You are here: HomeNewsLocal News ReleasesCommunity Calendar has new organizer

Community Calendar has new organizer

Silver City, New Mexico, January 29, 2013:  When Anne McCormick sent out her first email cataloging community events in 2007, she never dreamed five years later over 1000 people would be receiving it weekly.  "I saw great things going on in the community, and I wanted people to know about them," says McCormick regarding the inception of the calendar and sending that first fateful email.

Fondly referred to as Anne McCormick's Community Calendar by locals, the email list has been something of an open secret in Grant County. McCormick says she initially "sent it to friends and told them to pass it around, then more people subscribed; it was totally organic growth."

McCormick admits to being a compulsive reader of the newspapers' legal notices, "All the real news is there."  Most importantly, the legal notices included announcements of upcoming government meetings and intents to adopt new laws or change zoning codes.

"The calendar was all music and entertainment, but my real motivation was to get people at the Town and County meetings and committees to participate in government, and become community watchdogs... I saw it as an organizing tool for democracy," admits McCormick.  She always included tidbits from the agendas of local government meeting to spur the public's interest. "The Town Council and County Commission, even the Western New Mexico University Regent meetings as a publically funded institution, are open to the public. It's really important that people show up to these meeting, it makes a difference."

McCormick went to great lengths to include all political organizations and affiliations in the calendar, "If I saw the meeting announcement in the newspaper, a flyer or received an email, it was included."

When McCormick and her husband, Alan Wagman, announced they were moving to Albuquerque, many people worried it meant the end of her community calendar. Fortunately, the Grant County Community Health Council stepped in to offer its services.

Health Council Coordinator, Tiffany Knauf says, "The Community Calendar has been a great asset to Grant County for many years, and we didn't want to see it go. We look forward to fostering the list of involved organizations, and increasing the number of Mining District events included."

McCormick says, "The community calendar needs to be done by a responsible institution; one person in their nightgown can't be doing it.  It needs to be compiled by someone who is held responsible, and the Health Council will do that."

As the Health and Wellness Planning Authority for the Grant County Board of Commissioners, the Health Council offers inclusivity and neutrality when compiling the community calendar. The council includes 30 community leaders, each representing a specific sector of the County. Recently, the Health Council completed the 'Your Home, Your  Voice!' 2012 Community Assessment for Grant County that broke the New Mexico record for resident participation with over 5,000 surveys returned.

McCormick adds, "It makes it all worthwhile when people show up, and they make that difference thanks to the Community Calendar. I know I'm leaving it in good hands."

Currently, the renamed GCCHC Community Calendar is sent twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays with a 'weekend update.' The GCCHC Community Calendar is free, and enters only email addresses, not associated names, to protect receivers' identities. The Community Calendar is also posted weekly online at http://www.facebook.com/gcchc.

To subscribe, send your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meeting and event notices can be sent to the same email address. For more information on the GCCHC Community Calendar call the Health Council at (575) 388-1198.

Most items are also included on the Grant County Beat Calendar.

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

Twice lately, someone has used one of MY photos, TAKEN by ME, without attribution or payment to me or the Beat. Remember that ALL PHOTOS ON THE SITE ARE COPYRIGHTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. All content is also automatically copyrighted to the creator, when it is posted. 

For all you non-profits out there who hold regular fundraisers and want to thank your supporters, the Beat has a new flat rate of $20 plus GRT for Thank You Ads, which are posted under Community. Thanks for supporting the Beat.

The Beat is very pleased and excited to announce that it has an intern, Alexis Rico, who is studying journalism at New Mexico State University. Please welcome her. We will be experimenting together on some new ways to provide the news to you. We look forward to your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks for being a Beat reader!

The Beat thanks all of you who have become friends of the Beat by sponsoring pages.

We have added a new category under Sponsors on the menu—Local businesses. You and your business can benefit from the exposure by contacting the Beat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Someone will contact you for an interview and to take photos. The cost for the sponsorship is $100, and you can continue the relationship by advertising your business for a longer term. The longer the term, the better the discount you receive.

The Beat is now posting legal notices for area governmental agencies. Check under the menu item Community to find Legals for what's happening in the area in the way of meetings and other legal notices.

You may have noticed a blue button on the upper left side of most pages. It says Sponsor GCBTo help defray ever-increasing costs of the Beat and to prevent the requirement for paid subscriptions, the Beat is asking you to choose an amount you want to pay on a one-time or regular basis to SPONSOR a page or feature that you rely on. 

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.

Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for rates. 

Check Out Classifieds.

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!

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.

Go to top