It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!  

Cookies this year are Adventurefuls, Lemon-Ups, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Girl Scout Smores, a gluten free Toffee-Tastic and our newest cookie Raspberry Rally the first Girl Scout Cookie exclusively sold online and shipped only through Digital Cookie. All cookies this year are $5 a box. Girls will be out taking orders until March 5th. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can purchase cookies for our local hometown hero’s such as our nurses, doctors, firefighters, or police personnel, our Girl Scout troops will choose the recipients. 

The world may have changed, but one thing remains the same: Girl Scouts love adventure! And that’s exactly what you’ll find in every delicious bite of iconic Girl Scout Cookies.  

Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world? When you buy delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re supporting Girl Scout entrepreneurs and funding future adventures for Girl Scouts. And guess what? Proceeds stay local.  Every purchase you make guarantees that Girl Scouts capture the experience of life and leadership.  

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Public Invited to Share Opinions about Library Services 

Input Used to Improve Customer Satisfaction

Silver City -- The staff of the Silver City Public Library are seeking public input via brief surveys, as well as two public meetings to gather important information about how library services may be improved to better serve library users.  Prior survey responses resulted in the creation of a dedicated teen space at the library, as well as a dramatic increase in the availability of a diverse range of digital resources. Library patrons may fill out a hard-copy survey at the library.

"We regularly gather feedback from the community, and take that information to heart,” said Lillian Galloway, assistant library director and outreach librarian. “We hope that community members will take a few moments to respond to our survey and attend one of the upcoming meetings, so that we can truly understand how to improve our services.”

The link to the survey is, and may be accessed on the library's web page at Public meetings will be held Saturday, February 4, from 10:00 am to noon, and on Thursday, February 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. 

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Grant County receives funds

The Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program, a federal program administered by the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced that Grant County has been awarded $12,859 to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services for the hungry and homeless and for those in economic crisis. 

The local board for Grant County will decide the distribution of the funds based on established priorities among community needs according to a news release.  The board ensures that the allocation of these funds goes to non-profit (501) (C)(3) status and government emergency food and shelter agencies and assists in monitoring program compliance. Seven agencies have qualified to be a local board recipient organization for these funds: El Refugio, Inc, St. Francis Associates, The Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church, Gospel Mission, St. Vincent De Paul Parrish Food Ministry, SPIN, and The Commons. Each organization serves and responds to the targeted populations and are experiencing greater demands for assistance due to the economic challenges and destitution in the community. 

Non-profit organizations interested in applying to qualify as an LRO and be included in the distribution of these funds must apply by Friday, February 10, 2023. 

For more information or to request an application, call Dotty Pfeifer at 538-9787 or submit a request to Applications will be sent via email.

Community Theatre Donates to Youth Theatres and Announces Drama Camp for 6- to 10-year-olds

aldo l donationAldo Leopold Middle School theatre teacher and SCCT Artistic Director, Wendy Spurgeon (middle) with students (L-R) Layla Payne, Samantha Armstrong, Mia Thomson, Hali Lyon-Baral, Clover Waian-Muniz, Leilah Jacquez.“Silver City Community Theatre (SCCT) is excited to have made donations worth $250 to three Silver City youth theatre programs and to announce SCCT Spring Break Drama Camp for 6- to 10-year-olds.” announced Chris Wellman, SCCT Board Member. “SCCT’s Winter Gala last month made all this possible. We are very grateful for such generous community support.”

“Virus Theater and Aldo Leopold Middle School’s theatre classes each received checks for $250 and Starlight Theater received a large screen for integrating visual projections into live performances valued at $250. Performances by these three programs were the highlight of the Gala,” Wellman said.

“SCCT’s Drama Camp for 6- to 10-year-olds will take place during local schools’ spring break, March 13-17, and will culminate with a performance on Saturday the 18th for family and friends,” according to SCCT Artistic Director and Camp Director, Wendy Spurgeon.

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Marisa Villegas Named SCRAR 2022 Realtor of the Year

The Silver City Regional Association of Realtors (SCRAR) named Marisa Villegas its 2022 Realtor of the Year. The annual Realtor of the Year Award is an honor bestowed upon a member by their peers at the local level, recognizing those who uphold and exemplify the Realtor Code of Ethics, professionalism, and service to the industry and their communities.

Marisa has served for two years as the SCRAR Board Secretary and as the 2022-2023 meeting and event planner. She has been a member of the association and MLS since May 2018 and is an associate broker at Better Homes & Gardens Silver City.

The ROTY award is granted to a Realtor who displays leadership, quality service, volunteerism, and support for the association of Realtors. Marisa is a shining example of each of these traits, according to Cassie Carver, 2022 President of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.

ALCS Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

The teaching staff at Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) regard the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King as an opportunity to study his life and legacy. While many students across the nation observed the day at home, ALCS students were busy in the classroom learning about inequality, social justice, and the contributions of unsung heroes.

In 7th grade science with Maia Chaney, students connected MLK’s message of equality to their recent lesson about Rosalind Franklin, a woman whose work on the structure of DNA went unrecognized.  Students researched other “unsung heroes” and made posters about their contributions.

In the 9th grade, teachers Jim McIntosh and Pete Rankin created an "MLK Week" in their Cultural Geography/Economics & Environmental Science collaborative class. They watched and discussed the documentary film Salt of the Earth and plan to visit the site of the strike as well as the mural in Bayard later in the semester.  In addition, they shared with students the many obstacles the Salt of the Earth film crew and actors had to overcome in order to launch the film onto theater screens in 1954.

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Hidalgo Medical Services Provides Update on New HRSA-Funded Clinics 

Silver City, New Mexico January 16, 2023: In 2021, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) released capital funding opportunities under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) specifically for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) based on their unique patient population. Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) qualified for $697,520 with an approved project application. HMS reviewed capital project opportunities and applied to HRSA to use the funding to purchase two new clinics to replace the current aging facilities. The first clinic will be in Animas, NM, on the campus of the Animas School District. The current primary care clinic in Animas is located within a classroom on the campus. The second clinic will be placed in Mimbres, NM, on the same lot where the La Tienda De Sol store is currently located. HMS is thankful for the current and historical partnership and support of the Animas School District administration, Mr. Loren Cushman, the School District Board, and Hans Jaeggi, La Tienda De Sol store owner. 

The process from initial HRSA application to opening the new clinic is very extensive and time-consuming, according to Dr. Dan Otero, HMS' CEO. In addition to submitting a project proposal summary and budget, each location required an Environmental Review and Cultural Affairs Historical Preservation land assessment.

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Megan Gorog Named to Fall 2022 Dean's Honor List at Cedarville University

CEDARVILLE, OH (01/11/2023)-- Megan Gorog, a Silver City student majoring in Music Education-Multi-Age, was named to the fall 2022 Dean's Honor List at Cedarville University. Students receive this achievement for obtaining a 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester and carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and the #4 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit

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