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Silver City, NM – The Silver City Museum, in partnership with the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, the Silver City Public Library, the Bayard Public Library, and Western New Mexico University, seeks 10 participants to create digital stories. Formats may include audio, written word, and images. Participants will receive guidance in creating their own projects and are encouraged to follow their own interests and ideas. Craft your own story, conduct interviews, prepare a presentation and create a community event.

Stemming from the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors exhibition, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest (on display until February 11, 2018) is a series of regional workshops and community presentations relating to the ethos and reverberations of the late 1960s/early 1970s signature movements.

The 2nd Annual Southwest Print Fiesta! is nearly upon us! This unique event will be held on Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, in historic downtown Silver City. One of the main draws of the event is the Silver Steamroller Street Printing.

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm
Festival Headquarters: 206 Bullard Street, blue building two doors south of the Pink Store
Festival Venues in historic downtown Silver City, NM: Old Elks Lodge, Seedboat Gallery, Silver City Public Library, Javalina Coffee House, El Sol Theater,

Fort Bayard, the last fort to be established in the Territory of New Mexico, on August 21, 1866, has endured many changes since its beginnings with soldiers entering and leaving through the Sallyport, and the sounds of the bugle announcing routine events throughout the day. Primitive buildings were replaced by adobe, and later brick and plaster. Buildings that no longer were needed when the 1922 VA Hospital was built were removed.

Again, when the State of New Mexico became the owner of Fort Bayard in August of 1965, other buildings such as the Solarium were removed. Usable materials were sold or given to the area residents to be used again. With the completion of the VA Hospital Demolition project, a piece of the history was lost. Many stood at the fence with tears in their eyes.

We have hummingbirds! Vendors and the museum open at 8 a.m. Coffee is being sold by the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation, 501(c)3. Please leave your dogs at home but bring the family and friends. Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas - just in case!

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2017 Hummingbird Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8 AM – Nature walk with Marilyn Markel meet at the trail head

  • Mimbres Museum and Vendors open Raffle sales
  • Coffee and hummingbirds under the porch
  • Breakfast and food available throughout the day from the Duck Stop Mobile Kitchen

10 AM - Ice Cream Sales begin east side of museum

10 – 12 AM- Children's activities and Face Painting by Curl Up and Dye near garage

11 AM- Speaker- Father Paul Moore Neotropical Birds inside museum, Mimbres Rm

12:30- Mimbres Culture Heritage Site Tour meet at the trail head

2 PM – Big Ditch Crickets Band plays for your enjoyment on the west lawn Bring a chair and umbrella!

3 PM – We close. Head down to La Esperanza Winery's Anniversary Party for a treat until 6 PM.

8:30 PM - The Cliff Dwellings will hold a Full Moon tour. Meet at the trail head at 8:30 PM and see the dwellings in its night splendor.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

8 AM – Hummingbird banding with Bill Talbot

  • Mimbres Museum and Vendors open, Raffle tickets on sale
  • Coffee and hummingbirds under the porch
  • Breakfast and food available from Duck Stop Mobile Kitchen throughout the day.

10 AM – Ice Cream sales begin east side of museum

11 AM – Mimbres Culture Heritage Site Tour meet at the trail head

1 PM – Bill Talbot presentation, How to Identify Hummingbirds inside museum in the Mimbres Rm

3 PM- Time to say goodbye.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable, educational experience!

Schedule as of July 31, 2017 – Subject to change due to weather.

On August 21, 1866, members of the 125th U.S. Colored Troops under Lt. J. Kerr camped in the valley between what is today named the Kneeling Nun and the Twin Sisters and adjacent to the Cameron Creek. Their orders were to begin the construction of the Fort Bayard Military Post. Its history as a military post and as a U.S. Army Hospital especially for the treatment of tuberculosis played a major part in the development of Silver City and the surrounding mining communities.

On August 18 and 19, the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is hosting a Birthday Celebration to honor the 151 years that Fort Bayard has served the communities of southwestern New Mexico. On Friday evening at 7 the movie "The Buffalo Soldiers" will be shown at the New Deal Theater at Fort Bayard. Discussion will follow.

On Saturday, August 19, the celebration begins at 9:30 with a Flag Ceremony. A Walking Tour, museum experience, re-enactors presentations, children's old-fashioned games and toys, and the churning of homemade ice cream will follow.

At 11, Dr. Doug Dinwiddie will share the history of young Lt. Henry Wright who nominated both Corporal Clinton Greaves and Sgt. Thomas Boyne, both of the 9th Calvary, for the Medal of Honor. At noon, burritos will be available for purchase and birthday cake and ice cream will be served.

At 6, Saturday evening, the New Deal Theater will open for dinner prepared by Los Campos. The presentation, "My Summer Vacation" from the Journal of Robert Grierson, will be by Larry Francell. Robert was the son of Colonel Grierson who was commander of Fort Davis, Texas, during the Victorio Campaign.

Larry Francell is the retired director of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas. He holds degrees from Austin College and the University of Texas. After many museum positions, in 1997 he and his wife moved to Fort Davis, Texas. He is the author of "Fort Lancaster: Texas Frontier Sentinel" and "Fort Davis," an Arcadia Publishing Images of America Publication.

For more information or to make dinner reservations, call 575-388-4477 or 575-956-3294.

The Gila River Festival and Gila Conservation Coalition are proud to announce that activist and conservationist Winona LaDuke will give the festival keynote address on Friday, September 22. Ms. LaDuke is renowned for her passion about traditional native foods and has worked tirelessly to maintain the integrity of traditional native foods. She will discuss innovative strategies for stewardship of our water, land, and traditional native plant foods.

LaDuke's keynote presentation will address native food plants that are an integral part of the Anishinaabe people's culture and health, the harvesting and preparation of these traditional foods, and the significance of traditional foods in Native American cultures. She will discuss the work to protect traditional foods from genetic contamination and extinction, to restore ancient varieties, and the vital importance of these well-adapted plants in the face of climate change.

As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. In her own community, the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She was awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Magazine's Woman of the Year, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, some of the proceeds of which she used to start the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards, including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization's work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues, authoring five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program. She is a two time vice presidential candidate for the Green Party.

No tickets are necessary for this event. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gila Conservation Coalition's work to protect the Gila River. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Many thanks to our major sponsors: New Mexico Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, McCune Charitable Foundation, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, ALAYA, Stream Dynamics, Gila/Mimbres Community Radio, Western New Mexico University, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Town of Silver City Lodgers Tax, and our lodging sponsor, the Murray Hotel.

On-line registration is now open for field trips and workshops at www.gilariverfestival.org/registration.

For more information visit: www.gilariverfestival.org or call 575-538-8078.

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GilaRiverFestival/: Instagram and twitter: @gilariverfest

Silver City, NM — July 25, 2017

The reception for featured artist Bede Clarke's exhibition at the Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge is this Thursday evening, July 27 from 5-8pm. There was a misprint in the CLAY schedule in last week's Independent that listed it as Wednesday – it is indeed on Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge is located at 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road. For more information on this event and to learn more about the artist, visit http://www.clayfestival.com/store/p109/BedeClarkeReception.

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