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Attendees: Joanie Griffin, Jo Lutz, Steve Chavira, Erik Ockerhaussen, Allyson Siwik, Rhonda Munzinger, Alexandra Tager, Yessica Nograro-Borquez, Lee Gruber, Bernadette Smith, Romeo Cruz, Kyle Durrie, Bart Roselli, Curtis Clough, Julie Enos, Patrick Hoskins, and Charmeine Wait.

Guest Presenter: Joanie Griffin Sunny 505

MainStreet Report: Charmeine participating in Give Grandly at Makers booth from 10- noon and thanks to the SCAA and other organizations an opportunity to experience art at the make and take booth. 26 opportunities for people who live here to experience art mostly for youth but adults too. Will be pushing Love local and keep that going. Southwest Women's Fibers Art Collective will have pop-up at Market and Texas and each weekend will have people demonstrating. You can view the exhibit through the window.

Visitor Center Report: Patrick – Appears that we have rounded a corner. Had our first international tourist from Germany. Think we are going to have a great second half of the year. We are planning a soft opening on June 1st to work out any kinks and then an open house 2 weeks to a month after that and invite the town down to celebrate. More activity on the calendar – please visit website to add events. Working on scavenger hunt in June in collaboration with the CDT coalition.


ftbayardL- R: Peggy White, Assistant Administrator; Kathy Keller, Quality Assurance; Janice Garner, Unit Manager; Deborah Roberson, Infection Preventionist; Melissa Salas, Asst Director of Nursing; Esther Chico-Gutierrez, Director of Nursing; Rep Louis Terrazas; Rep Rebecca Dow; Jennifer Elizalde-Tafoya, Environmental Services Manager; Todd V Winder, Administrator (Courtesy photo)Representative Rebecca Dow and representative Luis Terrazas present staff at Fort Bayard Medical Center with a recognition from the New Mexico House of Representatives for excellence in service. “I’ve worked with the staff at Fort Bayard for many years,” said Representative Terrazas. “I remain impressed with the quality of care they provide our loved ones.”

Throughout the United States the staff and patients of long-term care facilities have borne the brunt of the impact of COVID-19 with more than 100,000 deaths. In New Mexico approximately 25% of the total Covid related deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Copper Country Senior Olympics held an archery contest. A couple of photos are Courtesy of organizer Mario Quintana. A PDF of the results can be found below the photos.


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best beef bread 1386The Gila Belly Buster team, Joe and Lorre Bice from Las Lunas were winners in two categories --.Best Beef Meal and Best Bread.The weather was perfect for 2021 Dutch Oven Gathering held on April 10 this year in Glenwood. There were 10 cooking teams who served approximately 250 meals. There was a large variety of meals --  everything from pork chops, chili dishes and venison stew, to steak and taters and chicken cacciatore. 

There were also great breads, and cobblers and wonderful desserts. 

It was a great day for the vendors as well and the library book sale was a huge success. 

The winners of the three raffles were:

dsc 0223Keirston Bloomfield is graduating this year, class of 2021. She just turned 17. She is graduating a year early from Silver High School. She has also managed to earn her Associates Degree in Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences from Western New Mexico University. She is graduating with a 3.7 GPA with Honors as "Cum Laude' (with Praise).

Keirston has 4 little brothers that she spends a lot of time tending to. She is a huge help and contributor to our family. She has always excelled in school. She LOVES to read, and SING, and play her ukulele. She also spends time volunteering for different clubs, Lone Mountain 4-H Club, National Society of High School Scholars, and as youth leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She excels at everything she does. She has a laugh that is contagious. If she sees someone hurt or in need she can't help but try to make it all better. Which is amazing and a perfect fit for her plans to become a nurse. She is going to try to apply to the Nursing Program at WNMU in the Spring. She can accomplish anything that life throws at her.

4 h baking contest 050321Pictured with scholarship recipient Brye Baptiste are Baking Contest Sponsors, Grant County Commissioner Billy Billings, NM State Representative Luis Terrazas, and NM State Representative Rebecca Dow.

The Annual 4-H Baking Scholarship was presented to Brye Baptiste, a senior of Cliff High School, who will be attending NMSU this fall, after graduating as valedictorian of his class.

Brye has been a 4-H member in good standing with the Spurs 4-H Club. He completed 4-H projects in photography, archery and leatherwork. He served as Vice-President for three years, as well as Treasurer and Secretary.

"4-H has helped me value community service, develop integrity, responsibility and self-discipline," Baptiste wrote in his 4-H story.

The Selection Committee is delighted to announce that the next Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County is Allison Waterman.

This honorary role is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, demonstrated a commitment to the literary art form, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civil discourse. Following the tenure of poet laureate Eve West Bessier, the committee received several applications for the role and after interviewing all applicants, the committee offered Waterman the position.

Allison (pronouns: she/her) is an avid reader, writer, and researcher who has been published many times, having her poetry, short stories and newspaper columns celebrated locally and nationwide. She was a member of Silver City Slam and currently participates in Poetry Bread events. She cherishes her three sons and two brothers and finds joy in the everyday happenings of life, particularly in the mountains and hot springs of Southern New Mexico.

wnmuckiTop Row from left: ACO/EM Gilbert Helton; Deputy Jacob Martinez; Sheriff Frank Gomez; and Lieutenant Melvin Castillo. Middle Row: Zoey Jarrott and Mina DeLaGarza. Bottom Row: Jada Crowell; Ariana Medina; and Valerie Silvas. (Courtesy photo)Western New Mexico CKI members created and facilitated a very special service project this month that honored the life and service of New Mexico State Police Officer, Darian Jarrott, who was killed in the line of duty on February 4, 2021. Newly elected WNMU CKI President, Jozette “Zoey” Serna-Jarrott, lost her cousin Darian that day, and her CKI Club decided to host a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day project. Members collected donations of snacks, water, and Gatorade and delivered them to several local law enforcement agencies located in Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties.

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