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January 18, 2022

Dear Silver Consolidated Employee,
Happy 2022 to you! I send my best wishes that you remain safe and well. As a quick refresher, my name is Dr. Gayle Juneau-Butler and I am a Director and Leader Coach for Studer Education. In this role, I want to remind you that I will be working with you and the Silver Consolidated Schools community to develop the 2022 - 2027 strategic plan. As your leader coach, I want you to know that I strongly believe in working with laser focus on specific outcomes that will help us to plan and execute success strategies with fidelity. In such, I intend to interview as many individuals as possible to understand the ways that Silver has served, is serving, and will continue to serve your community. More specifically, I want to provide important information about the framework and timeline that I will utilize on our collaborative journey of continuous improvement.

In early October 2021, I connected with Superintendent Hawkins to initiate our partnership. As a framework for the next 6 months of our work together, there are 3 phases of work. They are:

candaceteagueCandace Teague, a student at Western New Mexico University, was awarded a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter BR of Silver City, New Mexico.

Teague is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business management. She received her associates degree in business administration in 2013 as a stepping stone to reach her ultimate career goal of working with United States Veterans, as she is a veteran herself.  Although Teague is no longer an active-duty service member, she would like to continue serving her country by serving those who have served before, alongside and after her.

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. 

WHEATON, IL (01/14/2022)-- Wheaton College student, Claira Green of Silver City, NM, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester.

To earn Dean's List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Wheaton College is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit

By Barry Heifner of Western Institute for Lifelong Learning

SILVER CITY, N.M. — Ann Hedlund weaves the history of textiles in the American Southwest in the same way tradition, adaptation, innovation, and variability is woven into the textiles she adores. Hedlund is one of the top experts in the field and The Western Institute for Lifelong Learning is pleased to present her course “Exploring Navajo Textile History” this spring. 

Catherine Hunter of Boxborough, Mass., could not pass up the opportunity to tap into Hedland’s expertise. “I recently consulted Diane Dittemore, associate curator of Ethnology at the Arizona State Museum, to locate a known weaver of Navajo textiles. In turn,  Diane forwarded my inquiry to Ann Hedlund  who not only answered my question but also invited me to her course at WILL. This was an opportunity not to be missed!  … I registered immediately! Thank you, WILL, for welcoming distance learners,” Hunter said.

img 0950Richard Miller, Republican Party of Grant County President, reads results, as Secretary Rhonda Billings tabulates them.img 0961Member Carolyn Miller poses by image of Donald J. Trump and in front of signs.Article and Photos by Frost McGahey

The Republican Party of Grant County (RPGC) on January 11, held their Pre-Primary County Convention for the purpose of electing delegates to the Republican State Primary Convention.

It was open to all registered Republicans of Grant County who have been registered for at least 6 months. This 6 month requirement was added to prevent someone from changing party affiliation right before the convention. No ID was required.

Seven delegates were selected out of a slate of nine to attend the state-wide convention along with the five members of the executive committee. Grant County is allowed 12 delegates. This is based on how many Republicans voted in the 2018 gubernatorial election. That was 4070 and is divided by 400 and rounded up to twelve.

BEREA, KY (01/11/2022)-- Xavier Khera, a resident of Silver City, NM, has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List at Berea College.

A student is named to the Dean's List who achieves a GPA of 3.4 or higher while passing at least four total credits, a course load equivalent to 16 semester hours.

Berea College is distinctive in higher education. Offering bachelor's degrees in 34 majors, including arts and sciences and select professional programs, as well as independent majors designed by students to mirror approved majors at other colleges, Berea College awards four-year tuition scholarships to all its students, who because of financial circumstances cannot otherwise afford a high-quality, residential, liberal arts education.

All students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs. Berea's student labor program creates an atmosphere of democratic living that emphasizes the dignity of all work and provides opportunities for students to earn money for their rooms, books, and board.

Attendees: Bart Roselli, Ted Presler, Allyson Siwik, Lucy Whitmarsh, Bryan Hyde, Kitty Clemens, Karen Beckenbach, Lee Gruber, Alexa Tubbs, Andrea Warner, Eric Ockerhansen, Steve Chavira, Kristen Warnack, Abigail Klpp, Robert, David Chapman, Brenda Tozier, and Charmeine Wait

MainStreet Report: Charmeine –We have three Clean and Beautiful Grants. In spring, the Visitor Center will have plants, irrigation, and bird, butterfly, and bee interpretation station for Tourists and Locals. Carlos Callejo did a mural on New Mexico Folk Art on the side of Encore. And, across the street from Encore we have our 3rd project in the parking lot to change the rain water to water the trees and a pergola for the rose tree that make it look a lot nicer as well as an interpretive sign that was recently installed.
We just received a grant from Freeport McMoRan Foundation to put in lights in the Big Ditch and the lights are ordered.
We are also working on an Outdoor Trails+ grant for Lion’s Park improvements.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a Cookie Kick-off Party on January 15, 2022 from 10-11:30am at the the Girl Scout Little House at 302 West 11th Street, Silver City. Girls will get to taste the new cookie, the Adventureful, a brownie inspired cookie with a caramel filling with sea salt along with other favorites. They will learn about decision making, goal setting, people skills, money management, and business ethics.

Learn what Girl Scouts is all about and how you can become part of the largest girl-led organization in the United States. Girls will receive a patch for attending. For more information visit our website at or call Annette Toney, Customer Engagement Specialist, at 538-2481 ext. 4242.

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