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dama muerta azul rs"Dama Muerta Azul" winning submission by Lyndia Radice in the Dia de los Muertos art contest.The Silver City Art Association congratulates Lyndia Radice on her digital painting titled "Dama Muerta Azul" that was declared the winner in the Dia de los Muertos art contest. The winning art will be used on this year's poster for the annual event as well as on other promotional material for Silver City's 2017 Dia de los Muertos. The public is cordially invited to stop by a special exhibit at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson Street, Silver City to view this winning original art as well as other entries into the competition. The Dia de los Muertos exhibit will be on display from October 20 through November 12.

Two area high school graduates will receive $500 scholarships from the Grant County Association of Education Retirees. There was a tie between the top two applicants, so the members voted to give each of them identical scholarships. These scholarships are being given this year in memory of Murray Ryan who was a great friend of education.

billy casper lifters rsBilly Casper Lifters (left to right) Joan Bacon, Barry Christian and Devan Garcia. Not pictured: Daniel Castillo

A group of Silver City lifters belonging to the Billy Casper Wellness Center gym entered a NASA power lifting competition on July 15th 2017. The lifters; Joan Bacon, Daniel Castillo, Barry Christian and Devan Garcia all prepared and trained for a potential first place win. They were entered into one or two categories, either bench press or the push and pull category with bench press and deadlift combined for a total lift amount. Joan Bacon bench pressed a total of 95 pounds winning first place in her category and also setting a National Record on top of her State Record, Daniel Castillo bench pressed a total of 260 pounds winning first place in his category, Barry Christian bench pressed a weight of 225 pounds also winning first place in his category and setting a state record, and Devan Garcia bench pressed 105 pounds and deadlifted 235.5 pounds winning first place in her category. All in all this team of lifters brought back a total of four first place trophies.

30-Plus Donated Lots Available to Qualified Applicants

chris arellanoChris Arellano, 45, is a native Silver City resident who realized his dream of owning a home, thanks to a USDA rural housing program and land available at Vistas de Plata, an affordable home subdivision on Silver City’s east side. He lives there with his son, Christopher, and three Chihuahuas. Pictured with Chris is "Hero." (Courtesy Photo)

Silver City – Nothing is more symbolic of the “American Dream” than home ownership, and for 45-year-old Chris Arellano, the Vistas de Plata subdivision on Silver City’s east side was central to making that dream a reality.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Literacy Link - Leamos has received the Literacy Program of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, which funds and supports community-based literacy programs throughout the state of New Mexico. Connie Jimenez, a Literacy Link student who passed the GED, was awarded Student of the Year.

"We're thrilled to receive this honor," said Mary Beth Folia, Program Director. "Our tutors and learners work so hard, it's great to be recognized. Our book program and event volunteers, and our Board of Directors, also put in lots of time and effort."

Connie Jimenez, who won Student of the Year, studied with tutor DeAnna Mooney for over a year to pass the difficult algebra section of the GED, despite holding two jobs and caring for a young child. "She was incredibly dedicated," Mooney said.

Literacy Link – Leamos has its office in the Silver City Public Library, and offers free tutoring to Grant County adults who study for exams like the GED and US citizenship. They also offer help with learning English and using computers, and teach small classes in Bayard, Santa Clara, Silver City and at the Grant County Detention Center. The organization's Let's Read program gets new books into the hands of all Grant County elementary school students several times per year.

Literacy Link staff members Folia and Jason Marshall, Tech Manager/Admin Assistant, will travel to Santa Fe to receive the award on September 8, during the Coalition's annual conference.

tc garden club planter boxes rsL to R: Anna Trotter and Sandy Suhr of the Town and Country Garden Club with planters in front of The Place located at 201 N. Bullard St.The Town and Country Garden Club and the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance have funded a downtown planter project. Silver City MainStreet requested the funds to help beautify downtown Silver City. Making the downtown area more attractive to residents and visitors is one of the goals of Silver City MainStreet.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, members of the Gila Amateur Radio Society (GARS) trekked to Black Peak north of Silver City to install a new antenna for the club's radio repeater. The original antenna was damage in June 2016 when it took a direct hit from a load of fire retardant dropped by an air tanker helping to suppress the Black Peak Fire. A temporary antenna was quickly installed and a second, longer-term replacement a month after that.

Fortunately, the club's insurance covered the loss, and a new antenna was ordered, arriving this past April. Then, it was a question of coordinating everyone's schedules and awaiting a weather window. This past Tuesday, the weather was perfect, with no thunderstorms forecasted until possibly later in the day. The installation crew lugged all the necessary equipment and new antenna to the site, and then quickly removed the temporary antenna. The installation of the new antenna went fairly smoothly, and the whole project was completed in about two hours.

Members of the installation crew included Steve London, Laurie Wlosinski, Kyle Meredith, Russ Imler, Carol Watson-Brand, Phil Tester, and Marc Levesque. Base support was provided by Bob King and GARS President Dan Dockery.

GARS is a local amateur radio club that hosts a twice weekly radio net and provides support for public events and emergency communications. It always welcomes new members and provides training and license testing for those interested in getting into amateur radio. For more information, contact Dan Dockery at 530-708-1256.

ken dayer rsSilver City Public Library Director Ken DayerThe Silver City Public Library is pleased to announce that Ken Dayer has been selected as the new director of the library. Dayer has been an integral part of the public library team since May 2011, when he was first hired as adult services librarian. He was promoted to the position of assistant director/public services manager in February of 2012 and has been working in that capacity ever since. Dayer moved to Silver City from Arkansas, where he had worked in libraries for over 15 years. For much of that time he held supervisory roles, including more than three years as a branch manager and public services manager in a library system in North Little Rock.

Dayer has a Master of Arts Degree in Public History from the University of Arkansas--Little Rock, with an emphasis on archival/special collections management. He earned his Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2008. Dayer is an avid birder who is active in the local ornithological community. He enjoys hiking and wildlife photography.

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