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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday, July 21, 2018, had several activities for those exploring clay. Mud Fun drew in the kids and the adults who wanted to play, too.

Photos by Alexis Rico

Many people from near and far were in the downtown area of Silver City to enjoy snacks, music, and all the clay works from the 2018 Silver City Clay Festival as part of the Silver City Art Association’s Red Dot Gallery Walk. Many of the local galleries had the clay works from this year’s clay festival on display for visitors to admire and enjoy.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Karen Rossman, who worked at the Western New Mexico University in the 1990s, noted that at that time, the building did not have air-conditioning. "It's nice now."

SANTA FE, NM – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Forestry Division has lifted smoking, firework, campfire, and open fire restrictions for all state lands effective Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:01 p.m.

“We continue to encourage New Mexican’s and visitors to our state to be vigilant and use caution with any use of fire and to follow all federal or local restrictions that may still be in place,” said New Mexico State Forester Donald Griego.

Forestry will continue to monitor conditions statewide and may implement restrictions again if the fire danger worsens. For more information regarding fire restrictions in New Mexico, log on to NMForestry.com or FireRestrictions.us.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy 

img 1690From left are volunteer servers, Rennie Mariscal, Barbara Barela-Ontiveros, Michelle Carillo and Rexine Sierra.Gila Regional Medical Center held a celebratory cook-out the day after the County Commission on July 19, 2018, made the decision to keep the hospital county-owned and community-managed

David Carter, an orthopedic nurse at GRMC for 14 years, said he was glad to see the decision. "We have a good hospital, but we do have to do some work."

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Monday, July 16, 2018 in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

The meeting opened with Bill Rogers informing the board of the Asbestos Management Plan. All sites within the school district are inspected every six months, and then tested by an outside agency every three years. Reports are available for the public to view.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Mimbres Region Arts Council, headed by Executive Director Kevin Lenkner, works with Mural Program Director Diana Ingalls-Leyba to put on a summer mural camp each year. Residents and visitors alike can see the murals all over Silver City. Summer 2018 completed the mural work at the Silver City Public Library.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise marked. Thanks to Tom Vaughan and Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos for their excellent photography.

The annual juried show of the Clay Festival was held Thursday evening at Seedboat Gallery, where refreshments were available to ticket holders.

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