Ansel Waters named Volunteer of the Year

anseldougAnsel Walters (left) accepts the Volunteer of the Year Award from Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society President, Dr. Doug DinwiddieThe Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that Mr. Ansel Walters of Silver City has been named the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2022 by the Board of Directors of the Society. Society President Dr. Doug Dinwiddie stated: “Ansel is being recognized for his constant devotion to the cause of saving and telling the story of historic Fort Bayard. There is no project too large or too small for Ansel, who gives freely of his time, energy and financial support for our many activities. In addition to wielding hammers and paint brushes, he also regularly regales visitors to the museum with his colorful stories of the frontier cavalry, portraying Captain Charles Beyer of the 9th Cavalry in living history programs.”

Western New Mexico University students design, install public works piece in downtown Silver City

dsc00336Southwest riparian habit mural intended for wall near Big Ditch Park and MainStreet Plaza

Silver City, NM – Jennifer Douglass’ painting and drawing students at Western New Mexico University are learning about the process of public art while creating a mural design that ties in the university’s values of education, conservation and recreation. They began installation of the mural last week.

After an invitation from Diana Ingalls Leyba, who is Director of Silver City’s Youth Mural Program, WNMU students began the process of designing a mural for a wall at The Church of the Southwest. Considering the site borders the Silver City MainStreet Plaza and sits just above downtown’s Big Ditch Park, a riparian design concept was presented to the Historic Design and Review Committee, and the mural permit was granted.

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GRMC receives new ambulance with state funding

img 3810Gila Regional Medical Center recently purchased a new ambulance with state funds and a 50-50 grant partnership with Gila Regional for a total of $180,000. From left are GRMC Interim Chief Executive Officer Marion A. "Tony" Thompson, paramedic student Ryan Griffiths, EMS Director Eloy Medina, Nicholas Medina and Ciye Yniguez 

Xavier Khera named to Berea College Dean's List.

BEREA, KY (06/02/2022)-- Xavier Khera, a resident of Silver City, NM, has been named to the Spring 2022 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.

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US Forest Service will use Stout Elementary School building C for Black Fire incident command coordination

Silver Schools Superintendent William Hawkins has  granted US Forest Service access to use the district's Stout Elementary Building C “Cafeteria & classrooms” to run their Incident Command Coordination of the fire response to the Black Fire in the Gila National Forest.

Incident Command runs approximately 30-50 people, (IT, HR, Medical, etc…). This site will be the central hub for their command structure until they have met their objectives.

William Hawkins
Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent

Nancy Champlin PEO Foundation Scholarship

image copySamantha Jones, PEO scholarship recipient

The 2022 Nancy Champlin P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship ($1500) has been awarded to recent Cliff High School graduate, Samantha Jones, daughter of Steve and Jolene Jones. On the A-Honor Roll at her high school, Samantha also graduated with honors this May with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Western New Mexico University where she has been dually enrolled the past four years. In addition to academics, she has excelled in the areas of extracurricular activities, community service, and especially in the area of leadership responsibilities. Planning to attend WNMU in the fall, Samantha will complete a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

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Silver High School National History Day Team Presentation at Rotary

nhd pictureIn the front row: Students Anson Beck, Lizzie McDonald, Maleah Diaz, Lauren Brueggemann and teacher Claudie Thompson; standing behind them: Sunny Kellerman and Jim Callender, Rotary Club co-presidents; student Daniella Holguin; and teacher Lee Wilson.At its May 24, 2022, meeting, the Rotary Club of Silver City hosted a presentation by members of the Silver High School National History Day Competition team. 

The students were introduced by History teachers Lee Wilson and Claudie Thompson, who have coached National History Day (NHD) teams and have had them attend the Competition in Washington, DC, for fourteen years. To qualify to go to the National Competition, teams must first compete at the regional and State level.

This year, the full team, consisting of fourteen students and their two advisors will be leaving for Washington on June 8. In preparation for their trip, they have been working to raise the necessary funds to pay their expenses.

In introducing the students, Thompson said “this is the most competitive educational program in the country, and one of the highest honors Silver High School students can receive.” The students compete against schools from every state in the union, and several international schools.

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Angelo State University Announces Spring 2022 Graduates

SAN ANGELO, TX (05/26/2022)-- Angelo State University conferred 880 undergraduate and graduate degrees on 873 graduates during the 2022 spring commencement exercises on May 13-14, 2022, at the Junell Center/Stephens Arena in San Angelo, Texas.

Graduates include Rachel Hawkins of Silver City who earned a Bachelor of Music in Music .

A full list of the graduates is available on the ASU website at

Angelo State University, founded in 1928, is a thriving four-year public school in Texas. Our Ram Family environment helps students feel at home, a place where they know faculty and staff care deeply about their success.

Our excellent faculty make it possible for students to conduct undergraduate research, rank above state acceptance averages for professional schools, and receive personal access to instructors and progressive facilities.

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