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The Western New Mexico Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Hats in the Garden, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2019. The theme this year was "Around the World." Jodi Edens Crocker, foundation director, introduced the theme, dressed as the chief stewardess. Her husband, Jack Crocker, provost and vice president of academic affairs, was the pilot. Their son, William, was owner of "Western Airlines," and their daughter, Jessie, served as a model. Other foundation members were dressed as stewardesses or, in one case, as the aircraft traffic director.

Photos by Jamie Cline

The Red Dot Weekend at the Galleries took place October 11-14, 2019.  The events centered around the downtown Silver City area, with over 20 galleries participating throughout the weekend.  Visitors were invited to attend workshops, meet the artists and enjoy art walks at their own convenience.  

44012 profile 2Cindy Lee, a science teacher for the past 26 years at Snell Middle School in Bayard, New Mexico, has been named one of four 2019 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from New Mexico.

She teaches seventh- and eighth-grade Life Science, Physical Science and Science Tech.

Her motto is “Science is a verb!” Her students are engaged in science learning as soon as they enter her classroom. She has acquired numerous grants to fund innovative projects and activities in her classroom, including having students apply for "science jobs" and work in a different area of science each day. Lee also coaches Science Olympiad and is a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) advisor with many successful student teams.

Photographer Frank Kenney chronicled a team roping event in Duncan, AZ, on Sept. 29, 2019.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 27, 2019, preliminary business included introducing Dr. Colicia Meyerowitz, vice chief of staff, serving at the meeting in place of the absent Chief of Staff Dr. Brian Robinson.

As is customary, a safety moment, launched the meeting. Chief Nursing Officer Rose Lopez said an enhancement in the nursing program is important from a safety point of view. "We are enhancing coding to make sure the patient is getting the correct medication. We scan the patient and we scan the medication before it is administered."

By Roger Lanse

On Oct. 11, 2019, at about 7:55 a.m. Bayard police officers responded to multiple calls of shots fired in the 600 block of Orchard Street. According to Bayard Police Chief Lee Alirez, officers located twelve 9 mm cartridge cases and a parked vehicle with five bullet holes, Officers canvassed the neighborhood for injuries and evidence.

[Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-part series of articles on the work session on Sept. 24, 2019 and regular meeting on Sept. 26, 2019 and will address primarily the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission met in regular session on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.

In public comment at the regular meeting, Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director, gave her perspective on the update on the Gila River diversion, that was presented on Sept. 24, 2019 at the work session.

She agreed that the Bureau of Reclamation was unable to complete the EIS before the deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, as set forth in the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

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