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Grant County, NM (May 3, 2016)— Eat Smart to Play Hard (ESPH) is a social marketing research project sponsored by the University of New Mexico's Prevention Research Center (UNM PRC); implemented across New Mexico and designed to encourage kids to build a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity habits. The grand finale is Fun Day, designed to reinforce the previous six weeks of healthy eating and physical activity. WNMU's Football and Softball teams, Grant County Sheriff's Dept., Cari Lemon, Monique Reyes, Cate Bradley, The Volunteer Center and April Teague, ICAN Educator for Grant County, presented this year's Fun Day activity centers.

Grant County Farm and Livestock Bureau members attended the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau annual conference this past week in Las Cruces. This was also the centennial anniversary of the NMFLB. Along with regular members, Kurtis Welker, Emily McDonald and Katie Van Dran of Silver High FFA and Mathew Gentry from Cliff High FFA attended and participated in a statewide discussion group contest. Mathew Gentry won second overall in the contest.

photo 1 rsCattlegrowers Board Member Jack Crumbley with Cliff High School Home Ec teacher Lindy Williamsonphoto 2 rsCattlegrowers Secretary, Lucinda Billings, left, and Home Economics teacher Rosemary Placencio of Snell Middle Schoolphoto 3 rsL to R Cattlegrowers Secretary Lucinda Billings with Chase, Hattie and Tanya Dobrinski accepting beef for Calvary Christian Academyphoto 4 rsCowBelles President Pat Hunt, left, and Candice Lucero of El Grito HeadstartThe Grant County Cattlegrowers purchased a "Grant County Bred, locally raised steer" at the 2017 Grant County Fair, Junior Livestock sale. The meat was processed and then distributed to local school Home Economics programs for beef preparation lessons. The Grant County Copper CowBelles assisted with the project with some of the monies needed for processing.

At the turn of the year, SkyWest Media officially began accepting business under its marketing division. Led by Ted Tucker and Sabrina Pack, SkyWest now leads local and national marketing initiatives spanning all forms of traditional and digital media from creation to execution, in addition to their radio operations in the area of KSCQ-FM, KNFT-FM, and KNFT-AM.

Broadcast, marketing and production are the pillars that SkyWest stands on. As SkyWest's team moves forward, every effort to strengthen each pillar is always top of mind. Continued partnership with Google and team members as Google AdWords Certified professionals is paramount to staying at the edge of the industry.

With a team now built on certifications from; the American Marketing Association, Google, Facebook and multiple awards in the film industry for video production work, SkyWest looks to 2018 as an exciting challenge to take their clients even further as they expand upon their pillars of success as a 14 year old media company.

SkyWest believes that their tireless hard work learned from their national marketing experience, applied to the local stage of Silver City and Grant County, will help the area. They seek to give back in many ways.

jennifer johnston rsWestern New Mexico University psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Johnston often speaks to the media about the probable connection between mass shootings and the news coverage around them.Silver City, NM – The study on the relationship between news coverage and mass shootings by Western New Mexico University psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Johnston and former Interdisciplinary Studies graduate student Andrew Joy continues gaining attention and respect worldwide.

bayard elementary food drive rsStudents from Bayard Elementary held a food drive this past week. Each class was assigned a food item. The students collected items and were able to make 15 baskets that will all go to students at the school. The turkeys were sponsored by community members including Police Chief Willie Kern, Joe at Lalo's Barber, Geo Reyes, Living the Dream Nutrition, Mi Ranchito, and Rosa Molina.

art from within rsPictured is the building with the art exhibit.What does an empty building contain? Endless possibilities and opportunities! That is the attitude of Silver City MainStreet and many community members. With help from property owner Scott Kennedy, Cari Lemon, Grant County Community Health Council Director, and Catherine Harding of Hidalgo Medical Services, an empty building has been transformed into a pop-up gallery.

wnm donation rsFrom left, WNM Communications President and General Manager Matt Favre, GRMC Foundation President Alfred Sedillo, GRMC Foundation Vice President John Mahl and WNMC Billing Operations Manager Kandra Young are shown at check presentation on November 14, 2017.Silver City, NM – WNM Communications, Southwest New Mexico's hometown communications and broadband company, has teamed up with employees by allowing each employee to designate a non-profit charitable organization to which they would like to make a donation to. Overall, forty-three donations were made and while the majority stayed within our local communities, others designated national organizations including The American Red Cross, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Lupus Foundation. Local organizations which were chosen included the Catron County Commission on Aging, Cowboys for Cancer Research, El Refugio, Elks Disaster Relief Program, Gila Valley Baptist Church, Grant County 4H Council, GRMC Foundation, High Desert Humane Society, La Casa Battered Women's Shelter, Life Quest, Magdalena Library, Silver City Rotary Foundation, Silver Gospel Mission, Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support and Trinity Church.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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