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Latest in a series of low-flying military aircraft across Grant County

On Thursday, March 14 at approximately 12 pm, four C-130s flew very low over homes in the Cliff-Gila Valley, 30 miles west of Silver City, New Mexico. One of the planes banked and released flares over agricultural fields and dropped six to eight groups of flares leaving a trail of smoke that caused an acrid smell detected by local residents. This is the latest incident in an increasing number of military aircraft flying at low altitude over the Gila region.

“It was very disturbing to see flares like that dropped so low over fields and homes," said Cliff resident Sharman Russell. She explained that she is not anti-military. "My father was a test pilot in the 1950s who died flying past Mach 3 in the X-2. I have a great respect for pilots and for the Air Force. But there is a place for military training, and the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness, and nearby rural areas and small towns, is not the place."

sixth st marchThe Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored students at Sixth Street Elementary School in February for being Kiwanis “Terrific Kids”. Family members, honored students and Principal, Bobby Trujillo celebrated in the school cafeteria complete with a presentation of certificates to each Kiwanis Terrific Kid” for the month of January. The Terrific Kid program is student leadership incentive provided by the Kiwanis Club of Silver City. The January Terrific Kids are as follows:

Back row from left: Emma Vega; Adrianna Placencio; School Principal, Bobby Trujillo; Cooper Nix; Kaya Perry; Rylee Quimby; Celeste Jacques; Alina Ortega;

Middle Row: Brooklyn Burrola-Grado; William Ellis; Averi Enriquez; Taylor Jacquez; Mishae Cuevas; Sethaniel Johnson

Front Row: Daniel Perry; Astraea Cisneros; Ezmia Escobar; Giada Torres; Veda Werber; Millanya Vega

Not Pictured: Gabriel Jimenez and Izrah Castaneda.

unnamed 10L-R: Brandon Bencomo of Calvary Christian Academy; Ava Bjornstad of Aldo Leopold High School; Ivan Legarda of Silver High School for February; Eleazar Melendez Jr. of Silver High School for March; John Gonzales of Cobre High School; and Brianna Rodriguez of Snell Middle School for February. The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored the Kiwanis Students of the Month for March at a luncheon prepared by the Silver City Masonic Lodge. School educators and family members joined the Kiwanians in listening to a short presentation from each student, who was then awarded a special certificate and other Student of the Month program items. This Kiwanis youth leadership presentation honors students that strive to earn the best grades and demonstrate superior leadership and good character roles in their respective schools. 

donation to cart for va clinicCandy Luhrsen of Grant County Federated Republican Women stands with cartThe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 has set up a Refreshments Cart at the Silver City VA Clinic. The clinic is located on the bottom floor of the medical building across the street and a little east of the hospital. The orthopedic doctors have their offices on top floor of that building. The cart was set up on Thursday with a little help from a couple of veterans, who were there. The shelves are stocked Doritos, fruit leather, orange juice boxes, bottled water, Pringles potato chips, Pretzels with cheese, and a variety of Nabisco cookies. A case and a half of Doritos were donated by the Republican Women as part of their Caring for America Program.

The ladies at ALA 18 hope the snacks will help veterans get through the day, especially after fasting for blood draws. Snacks are free to veterans and the cart will be checked weekly and restocked.

bayard proclamation 2019At the Bayard city hall meeting on March 11, Mayor Chon Fierro read a proclamation proclaiming the week of March 10-16 as Girl Scout Week. In the photo in front, from left are Kamera Ortiz, Karina Cabrera, Trinity McBride, in the middle row are Lucy Montenegro,Nevaeh Cabrera, Shavelle Ortiz, Aimerie Pena, Gabby Arciero, and Membership Manager for Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Annette Toney.  In the back are Raul Villanueva, Kristi Ortiz, Mayor Chon Fierro, Adrian Ortiz, and Charles Kelly. For more information on Girl Scouts please call Annette Toney 538-2481.

students cleaning ditchIzabela Chase, Aiden Young, and Emily Cox clean out an irrigation ditch on The Nature Conservancy’s Gila River Farm to raise money for their trip to Atlanta, Georgia. (Courtesy Photo)On Wednesday, March 13, three senior eco-monitoring students from Aldo Leopold Charter School, in Silver City, NM will be traveling to Atlanta, GA to take part in a Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps workshop led by former Vice President, Al Gore. Atlanta, the logistical and spiritual home of the American civil rights movement, inspired the theme of the Atlanta training: climate justice. The students raised money for the trip through the combination of a GoFundMe campaign, wetland restoration work, and direct appeals to local conservation organizations. Following the training, participants return to their own communities and commit to do at least ten climate change awareness events the following year. Many thanks to everyone who generously donated to make this happen!

For the last fourteen years Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) has been awarded a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) grant that provides paid internship positions for 40 youths. This year the YCC crews include the following: archaeology education and site watch, trail building and reconstruction, garden and landscape, eco-monitoring, and mural design and installation.

ycc crew sets a boulderYCC crew sets a rock: Trail crew members (left to right) Leonardo Rodriguez and Indigo Crockett (Courtesy Photo)This season the trail crew has focused on redesigning a portion of the Boston Hill trails near the Spring Street trailhead. The current trail is formed on bedrock, and that, combined with the steep grade, has made the tread susceptible to erosion. Last summer’s monsoon season swept the trail surface clean, creating a challenge for hikers and a potential flood hazard for city streets below. The crew has implemented an increased number of switchbacks to ease trail access and to mitigate flooding.

02202019 dare graduationThe Grant County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the graduation of three Deputies who completed a two-week (80 hour) Drug Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course on February 15, 2019.

Corporal Jason Jordan and Deputies Alice Black and Jade Benevidez will now assume their roles as D.A.R.E. Educators for K-12 programs in participating Grant County schools.

Pictured are the three new D.A.R.E. Educators with Corporal Jordan’s daughter, Jayla age 6. The ceremony took place at the Las Cruces Police Department.  

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