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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
Click Here For Days & Times

Bayard Community Center
Beginning October 17, 2020
290 Hurley Ave
Bayard, New Mexico
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gcagannivThe Grant County Art Guild is celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the opening of our Gallery in the former Hester House at 316 N. Bullard Street in Silver City. The Gallery opened its doors 2 years ago on November 17, 2018. Thirty-six members, all Grant County residents, display their work at the Gallery and offer a diversity of creativity in painting, photography, glass and mosaics, pottery and wood working, jewelry, clothing, and fiber arts. To celebrate, we are holding a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate. Entries for the drawing will be taken at the Gallery from Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 28. A sincere thank you to all the people who have visited and patronized our Gallery over the years. A special thanks to Mary Margaret Soule’ who gave the Grant County Art Guild its start in this location. Visit our website at  

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University School of Education elementary programs received an A+ for diversity in the 2020 Teacher Prep Review, which is published by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a body that researches, evaluates, and ranks 2,400 teacher preparation programs.

Programs only earn this grade when the percentage of enrolled candidates of color (60% for WNMU) exceeds the diversity of the state teacher workforce (46% for New Mexico) by at least 10 percentage points and also meets or exceeds the diversity of the local population (54% persons of color for WNMU).WNMU is found to be 13.8% more diverse than the New Mexico teacher workforce and 6.5% more diverse than the local population.The A+ grade indicates that the WNMU School of Education contributes significantly to the diversification of the teacher workforce. 

Kiwanis Club of Silver City longtime active club member and Past President, Alma Carson, has been elected to the position of Vice-Governor of the Kiwanis Southwest District. The job of Vice Governor is new and in its 3 year. The main responsibility of this position is to be the liaison with Kiwanis Service Leadership Partners (SLPs) consisting of: Key Club (High School); Circle K (Universities and Colleges); Builder's Club (Middle School); K-Kids (Elementary School), and Aktion Club (Adults with Developmental Disabilities). In addition, Alma will work closely with the  Administrators and  throughout the year, dedicate her involvement with SLP projects and encourage individual Kiwanis members to learn about and work closely with the members of the Service Leadership Partners at all levels. As Kiwanis Southwest District Vice Governor, Alma serves on the Southwest District Board, the Executive Board, and will work closely with the Governor and the Governor Elect. In 2 years, Alma will be eligible to serve as SWD Governor. 

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