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early childhood rsSilver City, NM – The Early Childhood Education Program at Western New Mexico University, already accredited in offering associate and bachelor degrees by the Higher Learning Commission, has earned an additional recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“This associate degree program offered by WNMU is the first in the state to earn this special recognition,” said Shannon Rivera, Early Childhood Programs Executive Director. “This accreditation is an added step to say that we are going above and beyond what we are required in delivering quality classroom education.”

Nationally recognized for its quality on-site classroom learning laboratory, the Early Childhood Programs offers degrees at the certificate, associate and bachelor levels.

“We are offering our students a program that will better prepare them for the workforce,” said Rivera.

The standards of accreditation requirements ensure that WNMU offers high quality faculty that are current in their research, knowledge, and background in early childhood.

“The peer review team visited in April and found many areas of strength including our responsiveness to our student population and community through the use of technology and development course work, as well as our involvement in state initiatives,” said Rivera.

Earning the NAEYC accreditation requires that program representatives meet with stakeholders in the community to address the needs of the region for which the program serves.

To learn more about the Early Childhood Education Program, visit ecp.wnmu.edu.

Editor's Note: Thanks to Sandra Michaud for attending and recording this event, because this author was unable to attend.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, the four municipal mayors of Grant County met to hear a proposal to create a mining museum with a focus on the Empire Zinc Mine strike, which began on Oct. 17, 1950, when the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers went on strike demanding the company end discriminatory pay and housing for workers. White workers were paid more and received better housing than Hispanic workers, it was alleged. The strike was memorialized in a film, "Salt of the Earth." On January 21, 1952, the company came to an agreement with the strikers, giving them nearly everything they asked for, including increasing wages and benefits and providing hot water to the homes.

All was quiet at Denny's on Saturday. According to photographer Dave Schuhmann, Gold Street still is not open off US 180.

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de kooning at manzanita maureen craigde Kooning at Manzanita Maureen CraigPhoto of the Willem de Kooning painting in the frame it arrived in at Manzanita Ridge used furniture store in Silver City, NM. Photo Courtesy of Mareen Craig.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

David Van Auker, Buck Burns and Rick Johnson, owners of Manzanita Ridge used furniture and decorative items store in downtown Silver City, made the find of a lifetime.

They purchased items at an estate sale that was being overseen by a distant relative of the couple who had died.

But how was the painting identified?

Toward the end of July or first of August, the store received a call from a gentleman from Texas who was handling his aunt's and uncle's estate. He told them he had taken most of the "good stuff," but had items that the store might be interested in.

Buckhorn,NM/ Grant County

This morning around 6:00 a.m. New Mexico State Police were called to a fatal crash involving two vehicles on Highway 180 near mile post 73, just outside of Buckhorn, NM.

Evidence at the scene indicated that a 2003 Subaru driven by Ms. Kelly Stubbs (19) of Copperton, UT, and her passengers, Ms. Laura Stubbs (28) and Mrs. Laura Pratt (51) also of Copperton, UT were traveling east on highway 180 when their crossed into on coming traffic. Ms. Kelly Stubbs and Laura Stubbs sustained fatal injuries, and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

By Danna Lopez

The Governing Council of the Aldo Leopold Charter High School convened its monthly meeting on Thursday evening at 5:31. Shauna McCosh called the meeting to order with Director Wayne Sherwood, Development Director Dave Chandler, Financial Director Harry Browne, Board members Mary Gruszka, Martin Maxwell, A.J. Sandoval, David Peck, and Kristin Osborn in attendance. All approved the evening's agenda and both the mission and vision statements were read. No students were present to represent the Student Council, though the council and staff will be making an effort to promote more student involvement in these meetings during the coming school year.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Lightning recently struck the building where the relay is for 950 AM radio. The relay was destroyed by the strike.

Sabrina Pack, manager of Silver City Radio and SkyWest Media, told the Beat that listeners in Silver City can receive the same programming at 96.5 FM.

The part that was "fried" by the lightning has been removed and a replacement ordered. It will likely be installed the first part of next week, so your favorite programs will be back on the air by mid-week, Aug. 15 or 16.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting was held Thursday, August 10, 2017 in the Village Hall. All Trustees were not in attendance however there was a quorum and the meeting proceeded as planned.

Trustee Albert Esparza presented the Safety Committee Report. The Safety Committee met August 9, 2017 and discussed all incidents from last year and the current safety hot topics of cell phone use while driving, workplace violence, and future utilization of flashing lights at barricades. Safety training has been scheduled for the month of August and begins next week.

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