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img 0033Grant County’s Preceptor Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently held a Valentine Tea to honor their Sweetheart, Maria Elena Sanchez. Each year the sorority honors one of their own during their annual Tea, which was held privately for members and their guests. Those in attendance were served several teas, savories, sweets and scones. Great fellowship and conversations were enjoyed by all.

Maria Elena Sanchez is currently the chapter President and recently received the International Award of Distinction from Beta Sigma Phi’s International headquarters for her many years of service to her chapter and the organization. She is married to Richard Sanchez and has two grown daughters; Melissa and Stephanie and a granddaughter Alyzae. She also has 3 step grandchildren. Mrs. Sanchez has been in Beta Sigma Phi since 1972 and holds the Torch Bearer degree. She has been very active locally and at the state level. She has attended other Beta Sigma Phi state conventions with a highlight attending the International Convention that was held at the Beta Sigma Phi headquarters.

2019 tapas tree grillOwners Kevin Hubbs and David Chapman snip the ribbon during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning celebrating the opening of Tapas Tree Grill in their new location at 619 North Bullard Street in Silver City. Also pictured holding the ribbon are Chamber of Commerce Board members Sabrina Pack and Dan Cook. Participants enjoyed live entertainment provided by Angelica Padilla.

David L. Morrison, who works as Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative for Grant, Catron, Luna and Hidalgo counties for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, had written and had published a song/poem, "Old Glory, Our Flag" on www.Legiontown.org 

FeVa Fotos, comprised of Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan, held, on Feb. 1, 2019, an opening exhibition of their photos, "Critters We Have Known" at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building. The show will run through the end of February.

2019 the potala palaceMr. and Mrs. Randy Salars cut the official ribbon Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, for the opening of The Potala Palace at 808 North Bullard Street in Silver City, New Mexico. The Potala Palace clothing, jewelry, art, books and more. They will be celebrating their opening throughout Saturday during Silver City's Chocolate Fantasia celebration. Stop by and check out the newest retail shop in downtown Silver City. Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner and Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson, Sabrina Pack, spoke briefly during the event.

Silver City, NM (February 4, 2019) Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) received a multi-million, multi-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA). HMS, in collaboration with the New Mexico Human Services Departments and the University of New Mexico, has launched a program called “Bridges 2 Wellness” that assists in improving care coordination and patient access to care. This program significantly increases collaboration between behavioral health and primary care providers through increasing health promotion, coordination of care and integration services. These services are focused on improving the overall health and wellness of adults with mental illness and substance use disorders who also have chronic physical health conditions.   

The “Bridges 2 Wellness” program is one of two new programs introduced recently by HMS. The “HMS CareLink NM” program is funded by the State of New Mexico Human Services Department and whose aim is to enhance integration and coordination of primary, acute, behavioral health, and long-term care services and support for persons with chronic medical and behavioral health conditions across their lifespan.  Between the two programs, most patients will be able to access this collaborative system of health care led by HMS with the aim of improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness and/or emotional disturbance.

In a statement by Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, “There are only two healthcare organizations across the state of New Mexico, HMS and another entity in Lea County, that were selected for the ‘Bridges 2 Wellness’ health initiative. HMS is very pleased to be a part of this person-centered system of care that addresses an individual’s holistic health and wellness, that will help serve the residents of southwestern New Mexico.”

sbdc at wnmu 2018 star client reception feb 4 2019Left to right: NMSBDC State Director Russell Wyrick; SBDC at WNMU Director Jane Janson; Lt. Gov. Howie Morales; Mitchel Baumgaarn, owner, Mitchel’s Auto Service & Repair; SBDC at WNMU Business Advisor Mario LaFragola; Small Business Administration New Mexico District Director John M. Garcia. Courtesy Photo.Silver City, NM – Mitchel’s Auto Service and Repair, LLC was honored at a reception on February 4 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The business was named 2018 Star Client by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Western New Mexico University.  New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales presented the award. The following day, Representative Candie Sweetser (Dist. 32) introduced owner Mitchel Baumgaarn on the House floor.

img 2359Rep. Rebecca Dow presents award to Susie Trujillo (Courtesy Photo)

Susie Trujillo received an award presented by Rep. Rebecca Dow on Tuesday at the Round House in Santa Fe, during the current New Mexico Legislative Session.

The 2019 award, Behavioral Heath Services Director Award, from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative, recognizes Trujillo's long service, more than 30 years, in support of Community Health Councils, her past service as government liaison with Gila Regional Medical Center and her most recent advocacy and determination to see through the development of Tu Casa behavioral health services facility.

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