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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Summer is here and with it comes hot weather. Demand for electricity is highest during the summer cooling season. A typical family that uses cooling can expect to see that higher use reflected in their summer bills; therefore, PNM would like to highlight programs that can help identify ways to be more energy efficient and save money during hot summer days.

Rebates and discounts
Save money and energy with PNM programs for your home. Rebates are available for energy-efficient air conditioners, evaporative (swamp) coolers, swimming pool pumps, and more. Additionally, by completing a PNM Home Energy Checkup, customers may qualify for rebates on several appliances in the home. Having efficient lighting in your home can help save you up to $65 a year on your electric bill. Discounts are available on LED light bulbs at retailers and at www.pnm.com/homelighting.

Evaporative cooling and refrigerated air conditioning
The PNM Cooling Rebate Program reduces the cost for residential customers to purchase and install certain energy efficient cooling equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for evaporative (swamp) coolers, refrigerated air conditioners, room air conditioners, and window units. For more information about the PNM Cooling Rebate Program, visit PNM.com/coolrebate.

Refrigerators and Freezers
PNM offers a recycling program for refrigerators and freezers for residential and business customers. Through the program, PNM will give customers $50 for their old working refrigerator or freezer and will pick up their old one for free. For more information about the PNM Refrigerator Recycling Program, visit PNM.com/fridge or call 1-877-838-1139. Additionally, with a PNM Home Energy Checkup, customers may qualify for rebates on new refrigerators and freezers.

PNM Home Energy Checkup
With a PNM Home Energy Checkup, customers receive a personalized report on their home's energy performance and learn ways to become more energy-smart, improve their family's comfort and lower their monthly energy costs. PNM Home Energy Checkup packages are available ranging from $15 - $45. The basic package includes installation of up to 20 LED light bulbs, two LED night lights, up to two energy-efficient showerheads, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, and a smart power strip. Income qualified customers get this package for free. For more information or to schedule a PNM Home Energy Checkup, visit PNM.com/checkup or call (855) 775-6491.

In addition to taking advantage of PNM energy efficiency programs, consider these tips to cut your energy use this summer:

How to air condition

  • Keep doors and windows closed when refrigerated air conditioning is on.
  • Turn off the air conditioner or raise the thermostat setting when gone for an extended period.
  • Set the thermostat as high as comfort permits. Save two to four percent on electricity for every degree higher the thermostat is set.
  • Turn off air conditioners and open windows whenever possible to allow outside air to cool your home or business.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate the air. During warm weather, you should run the fan so that the breeze blows downward (leading edge of blades should be pointing up). This creates a cool breeze similar to rolling down a car window. Also, turn off fans when gone.

Avoid heat

  • Draw blinds, shades or drapes to block the sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use a microwave rather than the oven to keep the kitchen cooler.
  • Avoid using the stove and oven during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid doing laundry and running dishwashers during the hottest part of the day.

Find more tips at PNM.com/tips.

Allison Sedillos RSAllison Sedillo, recipient of the 2017 Nancy Champlin P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship.
Photo by Karen Murphy
Silver City P.E.O. members Mary Cowan and Karen Murphy recently met with Allison Sedillos to award her the 2017 Nancy Champlin P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship of $1000. Valedictorian at Cobre High School, Allison took dual enrollment classes at Cobre and WNMU and also received her Associate Degree from WNMU this semester.

Allison plans to attend NMSU in Las Cruces in the fall to pursue a degree in biology with future plans of entering a medical field. She has been active in the Key Club at Cobre High School and works part-time at Walgreens. She is the daughter of Lorraine Sedillos and the late Albert Sedillos.

P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization that provides scholarships, grants and loans to help women achieve their educational goals. The two local P.E.O. chapters raise money for this scholarship via their annual Purse Auction held in October.

Helping seniors stay healthy RSSilver City Senior Center regular, Julia B. Biglin has her vital signs taken by WNMU Nursing student Denise Gonzalez during the Helping Seniors Stay Healthy program that offers free health screenings at Grant County Senior Centers.Grant County, New Mexico, Friday, June 9, 2017: Grant County seniors have lent a helping hand, or, in some cases, an arm and finger, to better train the next generation of nurses. The program, Helping Seniors Stay Healthy, has student nurses taking the vital signs of seniors, and in return, the seniors offer the future nurses a vital learning experience.

During the last year, Western New Mexico University (WNMU) School of Nursing students have trekked each month with their stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and blood glucose machines to senior centers around Grant County.

Hawaiian native and WNMU Nursing student, Taimane Passi said, "We get to practice our bedside manner and communications skills while meeting different people. This gets us ready for next year when we start clinical training at the hospital, by then checking people's vital signs will be a piece of cake."

"Taking patient vital signs needs to be second nature to nursing students; it needs to be like a muscle memory," said Krista Wood, RN, BSN, an Assistant Professor at WNMU School of Nursing. "With enough practice, students can recognize what's abnormal right away."

Over the course of the school year, nursing students have had plenty of time to build their experience with 40 visits to senior centers while conducting over 320 health screenings. As the students' progress in their education, they have advanced from assessing general vital signs to offering more in-depth screenings like home safety and nutritional assessments.

Silver City Senior Center regular, Julia B. Biglin let the students practice their skills on her. Even though she exercises every day, she likes to check up on her blood pressure at Helping Seniors Stay Heathy. "I'm an alumni and retired staff of WNMU. This is a good experience for students and has them out of the classroom doing more with the community."

WNMU Nursing student, Gordy Longville noted the difference between rural Grant County and his home in Tucson, "People here have a good sense of community in comparison to cities like Tucson. The people we've worked with here know their medication and bring a notebook with their results from previous visits."

Evans noted the program offers an invaluable experience as a student, "It builds our confidence and offers a service to our community. We've had people come in who didn't know their blood pressure was high."

Grant County Manager Charlene Webb said, "The Helping Seniors Stay Healthy benefits the nursing students with hands-on experience and our seniors with valuable health care service at no charge."

HSSH Coordinator Chris DeBolt said, "This project has been successful in so many ways, not just for the healthcare provided for seniors and community nursing learned by students but in the relationships that have been formed between the two. It's been just wonderful!"

The program is funded by a grant from the Freeport McMoRan Foundation and supported by Grant County with the WNMU School of Nursing.

During the summer, Helping Seniors Stay Healthy is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Gila and Silver City Senior Centers, and on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Santa Clara and Mimbres Senior Centers. The student nurses are scheduled to be at the Gila and Silver City Senior Centers on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and the Santa Clara and Mimbres Senior Centers on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Health screenings should not be a substitute for a person's annual physical exam conducted by a physician or health care provider. Health screenings can aid in general monitoring of wellness and catch the warning signs of more serious condition.

For more information on HSSH program call Chris DeBolt at (575) 956-3225.

Erika Cox RSCox offers tips and tricks to take photophores like a professional at the Nonprofit Resource Groups' brown bag training in June.Say Cheese! Learn to take photographs like a professional

Erika Cox teaches tips and tricks for taking great photographs with a smartphone at a one-hour brown bag training on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. The training is tailored to nonprofit staff and community members, and available at no cost thanks to the Nonprofit Resource Group (NRG). Cox will discuss how to take photographs that will wow nonprofit sponsors and are worthy of the front page. Topics include: taking a dynamic photograph, composition, exposure, perspective and the Rule of Thirds. The training will be offered at the NRG office at College Street Plaza Suite #5, located at 301 W. College Ave.

Seating is limited so to RSVP, please contact Kendra Milligan at (575) 597-0035 or NRG@swchi.org. Visit the NRG webpage for a full list of upcoming trainings at http://nresourcegroup.org/.

Robert Sandoval, U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam, is wrapped in Quilt of Valor by Master Quilter Claudia Toenies. Photos Courtesy of Judy O'Loughlin (more photos below)

The local quilters guild presented their 78th “Quilt of Valor” at their June meeting to Robert Sandoval, Veteran who served in the US Army in Vietnam, Status E4, Assignment Logistics. The traditional Red, White and Blue quilt was handcrafted by Master Quilter Claudia Toenies.

Jude Casco, Quilt of Valor Coordinator did the presentation with the following statistics from the National Quilt of Valor organization: Month to date 2017 quilts presented to 890 veterans, 159,291 presented worldwide by the Quilt of Valor Foundation.

The quilt is presented from a beautiful quilted storage bag, but then wrapped around the recipient to show deep appreciation for their service and sacrifice.








Jude Casco, Quilt of Valor coordinator did the presentation, as Sandoval and his wife Rachel watch

Toenies and Sandoval hold up the Quilt of Valor



In Silver City, Kate Sokulsky-Boyce of Silver High School will be awarded $1,000.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Comcast NBCUniversal announced that it has awarded $39,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 school year to New Mexico students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President, Comcast New Mexico. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

The 30 recipients each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Adriana Torrez, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico and student at Valley High School was selected to receive an additional $9,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship - instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total, Comcast awarded $39,000 worth of scholarships in New Mexico this year.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more.

To learn more, please visit the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ComcastLeadersandAchievers.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.

About Comcast
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About the Comcast Foundation:
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available atwww.comcast.com/community.

The following 30 New Mexico students are recipients of the 2017-18 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Awards:

$10,000 Scholarship Award - 1 student
Adriana Torrez, Valley High School

$1,000 Scholarship Awards - 29 students
Macleod Adams, Del Norte High School
Kendra Becenti, Eldorado High School
Neal Bitsie, St. Pius X High School
Rowan Hart, La Cueva High School
Camille Slim, Native American Community Academy Joshua Soliz, Manzano High School
Haley Tapia, Volcano Vista High School
Paris Valencia, Tierra Adentro of New Mexico
Syranda Wiley de Navarro, Public Academy of Performing Arts
Rinad Yousef, Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science
Jesus Zavala, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School

Yadira Trigo, Belen High School

Cameron Martinez, Bernalillo High School

Antonio Lopez, Bloomfield High School

Nizhoni Tallas, Navajo Prepatory School

Dade Lincoln, Gallup High School
Dineah Peterson, Middle College High School

Las Cruces
Yisell Arias, Las Montañas Charter High School Jacob Hammond, Mayfield High School
Olivia Weinbaum, Centennial High School
Antonio Zamora, Oñate High School

Las Vegas
Victoria Valdez, Robertson High School

Morgan McCall, Moriarty High School

Brittany Santibanez, Portales High School

Camille Gonzales, Raton High School

Santa Fe
James Garcia, Pojoaque Valley High School
Dana Jose, Academy for Technology and the Classics
Kevin Duron Martinez, Capital High School

Silver City
Kate Sokulsky-Boyce, Silver High School

Crystal BrownStudio time w/ Crystal Foreman Brown

Thursday, June 8 - Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. - 12 & 1:30-4 p.m., upstairs at Leyba & Ingalls ARTS. Participants should bring their paints and subject matter, and be prepared to work. Includes demos, instruction, and critiques.

Fee: $60.00 for materials separate. Must pre-register!

upstairs at Leyba & Ingalls ARTS

Plein Aire Painting with Chris Alvarez

Pleine Aire 6 1 17July 21st -23rd Cost: $325.

Explore the unique country of Grant County, New Mexico with nationally known artist, Chris Alvarez. Learn more about the beauty of your surrounding through plein aire painting. Chris will help you overcome the challenges of outdoor painting and guide the process during this 3 days

Course objects include:
○ Composition
○ Value & Temperature
○ Draftsmanship
○ Brushwork and Color Mixing
○ Palette Organization

Join Chris for this practical and inspiring workshop. Learn to record what you see.

Supply list:
1. Outdoor easel

2. Palette 11"x14" or larger

3. Palette knife

4. Brushes, I prefer flats #4-#6

5. Rags or paper towels

6. Solvent, odorless mineral spirits

7. Suggested palette

  1. titanium white
  2. cad lemon
  3. cad yellow
  4. cad orange
  5. cad red lt.
  6. alizarin crimson
  7. ultramarine blue
  8. ivory black
  9. burnt sienna
  10. Yellow ochre

8. Hat

9. Sunscreen

10. Water


Oni Ken June 1 2017 RSOni Ken Karate is proud to present our newest Blue Belts & Yellow Belts.

These young people have worked very hard & are high achievers.

From Left to right: Sensei Chelsea Been, Aidan Comacho, Rowan Meurs, Tomas Teran, Gabriel Teran, Gavin Teran, Cayden Flores, Sensei Chad Petty & Sensei Trent Petty.

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