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55458218 2250107998411506 166301215305498624 nGuadalupe Montana-Balbuena, a criminal justice major at WNMU, will share her experiences from the Washington, D.C., Spring Lobby Workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 3845 Swan Street, at 6 p.m. this Sunday, April 7.

Lupita is from Carlsbad, NM, and transferred to Western from NMSU. She heard of the opportunity to participate in the workshop in Dr. Damon Bullock's class - and went for it! With the support of numerous members of the local community, Lupita was able to register and attend the four-day workshop put on by the Friends Committee on National Legislation on March 28-31.

Along with more than 400 other young adults from across the country (including several others from New Mexico), Montana-Balbuena learned the basics of advocacy over a weekend. Then on Monday and Tuesday, they went to Capitol Hill to visit the offices of the New Mexico Congressional delegation, including the newly-elected Congresswoman from NM Congressional District 2, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Silver City, NM: The Center for Health Innovation (CHI) has named Corina Castillo as the new project specialist to lead the efforts of the Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (YSAPC) of Grant County.  Funded by a grant from the New Mexico Human Services Division Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP), the YSAPC focuses on prevention of underage drinking and youth prescription drug abuse through policy change in Grant County.

CHI Director of Prevention and Community Collaborations, Marisol Diaz said, “The CHI and the YSAPC Coalition Leadership Team are happy to welcome Corina to this role. Corina’s professional experience and passion for community will be a great benefit to the prevention efforts in Grant County.”

A Grant County native, Castillo currently resides in Santa Clara. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. 

fridays for future march 29 20 19These students from Aldo Leopold Charter School are hoping this will be the first of many Fridays for Future demonstrations at Gough Park, held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. On September 8, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement. The hashtags FridaysForFuture and Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.

hms 1HMS recently hosted the Teen Maze event in Lordsburg where more than 322 middle school and high school students participated in this every three year special event. Schools participating included: Lordsburg High School, Dugan Tarango Middle School, San Simon, Animas, and Silver High School.  

The Teen Maze is a virtual “game of life” designed ” designed to educate students about making healthy choices. This year’s event was titled – “Direction Determines Destination.” When students enter the maze, they are presented with choices in each room. Based on the decisions they make, they are issued consequences.

This is truly a “community” driven event. Several organizations from Hidalgo County each provide an educational room with a variety of topics including: education, drugs, STD’s, teen pregnancy, texting and driving, and social media. From there, students enter the “consequence” rooms – baby room, job interviews/background checks, court, JPO, hospital, community service, rehab, and jail. Students are given and pre and post evaluation to gage the level of knowledge they acquired by participating in the Teen Maze.  

2019 einstein bros bagelsEinstein Bros Bagels held their official opening this morning, March 26, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. University President Dr. Joseph Shepard, members of the University Board of Regents, and management of Sodexo (university food service company) are shown cutting the ribbon. Einstein Bros Bagels is located in the P.E. Building on the Western New Mexico University Campus in Silver City, New Mexico.

2019 college avenue beautification projectOn Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 am, we celebrated the completion of the College Avenue Beautification Project. This was a great example of the University and the Town of Silver City working together to complete a project that has transformed the way College Avenue looks (and feels with new pavement). On hand were the University's Board of Regents, University President Dr. Joe Shepard, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown and a bunch of citizens and staff.

sixth st tk march 2019The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored students from Sixth Street Elementary School as Kiwanis "Terrific Kids" for the month of March. The Kiwanis Terrific Kid program recognizes students for demonstrating a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship. Pictured are as follows:

Back Row from left: Silas Paupaw, Kylynn Marshall ,Ella Hamilton, Chayson Kapple, Maurie, Alexiyah Villa, Analeya Munoz

Middle Row from left: Britny Matchin, Angel Benavidez, Noah Baca, Adrian Davila, Victoria Jaramillo, Chloe Montoya.

Front Row from left: Zamiel Chavez, Millanya Vega, Alfred Rodriguez, Zaryah Lucero, Keira Luna.

Not present: Georgia Rogers, Evan Egge-Ledger, and Ryaden Tussing

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument volunteer Joan Cox reached a total of 4500 service hours at the park on February 28, 2019. Cox has been a volunteer at the monument for five years.

Previously, Cox has volunteered at many other parks, including Everglades National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and White Sands National Monument. She has also volunteered at New Mexico State Parks; City of Rocks State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park,

Now retired, Cox began in the hotel business. Her husband worked for a park concessioner at Yellowstone, and she was happy to follow him there. Her two children were born in Yellowstone, where the family spent five years.

Cox later accompanied her husband’s moves to other parks, enjoying the ability to help the National Park Service’s mission of conservation and enjoyment “on the side.” Although Cox’s husband has passed away, she continues to be passionate about parks, and especially loves volunteering at Gila Cliff Dwellings.

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