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banners and downtown signsPictured from left are Suzi Calhoun - Funder, Ann Lowe - graphic designer, Janey Katz – Funder, and Charmeine Wait, executive director of Silver City MainStreet.New street signs and banners are being installed thanks to a grant from Janey and Suzi to Silver City MainStreet. New Mexico MainStreet revitalization specialists worked with Silver City MainStreet, the State Historic Preservation Department, the Town of Silver City and stakeholders to develop a downtown Silver City signage plan. The plan includes directional highway signs, wayfinding signs, welcome signs, and the street signs.

The street signs will be installed in the entire Silver City Historic District and match the four wayfinding signs that were installed last year as part of the same signage plan. 

Silver City, NM – Monday marked the 60th day without a positive case of COVID-19 in the Western New Mexico University Mustang Athletics program.

“Along with adhering to the university’s stringent protocols and operating in accordance with the NCAA’s guidelines, we in Mustang Athletics have developed a culture of care and diligence that has successfully prevented the virus from spreading among our student athletes and staff,” said WNMU Mustang Director of Athletics Scott Noble.

The WNMU Athletics Department is one of the few statewide that has in-house testing capabilities, which — combined with the campus’ partnership with Hidalgo Medical Services — provide student athletes with reliable access to testing. Regular surveillance testing is done on between 25% and 50% of Mustang student athletes and staff, and members of in-season teams are tested according to the NCAA’s schedule.

If you would like to join these meetings please reach out to Brenda at to get added to the list.

Attendees: Patrick Hoskins, Karen Beck, Steven Chavira, Kitty Clemens, Brandy Leeper, Lee Gruber, Susan Allen, Andrea Warner, Alexandra Tager, Carissa Guild, Ted Presler, Bernadette Smyth, Lucy Whitmarsh, Melody Collins, Charmeine Wait, and Brenda Tozier.

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MainStreet Report: 8 Cash Mobs to promote shopping locally safely. Downtown decorations and holiday banners being put up. Holiday Merchant Window contest and Ugly holiday face mask promotion. Parade cancelled this year.

The Overlander Represents Region’s Outdoor Opportunities, Campus’ Proximity to Gila

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University revealed a new official collegiate license plate this week.

The design features tall purple mountains and tree silhouettes, which are the backdrop for the WNMU Mustang Athletics logo and gold lettering saying “Home of the Mustangs.” Headlining the plate is “Western New Mexico University” in bold black type at top center.

Earlier this year, Mustang fans across the region selected a new WNMU license plate design.

Through the WNMU website, voters chose between a zippy purple and gold classic called The Crossover and a wilder design known as The Overlander. 

alcs1Colin Casler chisels a rock near Ritch Hall on the WNMU CampusThe fall Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) offered by Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) provides paid internship positions for 33 students for the fall semester, using COVID-19 safe practices as established by the state YCC Commission and strengthened by the ALCS Risk Management Team. The crews include: garden, trails, eco-monitoring, and mural design and installation. 

The garden crew, under the guidance of Lone Mountain Natives Nursery co-owner Tricia Hurley, created a Traditional native herb garden with Naava Koenigsberg supervision. Koenigsberg received a grant from the New Mexico Tourism Department under the New Mexico True program that is administered by the Town of Silver City for the plants, soil, and mulch.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020; Silver City, NM: The Center for Health Innovation (CHI) pleased to welcome two new board members who are familiar faces to the organization which serves as New Mexico’s Public Health Institute.  After years of serving on committees to shape CHI’s programs, community health leaders John E. Kutinac, MPH, MBA, and Joaquin Baca, MSPH, join the board to guide the nonprofit to future success.

“We are very excited to have such great talent join the CHI Board. Both Mr. Kutinac and Mr. Baca are passionate about advancing social justice and health in New Mexico. Their experience, skill and connections will be of great benefit to CHI,” said Susan Wilger, CHI Chief Executive Officer.

“I’ve always been impressed with CHI’s work, ever since I heard about its efforts,” said Baca, a Senior Health Equity Policy Analyst for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Center for Health Equity. “It’s an honor to be part of the board.”

As is the tradition, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd held a Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday, October 4, 2020. About 50 dogs received a blessing in person, along with many cats by phone picture. It was also the first Sunday service for the The Rev. Bonnie E. Edwards as the new rector (head pastor) at the 147-year-old Silver City church. 

Sunday service is currently online at 9:30 am. Please contact the church office for directions of how to be part of it. 

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Grant County Early Voting

Early Voting Locations:

County Clerk's Office
1400 Highway 180 East
Silver City, New Mexico
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Bayard Community Center
Beginning October 17, 2020
290 Hurley Ave
Bayard, New Mexico
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