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2018 gila regional foot ankle clinicA ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held this morning for the opening of Gila Regional Foot and Ankle. Everyone got to meet Dr. Gregory Iwassa and his staff.

Gila Regional Foot and Ankle is located at 1280 East 32nd Street in Silver City, New Mexico. It is located across the street from the Gila Regional Medical Center.

Speakers were Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Grant County Commissioner Brett Kasten, Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Taffy Arias and Dr. Gregory Iwaasa.

The 1st annual Friends of Power and Light Press holiday market happened Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Power and Light Press, 601 N. Bullard Street. In addition to vendors there was also a holiday cookie competition, food from the Corner Kitchen, and beer and spirits from the Little Toad Brewery. Music was performed by a rotating ensemble of local talent, with Dustin Hamman, Natalie Rae Good, Ethan Novikoff, Roger Metcalfe, and Ray Cressler.

tea party 2018Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest-Grant County held their Mom and Me Tea party Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Silver City. Girls and their Moms/Grandmas were treated to hot chocolate, tea and cupcakes. They decorated sugar cutout cookies, and made holiday decorations. Each girl brought a stuffed animal as part of the entrance fee that will be donated to K. I. S. S.( Kids In Need of Special Services). For more Information on being a Girl Scout or volunteering please contact local Membership Manager Annette Toney 538-2481.

Santa Fe, N.M. - The New Mexico Arts Commission considered formal requests from the state's Arts & Cultural Districts Program at its November meeting. The commission voted unanimously to approve the City of Las Cruces as the first ever State-Authorized municipally-designated Arts & Cultural District, the expansion of the Creative District in Los Alamos to encompass two Arts & Cultural Institutions, and the consolidation of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District under Silver City MainStreet.

The Arts & Cultural Districts program creates positive economic impact on districts that identify arts, history, artists, arts entrepreneurs, creative industries, and cultural facilities as key assets of their community revitalization efforts. The Arts Commission considers program recommendations that best serve community needs.

"The Arts & Cultural Districts Program helps our network communities identify strategies to improve the creative economy in our downtowns," said Economic Development Secretary Matthew Geisel. "The MainStreet Program working in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs supports creative industries, artists, and cultural facilities to ensure vibrant New Mexico communities."

"The Arts Commission is pleased to authorize Las Cruces as our first state municipally-designed program and to approve the requested changes to the existing Arts and Cultural Districts in Los Alamos and Silver City," said Arts Commission Vice Chair John Rohovec.

"Strong Arts & Cultural Districts are key to growing our creative economy in New Mexico," said Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales. "New Mexico needs to continue to find ways to diversify our economy and these districts are helping to lead the way."

fort bayard caroling 2018Last night the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest from Grant County went to sing Christmas Carols at Ft. Bayard Medical Center. Character, conduct, and community service are core qualities of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting is an asset to the community. Through leadership and service, its members enrich the lives of those around them. For more information on Girl Scouts call the Membership Manager Annette Toney at 538-2481.

wreaths donation 2018Jeff Larkin, Hurley Worshipful Master, and Mary Cowan of Wreaths Across America receiving the check from the Lodge. (Courtesy Photo)Hurley Masonic Lodge #55 supports Grant County Charitable Youth Groups with donations to help offset the load normally felt at years end. A check to pay for 40 Wreaths ($600.00) was presented to Mary Cowan of Wreaths Across America. A like amount or more was presented to: Clothe-A-Child of Grant County, Marine Corp. Toys for Tots, TLC Dyslexia Center, Imagination Library, Silver City Shooters (Air Rifle), Ft. Bayard Historic, and Masonic Service Association for Hurricane Relief.

Hurley Lodge has fundraisers, in combination with donations from their members to support these charitable activities. It is but one of the many ways the Lodge support our community. For additional information on this effort and others, or information regarding Masonic Lodges, please contact a Mason near you or call, Bob Baker at 575-538-8561.

Silver City, NM (December 6, 2018) – Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) will be offering one Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in Silver City on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Freeport McMoRan, Inc. has generously agreed to sponsor 10 registration fees (value of $25.00 each) for this training course. Registration is based on first come, first served availability.

This groundbreaking 8-hour training course will take place at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center (located at 1007 N. Pope Street) and gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

For more information or to participate in this Mental Health First Aid training contact Edith Lee, Chief Support Officer, at (575) 597-2738, or elee@hmsnm.org

Friday, December 7, 2018; Silver City, NM: Grant County high school students reported dramatic decreases in current tobacco use, binge drinking and using painkillers to get high in the recent Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) results for 2017. The survey is conducted every two years and gauges the healthy, and not so healthy, behaviors of Middle and High School students across the nation.

yrrs roadshow 2018The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey Road Show came to Silver City this week with experts (pictured right to left): Dan Green, NMDOH Survey Epidemiologist; Anne Marlow-Geter, Healthy Schools Coordinator; Robyn Viera, UNM Scientific Research Manager; and James Padilla, NMDOH Tobacco Epidemiologist.This week the YRRS Road Show came to town with a presentation from members of the team that conducted and compiled the results from over 40,000 New Mexican Middle and High School students who participate in the survey, according to James Padilla, Tobacco Epidemiologist from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program. The High School County results were given at the presentation; Middle School results will be released later in the month.

“We are very fortunate to have such investment from school districts and superintendents. Where New Mexico goes above and beyond is the inclusion of Native Americans and rural students. We also include resiliency factors in our version of the survey,” said Dan Green, MPH, Survey Epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health’s Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

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