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senior olympics opening rsOpening Ceremonies. From left to right; Chris Trujillo, Thomas Morrish, Rachael Valencia, Michelle Valencia, Marie Elena Galindo, Gloria Sierra, Ernest Sierra, Raegan Sunchild, and Mario Quintana

dine college agreement rsL to R: Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President;
Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President; Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation President;
and Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel, Dine College President.
Window Rock, AZ – Students attending Dine College will soon benefit from an agreement singed with Western New Mexico University, offering a seamless transition for candidates in the special education degree program.

The new partnership will give Dine College students admission to WNMU after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. The students will then earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education by attending WNMU fully online.

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance includes a stipulation in the agreement for financial aid recipients in the program to teach in Navajo schools for each year financial aid was received.

martha placencio rsMartha Placencio MA/CNA
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
Martha Placencio has 39 years experience as a Medical Assistant (MA) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with the past 5 years serving patients at Gila Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Cancer Center.

"When I heard that GRMC had posted the position I jumped at it," said Mrs. Placencio. "I stayed at GRMC to ensure patient continuity. The patients at the cancer center become like family, I could not leave them."

rachel benavidez rsRachel Benavidez, Patient Navigator
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
The Patient Navigator program at Gila Regional started in 2009 under the UNA Amiga Grant and later transitioned fully to Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in 2011. Since the beginning, Rachel Benavidez has been helping cancer patients navigate through the cancer care process. With the change to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center as the cancer care providers for the GRMC Cancer Center, Rachel is thinking only of the patients.

Luna County's Court Appointed Special Advocates program has been working hard to ensure children in foster care are well prepared to return to school.

The program, which covers Luna, Hidalgo and Grant Counties, purchased 85 pairs of shoes for children in the tri-county area.

"This year we were fortunate enough to have additional funds to be able to provide these children with shoes. In the past, we have been able to help our foster children with backpacks and other back to school supplies," Vivian Silva, CASA program director, said. "This year however, we decided to go with something different that would help foster parents, adoptive parents and biological parents with the financial burden they can face when getting their child or children ready to go back to school."

There are about 85 children in foster care between the tri-county area and cases are still coming in. CASA is in need of volunteers in all three counties.

CASA volunteers are strong advocates for children in the foster care system. Advocates visit foster children at school and in other settings, and then report back to the courts so they can ensure the child's educational, psychological, and medical needs are being met.

ciro chairez rsCiro Chairez, Radiation Therapist
at the Gila Regional Cancer Center
A Graduate from University of New Mexico (UNM), Ciro Chairez has 23 years of experience as a Radiation Therapist. For the past nine years Ciro has been an employee of the New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) serving patients at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC). When the cancer care providers changed to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mr. Chairez chose to stay with GRMC.

"I am established here," said Ciro. "I have three boys, 15, 11 and 2 years old, and my wife is in Nursing School at Western New Mexico University. I have travelled all over the country from Seattle to coastal Georgia and Silver City is the best place I have been. The community and the climate are amazing."

Reserve, NM — District VI timber crew out of Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District is wrapping up another great season of timber marking. Accomplishments this summer include over 1,100 acres of timber marked, 2,409 acres of boundary laid out for the timber sales and 994 acres of boundary laid out for thinning projects.

For the second year in a row, the Reserve Timber program was able to host two Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) students. The Greening Youth foundation is a non-profit organization that provides educational programming, training, and career exposure to opportunities in the conservation and environmental fields for diverse youth. The Reserve Ranger District hopes to continue relationships like these, which allow opportunities for students to experience the Forest Service while helping to complete meaningful work on the Gila National Forest.

reserve ranger timber crew rsLeft to Right: Sales Administrator Kevin Probst, Gabe Partido (GYF), Kaitlin Cordova (GYF), Krystal Delgado, Franky Chavez, Jamie De La O, Ayasha Muñoz, Jeremy Sanchez, and Marc Estrada.

kristy arambula rsKristy Arambula, RN at the Gila Regional Cancer CenterKristy Arambula is a Registered Nurse at Gila Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Cancer Center. She has been in nursing for 2 years, her first year and a half as a floor nurse and the past 7 months in Oncology.

"I love oncology," said Ms. Arambula. "Now that I am here, I cannot picture myself doing anything else.

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