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wnmu ckiThe Kiwanis CKI Club of Western New Mexico University delivered 39 bags of warmth on December 13 to The Kids in Need of Supportive Services, also known as "KISS" in Silver City. The bags included a warm blanket, two pairs of socks, lip balm, and a goodie bag to carry toys and other personal items from house to house. The Kids in Need of Supportive Services program offers children, parents and families in Silver City and surrounding area with therapeutic family services, child and parent groups, court ordered visitations exchanges, individual and family therapy in home and office visits, and services that connect families to community resources. CKI member and WNMU student, Ivan Montoya, created the idea for the project. WNMU CKI, also known as Circle K International is a sponsored leadership partner of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City. CKI the world's largest student-led collegiate service origanization where students gain resume worthy skills, find lifetime friends and do community service that changes lives, including their own.

Pictured from the left: Staff member, Julie Chavez; KISS Director, Suzanne Kee; WNMU CKI member, Ivan Montoya; WNMU CKI Presidnt, Bre Anne Springer; and Kiwanis Division 7 Lt. Governor, Alma Carson.

kiwanis som 120418The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored area students for the "December Student of the Month" during a special luncheon held at the Silver City Masonic Lodge building. School faculty, administrators, honored students, family members and Kiwanians enjoyed  a meal prepared by Silver City and Georgetown Order of the Eastern Star Chapter members while watching each student come up and be recognized for their achievements. The Kiwanis "Student of the Month" program is a cooperative endeavor between Kiwanis and local schools that shines a spotlight on youth in the community that have shown great improvement and continue to lead by example scholastically and in the community. The December 2018 Kiwanis Students of the Month are as follows:

Back Row from the left: Nicholas Gavaldon of Calvary Christian Academy (November); Haley Jacquez of Calvary Christian Academy (December); Jamie Jenkins of Cliff High School; Michael Gonzales of Cobre High School (November); and Aiden Young of Aldo Leopold High School

Front row from the left:  Bianca Dominguez of Cobre High School (December); Micaela Roacho of Snell Middle School; Makayla Martinez of La Plata Middle School; and Ella Donnelly of Aldo Leopold Middle School.

CHADRON, NE (01/03/2019)-- Karli Noble of Silver City, N.M.,(88061) was one of 371 Chadron State College students who met requirements for the Fall 2018 Dean's List by earning at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify.

PORTALES, NM (01/03/2019)-- Analysia Salcido of Hurley, NM (88043), has been named to the Eastern New Mexico University Dean's List for the fall 2018 semester.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.

img 0748Rachel Valencia, Carmen Terrazas and two of Terrazas' grandchildren hold pro-life signs the Saturday before Christmas, reminding people of their pro-life stance. Terrazas said she thought the time was appropriate as Christmas celebrates the birth of the baby Jesus.

img 0740Artist Jackie Blurton and writer and biologist Roland Shook sign a compilation of their published columns

At the new location for the Grant County Art Guild gallery in the former Hester House, artist Jackie Blurton and biologist and writer Roland Shook sold and signed their new book, "From Our Place to Yours." The column, which featured the drawings by Blurton and the descriptions by Shook, ran for many years in the Silver City Daily Press. They decided to compile their favorite columns into a book, which was signed by the two on Dec. 22, 2018 at the GCAG gallery.

2018 installFront Row: Installed Masters, Roger Morris Santa Rita #44, Billy Dugger Silver City #8, Jason Hamilton Mimbres #10 and Tedd Walters Hurley #55; Back Row: Installing Officers, Val Brahm Sec., Grand Master Adam Hathaway, and Jeff Larkin Marshall. (Courtesy Photo)Thursday Evening, December 27, the Grand Master of Masons in NM, Adam L. Hathaway, came to Grant County to conduct our annual installation ceremonies. He installed the officers of the 4 Grant County Masonic Lodges for the ensuing year, in celebration of the festival of St. John the Evangelist. Silver City Lodge #8 hosted the open installation, which was attended by people from around the area. Light refreshments were served to all after the installation.

The Masters for the up coming year and their respective Lodges are:

Billy Dugger Silver City #8, Jason Hamilton Mimbres #10, Roger Morris Santa Rita #44, and Tedd Walters for Hurley #55. The installing officers for the evening were: Adam Hathaway Master, Jeff Larkin Marshall, and Val Brahm Secretary.

Masons (members of Freemasonry) are the initial starting point for all of the Masonic “Appendant Bodies”, i.e. you have to be a Mason in good standing to belong to the Shriners, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and others, all of which makes charity their primary effort. For additional information regarding Masonic Lodges, please contact a Mason near you or call, Bob Baker at 575-590-2859.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

“God’s Umbrella: Southwest New Mexico World War II Survivors” author Mary Alice Murphy signed copies of her book at the Silver City Public Library Tuesday afternoon. More than 20 people, including three veterans from World War II, attended the signing. The veterans also shared more of their stories.

The next public signing will take place at the Western New Mexico University Miller Library on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, from 4:30-6 p.m.

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