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rowan and kiteThe Hunt and Burchett families attended the annual Kite Day at Alma on Saturday April 6. The wind was not totally cooperative but for the most part the kites got in some good flying time. This is a free event that is wonderful for all generations. Pat and Dusty Hunt, their daughter Alida, grandchildren Rowan, 6, and Brennan Burchett, almost 3, enjoyed the company of fellow kite enthusiasts, a beautiful moderately warm day, a picnic tailgate lunch and the thrill of seeing the unlimited variety of kite sizes, shapes and colors.

To top off the fun, Rowan won the “door” prize, a beautiful monster-sized red kite. Later in the afternoon, a front moved into the area with steady winds and the new kite went up and stayed up until the family decided it was time to head home grateful for the folks that make this event possible.    

amosAmos Torres, local singer-songwriter, performs live on GMCR / KURU 89.1 FM with George Carr, a member of the GMCR Board of Directors, serving as audio engineer . (Courtesy Photo)Gila/Mimbres Community Radio (GMCR) and KURU 89.1 FM will hold a Membership Drive and Showcase of Local Talent Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, 2019. Carolyn Smith, Chair of the radio station’s Board of Directors, said “This fundraiser and membership drive will highlight live performances and conversations with musicians, poets, activists, elected officials, and hosts of KURU’s many fine locally produced programs, along with many of the regularly scheduled programs that have made the station such a valued resource for the community. Visitors to the station will be welcomed to an open house with delicious refreshments and gracious hospitality.”

GMCR and KURU broadcast music, news and public affairs, cultural and educational topics, and commentary, with Spanish-language in addition to English programming. Locally produced programs include Earth Matters, Local Flavor, Roots and Branches, Jazz from the Gila, Rambling Radio Revival, Mitchellaneous, Travelers in the Night, Use Your Words, Today’s Healthy Community – and more!

img 1906Pictured: (L-R) Bob Connor, Jeremiah Garcia and John Sterle, Commander, Post 18Silver City Lions Club visited Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18, 409 College St. to present a donation to Post 18's Boys State account. Post 18 is currently recruiting High School Juniors in the Grant Co. area to attend the Dept. of New Mexico's annual Boys State (and Girls State) sessions at Eastern NM Univ. in Portales, NM. The 2019 NM Boys State session is scheduled for May 26-31, 2019, while the NM Girls State Session will occur on June 2-7, 2019. For further information on The American Legion Boys State and Girls State programs, please contact Commander Sterle at 623-293-1639 or "johnsterle@comcast.net".

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.

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