The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

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2020 Census
Part Three

grant county municipalities usgs 2021 3 50This map shows the location of a number of communities in Grant County. Seven of the eighteen census designated places are circled in green. (The image was provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey, 2021.)

In earlier editions of The Chronicles Of Grant County, information from the 2020 Census was detailed for Grant County overall as well as for each of the four individual incorporated communities within Grant County. This edition focuses on the eighteen census designated places (CDP) in the County. These places include unincorporated lands that have been grouped together by the U S Census Bureau.

All statistics listed in this news column for 2020 are from the U S Census Bureau as of April 1, 2020; stats for 2010 are from the same source as of April 1, 2010.

The population in eleven of these CDPs decreased from 2010 to 2020, while the number of residents increased in five of these CDPs during that ten-year period. Two CDPs had no change in the number of people living in those communities from 2010 to 2020.

The Arenas Valley CDP saw its population decrease from 1,522 persons in 2010 to 1,291 residents in 2020; this was a decrease of 15.2% during the ten-year period. The population of the Buckhorn CDP went from 200 persons in 2010 to 172 people in 2020; this was a decrease of 14.0% from 2010 to 2020.

There was a 3.1% decrease in the population of the Cliff CDP from 2010 to 2020; 293 residents lived here in 2010, 284 people lived here in 2020. Seventeen people lived in the Cobre CDP in 2020, while 39 residents were in that community in 2010; this represented a 56.4% decrease in population in this ten-year period.

The population of the Gila CDP decreased from 314 people in 2010 to 285 persons in 2020 – a 9.2% decrease in number of residents during the ten-year period. The Hanover CDP saw its population decrease from 167 residents in 2010 to 144 persons in 2020; this represented a 13.8% decrease from 2010 to 2020.

The Lake Roberts Heights CDP saw its population decrease from 32 persons in 2010 to 22 people in 2020; the percentage decrease was 31.2% during this ten-year period. The population of the Mimbres CDP decreased from 667 people in 2010 to 390 people in 2020; the decrease was 41.5% from 2010 to 2020.

There was a 19.3% decrease in the number of residents living in the North Hurley CDP from 2010 to 2020. Three hundred people lived in this community in 2010, while 242 persons resided here in 2020. The Rosedale CDP saw its population decrease from 394 people in 2010 to 377 residents in 2020; this represented a 4.3% decrease during the ten-year period. Seven people lived in the Trout Valley CDP in 2020, while sixteen persons lived in this CDP in 2010 – a 56.2% decrease in number of residents during the ten-year period.

Fifty-two people lived in the Hachita CDP in 2020, while 49 residents were in this community in 2010; this represented a 6.1% increase during the ten-year period. The Piños Altos CDP saw its population increase from 198 persons in 2010 to 225 residents in 2020; this was an increase of 13.6% during the ten-year period.

An increase of 52.6% during the ten-year period took place in the San Lorenzo CDP as its population grew from 97 persons in 2010 to 148 people in 2020. The population of the Tyrone CDP went from 637 persons in 2010 to 712 people in 2020; this was an increase of 11.8% from 2010 to 2020. The White Signal CDP increased its population from 181 in 2010 to 191 in 2020; the additional ten residents represented a 5.5% increase during the ten-year period.

The population of Faywood CDP remained at 33 people in both 2010 and 2020. In the Lake Roberts CDP, the number of residents was 53 persons in both 2010 and 2020.

To put these statistics into perspective, the overall population of the U S increased 7.4% from 2010 to 2020, and the population of the State of New Mexico increased 2.8% during the same ten-year period.

The U S Census Bureau does not use "Hispanic" as a racial classification. Instead, the Federal government uses the wording "Hispanic or Latino" as an ethnicity. The percentage of the population that self-identified as Hispanic or Latino for their ethnicity varied in these CDPs in 2020.

In the Arenas Valley CDP, the percentage in 2020 was 48.0%; in the Buckhorn CDP, 7.6%; in the Cliff CDP, 9.5%; in the Cobre CDP, 94.1%; in the Faywood CDP, 66.7%; in the Gila CDP, 21.4%; in the Hachita CDP, 23.1%; in the Hanover CDP, 70.1%; in the Lake Roberts CDP, 22.6%; in the Lake Roberts Heights CDP, 45.5%; in the Mimbres CDP, 24.1%; in the North Hurley CDP, 83.1%; in the Piños Altos CDP, 15.6%; in the Rosedale CDP, 41.4%; in the San Lorenzo CDP, 62.2%; in the Trout Valley CDP, 14.3%; in the Tyrone CDP, 41.2%; and in the White Signal CDP, 20.4%.

Throughout New Mexico, the percentage of residents that self-identified as Hispanic or Latino was 47.7% in 2020. This represented an increase in this group of 6.0% statewide from 2010 to 2020. Throughout the U S, individuals that self-identified as Hispanic or Latino increased 23.0% during the same ten-year period. Individuals who were in this group represented 18.7% of the overall population – 62,080,044 persons – of the country.

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scholarships part three

There are a number of search engines that list college and university scholarship opportunities. In the last edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, information was detailed on the scholarship search engine provided by Sallie Mae. A second major scholarship search engine is at Scholarships.com. According to the firm, "Scholarships.com has helped students find money for college and learn about the entire financial aid process. We are among the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the internet and have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide, among others. We've built solid relationships with colleges and universities across the country and want to provide students with the opportunity to not only find free money for college and interact with prospective colleges but to be recruited as well."

If you choose, you can register for this site by clicking here.

As an alternative, you can view scholarship opportunities without registration by searching the directory of scholarships. To do so, click here.

This directory is divided into a number of categories, including:

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2020 Census
Part Two

grant county municipalities usgs 2021 65This map shows the location of a number of communities in Grant County. The four incorporated communities are circled in red. (The image was provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey, 2021.)

In an earlier edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, information from the 2020 Census was detailed for Grant County overall. In this edition, statistics are noted for each of the four individual incorporated communities within Grant County.

The populations of each of these incorporated communities decreased from 2010 to 2020, according to the information released recently by the U S Census Bureau for 2020. All statistics listed in this news column for 2020 are from the U S Census Bureau as of April 1, 2020; stats for 2010 are from the same source as of April 1, 2010.

The Town of Silver City saw its population decrease from 10,315 persons in 2010 to 9,704 residents in 2020; this was a decrease of 5.9% during the ten-year period. The population of the City of Bayard went from 2,328 persons in 2010 to 2,116 people in 2020; this was a decrease of 9.1% from 2010 to 2020.

The Village of Santa Clara saw its population go from 1,686 residents in 2010 to 1,637 people in 2020; this was a 2.9% decrease in the number of residents in this community. The number of people living in the Town of Hurley decreased from 1,297 persons in 2010 to 1,256 residents in 2020; this was a decrease of 3.2% in the population of this Town.

To put these statistics into perspective, the overall population of the U S increased 7.4% from 2010 to 2020, and the population of the State of New Mexico increased 2.8% during the same ten-year period.

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2020 census grant county map census bureau 50This map of Grant County is from the 2020 Census. (The image was provided courtesy of the U S Census Bureau, 2021.)

Grant County continued to lose population, according to the information released recently by the U S Census Bureau for 2020. All statistics listed in this news column for 2020 are from the U S Census Bureau as of April 1, 2020; stats for 2010 are from the same source as of April 1, 2010.

In 2020, there were 28,185 people living in Grant County. The number of residents in 2010 were 29,514. This represented a 4.5% decrease in population in the County during the preceding ten years. In 2000, there were 31,002 people living in Grant County. During the past twenty years, Grant County has seen its population decrease by 9.1%.

To put these statistics into perspective, the overall population of the United States of America increased 7.4% from 2010 to 2020 and the population of the State of New Mexico increased 2.8% during the same ten-year period.

The racial composition of Grant County has changed since 2010.

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american rescue plan 65

Individuals in Grant County that received unemployment compensation at any point during 2021 are able to secure zero premium or low-cost health insurance through a provision of the American Rescue Plan. According to the State of New Mexico, qualified New Mexicans can select health insurance policies as part of this Special Enrollment Period.

To do so, you must act prior to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

These health insurance policies are good from September 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

"All health plans cover the 10 essential benefits such as doctor visits, hospital stays, maternity care, emergency room care, prescriptions, and more," according to a statement from BeWellnm, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. "Federal law and regulations provide protections against preexisting condition exclusions in health insurance coverage. Health plans must permit New Mexicans to enroll regardless of health status, age, gender, or other factors that may predict the use of health services."

To obtain the special subsidies available to people who received unemployment compensation, qualified individuals must choose from among Silver-level insurance policies. Individuals must not be able to receive health insurance through their employers to be qualified for these special subsidies.

A few examples of zero-premium health insurance policies that may be available to local residents include:

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Scholarships – Part Two

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Prospective college students, current college students, and loved ones of those individuals have several resources they can utilize to find potential scholarship opportunities. It's important to recognize that while some scholarships are open to just about everyone, many scholarships are designed to help individuals in specific groups of interest to the donors or providers of the scholarships.

In this edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, we're looking at one of those options: The Scholarship Search tool offered by Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae is a public corporation. It used to be structured as a government-sponsored entity. Its main focus in consumer banking revolves around private education loans as well as credit cards and savings accounts.

You don't have to be a customer of Sallie Mae or pay anything to Sallie Mae to be able to use its Scholarship Search tool. You do, though, have to register with the company to be able to use this tool. Individual students, parents, and educators are among those that can register to use this option. As with any digital site or any other program that requires registration, please review all terms of use and the privacy policy prior to providing any personal information.

Scholarships – Part One

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There are generally six main ways a person can pay for a college education in the United States: Funds from parents, grandparents, and other loved ones; funds previously earned or secured from the individual student; loans incurred by parents, grandparents, and other loved ones; loans incurred by the students; earnings by students from work while attending college; and scholarships. Many students use a combination of these methods.

Scholarships have a substantial advantage over each of the other four methods in that funds secured through scholarships are typically provided as grants. While there are some scholarships that do have obligations that you must meet after receipt, there is typically no obligation for recipients of most scholarships to pay back funds either directly or indirectly.

Using scholarship funds is one of the best ways to reduce the actual direct cost of receiving a college education.

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Bataan Memorial Park

bataan memorial park helicopterThe Bataan Memorial Park is located at 33 Fort Bayard Road, to the northwest of Santa Clara. (Photograph was provided courtesy of Grant County.)

This week, Grant County announced that the Bataan Memorial Park would temporarily be closed as renovations were underway. Among the construction projects will be accessibility upgrades for people with disabilities as well as improvements to the drainage at the park. "This project will require the closure of the grounds, facilities, and parking lot to ensure the safety of both the public and the construction crews involved in the project," according to the statement from the County. "The closure is expected to last 90 -120 days."

You can view plans for improvements at the Bataan Memorial Park below.

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