are always the most challenging budget item to fund.

Eunice Schoellhammer celebrates her 100th birthday on February 17, 2018. Eunice was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She is the daughter of Martha and Roscoe Maschger. Her four siblings were Howard Maschger, Helen Maschger Neill, June Maschger Turley, and William Maschger, all of whom are deceased. She is a 1936 graduate of Springfield High School.

As a young woman in Springfield, Eunice was the office manager of a medical practice. In her free time she was active in the Repertory Guild Theater. She remembers playing Emily in a production of Our Town and "the other woman" in Craig's Wife. She also had roles in My Darling Daughter and The Women. Her early attraction to the theater resurfaced decades later. In her nineties she crafted the role of a fictional innkeeper's wife during Biblical times in a monolog she wrote and performed in her church for several Christmas seasons.

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