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2018 silver toyota chrysler dodge jeep ramWith the construction almost totally completed, the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce assisted with a ribbon cutting ceremony the morning of Friday, December 21 at Silver Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Besides cutting the official ribbon, dealership owner Paul Leetmae announced the name change from Lawley Toyota to Silver Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram. Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the general public were on hand as Paul Leetmae cut the ribbon.

gilatrout2Glenwood, NM, December 20, 2018— On December 1, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, in partnership with the Gila National Forest, released approximately 800 Gila trout into Whitewater Creek.

Members of the public got to visit with Smokey Bear, participate in information about wildlife, release some fish and learn more about this native species. In New Mexico, the heart of Gila trout habitat is the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas. In 2012, the nearly 300,000 acre Whitewater Baldy Fire burned nearly half of the existing Gila trout streams and fish were eliminated from six of the eight streams that were within the burned area. Since then conservation efforts have consisted of returning Gila Trout to the streams affected by the wildfire, continuing to establish them in new streams, and developing opportunities to fish for this rare trout.

gilatroutGila trout conservation is guided by the Gila Trout Recovery Plan, and the Gila Trout Recovery Team, which is comprised of professions from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the University of New Mexico, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For more information on Gila trout and the recovery efforts visit here.

2018 gila regional foot ankle clinicA ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held this morning for the opening of Gila Regional Foot and Ankle. Everyone got to meet Dr. Gregory Iwassa and his staff.

Gila Regional Foot and Ankle is located at 1280 East 32nd Street in Silver City, New Mexico. It is located across the street from the Gila Regional Medical Center.

Speakers were Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Grant County Commissioner Brett Kasten, Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Taffy Arias and Dr. Gregory Iwaasa.

The 1st annual Friends of Power and Light Press holiday market happened Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Power and Light Press, 601 N. Bullard Street. In addition to vendors there was also a holiday cookie competition, food from the Corner Kitchen, and beer and spirits from the Little Toad Brewery. Music was performed by a rotating ensemble of local talent, with Dustin Hamman, Natalie Rae Good, Ethan Novikoff, Roger Metcalfe, and Ray Cressler.

tea party 2018Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest-Grant County held their Mom and Me Tea party Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Silver City. Girls and their Moms/Grandmas were treated to hot chocolate, tea and cupcakes. They decorated sugar cutout cookies, and made holiday decorations. Each girl brought a stuffed animal as part of the entrance fee that will be donated to K. I. S. S.( Kids In Need of Special Services). For more Information on being a Girl Scout or volunteering please contact local Membership Manager Annette Toney 538-2481.

Santa Fe, N.M. - The New Mexico Arts Commission considered formal requests from the state's Arts & Cultural Districts Program at its November meeting. The commission voted unanimously to approve the City of Las Cruces as the first ever State-Authorized municipally-designated Arts & Cultural District, the expansion of the Creative District in Los Alamos to encompass two Arts & Cultural Institutions, and the consolidation of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District under Silver City MainStreet.

The Arts & Cultural Districts program creates positive economic impact on districts that identify arts, history, artists, arts entrepreneurs, creative industries, and cultural facilities as key assets of their community revitalization efforts. The Arts Commission considers program recommendations that best serve community needs.

"The Arts & Cultural Districts Program helps our network communities identify strategies to improve the creative economy in our downtowns," said Economic Development Secretary Matthew Geisel. "The MainStreet Program working in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs supports creative industries, artists, and cultural facilities to ensure vibrant New Mexico communities."

"The Arts Commission is pleased to authorize Las Cruces as our first state municipally-designed program and to approve the requested changes to the existing Arts and Cultural Districts in Los Alamos and Silver City," said Arts Commission Vice Chair John Rohovec.

"Strong Arts & Cultural Districts are key to growing our creative economy in New Mexico," said Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales. "New Mexico needs to continue to find ways to diversify our economy and these districts are helping to lead the way."

fort bayard caroling 2018Last night the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest from Grant County went to sing Christmas Carols at Ft. Bayard Medical Center. Character, conduct, and community service are core qualities of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting is an asset to the community. Through leadership and service, its members enrich the lives of those around them. For more information on Girl Scouts call the Membership Manager Annette Toney at 538-2481.

wreaths donation 2018Jeff Larkin, Hurley Worshipful Master, and Mary Cowan of Wreaths Across America receiving the check from the Lodge. (Courtesy Photo)Hurley Masonic Lodge #55 supports Grant County Charitable Youth Groups with donations to help offset the load normally felt at years end. A check to pay for 40 Wreaths ($600.00) was presented to Mary Cowan of Wreaths Across America. A like amount or more was presented to: Clothe-A-Child of Grant County, Marine Corp. Toys for Tots, TLC Dyslexia Center, Imagination Library, Silver City Shooters (Air Rifle), Ft. Bayard Historic, and Masonic Service Association for Hurricane Relief.

Hurley Lodge has fundraisers, in combination with donations from their members to support these charitable activities. It is but one of the many ways the Lodge support our community. For additional information on this effort and others, or information regarding Masonic Lodges, please contact a Mason near you or call, Bob Baker at 575-538-8561.

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