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santa rita lodge rsLeft to right: David Fischer, Secretary Santa Rita Lodge, Todd Winder the Facility Manager and Diane LeBlanc, Management Analyst of Fort Bayard State Veterans Home.Santa Rita Lodge presented another donation for the veterans at Ft Bayard State Veterans Home. This is but one of the ways Grant County Masonic Lodges support the community and the Veterans of our Country.

gs visit ft. bayard med ctr rsGirl Scouts of the Desert Southwest were at Fort Bayard Medical Center Thursday evening singing Christmas Carols. More than 50 people attended. Girls, brothers, mom, dads, and grandmas joined in the fun.

For more information on Girl Scouts call the Girl Scout office at 538-2481.

tu casa rsTu Casa, a comprehensive substance abuse rehabilitation facility, is an example of Silver City, Grant County and the local community effectively collaborating to increase local services and job opportunities, despite limited resources. Tu Casa will be managed by Hidalgo Medical Services, and is expected to open in late spring.Silver City – Though it's difficult to find a silver lining when it comes to local and state budget woes, one positive outcome is increased collaboration between the Town of Silver City, Grant County government and other local institutions, including Western New Mexico University (WNMU) and Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS). Such partnerships are resulting in better coordination and sharing of resources regionally, which allows important infrastructure and service improvements, despite difficult fiscal challenges.

oni ken dec 21 rsOni Ken Karate is happy to announce our new promotions. Pictured from left to right: Eric Dominguez, Giselle Dominguez, Luis Dominguez, Reno Hughes, Sensei Chad Petty, and Sensei Trent Petty.

They are now in the intermediate level of karate.

loganYou could say that Christine Logan, Economic Development Representative in the Southwest region, likes to learn and likes school. With just a few breaks in between, she has attended New Mexico State University for 16 years. Her latest degree is a Doctorate of Economic Development (DED) which she received on December 8th.

While working full time with the Economic Development Department (EDD) she began taking economic development classes to increase her knowledge and because she enjoyed the subject. Her undergraduate degrees are not in business so she began by taking classes that didn't have prerequisites, just for fun. Once she had taken all those classes, she took the undergraduate economics classes which were required for the higher level economic development courses. At that point she decided to "go all the way" and was officially admitted into the DED program at the university.

zyana delgado and santa rsPictured with Santa is Zyana Delgado age 7 from Bayard, NM.
Photo by Kenton Smith
Submitted by Andrew Housley

Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 held its third annual breakfast with Santa and Christmas Project with 40 families on Saturday December 17 offering them a free breakfast at the lodge and giving multiple presents away to more than 45 children, who also got to visit with Santa himself.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is celebrating its 150th year of existence and the Silver City Lodge 413 is about to celebrate its 120th anniversary. Andrew Housley, Saturdays Christmas Project Manager stated the this project is just of the few ways that the lodge promotes the national organization's mantra, "Elks Care, Elks Share."

The 45 families came from nine elementary schools from around the county — five from each elementary school in both the Silver and Cobre school districts grades K-5. The Lodge works with each school nurse to help identify students who may be in need and would not have much of a Christmas without some assistance.

The hundreds of gifts, worth over $5,000, were funded through an Elks National Foundation Beacon and Gratitude Community Investment Program grants and donations from lodge members, and each child received a minimum of $105 worth of presents to take home this year.

The Order of Elks nationally gives nearly 1 Million dollars a day in cash and non-cash donations to charity. So far this year, the Silver City Elks Lodge 413 has given nearly $32,000 to the community.

For more information about Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413, visit silvercityelks.com.

scpd coat drive rsSilver City Police Department (SCPD) officers and staff recently completed their annual winter coat drive, donating some 60 coats to local school children in Grant County. Pictured here on coat delivery day at Harrison Schmitt Elementary are: (back row, left to right) Leslie Ormand, principal; Lt. James Cruzan; Sgt. Arthur Rascon; and Cpl. Joseph Aguirre. Pictured front row, left to right: Johnavan Silvas; Bryce Carrillo; Kiara Aguirre; Maria Rivera; and Victor Roman. The Department also distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to six local families in need, a culmination of the annual community food drive. SCPD has provided these special holiday donations to Grant County children and families for more than 10 years.

clothe a child rsSeated, from left are Phillip Sands, His Lady Beverly, Jason Hamilton, David Fischer. Standing, from left are Robert Baker, Debbie Hamilton, Carmen Brahm and Val Brahm. Just a few of the workers assisting the Children with their Saturday morning shopping spree.Last Saturday, December 16, Grant County Masons from the four Lodges in the County, with the assistance of some of their wives and other helpers, invited 65 Grant County children to shop for the Holidays. $110.00 in funds were allocated for each child, chosen by the local Grant County School nurses as those in need.

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