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Thanks to the generous support of the Grant County community through their purchase of New Mexican-grown pecans, three graduates of county high schools will each receive a $1500 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year from the Chapter AG, P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship account. This annual pecan fundraiser, conducted each fall, has been a chapter project for over 45 years.

This year's local scholarship recipients are :

Jamie Jenkins, a 2019 graduate of Cliff High School who will attend Eastern New Mexico University where she plans to major in Business;
Alexa Vermillion, a 2020 graduate of Silver High School who plans to enroll at New Mexico State University, majoring in Animal Science; and
Kayla Manning, Cliff High School 2020 who will attend Western New Mexico University and major in Business.

Chapter AG additionally has sponsored Gabriela O'Keefe, Silver High School 2017, the successful recipient of a $2600 New Mexico State P.E.O. Scholarship. She will be a senior at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Communications in Critical Studies in Mass Media.

Another beneficiary is Britney Lovato, awarded the chapter's Rhoades/Sechler Scholarship of $750. Britney is a junior at Western New Mexico University majoring in Elementary Education.

Co-sponsored with Chapter BR, the Nancy Champlin P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship of $1000 completes Chapter AG's scholarship endeavors. This year's recipient will be named in the immediate future.

Chapter AG is both pleased and proud to be able to promote educational opportunities for Grant County women through these scholarships. For additional information on this philanthropical, educational organization, please go to www.nmpeo.org or call 538-2626.

As published in the July issue of the Mimbres Messenger 

fscn7272Now is a great time, in this age of the Covid-19 and social distancing, to visit places in the Mimbres area that you have not been to before or want to see again. One of my favorite views of the Mimbres Valley is from the North Star Road (AKA Forest Road 150 or the Wall Lake Road). The first few miles up North Star off of Highway 35 are steep and curvy, and sometimes rough, depending on when the road was last graded. In winter it’s fourwheel drive only. In summer it’s spectacular.

As posted in the Mimbres Messenger:


Give me Your tired, Your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …
(Inscription on the Statue of Liberty)

mungoIt was the 4th of July, in the 1970s. I was an aircraft mechanic aboard the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, and the biggest combat ship for its day. I was a nineteen-year-old "snooty-nosed kid" away for the first time from home (United States) and the protective guidance and loving comfort of Mom and Dad.

The Silver City Rotary Club’s challenge to the community to provide help to The Commons’ food distributions has far exceeded expectations. Originally, the Rotary Club agreed to match contributions up to $2,000 made to this project through the Silver City Rotary Foundation. But, to date, a total of $4,881.11 in contributions has been received, and the club has agreed to match that amount and any other contributions that might take the total to $5,000, but to end the matching program at that amount.

“Our thanks go out to the many generous community members who have made it possible for us to channel more money to the food pantry program than we originally thought possible,” says Peter Falley, local Rotary Foundation treasurer. “This is particularly important because we know The Commons has had a great increase in the number of people utilizing its free food distributions since the start of the pandemic,” he added.

The funds raised are being split between the Roadrunner Food Bank and local food suppliers.

goughparkorchard2020The fully mature Gough Park Orchard reports a banner harvest this year.Wednesday, July 1, 2020; Silver City, NM: After four years, Silver Citians are tasting the fruits of their labors as the Gough Park Orchard comes into full fruition. The public orchard is reporting a bumper crop of plums and looking forward to a fruitful future as more varieties ripen on the trees.

“It takes three years for an orchard to start producing sizable crops,” Kendra Milligan said, coordinator of the Grant County Neighborhood Orchards which supported the Gough Park Orchard creation with a variety of partners including the Town of Silver City which donated the land for the orchard, located near Gough Park - adjacent to the corner of Main and 11th Streets.

kellermansSunny Yates Kellerman, a Silver City resident, has just been named District Governor for Rotary International District 5520, which includes all the Rotary clubs in New Mexico as well as the Rotary Clubs in eight counties in West Texas. She will serve in this office until July of 2021.

As District Governor, Kellerman will communicate with and visit all 66 Rotary clubs in the District, supporting them in planning service projects and raising funds for those projects, developing new leadership, and promoting a District Conference.

Mimbres, NM, June 24, 2020--For Immediate Release.  Ericka Luna has accepted the position as acting District Ranger on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.  Luna will serve as the acting ranger for a period not-to-exceed one year. 

Ericka currently serves as the Regional Government Relations Liaison at the Southwestern Regional Office (R3) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has most recently had the opportunity to fulfill a 5-month assignment as acting Chief of staff for the R3 Office in Albuquerque. Other assignments include acting district ranger on the Carson National Forest, acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Black Hills National Forest, acting Assistant Director of Tribal Relations in Washington, D.C., Tribal Relations Policy analyst In Washington DC, and several positions in the USDA Office of the Secretary  in Washington, D.C.

Ericka was born in New Mexico, attended New Mexico State University and has a B.S. in Agricultural Biology and a M.A. in Agriculture; Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. 

Intel announced today that 40 New Mexico educators have received funding to support their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary in New Mexico. Hampton Burnette, a teacher at Cobre High School in Bayard, is receiving $2,500 to support the Cobre Media film program.

Although much has changed since the call for nominations was announced in February, Intel is thrilled to support our local educators in continuing to inspire New Mexico’s next generation of innovators and STEM professionals.

“New Mexico has a long history of being a leader in the technology industry and Intel an excellent community partner that supports education in our state. Intel continues to show their commitment to education with these forty grants, which will enhance the development of our students’ capabilities in STEM throughout New Mexico,” shared Jerry Schalow, Executive Director of the Rio Rancho Community Foundation.

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