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Grant County 4-H has been busy this summer between judging contests and preparing their show animals for the upcoming fair season. 4-H members traveled to Lordsburg, NM, June 20-24 to compete at the District Judging Contest. Those teams and individuals that competed and placed at the District Contest are as follows: 

Archery
• Novice Team 1-1st place
o Breck Baptiste, Evan Bighley, Jeremy Younger, and Aiden Gutierrez
• Novice Team 2-2nd place
o Kayleigh Massengill, Koda Fell, Joseph Massengill, and Allie Miller
• Junior Team 1-1st place
o Monte Valenzuela, Sarah Gardner, Mason Lockett, and Lizzy McDonald
• Junior Team 2- 4th place
o Madison Miller, Michael Marriage, Reno Hughes, MJ Drennan
• Novice Individuals
o 1st Place- Breck Baptiste
o 2nd Place- Jeremy Younger
o 4th Place- Evan Bighley
o 5th Place- Joseph Massengill
• Junior Individuals
o 1st Place- Mason Lockett
o 2nd Place- Monte Valenzuela
o 5th Place- Sarah Gardner

Consumer Decision Making
• Novice Team 1- 1st
o Addie Drennan, Emma Drennan, and Kayleigh Massengill
• Novice Team 2- 2nd Place
o Emily Wood, Abigail Robertson, and Taya Potts
• Novice Individual Placing
o 1st Place Addie Drennan
o 2nd Place Emily Wood
o 3rd Place Kayleigh Massengill
o 4th Place Taya Potts
o 5th Place Emma Drennan

Horticulture
• Novice Team 1- 3rd Place
o Taya Potts, Addie Drennan, Abigail Robertson, and Joseph Massengill
• Novice Team 2- 5th Place
o Kayleigh Massengill, Emily Wood, and Emma Drennan
• Junior Team 1- 2nd Place
o Sarah Gardner, Reno Hughes, and Lizzy McDonald
• Junior Individual Placings
o 4th Place Reno Hughes
o 5th Place Lizzy McDonald

Livestock Judging
• Junior Team 1- 1st Place
o Ketch Bays, Sarah Gardner, and Carson Billings
• Junior Team 2- 2nd Place
o Lizzy McDonald, Clayton Peterson, and MJ Drennan
• Junior Individual Placings
o 3rd Place Lizzy McDonald
o 4th Place Ketch Bays
o 5th Place Carson Billings

Rifle
• Novice Team 1- 1st Place
o Aiden Gutierrez, Koda Fell, Joseph Massengill, and Elyaah Holguin-Cordova
• Novice Team 2- 5th Place
o Kaleb Newman, Emma Drennan, Itzel Valdez, and Kayleigh Massengill
• Junior Team 1- 3rd Place
o Jessie Rogers, Reece White, and Morgan Wendt
• Junior Team 2- 5th Place
o Toby Comyford, Angelica Sias, and Michael Marriage
• Novice Individual Placings
o 2nd Place Aiden Gutierrez
o 3rd Place Joseph Massengill
o 4th Place Itzel Valdez
Welcome to NM 4H Quiz Bowl (Novice Only Contest)
• Team 1- 2nd Place
o Itzel Valdez, Emma Drennan, Kayleigh Massengill-

Wildlife
• Novice Team 1- 1st Place
o Kaleb Newman, Allie Miller, Krysten Jones, and Joseph Massengill
• Junior Team 1- 1st Place
o Madison Miller, MJ Drennan, Sarah Gardner, and Carson Billings
• Novice Individual Placings
o 3rd Place Joseph Massengill
o 4th Place Emma Drennan
o 5th Place Krysten Jones
• Junior Individual Placings
o 1st Place Carson Billings
o 3rd Place MJ Drennan
o 4th Place Madison Miller

4-H members at the senior level competed at the State Conference at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM July 9-12. The Livestock Skill-A-Thon team placed 2nd qualifying them for the National Contest in Denver, CO in January 2019. The placings for the teams and individuals who placed in the top 10 are as follows:

Consumer Decision Making
• Team 1- 3rd Place
o Tanna Goar, Austin Harsh, and Cooper Miller

Land
• Team 1- 2nd Place
o Kolby Taylor, Justin Billings, Max Misquez, and Cooper Miller
• Top 10 Individual Placings
o 1st Place Justin Billings- Won Buckle and Money from the Southwest Soil and Water Conservation District for high point individual
o 8th Place Max Misquez
o 10th Place Kolby Tayor

Livestock Skill-a-thon
• Team 1- 2nd
o Kolby Taylor, Justin Billings, Cursten Blanton, and Ileana Cook
• Top 10 Individuals
o 4th Place- Justin Billings
Prepared Speech- Trent Kasten 4th Place

Grant County also had members compete and participate in the following contests at State Convention:

Livestock Judging
• Team 1
o Justin Billings, Kolby Tayor, Ileana Cook, and Emily McDonald
• Team 2
o Cody Lewis, Cursten Blanton, and Tanna Goar

Wildlife
• Team 1
o Julian Garcia, Javiel Garcia, and Jeraiah Garcia
• Team 2
o Austin Harsh, Max Misquez, and Cooper Miller

Impromptu Speech- Cody Lewis and Trent Kasten

Horticulture
• Team 1
o Emily McDonald, Julian Garcia, Javiel Garcia, and Jeraiah Garcia

Grant County Extension held the Copper Classic Jackpot at the Grant County Fairground in Cliff, NM June 30 in preparation for the upcoming fair season. Participants competed with their show animals for cash prizes, buckles and show supplies. The following are the placings for Grant County members from the Copper Classic Jackpot:

Pigs
• Light Class:
o 5th Place Joseph Massengill
o 4th Place Kayleigh Massengill
o 3rd Place Aiden McDaniel
o 2nd Place Conner McDaniel
• Medium Class:
o 7th Place Connor McDaniel
o 3rd Place Davis Atwater
• Heavy Class:
o 7th Place Davis Atwater
o 6th Place Aiden McDaniel
o 5th Place Aiden McDaniel
o 1st Place Davis Atwater

Lambs
• Light Class:
o 9th Place Lizzy McDonald
o 8th Place Clayton Peterson
o 7th Place Cody Warren
o 6th Place Thomas McDonald
o 4th Place Sam McDonald
o 1st Place Lizzy McDonald
• Medium Class:
o 6th Place Lizzy McDonald
o 5th Place Cody Warren
o 4th Place Clayton Peterson
o 3rd Place Sam McDonald
• Heavy Class:
o 4th Place Emily McDonald

Goats
• Light Class:
o 2nd Place Megan Miller
• Medium Class:
o 3rd Place Megan Miller
o 2nd Place Megan Miller
• Heavy Class:
o 5th Place Tucker Gatlin

Steers
• 3rd Place Lizzy McDonald
• 2nd Place Sam McDonald
• 1st Place Cursten Blanton
Reserve Grand Champion Steer- Sam McDonald
Grand Champion Steer- Cursten Blanton

We would like to congratulate all of our 4-H members on their accomplishments at District and State. The Copper Classic Jackpot was also a huge success due to the help from several individuals. We would like to thank Jim Wetzel, Richie Moon and family, Shay Peterson, JoAnne Fowler, Jeff and Tenisha Fell, John Snedeker and crew, Stan and Liz Gardner, Judy O’Loughlin, Kristen Fisher and Raul Perea for all of their help in putting on the jackpot. We would also like to thank our sponsors A&W Electric for sponsoring all of the buckles, Cooper CowBelles, James Hamilton Construction, Edward Jones, Neil and Sameena McDonald, Tractor Supply and Re/Max Advantage Real Estate. New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.

Acres: ~4,786 Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 7
General Information: The Owl Fire began on June 30, 2018. The fire is located on Aspen Mountain and has crossed FR 209 into Frieborn Canyon in an inventoried roadless area (IRA). Heavy fuel loads will continue to hold heat. The fire perimeter is 95% contained.

Fire Operations: The fire has transitioned to an ICT5. An engine crew will continue to monitor Frieborn Canyon for fire activity. Completion of the suppression repair on Horse Mesa will be suspended until a drying trend occurs. Aerial seeding has begun to stabilize high severity burn areas.

"Care at Gila Regional is still better than anything you can get in Las Cruces," Dr. Skee concluded.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dr. James Skee said he has been practicing in Grant County, in Silver City, for 37 years. He is the Interim CEO of Silver Health Care clinic, where he worked alongside the founders Dr. John Bell and Dr. Dye. Prior to that he began one of the first five rural health clinics, with Johnson Foundation grant money, in Willsboro, New York on Lake Champlain.

In reference to the Gila Regional Medical Center, where he practices, he said since he has been in Silver City, he has seen all kinds of administrators come and go. "I was chief of staff and on the Medical Executive Committee and served on the Board of Trustees from 2005-2009, where I was vice chairman and chair of the Finance Committee. I was on all sorts of special committees, including peer review. Several administrations ago, Dr. Robinson and I chaired a committee to map out a plan for the future of the hospital. I founded and ran the original primary care Independent Physician Association until we formed the Gila Multi-Specialty IPA, and I'm currently on the board. I've been on state and national advisory boards, so I have a fairly broad perspective and I do a lot of reading."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The two-day event, a first for Silver City, brought lots of local residents and a few visitors and vendors from outside Grant County to try the wines, purchase a bottle or two, and check out the other vendors of everything from food to jewelry to clothing to art works to kitchen accessories.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Commons hosted the Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Lots of folks looked through piles of items for exactly the right gift, item of clothing, table runner, wallet or purse, or just a colorful necklace or keychain.

July 10, 2018 – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, has begun a Nursing Internship Residency program, called GRMC RNternship.

Developed to help new graduate RNs adjust from the academic world to the real world of working as a registered nurse in an acute care setting, the year-long internship begins with an intensive 2-week classroom setting and on-site immersion in clinical departments. The remainder of the year is spent at the bedside caring for patients under the mentorship of a Preceptor. Nursing interns are teamed with mentors who meet with them on a scheduled basis to evaluate their progress, give them encouragement and guide them through the difficult stages of the first year of nursing.


Silver City, NM, July 16, 2018—Due to the decreasing risk of fire danger, the Gila National Forest will lift all fire restrictions across the forest effectively immediately. In addition, Fire Danger has been modified down to Moderate from Very High.

Forest Supervisor Adam Mendonca extended a special thanks to all of our visitors for their compliance while restrictions were in effect. Visitors are always expected to use caution with campfires and other potential ignition sources. We urge our visitors to camp responsibly and be campfire safe. Never leave a campfire unattended and use proper precautions when having a campfire – including drowning it and stirring until it’s cold to the touch. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Fire restrictions are implemented when necessary to protect human life, property, and natural resources. The Forest Service uses fire restrictions and area closure to prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila 

monique2Mickeal and Monique Ades are bicycling the Continental Divide Trail to support the Alzheimer's Foundation. (Courtesy Photo)By Mary Alice Murphy

Monique Ades called the Beat from Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Thursday, July 12, 2018, to talk about her senior project.

The 16-year-old lives in Oakhurst, CA, south of Yosemite. She and her father, Mickeal, are bicycling the 2,796 miles from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, NM, in support of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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