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Silver City, NM — The inaugural Mud-Slinging Rodeo took place after the dedication of The Big Ditch Mural on Sunday, July 23rd and was enjoyed by both spectators and participants. It was a new addition to the CLAY Festival conceived by Diana Ingalls Leyba of Leyba & Ingalls ARTS and offered a chance to watch experienced potters in a throwing competition. It took place in the Big Ditch with competitive categories such as the tallest cylinder, largest platter, and even a blind-folded throwing competition!

Diane's Restaurant made and donated snacks to the event. Local artists Patty Countryman and Chrissy Ramirez prepared the clay and WNMU Professor Emeritus Claude Smith arranged for potter's wheels and other supplies to be borrowed from the WNMU Expressive Arts Department. Individual category prizes were supplies donated by Leyba & Ingalls ARTS. Tallest Cylinder went to Tolley Rippon, Largest Platter...Tolley Rippon, Most Bowls...Patty Countryman, Fastest Teapot...Louie Anderson, Blind-folded...Tolley Rippon, and Craziest...Chris Sowers. Jean-Robert P. Béffort of A-Space Gallery created the 1st place trophy, which was won by ceramic artist Tolley Rippon for placing 1st in several categories.

Don't miss this exciting event at next year's CLAY Festival!

chad petty in las vegas rsOni Ken Karate would like to congratulate one of our instructors, Chad Petty for his 1st place win in Kumite (sparring) and his 2nd place win in Kata (forms) at the USAMA World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured left to right: Sensei Trent Petty, Sensei Chad Petty & Sensei Chelsea Been.

Thank you for your services to this community.

Trent Petty
Oni Ken Karate

womans club el grito check presentation rsL to R: Amy Montes El Grito Policy Council President, Theresa Murphy SC Woman's Club hearing testing chair, Misty Pugmire Executive Director El Grito Head Start, Joan Eng SC Woman's Club vision testing chair, Gail Carter SC Woman's Club scholarship chair.The Silver City Woman's' Club recently presented Executive Director Misty Pugmire of El Grito Head Start a financial donation as part of of their 2017-2018 Community Outreach program.

The club's mission, "The Silver City Woman's Club is a non-profit, non-political organization, pledged to support the community in the advancement of civic, charitable and humanitarian endeavors", has evolved over 100-plus years to focus on local youth services. El Grito is a safe, nurturing and secure learning environment for local children and is one of the many children-focused organizations the non-profit club supports.

The Silver City Woman's Club provides vision testing to all children up to the age of six, including Head Start, kindergarten and first grade students annually. They also provide hearing testing to all Head Start students in Grant County and have scheduled the hearing testing for the end of August. The club provides two scholarships to students at Western New Mexico University annually as part of their local Community Outreach Program.

If interested in donating to the club's youth projects, contact SCWC Treasurer Renny Hutton 575.548.5581 or silvercitywomansclub1909@gmail.com, visit us at http://silvercitywomansclub.org/ and like us on Facebook.

The Nonprofit Resource Group (NRG) will host a brown bag training on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. at College Street Plaza Suite 5, located at 301 W. College Ave. Facilitator Renee Despres will discuss nonprofit board members fundamental roles, responsibilities and board functions, and how these roles are ever evolving. Despres will offer participants the tools, strategies, and resources to overcome common challenges faced by board members and nonprofit directors. The training is offered at no cost, but participants must RSVP due to limited seating. To register call NRG at (575) 597-0035 or email NRG@swchi.org.

Silver City, NM — The opening CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser held on July 22nd was a successful sold-out event. It was a truly local, grass-roots meal that honored the connection that the food we eat has to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY; it also honored connections within the Silver City community and New Mexico.

Truth or Consequences, NM, August 7, 2017—For Immediate Release. Smokey Bear and the employees of the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest spent a couple of hours in the evening of August 1 at the Sierra County National Night Out. Smokey Bear and the employees passed out about 165 bags of Smokey mementos and information to the participants at the National Night Out.

1st responders walmart drive rsPictured from Left to Right: Paul Ortiz - SCFD; Troy Lane - Native Air; Colton Allen - SCFD; Faviola Garcia - GRMC EMS; Jacob Herring - GRMC EMS; Michael Starr - Native Air; Travis Schull - Native Air; Cindy Kulikowski and her Daughter Dillon - Native Air; and Anthony Murillo - Native AirSaturday 8/5/17 - The Silver City Fire Department, Gila Regional EMS and the Air Methods Flight crew were out at the Silver City Wal-Mart doing a Back-to-School supply drive to help local schools.

THANK YOU ALL for going above and beyond everyday for our community!

kelly rodriguez rsKelly Rodriguez, AVPN, RN, Interim Director
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
In addition to her regular role of Assistant Vice President of Nursing (AVPN) at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), Kelly Rodriguez is also the Interim Director at the Gila Regional Cancer Center (GRCC). She has been a nurse for 11 years and part of her nursing experience includes Oncology.

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