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chris arellanoChris Arellano, 45, is a native Silver City resident who realized his dream of owning a home, thanks to a USDA rural housing program and land available at Vistas de Plata, an affordable home subdivision on Silver City’s east side. He lives there with his son, Christopher, and three Chihuahuas. Pictured with Chris is "Hero." (Courtesy Photo)

Silver City – Nothing is more symbolic of the “American Dream” than home ownership, and for 45-year-old Chris Arellano, the Vistas de Plata subdivision on Silver City’s east side was central to making that dream a reality.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Literacy Link - Leamos has received the Literacy Program of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, which funds and supports community-based literacy programs throughout the state of New Mexico. Connie Jimenez, a Literacy Link student who passed the GED, was awarded Student of the Year.

"We're thrilled to receive this honor," said Mary Beth Folia, Program Director. "Our tutors and learners work so hard, it's great to be recognized. Our book program and event volunteers, and our Board of Directors, also put in lots of time and effort."

Connie Jimenez, who won Student of the Year, studied with tutor DeAnna Mooney for over a year to pass the difficult algebra section of the GED, despite holding two jobs and caring for a young child. "She was incredibly dedicated," Mooney said.

Literacy Link – Leamos has its office in the Silver City Public Library, and offers free tutoring to Grant County adults who study for exams like the GED and US citizenship. They also offer help with learning English and using computers, and teach small classes in Bayard, Santa Clara, Silver City and at the Grant County Detention Center. The organization's Let's Read program gets new books into the hands of all Grant County elementary school students several times per year.

Literacy Link staff members Folia and Jason Marshall, Tech Manager/Admin Assistant, will travel to Santa Fe to receive the award on September 8, during the Coalition's annual conference.

tc garden club planter boxes rsL to R: Anna Trotter and Sandy Suhr of the Town and Country Garden Club with planters in front of The Place located at 201 N. Bullard St.The Town and Country Garden Club and the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance have funded a downtown planter project. Silver City MainStreet requested the funds to help beautify downtown Silver City. Making the downtown area more attractive to residents and visitors is one of the goals of Silver City MainStreet.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, members of the Gila Amateur Radio Society (GARS) trekked to Black Peak north of Silver City to install a new antenna for the club's radio repeater. The original antenna was damage in June 2016 when it took a direct hit from a load of fire retardant dropped by an air tanker helping to suppress the Black Peak Fire. A temporary antenna was quickly installed and a second, longer-term replacement a month after that.

Fortunately, the club's insurance covered the loss, and a new antenna was ordered, arriving this past April. Then, it was a question of coordinating everyone's schedules and awaiting a weather window. This past Tuesday, the weather was perfect, with no thunderstorms forecasted until possibly later in the day. The installation crew lugged all the necessary equipment and new antenna to the site, and then quickly removed the temporary antenna. The installation of the new antenna went fairly smoothly, and the whole project was completed in about two hours.

Members of the installation crew included Steve London, Laurie Wlosinski, Kyle Meredith, Russ Imler, Carol Watson-Brand, Phil Tester, and Marc Levesque. Base support was provided by Bob King and GARS President Dan Dockery.

GARS is a local amateur radio club that hosts a twice weekly radio net and provides support for public events and emergency communications. It always welcomes new members and provides training and license testing for those interested in getting into amateur radio. For more information, contact Dan Dockery at 530-708-1256.

ken dayer rsSilver City Public Library Director Ken DayerThe Silver City Public Library is pleased to announce that Ken Dayer has been selected as the new director of the library. Dayer has been an integral part of the public library team since May 2011, when he was first hired as adult services librarian. He was promoted to the position of assistant director/public services manager in February of 2012 and has been working in that capacity ever since. Dayer moved to Silver City from Arkansas, where he had worked in libraries for over 15 years. For much of that time he held supervisory roles, including more than three years as a branch manager and public services manager in a library system in North Little Rock.

Dayer has a Master of Arts Degree in Public History from the University of Arkansas--Little Rock, with an emphasis on archival/special collections management. He earned his Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2008. Dayer is an avid birder who is active in the local ornithological community. He enjoys hiking and wildlife photography.

Silver City, NM — The inaugural Mud-Slinging Rodeo took place after the dedication of The Big Ditch Mural on Sunday, July 23rd and was enjoyed by both spectators and participants. It was a new addition to the CLAY Festival conceived by Diana Ingalls Leyba of Leyba & Ingalls ARTS and offered a chance to watch experienced potters in a throwing competition. It took place in the Big Ditch with competitive categories such as the tallest cylinder, largest platter, and even a blind-folded throwing competition!

Diane's Restaurant made and donated snacks to the event. Local artists Patty Countryman and Chrissy Ramirez prepared the clay and WNMU Professor Emeritus Claude Smith arranged for potter's wheels and other supplies to be borrowed from the WNMU Expressive Arts Department. Individual category prizes were supplies donated by Leyba & Ingalls ARTS. Tallest Cylinder went to Tolley Rippon, Largest Platter...Tolley Rippon, Most Bowls...Patty Countryman, Fastest Teapot...Louie Anderson, Blind-folded...Tolley Rippon, and Craziest...Chris Sowers. Jean-Robert P. Béffort of A-Space Gallery created the 1st place trophy, which was won by ceramic artist Tolley Rippon for placing 1st in several categories.

Don't miss this exciting event at next year's CLAY Festival!

chad petty in las vegas rsOni Ken Karate would like to congratulate one of our instructors, Chad Petty for his 1st place win in Kumite (sparring) and his 2nd place win in Kata (forms) at the USAMA World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured left to right: Sensei Trent Petty, Sensei Chad Petty & Sensei Chelsea Been.

Thank you for your services to this community.

Trent Petty
Oni Ken Karate

womans club el grito check presentation rsL to R: Amy Montes El Grito Policy Council President, Theresa Murphy SC Woman's Club hearing testing chair, Misty Pugmire Executive Director El Grito Head Start, Joan Eng SC Woman's Club vision testing chair, Gail Carter SC Woman's Club scholarship chair.The Silver City Woman's' Club recently presented Executive Director Misty Pugmire of El Grito Head Start a financial donation as part of of their 2017-2018 Community Outreach program.

The club's mission, "The Silver City Woman's Club is a non-profit, non-political organization, pledged to support the community in the advancement of civic, charitable and humanitarian endeavors", has evolved over 100-plus years to focus on local youth services. El Grito is a safe, nurturing and secure learning environment for local children and is one of the many children-focused organizations the non-profit club supports.

The Silver City Woman's Club provides vision testing to all children up to the age of six, including Head Start, kindergarten and first grade students annually. They also provide hearing testing to all Head Start students in Grant County and have scheduled the hearing testing for the end of August. The club provides two scholarships to students at Western New Mexico University annually as part of their local Community Outreach Program.

If interested in donating to the club's youth projects, contact SCWC Treasurer Renny Hutton 575.548.5581 or silvercitywomansclub1909@gmail.com, visit us at http://silvercitywomansclub.org/ and like us on Facebook.

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