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rainbow express rs"Rainbow Express" by Tom Vaughan is an example of one of the photographs transferred to canvas pieces that will be shown in the FeVa Fotos' "Silver City is a State of Mind" exhibit at Mariah's Copper Quail Gallery for the month of August.

FeVa Fotos photographers Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan are opening a new exhibit at Mariah's Copper Quail Gallery that is all about Silver City and what makes it special. Friday, August 4, from 3 p.m. till 5 p.m., there will be an opening reception. The public is cordially invited to stop by for tasty refreshments and to check out the show. It is a great time for artists and those who enjoy the galleries to see what is new and to gather in friendship and discussion of the local art scene.

The show has been titled "Silver City is a State of Mind" and will hang for the month of August. "This is a diverse and fun exhibit representing our love for Silver City and the unique and amazing character - and characters - that make it what it is!" says FeVa Fotos photographer Sandy Feutz.

For fans of FeVa Fotos' greeting cards, there will be a new collection of cards with the "State of Mind" theme that is just right for giving or keeping. The unique matting on of these cards is all recycled paper and perfect for framing.

Photographers Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan are active members of Silver City Art Association, Grant County Art Guild and Mimbres Region Arts Council. In addition to their work being seen in local galleries, exhibits and public places, it has been published in regional, national and international print media. The FeVa Fotos motto and the motto for this show, " Share the Joy," reflects their appreciation of the experience of photography and the wonder of the world around them.

Below is an invitation to the upcoming trainings for QPR suicide prevention. Two possible dates: Aug. 2 or Aug. 8. If you or some of your staff are interested, please RSVP with the date that works for you and number of attendees. There are 25 people max per training. Our goal is to have 50 people certified in QPR in Grant County! If we meet that, we can have additional trainings in the future if we know there will be enough who would attend. Please share and please RSVP.

Mayor Ladner is reminding the Silver City Community that the deadline for submitting designs for the "Welcome to Silver City" signs is fast approaching.

These signs will be placed at the three main entrances into Silver City and will most likely be the first impression that first time visitors will have of Silver City. If you have an idea for a sign that would make that "Good First Impression" please submit your design before the deadline of July 31, 2017.

"We have tremendous artistic talent in our community" Mayor Ladner said, "and I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in participating, to submit a design following the guidelines published on the town's website at www.townofsilvercity.org"

susan golightlySusan GolightlySilver City, NM – PFLAG Silver City will present Trans 101 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3845 N. Swan, on Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 PM, featuring local transgender activist Susan Golightly.

Gender expansive, gender fluid, transgender – the labels can be confusing – and transgender people, including children, have certainly been in the news. With knowledge and humor, Susan Golightly will explain the complexities of the transgender experience during this free event. It has been ten years since she transitioned, and she says she has never been happier. Her body and mind now feel congruent. "Every morning when I wake up, I think to myself, ‘Today I get to be me.'" Refreshments will be served.

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. For more information about this event, contact PFLAG Silver City at 575-590-8797.

SANTA FE, NM - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that Aedes aegypti, has been identified in Otero and Hidalgo Counties. This is the first time a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus has been found in this part of the state. There have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date.

Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

Mosquito surveillance in New Mexico's southern counties is part of an ongoing collaboration between NMDOH and NMSU to map out the range and distribution of both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the state. These recent discoveries bring the total number of counties in the state with mosquitos capable of spreading Zika to eight. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been trapped and identified in Doña Ana, Eddy, Chaves, Sierra, Lea, Luna, and now Otero and Hidalgo counties and Aedes albopictus in Roosevelt County.

"While we have been fortunate to this point that we have not had local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in New Mexico, tracking the areas at risk for Zika allows us to prepare and educate New Mexicans about prevention based on where they live," said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher.

Ten cases of Zika virus disease were reported in New Mexico in 2016. In each case, travelers were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. Residents traveling out of the country this summer should be concerned about Zika transmission - particularly women who are pregnant or trying to conceive and their sexual partners - as Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a list of countries with active Zika virus transmission on their Zika Virus Travel Information page.

Regardless of whether you are traveling abroad, the best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitos typically lay eggs in and near standing water in containers like old tires, buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. Certain species of mosquitos, particularly the Aedes albopictus, prefer to bite people, so they tend to live indoors and outdoors near people. They are aggressive daytime biters, but they can also bite at night.

To avoid Zika and other viruses like West Nile Virus, which are spread by mosquitos, NMDOH recommends the following steps:

  • Look around your home and remove any standing water that may be found in flower pots, bird baths, old tires, bottle caps or other small containers, and then scrub out the containers to remove any mosquito eggs. The small squiggly creatures you may see in the standing water are mosquito larvae that will turn into adult mosquitoes in a few days.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for children and pregnant or breast-feeding women.

For more information about Zika virus, visit https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/zdp/zika/ and https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.

hiroshima peace day rsThe Aug. 7, 2016, observance of Peace DayGila Friends Meeting (Quaker) will observe Hiroshima Peace Day at 12:30 p.m. in the Gough Park pavilion on Sunday, August 6. The public is welcome to join in; please bring chairs.

The two atomic bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki, Japan, three days later are the only nuclear weapons ever detonated in warfare. At least 80,000 people died instantly in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. Many thousands more died later from the protracted effects of the radiation.

Some of those killed were Japanese military, fighting the United States in WWII. Many of the dead were civilians, including American citizens of Japanese descent. At least a dozen were American prisoners of war being held where the bombs burst. The full toll of casualties became known later, when leukemia, cancers and birth defects were recognized as results of the radiation exposure.

Several nations embarked on a race to build bigger and better thermonuclear bombs, among them the U.S., the U.S.S.R., Britain, China and France. India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have also developed nuclear weaponry.

By 1968, it was clear that the genie let out of the bottle at the Trinity Test could destroy the world. The United States and 190 other nations agreed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, pledging to oppose the spread of nuclear weapons, to work toward nuclear disarmament and to support peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The treaty was reaffirmed in 1995.

Also in 1995, the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, including such world leaders as former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, bluntly declared: "The destructiveness of nuclear weapons is immense. Any use would be catastrophic. … The proposition that nuclear weapons can be retained in perpetuity and never used -- accidentally or by decision -- defies credibility. The only complete defence is the elimination of nuclear weapons and assurance that they will never be produced again."

At the United Nations on July 7, only a few weeks ago, 122 nations approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, banning the development and use of nuclear weapons. The United States and other nuclear nations neither participated in the discussion nor signed the treaty.

Gila Friends have been witnessing against these weapons of mass destruction for more than 30 years. Those who also recognize the awful consequences of nuclear weapons programs and want to keep that concern alive are encouraged to bring chairs and join in silent observance of this historic anniversary.

CYFD is hosting two (2) Child Care Recruitment events in our area:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Literacy Center
2301 S. Tin Street
Deming, NM 88030

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department
720 E. 2nd Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045

There will be no teen hangout on Saturday, August 5.

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