Photos by Shirin McArthur


Fourth grader's work will be displayed in Nation's Capital. (Courtesy photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, May 8, 2014 • USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner honored 10-year-old Mireya Cisneros a 4th grader attending the Sixth Street Elementary School in Silver City, New Mexico earlier today for her winning illustration in the first homeownership poster contest held by the agency.

The poster contest was held to help publicize the National Homeownership Month celebration will take place throughout the month of June. The celebration is held every year to educate the public about owning a home.

When presenting the first place certificate to the young artist Brunner said, "I want to congratulate you for your creativity in maintaining the contest's theme of 'What my home means to me!'" Brunner added, "Your artwork and your words remind us all of what it means to children and families across the state to have a place they can call home."

Brunner was referring to the short essay Ms. Cisneros wrote. She said, "My home means a lot to me because it puts a roof over my head and gives me shelter. I am really glad to have a good home. It makes me feel lucky to have a house because a lot of people in the world don't have food, a roof over their head, or clothes on their backs. I'm really lucky to have a home."

The art work was judged by USDA Rural Development staff for its originality, and by the essay based on the contest's theme of "What my home means to me!"

Six other student artists attending G.W. Stout Elementary and the Sixth Street Elementary were also honored for their participation in the poster contest. Each of these artists also received a certificate of appreciation from Brunner. Those honored included: Ajia Richard, Ayane E. Reyes, Bobbie Jean Arsola, Emiliano Rodriguez, Isihia Campos and Michael Jaylynn Crist.

The poster drawn by Ms. Cisneros will be used throughout the month of June in USDA Rural Development's outreach on homeownership. The art work will also be displayed at the USDA Rural Development's housing administrator's office in Washington, D.C. Another copy will also be displayed at the USDA Rural Development's Service Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Both will be displayed for the rest of the year.

The poster will also be displayed at the various homeownership month events being planned by USDA Rural Development. The events include:

June 4, 2014, Albuquerque, NM • Lender of the year award will be made to honor Sunwest Mortgage for the work it has done with the Guaranteed Rural Housing loan program offered by USDA Rural Development's housing program.

June 10, 2014, Grants, NM • Mr. Danny Real a contractor from Grants, New Mexico will be given, the HERO Award for the work he has done in refurbishing the homes of the elderly using USDA Rural Development's 504 rehabilitation housing program.

June 18, 2014, Zuni Pueblo, NM Zuni Pueblo Self Help Housing project dedication and house warming event of the first three homes built using this program. This Self Help Housing project at Zuni Pueblo is the first Native American reservation in New Mexico to use this program.

June 18, 2014, Gallup, NM Sun Valley Apartment dedication is being held to celebrate the recent completion of remodeling of this apartment complex and two others that are located next door.

June 24, 2014 Sunland Park, NM •Housing fair will be held to provide information to those involved in the housing industry. The fair will give material and technical assistance on how to apply for a hoe loan or grant through USDA Rural Development's housing program.

June 25, 2014, Lordsburg, NM •Housing fair will be held to provide information to those involved in the housing industry. The fair will give material and technical assistance on how to apply for a hoe loan or grant through USDA Rural Development's housing program.
June 27, 2014, Springer, NM USDA Rural Development will host the Northeast NM Housing Taskforce housing workshop designed to provide detailed information to those involved in the housing industry in northeast New Mexico. The goal is create more opportunities to buy a house. The area has been dubbed, "The Housing Desert" because of the lack of homeownership opportunities.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way • strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.



Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Note: This is another component that is in progress of going to a different software to make it easier for you to use and find classifieds that interest you. Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com