Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 18:14
Catherine Olmstead, new Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services executive director, said she is excited about the job because of the way the program has been built.
"The job for me is personal and really important to me to be able to offer services to survivors, especially in a rural area like this so they know they aren't alone," Olmstead said.
"I'm excited about the opportunity for SASS to be a safe place, not just for initial support, but for ongoing services," Olmstead continued.
"I want to bring the conversation about sexual assault to the community and to change the community attitude," she said. "That's part of the challenge that I do not expect to be easy. But it's a chance to take baby steps. That's part of why I'm here because those baby steps can be important in an individual's life. That's why I was attracted to the position and what I'm really excited about."
She said her family relocated to the area from Florida. "The welcoming we've received is reminiscent of my hometown. I feel the sense of community, and it has happened quickly for us."
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 19:50
Santa Fe, NM – Senator Howie Morales (D-28- Catron, Grant & Socorro) will be sponsoring “One Billion Rising for Justice Day" on Friday, February 14 to take action on violence against women.
“I believe we have to stand up for justice to help empower women and to ensure their safety, while speaking out against abuse,” said Sen. Morales. “On February 14 we are joining with thousands of women, men, and youth from around the state and around the world to combine our collective efforts in a commitment to raise awareness about violence against women and girls around the world.”
The day will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse, where community testimonials will be given. Senator Morales, Representative Nora Espinoza (R-59-Chaves & Lincoln) and Representative Brian Egolf (D-47-Santa Fe) will also be speaking. Afterward, festivities will move to the east concourse of the Roundhouse where speakers from various women’s organizations will speak. Members of the public will then be entertained by a flash mob dance.
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 17:55
By Charlie McKee
In one of his last acts as Mayor of the Town of Silver City, James Marshall proclaimed Mar. 14, 2014, "Salt of the Earth Day" in honor of the 60th anniversary of the release of the film, Salt of the Earth.
As many local citizens are aware, the 1954 film tells the story of the 1950 historic strike of mine workers against the Empire Zinc mine of Grant County. It was a long and difficult strike, lasting more than a year and making its unique mark in history with the participation of women in addition to its success in achieving better pay and safety for Chicano miners. The film itself was blacklisted for years as being inflammatory. Public viewing of the film, bus tours of historic sites, a "Women of Steel" panel, and many more activities hosted by AFSCME, USW, NM Film Workers Unions and other labor and civic organizations will be held in Grant County on Saturday, Mar. 15, to celebrate "Salt of the Earth Day."
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:00
Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy
As part of Black History Month, Western New Mexico University Multi-Cultural Affairs hosted "Buffalo Soldiers Retold."
To open the program, Maleah Diaz, a fourth-grader from Stout Elementary School, led the audience in The Pledge of Allegiance and then sang
"The Star-Spangled Banner."
Bill McCurtis of the 9th Memorial Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers group and Aaron Plump of the 10th Cavalry Troop B, both in Tucson, Ariz., spoke to more than 30 people.
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:40
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Situation: Valencia County volunteer fire crews are at the scene of a small grass fire burning near the Los Chavez area, west of the Rio Grande and south of Los Lunas. Two homes in the area are threatened, but they have not been evacuated. The fire is currently just over an acre in size. There are currently four fire engines and 12 firefighters at the scene with more crews enroute.
Start Date & Time: 02/13/14 @ 1345
Start Location: Los Chavez area, west of Rio Grande, South of Los Lunas
Cause of Fire: unknown
Area Vegetation: grass, brush
Acres Burned: 1+
Structures Threatened: 2 houses
Structures Burned: none
Evacuations (Y or N & #): none
Situation: Valencia County resources just arriving on scene of a field, grass fire. No other intel available.
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:53
At right, Isabelle "Belle" Eckles, better known around Silver City as Liz Mikols, spoke about being the first graduate of the Normal School in 1895.
Below, the Western New Mexico University Pep Band, led by Bryant Chaffino, played for the audience.
Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy
On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 11, Western New Mexico University celebrated Founders Day, the university's 121st birthday.
Abe Villarreal, public relations, served as the moderator.
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:43
The Cobre School Board met in the Snell Middle School lobby on Monday, February 10, 2014. The 5 p.m. meeting was at Bayard Elementary where George Peru showed them the changes being made there. At 6 p.m. they went into executive session where, according to Frank Cordova, the board vice president, they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel and finances and auditing, but no decisions were made. The public meeting began at 7:10. Toy Sepulveda, board president, was absent for a death in the family. Fran Kelly, Robert Montoya and Frank Gomez were the other board members present in addition to Cordova.-- Continue reading
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