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Gary King, President of the New Mexico Children's Foundation, announced its grant recipients for 2017-2018. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors will fund thirty-nine organizations. These non-profits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—many have budgets that are far less. The total awarded is $73,500.

First Lady Alice King founded the NMCF in 1992 as a statewide, grant-making organization. NMCF has given over $1.5 million to 160 organizations throughout New Mexico in its 25 years. Her son, Gary King, was elected to serve as President of the Board beginning July 1st. He continues in the family tradition of working to improve the lives of New Mexico's children and families.

Literacy Link – Leamos has been awarded a $1,500 grant for its Let's Read book donation project. Let's Read goals are to provide books for Grant County elementary school children to have in their homes and to influence children to become lifetime readers. Three times a year, Let's Read volunteers visit the elementary schools, taking thousands of books from which the children make their selections. Let's Read project aims to give twelve new, age-appropriate books each year to each of the 2,000 elementary school children in Grant County. Since 2001, Let's Read volunteers have given elementary children more than 230,000 new, age-appropriate books.

New Mexico Children's Foundation is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children's organizations throughout New Mexico. A group can be a start-up with a strong mission or a growing organization with a special needs program. Organizations served through the foundation's funding come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. The foundation's core belief is that most children have a wide range of under-served needs. The foundation's goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible.

For more information, please contact Carol Robertson Lopez, Executive Director, 505-986-2043 office, 505-690-4114 cell, or email carol@nmchildren.org.

kiwanis grill give away rsArt Cruz, of Silver City with his new BBQ grillThe recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City BBQ Grill Give-Away during the Annual July 4th Celebration in Gough Park, was Art Cruz, of Silver City. The Kiwanis Club also held a successful Pancake Breakfast and BBQ Pulled Pork Lunch, with all proceeds directed towards leadership programs for the youth of Grant County, which include, Kiwanis Terrific Kids in 9 Elementary Schools, K-Kids at G.W. Stout Elementary, Builder's Club at La Plata and Snell Middle Schools, Key Clubs at Silver, Cliff and Cobre High Schools, Circle K at WNMU and Aktion Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nancy stephens rsNancy Stephens at the Silver City Museum's 4th of July Ice-cream SocialGary King, President of the New Mexico Children's Foundation, announced its grant recipients for 2017-2018. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors will fund thirty-nine organizations. These non-profits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—many have budgets that are far less. The total awarded is $73,500.

First Lady Alice King founded the NMCF in 1992 as a statewide, grant-making organization. NMCF has given over $1.5 million to 160 organizations throughout New Mexico in its 25 years. Her son, Gary King, was elected to serve as President of the Board beginning July 1st. He continues in the family tradition of working to improve the lives of New Mexico's children and families.

The Imagination Library of Grant County has been awarded a $2000 grant to enhance early childhood literacy. As an affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, their mission is to promote reading readiness and language proficiency for Grant County preschool children by delivering books to their homes monthly from birth to age five. The organization now serves approximately 1300 children, representing 83% of the county's under-five population.

New Mexico Children's Foundation is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children's organizations throughout New Mexico. A group can be a start-up with a strong mission or a growing organization with a special needs program. Organizations served through the foundation's funding come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. The foundation's core belief is that most children have a wide range of under-served needs. The foundation's goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible.

For more information, please contact Carol Robertson Lopez, Executive Director, 505-986-2043 office, 505-690-4114 cell, or email carol@nmchildren.org.

june 2017 co op round up rsIn June, NM Wild was the recipient for the Silver City Food Co-op's Round Up program receiving $1,743.25.

Oni Ken Orange July 1 RSOni Ken is proud to announce our latest promotions to Orange Belt. From left to right: Sensei Chad Petty, James Galindo, Ja Cory Harrison, Ryan Miller, Abigail Chase, Izabel Chase, Sensei Chelsea Been & Sensei Trent Petty.

Life Quest early intervention employees from left are Henrieta Lewis, RN; Diane Vaughn, Family Service Coordinator and Cynthia Nañez, Early Intervention Program Manager.

Life Quest Early Intervention is proud to announce it has just been awarded another five-year contract with New Mexico's Family Infant Toddler program through the New Mexico Department of Health to provide services for infants and toddlers from birth to three years of age.

 

All children are different and reach developmental milestones, such as walking or language development, at different times. Sometimes children may have special developmental needs or health concerns that put a child at risk for developmental delay. Early Intervention services help these children learn and build new skills and help parents to develop the skills and knowledge to support their child's learning and development. More than 1 in 10 young children benefit from FIT early intervention services in New Mexico and all services are provided free of charge, regardless of income.

Life Quest celebrates twenty-five years of providing Early Intervention services to families and children living in the four counties of Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron, and is the only non-profit provider for these services. For more information please call 575 388-3681

For more information about Life Quest Early Childhood Intervention please contact Cynthia Nañez, Early Intervention Program Manager, 575-388-3681

Dr. Ramirez RSDan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, and Darrick Nelson, MD, HMS Chief Medical Officer and Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) Director, congratulate Magda Ramirez, MD, Family Medicine Physician, on her 2017 HMS FMRP graduation.Rudy Martinez RSNew Mexico State Representative, Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez, speaks to the audience at the 2017 HMS Family Medicine Residency Program graduation event at Bear Mountain Lodge.Silver City, NM - Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) congratulated and recognized Magda Ramirez, MD, Family Medicine Physician, on her recent graduation from the HMS Family Medicine Residency Program. Heavy refreshments, live music, and a formal event took place Saturday, June 25, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City to celebrate the special occasion.

New Mexico State Representative, Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez, and approximately 50 other HMS leaders, providers, and FMRP academic and community partners attended the event. Dr. Ramirez's family, visiting from as far as Guatemala, Florida, and New York, also attended the event. Acknowledging the unique value of the HMS FMRP within our community and the region, Martinez also thanked Dr. Ramirez, personally; she provided medical care to his mother during her residency in Silver City. Norman Ratliff, MD, was selected and recognized by current resident physicians as the HMS FMRP Community Volunteer Faculty of the Year.

"Family Practice Physicians, such as Dr. Ramirez, selflessly serve our community and its residents each and every day," stated Darrick Nelson, MD, HMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the FMRP. Nelson added, "Dr. Ramirez has been a very well-respected member of the HMS Medical Services team over the past few years, as she has completed her residency. As she and her husband, Rob, move onto the next chapter in their lives, everyone at HMS wishes them the very best."

Dan Otero, HMS CEO, noted, "As a leadership model within both New Mexico and our country, the HMS FMRP provides innovative, integrated, team-based, and patient-centered health care. Our mission is to positively impact the health, well-being, and quality of life for those we serve providing comprehensive, integrated, affordable medical, dental, mental health and family support services." Otero added, "Our providers serve HMS patients and clients through collaborative partnerships with organizations, such as Gila Regional Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center, the University of New Mexico, and the Southwest Center for Healthcare Innovation. HMS could not continue this important work without the ongoing advocacy of state leaders, such as State Representatives Martinez, Rebecca Dow, Candie Sweetser, State Senators John Arthur Smith and Howie Morales, other legislators, and through national funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)."

The HMS FMRP is an ACGME-accredited program that provides top quality training to family medicine residency physicians. In an effort to meet and exceed Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) "Triple Aim" recommendations (as listed below), HMS strives to provide the following to the communities it serves:

  • Improving the experience of care,
  • Improving the health of populations, and
  • Reducing per capita costs of health care.

Please contact Amanda Castillo, HMS Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator, at (575) 597-2744, for more information regarding the HMS FMRP. Please visit www.hmsnm.org to learn more about HMS services, providers, and locations.

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to Copper Country Senior Olympics of Grant County Coordinator Mario Quintana, several locals have qualified for state competitions in Albuquerque between July 19-25. He did not know which ones would be attending.

In track, Lorenzo Anaya and Maria Elena Galindo of Silver City and John Lacey of Mimbres qualified.

In archery, Gene Bates of Mimbres, Michael Dowell of Santa Clara, Jimmy Head of Mimbres, and Frank Kenney of Silver City qualified.

Fidel Quintana of Silver City qualified for horseshoes; Chris Trujillo of Silver City for golf; and Michele Valencia of Silver City for badminton.

In addition, the Grant County Boomers softball team qualified for state.

Mario Quintana said the founder of Senior Olympics in New Mexico, Ernesto Ramos of Santa Fe died last Friday, June 16, 2017.

Quintana also said the Copper Country Senior Olympics Banquet will take place Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, with more details to come.

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