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By Scott Kennon

In the closing scene of the 2004 film 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘷𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳, Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is seen obsessively repeating the phrase "the way of the future" after engaging in a discussion on jet engines. Decades ago many forward thinkers believed that electric cars would be commonplace by the turn of the 21st century. Countless obstacles have prevented this from becoming a reality, and less than one percent of all cars and trucks in America are electrically powered. For a time hybrid vehicles seemed to be getting a foothold, but the vast majority of vehicles being sold around the world are still gas-engined. While history shows that speculation on the "way of the future" in regards to scientific development of new energy sources is often left to be remembered as nothing more than wishful thinking, current markets and trends are showing that electric-powered mobility has at least one major success—electric bicycles are increasing in popularity all over the world.

fun run food donationsPictured is Brenda Tozier who organized the virtual fun run with the donated food. The food was shared between the Grant County Food Pantry and WNMU Food Pantry.In celebration of Territorial Charter Day, Silver City MainStreet organized a virtual Urban Challenge Fun Run in compliance with COVID restrictions. The run has gained popularity each year, with 107 runners participating in 2020 and we hope to be back bigger and better next year. 

The virtual Fun Run had an entry fee of three cans of food to be donated to the Grant County Community and WNMU Food Pantries. Registered runners received a Fun Run t-shirt. “Considering the pandemic, we had a good turnout,” states Brenda Tozier, administrative assistant, Silver City MainStreet.

dragonfly studioKelly Johnson of Dragonfly StudioSilver City MainStreet is acknowledging downtown businesses that have persevered during the COVID pandemic with Downtown Silver City Strong awards. The awards are a way to say thank you to businesses that have worked hard to stay open and find new and creative ways to operate. Silver City MainStreet is grateful that they are located downtown. 

Thanks to a generous donor, Silver City MainStreet is able to give each business owner an award plaque. The latest recipient is Dragonfly Studio.

Photos and story by Roger Lanse

Al Storey and his rattlesnake sniffing dog BBAl Story, a machinist from San Diego, arrived in Grant County in 1991 at 51 years-of-age with the idea of retiring. Instead, he founded a gunsmithing business and the Borchardt Rifle Company.

"I started hunting at a young age and I got interested in guns," Al told me. "I started on this path in high school. The girl I used to sit next to, Ruthie Navarro, well, her dad was a gunsmith in town, and I'd walk her home and they lived right in the shop. I'd ask her dad questions and he would answer my questions and help me out whenever he could. That's how I kind of got started, you know."

Over half a million customers depend on PNM for electricity, and we are committed to delivering safe, reliable power to homes and businesses throughout our service area. We are constantly investing in maintaining, upgrading, and modernizing our system to continue to meet customer needs today and in the future. One such project is set to begin Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on a distribution line near Silver City, NM. 

PNM will begin work to remove and replace 34 poles and wire on an overhead electric distribution line on a two-mile stretch along NM-152, west of the intersection with NM-35 in San Lorenzo, Grant County. This project will replace and relocate older wood poles with highly durable, long-lasting steel poles. This upgrade not only helps strengthen this stretch of the line, it will also provide better access to PNM crews for maintenance and repair work. 

“Maintaining and upgrading the electric system is an ongoing process,” said Derek Kastendieck, project manager with the PNM New Mexico Operations department. “This project helps to fortify our system and maintain and improve service to customers served by this distribution line.”

GROVE CITY, PA (02/17/2021)-- Sarah Gorog from Silver City, a senior Music Education major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean's List with High Distinction for the Fall 2020 semester. Sarah is a 2017 graduate of Homeschool and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gorog (Rhonda) from Silver City, NM.

Students eligible for the Dean's List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Dean's List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean's List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a highly ranked, national Christian liberal arts and sciences college that equips students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience distinguished by a commitment to affordability and promotion of the Christian worldview, the foundations of a free society and the love of neighbor. Established in 1876, the College is a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers students degrees in more than 60 majors on a picturesque 180-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa.

fidelquintanaCongratulations to Fidel Quintana for being selected by the State of New Mexico Senior Olympics to lead the Walk4Fitness Program, due to his involvement with seniors and recognizing the importance of staying active and fit. He has dedicated many years to volunteer work in his community. Fidel will be trained and certified by NMSO. The Walk4Fitness Program is design to promote health and motivate seniors to stay active. It is a 12-week commitment program.

Look for further information posted by CCSO and Fidel or Mario Quintana for days, time and location of the activity.

museumandwillSilver City Museum Director Bart Roselli, WILL President Susan BeckLong in the works, the agreement just signed between the Silver City Museum and the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning commences a historic partnership! This natural pairing represents an exciting new chapter in local cultural programming. The agreement was signed enthusiastically by Museum Director Bart Roselli, WILL President Susan Beck and Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown. This partnership agreement was originally spearheaded by Roselli and Shelby Hallmark, past WILL president. 

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