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2019 the potala palaceMr. and Mrs. Randy Salars cut the official ribbon Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, for the opening of The Potala Palace at 808 North Bullard Street in Silver City, New Mexico. The Potala Palace clothing, jewelry, art, books and more. They will be celebrating their opening throughout Saturday during Silver City's Chocolate Fantasia celebration. Stop by and check out the newest retail shop in downtown Silver City. Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner and Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson, Sabrina Pack, spoke briefly during the event.

Silver City, NM (February 4, 2019) Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) received a multi-million, multi-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA). HMS, in collaboration with the New Mexico Human Services Departments and the University of New Mexico, has launched a program called “Bridges 2 Wellness” that assists in improving care coordination and patient access to care. This program significantly increases collaboration between behavioral health and primary care providers through increasing health promotion, coordination of care and integration services. These services are focused on improving the overall health and wellness of adults with mental illness and substance use disorders who also have chronic physical health conditions.   

The “Bridges 2 Wellness” program is one of two new programs introduced recently by HMS. The “HMS CareLink NM” program is funded by the State of New Mexico Human Services Department and whose aim is to enhance integration and coordination of primary, acute, behavioral health, and long-term care services and support for persons with chronic medical and behavioral health conditions across their lifespan.  Between the two programs, most patients will be able to access this collaborative system of health care led by HMS with the aim of improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness and/or emotional disturbance.

In a statement by Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, “There are only two healthcare organizations across the state of New Mexico, HMS and another entity in Lea County, that were selected for the ‘Bridges 2 Wellness’ health initiative. HMS is very pleased to be a part of this person-centered system of care that addresses an individual’s holistic health and wellness, that will help serve the residents of southwestern New Mexico.”

sbdc at wnmu 2018 star client reception feb 4 2019Left to right: NMSBDC State Director Russell Wyrick; SBDC at WNMU Director Jane Janson; Lt. Gov. Howie Morales; Mitchel Baumgaarn, owner, Mitchel’s Auto Service & Repair; SBDC at WNMU Business Advisor Mario LaFragola; Small Business Administration New Mexico District Director John M. Garcia. Courtesy Photo.Silver City, NM – Mitchel’s Auto Service and Repair, LLC was honored at a reception on February 4 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The business was named 2018 Star Client by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Western New Mexico University.  New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales presented the award. The following day, Representative Candie Sweetser (Dist. 32) introduced owner Mitchel Baumgaarn on the House floor.

img 2359Rep. Rebecca Dow presents award to Susie Trujillo (Courtesy Photo)

Susie Trujillo received an award presented by Rep. Rebecca Dow on Tuesday at the Round House in Santa Fe, during the current New Mexico Legislative Session.

The 2019 award, Behavioral Heath Services Director Award, from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative, recognizes Trujillo's long service, more than 30 years, in support of Community Health Councils, her past service as government liaison with Gila Regional Medical Center and her most recent advocacy and determination to see through the development of Tu Casa behavioral health services facility.

Photo of Award below

kiwanis som feb 2019The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored the Kiwanis Students of the Month at a luncheon prepared by the Silver City Masonic Lodge on Tuesday, February 5. 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. The students honored are as follows:

From Left: Abriana Cameron of La Plata Middle School; Danielle Esqueda of Cobre High School; Brye Baptiste of Cliff High School; Seth Neal of Calvary Christian Academy for February; Samuel Medina of Aldo Leopold High School; Hattie Dobrinski of Calvary Christian Academy for January; and Cedar Markham of Aldo Leopold Middle School.

girlscoutsfeb1Left to right, front row: Ramona Trujillo, Sophia Rodriguez, Kamera Ortiz, Karina Cabrera, Eva Montes , Trinity McBride. Back row: Gabby Arciero, Marissa Garza, Nevaeh Cabrera, Shavelle Ortiz, Raygan Salcedo, Kaileen Maynes, Lucy Montenegro, and Kayhine HarpeLast night the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, Annette Toney local Membership Manager, and troop 54370 from the mining district worked on badges for financial literacy. The Daisys (Kindergarten and 1st grade) worked on “Money Counts.” They had to guess how much money was in a small paper cup then actually sort and count and realized they did some pretty good guessing. Brownies (2nd and 3rd graders) worked on “Meet My Customers,” and had to practice handling money. Juniors (4th and 5th graders) worked on “Savvy Shopper,” where they had to do some shopping with the help of local sale flyers. Cadettes (6th-8th graders) worked on a badge called “Business Plan”. They also helped younger girls with a group project, planning a meal for their families using the sale papers to see what they might pay for a meal. Two weeks ago the Cadettes also worked on steps towards their “Public Speaking Badge”. At the end of the meeting girls were all given new t-shirts provided with funding from PNM’s Innovation Grant.

For more information on Girl Scouts Call Annette Toney at 538-2481

Silver City, NM, January 30, 2019 — The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation recently announced two additional nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling of $75,200 from the 2018 Community Investment Fund.

The Grant County Community Investment Fund (CIF) was established in 2011 as part of Freeport-McMoRan’s objective to support sustainable benefits for the communities in the areas where we operate and to assist them in appropriate ways to ensure their self-sufficiency beyond the presence of our operations. The CIF is governed by a committee consisting of seven community leaders from diverse organizations and two Freeport-McMoRan representatives from Grant County. The community representatives were selected by the Grant County Community Partnership Panel, a stakeholder engagement process established 10 years ago to foster open and ongoing dialogue with the community that creates opportunities for the company and the community to work together to develop thoughtful solutions that address priority issues.

sixth street jan 2019The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored students at Sixth Street Elementary School on January 29 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: Isaiah Gonzalez; Juliette Eady; Ivan Davis; Caralee Walsmith; Emma Benavidez; Mia Rivas-Young; Rylee Reyes and Principal, Bobby Trujillo.

Middle Row from left: Kahlea Anderson; Landon Burnsed; Natalia Teran; Logan Wendt; Zayden Vigil; Zoe Anderson-Amaro; Harley Miller; Addison Miller

Botton Row from left: Malik Mata; Xavier Arroyo; Armando Arizaga; Alice Dominguez-Cordova; Alexandria Arroyos; Ayla Madrid; Harmony Rascon

Not Present: Isidro Madrid

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