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img 0899Lonnie L ShoupBy Frost McGahey

Despite recovering from a severely fractured leg, while in Utah last June preparing for one of several sanctioned off-road motorcycle races, Lonnie L Shoup [Editor's Note: the L has no period after it.] addressed a group of women voters to tell them why he's running for the Town Council, District #2.

Of the many reasons Shoup is running, he feels strongly that the police need to be supported and not defunded. "It only makes sense for the welfare and safety of everyone. I support the police and believe our town would benefit from more officers and training, not less."

One of the attendees who lives near Penny Park stated that after 5:00 p.m. the nature of the park completely changes with people drinking and passing out. She's complained to the town that the park smells of urine and vomit.

Several Grant County authors were honored in the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards organized by the New Mexico Book Co-op.

Alethea Eason, Kris Neri, EJ Randolph, and Kate Rauner topped the Fiction e-book category with their collection of eight Stunning Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction published with the Borderland Writer’s Co-op. Editor and author EJ Randolph invited Silver City authors to contribute to Stunning Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Eason, Neri, Rauner, and Randolph each contribute two stories to this collection. Stunning Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction is available at Amazon books. Visit the Borderland Writer’s Co-op at

Randolph was further honored as a finalist in the Fiction e-book category with her science fiction novel Spiders & Spice. The story follows diplomat Kate Stevens, still ravaged from PTSD as a result of her last alien encounter, who is sent on a mission to wrangle another alien culture. This novel is available on Amazon books.

tavizon jordan starrL-R: Peggy Tavizon, Jason Jordan, and Christine StarrOn Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the Republican Party of Grant County recognized two of the county's local law enforcement to thank them for outstanding service to our community. The organization was honored to do this and intends to continue this every month. One recognition came from the Grant County Sheriff's Office, and one from the Silver City Police Department. "We are hoping in the future to include the local State Police and first responders," a spokeswoman said.  

The deputy this month was Corporal Detective Jason Jordan. Jordan started his career with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department in 201l. He started as a patrol deputy and quickly advanced to a supervisor as he was promoted to corporal. Jordan is always challenging himself.

At the October 5, 2021, Silver City Rotary Club meeting, Cardiologist Dr. Norman Ratliff gave a talk that brought insights to the audience about a unique diagnostic facility available at Gila Regional Medical Center and nowhere else in New Mexico: the CT (Computerized Tomography) scanner used, among other things, for CT Coronary Angiography. Dr. Ratliff pointed out that CT coronary angiography is a state-of-the-art diagnostic method that far surpasses other methodologies in its ability to diagnose coronary artery disease.

Dr. Ratliff said that heart disease is the predominant cause of death in the United States, even exceeding cancer and accounting for more deaths than accidents, respiratory disease and stroke combined. He noted that a CT Coronary Angiogram can provide a high-resolution picture of the coronary arteries using a non-invasive approach. It can pinpoint coronary artery blockages that are often missed by other diagnostic methods, such as stress echocardiograms or even cardiac catheterization.

coatdrivePictured receiving the coats at El Grito are Susie Hutchins and Misty PugmireMembers of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors spent September collecting coats, and donations to purchase coats, for children at El Grito Early Learning Center.

40 Coats were collected in sizes 3T through 5T for boys and girls and were presented to Misty Pugmire, Executive Director of the El Grito Head Start Center on Thursday, October 7.

Lynette Holguin, broker, and coat drive chairperson stated, “I championed collecting coats for El Grito Head Start because when I was younger, and a single mom, they were wonderful."

carlos and blancaBlanca Aldana and Carlos Callejo in front of the muralSilver City MainStreet received funding from the New Mexico Department of Tourism’s (NMTD) Clean and Beautiful Grant Program for three separate beautification projects. 

One of those projects is a mural depicting New Mexican folk arts. The mural is located adjacent to the Main Street Plaza where The Future Forge operates a weekly Maker’s Market supporting local artisans. The concept for the mural came from reflecting those artisans and celebrates the many talents and culture of New Mexico. The mural is located on the south side of the Encore building at 704 N. Bullard and faces a future parklet and pedestrian entrance into the Main Street Plaza.

rob leverSilver City, NM. October 6, 2021. Rob Lever has been named as acting Forest Supervisor on the Gila National Forest beginning October 11, 2021. Lever will serve on the Gila NF for a 120-day detail.

Rob currently serves as the district ranger on the Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in eastern Arizona, where he has served since 2018. He began his Forest Service career in 1993 as a wildland firefighter on the Crescent Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.

Lever was raised in Bend, Oregon and went to college at Linfield College where he earned a BA in Sociology.

LIVE EVENT: An Interview with Catalina Claussen, Friday, October 22, 5:00-6:00 pm MDT

Face-to-Face event at Miller Library, WNMU, Silver City

Catalina Claussen, a Grant County author and a member of the Southwest Word Fiesta’s publicity committee, allowed me to interview her recently about her books and the Southwest Word Fiesta. As part of her work for the Southwest Word Fiesta’s publicity committee, Catalina writes press releases for local and regional authors, sending them to the editors of periodicals throughout the Southwest. 

Kris: What inspired you to start writing?

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