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photo 1 rsDave Schuhmann and his wife were going to Vicki's for lunch today and they parked around the corner on Arizona St. "When we got out of the car we noticed that one of the huge pine trees across the street had been cut down. And there was a fellow working on the stump to make a carving. We will miss that tree but it was probably dangerous to leave there. We can look forward to a carving now."

wnmu expressive arts rsA student points out the details of pottery he made in a Western New Mexico University Expressive Arts studio class.Silver City, NM – Students from all the Western New Mexico University Expressive Arts studio classes will show their semester's work on Nov. 30, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on both floors of the Chino building on campus (1000 W. College Ave.).

girl scouts make relish trays rsGirl Scouts helped make relish trays for Thanksgiving dinner at the Gospel Mission Shelter. Left to right is Mikaela Johnson, Erica Camacho, Executive Director of the shelter Amy Wagner, Rachel Windsor, Maricella Gallegos, and Marcela Johnson. For more information on Girl Scouts call Annette Toney at 538-2481. Girl Scouts helps every girl discover the leader she can be and connect with others to have an effect on her world. No other organization provides so many leadership opportunities for girls.

nancy gordon award rsPhoto, left to right: Sofia Guevara, Annette Toney, Rachel Windsor, Paige Trevizo Nancy Gordon, Amelia Ellis and Charlotte FuentesThis past Saturday at an Archery Clinic held at Rough Country by Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Nancy Gordon was awarded the Appreciation Pin for her volunteer work with the girls. The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its goals for that area. Nancy gives back because of her history with Girl Scouts as a girl and as a Leader while in college. Amelia Ellis's nomination said "She is always encouraging us to concentrate, aim, and use good form, she has no children of her own but takes to time to volunteer and help teach us archery". Rachel Windsor said "Because of Nancy and her patient ways we earned our archery badge by learning the parts of the bow and arrows, how to shoot at different angles and learned range safety." For more information on Girl Scout call Annette Toney at 538-2481. At Girl Scouts we help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies.

cet graduation rsPictured from left to right: Back Row: CET Coach Johnny Flores, Chuck McCarty, CET Coach Matthew Dahlsten, Ruben Alex Romo, George Gossett, Jose Padilla, Robert Walters, Lawrence Ferranti, CET Instructor Victor Lloyd. Front: Barbara Butler, Rebecca Kline, CET Coach April Sturdevant, Eleanor Mendez, CET Coach Susan Peru, Melissa Palmer, CET Graduation Facilitator.Silver City, NM — Clients and staff at the HMS New Beginnings Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) graduated this past summer from the year-long Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) Program. HMS staff who participated included Matthew Dahlsten, LPCC, Johnny Flores, MA, Melissa Palmer, LPCC, Susan Peru, and April Sturdevant. Through directed staff coaching, the curriculum-driven and theory-based CET Program offered participants holistic rehabilitation orientation in a highly structured group setting.

Photos at Catsis memorial courtesy of Sandra Michaud

Obituary for John Catsis from Northwestern University

Silver City author John Catsis was laid to rest with military honors at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery Monday, November 20, attended by family and friends. He died in Silver City, New Mexico, on April 7, 2017 at the age of 83. John Catsis was born in Evanston, Illinois, on July 9, 1933, to Greek immigrant parents, Aristides and Vera (Halkiopoulos) Catsis. John’s father was a long time proprietor of the Main Bowling Center at 925 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. John attended Evanston public schools, and earned two degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His education was interrupted in the mid-1950s, during the Korean War era, by a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Corporal. John served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, Denver, Colorado; and the American Hospital, Paris, France.

This past weekend Girl Scout Troop 54289 was filled with the giving spirit. The troop organized a Thanksgiving care package for families in need. This not only taught the girls a valuable life lesson in giving back to others but also earned them their Giving Back to my Community Badge. The troop not only put the baskets together but also showed the true meaning of Thanksgiving by buying the Turkeys with their own earnings from last year's cookie sales.

Girl Scout Troop 54289 would also like to thank Dr. Virginia Hernandez, Dr. Susan Bauer, Dr. Brian Etheridge and Family, Anna and Irene Chavez, Carmen Castanon, Lori Wallin and Family, Brenda and Lino Woods, Stephanie and Joe Sierra, CiCi Lucero, Nellie Padilla, Kiana and Randy Saponaro, Karina Jimenez, Elsa Martinez, Frances Grooves, Mary Manning, Tanvir Hafiz, and First New Mexico Bank. For more info on the Girl Scouts please contact Annette Toney at 575-538-2481.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) recently completed a three-year study of groundwater quality in the state's southern border aquifers with funding from the Border Office of the New Mexico Department of Health. The study identified unhealthy levels of contaminants in one of every five wells tested. Laboratory testing was conducted for concentrations of arsenic, uranium, fluoride, nitrates and E. coli. Of the 521 individual wells tested, 108 samples exceeded the federal and state health standards for one or more of the contaminants.

"The good news is that most well water we tested fell within the healthy zone," said NM WRRI's project manager, Erin Ward. "The bad news: We found elevated contaminants in more wells than we anticipated."

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