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Coming Out Day celebration held at WNMU

Coming Out Day celebration held at WNMU

Courtesy photos

Thursday night, at Western New Mexico University, a celebration honored National Coming Out Day, October 11,2014. The crowd heard a captivating speech from the Vice President of Student Affairs Mr. Isaac Brundage followed by a moving fashion show which demonstrated the struggle and upward climb of the LGBT community. There was also music with two lyrical performances and, enough food to feed a small village Thank you to WNMU for embracing the LGBT community and doing so in wonderful fashion.

For more information on the upcoming jam-packed WNMU Diversity Week, check out the university's website at www.wnmu.edu

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Santa Clara Plans Water System Improvements

By Jim Owen

The Santa Clara Board of Trustees has entered into a grant agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department to upgrade the village's water system.

Officials will use a $174,000 capital outlay, allocated by the state Legislature earlier this year, to rewire the community's wells and install a system to automatically turn pumps off when the tanks are full. The pumps are to be converted to solar power.-- Continue reading

1st Lt. Juan Arroyos, born 1819, died 1876, receives military honors at Santa Clara Village cemetery

1st Lt. Juan Arroyos, born 1819, died 1876, receives military honors at Santa Clara Village cemetery

Photos Courtesy of Mark Erickson

Sen. Howie Morales and Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez, flank guest speaker Brig. Gen. Andrew E. Salas, who made the ceremony possible.

At the military honors ceremony to honor a scout and guide, 1st Lt. Juan Arroyos, who died 138 years ago and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Santa Clara Village Cemetery, dignitaries, including Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch, Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez and Sen. Howie Morales, spoke before the guest speaker, Adjutant General New Mexico National Guard Brigadier General Andrew E. Salas. Salas arranged, and, with the help of his staff, planned the ceremony.

The Santa Clara Committee on History, Culture and Tourism, headed by Anthony Romero, with members, Maria Elena Sanchez, Dillon Stone, Don Turner, Neta Pope, Onorio Rico and Bobbie Fisher, discovered Arroyos' contributions to the area. A plan was made to hold military funeral honors for the valued work of scout and guide, 1st Lt. Juan Arroyos.-- Continue reading

Blue Dome Gallery reopens downtown for Red Dot Weekend

Blue Dome Gallery reopens downtown for Red Dot Weekend

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Barbara Nance and Kay Henderson have an animated conversation about Nance's work.

Red Dot Weekend, Oct. 11-13, got off to a Friday evening start, with a reception at the Blue Dome Gallery, back in its former location at the northwest corner of Yankie and Texas streets in downtown Silver City. The featured artists were Barbara Jorgen Nance, with paintings and sculptures, and Ceci Stanford. Nance's work will be familiar to her fans, but Stanford's work has changed from her ceramic work.


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Strong Thunderstorms threatening eastern and north central Grant County 101014

Strong Thunderstorms threatening eastern and north central Grant County 101014

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
336 Pm Mdt Fri Oct 10 2014

Eastern Black Range Foothills Nm-Sierra County Lakes Nm-Southern Gila
Foothills/Mimbres Valley Nm-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range
Nm-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin Nm-
336 Pm Mdt Fri Oct 10 2014

...Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Eastern Grant...Northern Luna And
Southwestern Sierra Counties Through 430 Pm Mdt...

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AmBank to become First American Bank

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a letter to customers received this week, AmBank announced it would merge with First American Bank on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

Since 2008, AmBank has been owned by First Artesia Bancshares, Inc., a New Mexico corporation, which also owns First American Bank.

First American Bank was chartered in 1903, and is the fourth oldest community bank, as well as the seventh largest bank in New Mexico.-- Continue reading

Some Courtesy Photos of Grant County Fair Participants and Winners

The Grant County Fair is over for this year, but participants and winners are already working for next year's fair. Here are just a few photos sent to the Grant County Beat. 

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Silver Schools mandated computer upgrades done with low budget

Thanks to technologically savvy Silver School personnel and donated computers, the schools now meet more than mandated minimum standards, which they didn't two years ago.

By Margaret Hopper

Are the improvements and upgrades Silver District has undertaken in the past two years
really necessary? Are they cost effective? There is a lot to be considered here. Many changes have been made recently, in many areas, but the technology department is a
major example of these changes. Silver Schools needed computer upgrades.

The district knew it would be facing critical deadlines, with the major one being having enough computers and the bandwidth to meet the PARCC (Partnership for Assessing the Readiness of College Careers) testing period in March 2015. Former sources of funding for equipment from the federal and state governments had either been cut or were not available due to the district's demographics.

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