Emily Gojkovich Completed Training Program for Emerging Leaders  of Economic Development Districts in the EDA Austin Region

tpel all 2023Emily Gojkovich, fourth from left, is Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments deputy director

Washington, DC – The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation is pleased to announce Emily Gojkovich recently completed the 2022 - 2023 Training Program for Emerging Leaders (TPEL), a leadership training program funded by the Austin Regional Office of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, has successfully completed the program.  She was part of the fourth class of Emerging Leaders under this program.

"Economic Development Districts (EDDs) provide crucial support to communities, helping to spearhead local economic development plans and projects," said Jorge Ayala, Regional Director for EDA's Austin office. "EDA is proud to support NADO's training program and congratulates the selected participants. We look forward to working with each of them in the future."

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Chapter AG, P.E.O. promotes education 

agpeoThanks to the generous support of the Grant County community through their purchase of New  Mexican grown pecans, two recent graduates of county high schools will each receive a $1500 scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year from the Chapter AG, P.E.O. Foundation  Scholarship account. This annual fall pecan fundraiser has been a successful chapter project  for over 55 years, enabling scores of young women to realize their educational goals. 

This year’s local scholarship recipients are Makayla Martinez and Hannah Miller. 

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YCC Crews Make a Lasting Impression

water harvesting 2023Top: Sawyer Solfest, Angelio Munoz, Tommy Pendleton, Ava Bjornstad, Joseph Castello, Matthew Varela. Middle: Titus Metcalfe, Addison Pearson, Zev Rivers, Kyra Floyd, Emma Beckworth. Bottom: Micah Jo Huerta, Joey Medina, Dickey Sanchez, and Junior CasausThe Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) offered by Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) provided paid internship positions for 85 youth ages 14-15 including ALCS students in grades 9-12. Their projects included: trail building, eco-monitoring, garden crew, water harvesting, and mural design and installation. 

Under the direction of local craftsman Dickey Sanchez, the crews completed two projects: the juniper tree trail next to Ritch Hall on the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) campus and phase one of the Silva Creek Nature Trail connecting the historic Waterworks site to Penny Park. At the Ritch Hall site crew members gained experience in trail design and installation, including building stairs using boulders and flagstone.

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The Children’s Water Festival Turns 20!

nan franzblau describes mammal skulls to students from ruben elementaryNan Franzblau describes mammal skulls to students from Ruben ElementaryThis year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Water Festival, an opportunity for 5th graders to experience the Gila River. The Children’s Water Festival (CWF) has been organized by different entities over the years and the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance began coordinating in 2016. We’ve improved the format so that just one school at a time is at the river, allowing birdsong to be heard along with the facts from the instructor.

“I’m very grateful that UGWA’s support for this meaningful event allows us to reach students from the Silver City, Cobre, Lordsburg, and Deming School Districts,” states Carol Ann Fugagli, UGWA’s Education Director and organizer of the event. “Watching the faces of young people light up as they discover the texture of sycamore leaves or find aquatic macroinvertebrates never gets tiring!” 

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Silver City Museum held its annual yard sale 052023

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Sarah Zamora, museum community engagement manager, oversaw the filling of the museum courtyard with items on tables and shelves, as well as leaning against tree trunks. "The donations are from around town. And we just made all the listed prices half price. You can't leave without buying something. and carrying it away."

She said to this photographer's question that items that don't sell are donated to other entities in town such as SWAG. "Some of the items we store until next year."

ALCS Alumna Selected as Congressional Intern

ajalaa claussenAldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) alumna Ajalaa Claussen was selected to serve as an intern for U.S. Representative Gabe Vasquez (NM-02) this summer in Washington, D.C. Claussen just completed her junior year at University of Southern California and is majoring in political science and Spanish. She is interested in either a career in politics or becoming a civil rights attorney.

Claussen became inspired to pursue a career in politics as a high school sophomore and junior following school field trips to the New Mexico Roundhouse in 2018 and 2019. There she gained practical experience in how a bill becomes a law and the deep debates involved in the process. Working for Rep. Vasquez this summer, Claussen looks forward to witnessing this process unfold on a national level and supporting Vasquez’s efforts to protect the Gila River, one of the nation’s last free-flowing waterways. She says, “Having grown up backpacking along the Gila River, witnessing the vital role of this riparian habitat, it will be an honor to stand by Rep. Vasquez supporting the river’s preservation. It will also be exciting to be in D.C. and dive into the issues that concern New Mexicans.”

HMS’s Mimbres Valley Senior Center Busy in June

sr cent composite 0528 2023At table, L-R: Kenny Cox, Mary Willhite, Mungo de Grijalva, Becky Compos, Viola de Grijalva & Tina;  In background- Paula Dow, Kitchen/Transport Assistant and MVHAL board memberThree major community events are on the calendar:

On Monday, June 12 at 5:30, HMS CEO Dr. Dan Otero, DBA, will be presenting on rural health, and screening the popular PBS documentary, The Providers. Come join your neighbors in the sharing of delicious food and relevant information about rural health in our community and the state. All Mimbres Valley and Grant County residents are welcome. Contact the Senior Center at 575-536-9990 or email us at info@mvhal.org

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Preceptor Tau Ends 2022-23 Term with Fun Activities and Election of New Officers

quiltJackie Gallagher shows off examples of Quilts of ValorThe Preceptor Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently held their annual Founder’s Day celebration at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Silver City. Jackie Gallagher, an experienced quilter, presented information about the Quilts of Valor program. Some of the quilts created for presentation to veterans in Grant County were displayed for the members to view.

Service projects included donations of snacks for patients at the Dialysis Center and Mothers’ Day gift baskets for residents of El Refugio.

Pat Johannes hosted a Mother’s Day luncheon for members.

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