2022 NMSBA School Law Conference announces scholarship winners

The 2022 NMSBA School Law Conference held June 2-4, 2022 focused on the latest legal issues facing public education in New Mexico and provided an opportunity to announce NMSBA’s Region Meeting Attendance and announced the award of their 2022 Scholarships to twenty-four outstanding high school graduating seniors at the School Law Conference. Each student will receive a $1,200 scholarship to further their higher education. Nominations were received from New Mexico’s boards of education and selections are based on criteria including demonstrated leadership, academic performance, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Region VIII
Naomi Kimble - Animas
Melanie Jurado - Deming
Samantha Jones - Silver Consolidated Schools- Cliff High School Graduate

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Rob Hamm holds book signing 061022

ron hamm 3932Ron Hamm talks about his latest book

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Ron Hamm held a book signing for his latest book, New Mexico Heroines of the 20th Century: Role Models for Today at the Silver City Woman's Club on June 10, 2022.

Hamm said he felt the subtitle was important, because it is timely. He noted that several of the women featured in the book were and are from Silver City and several are or were members of the Woman's Club. The book, in addition to the portions about each heroine, also features 254 sketches and 144 photos.

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Successful Salvage Evacuation Efforts of 89 Gila Trout from Black Post-Fire Threats of Potential Increased Ash and Sediment Debris Flows

Silver City, NM - June 16 — Gila trout (Oncorhynchus gilae gilae) is endemic to mountain streams in the Gila, San Francisco, Agua Fria, and Verde river drainages in New Mexico and Arizona. Gila trout was originally recognized as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1967). Federal-designated status of the fish as endangered was continued under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Gila trout was reclassified, or downlisted, from endangered to threatened in 2006 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2006).  

The distribution of Gila trout has fluctuated since 1975 when only five populations of the species were known in Main Diamond Creek, South Diamond Creek, Whiskey Creek, and Spruce Creek. Range expansions resulted from establishing new populations through stocking by resource management agencies. (See Photo-Map 1) Range fluctuations occurred from local extirpations (local extinction) caused by a high-severity forest fire, stream drying due to drought, and hybridization with rainbow trout.  

The watersheds containing two of the remnant populations, Main and South Diamond creeks, and one replicated population in Black Canyon Creek were burned in the 2022 Black Fire.

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Western New Mexico University and Freeport McMoRan Host Mescalero Youth for Agave Harvest

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University accommodated young people from the Mescalero Apache Tribe in May as part of a school field trip to harvest agave, or mescal, plants at a local site owned by Freeport McMoRan.

Traditionally a staple food of Mescalero Apache people, agave hearts also have spiritual meaning and are used in a rite of passage known as the sunrise ceremony, which marks Mescalero girls’ transformation into women. Preparation for the coming of age ceremony begins as much as a year in advance and includes harvesting mescal plants in peak season, the reason behind their visit to campus and the surrounding area.

Ahead of the harvest, the more than three dozen Mescalero Apache youth learned more about the scientific properties of the plant from WNMU botany professor Dr. Bill Norris. They were introduced to university student life with a stay in the residence halls and evening activities, heard from representatives of the Native American Student Association, and got the lay of the land with a campus tour.

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Girl Scouts learn about Flag Day

girlscouts0614Pictured L-R: Arie Storjohann, Paulina Villegas, Lilly James-Villegas, Natalie Acosta, and Rylee ReyesThe girls learned how to do a Flag Ceremony, the correct way to fold a flag, and learned how to take the flag down from the flagpole. The girls also played a food bingo game, then nutrition island. The Girl Scout purpose is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. For more information on Girl Scouts go to our website gsdsw.org or call Annette Toney Customer Engagement Specialist in the Silver City Office at 575-538-2481 ext. 4242

Megan Gorog from Silver City Named to Cedarville University's Spring 2022 Dean's Honor List

CEDARVILLE, OH (06/13/2022)-- Cedarville University student Megan Gorog of Silver City, NM, majoring in Music Education-Multi-Age, was named to the Dean's Honor List for spring 2022. This recognition requires the student to obtain a 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about Cedarville University, visit www.cedarville.edu

YCC Summer Make Their Mark

The summer Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) offered by Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) provided paid internship positions for eighty-six area youth. This summer the YCC crews include the following: trail building and reconstruction, eco-monitoring, garden crew, and mural design and installation. 

waterworks trails crewTop: Parker Cox. Mid-section: JB Bjornstad, Addison Pearson, Brayon Garcia, Colin Casler, Ava Bjornstad, Kojun Iwaasa, Bastian Martinez, Kaitlyn Arroyo, Yesenia Arriaga. Bottom: Xavier CastilloUnder the direction of Jon Bjornstad, one trail crew built a new path connecting the historic Waterworks site to Silva Creek Botanical gardens. The crew navigated some steep terrain by building a series of switchbacks to create a gentle transition to the Silva creek bed creating access from either side of the creek. Crew members engaged in the engineering and installation of the trail which involved drystacking several large boulders and back filling with soil. Bjornstad brings 20 years of trail building experience for the US Forest Service and Youth Conservation Corps.

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Give Grandly 2022 Results

3 2Give Grandly booths line Main Street Plaza next to the Makers’ MarketGive Grandly does it again! Thanks to this wonderful community, the Give Grandly! Give Local! 2022 annual fundraiser on May 7 brought in nearly $230,000 in donations and matching funds for 55 local nonprofit organizations. And a steady stream of visitors to their booths on a beautiful spring Saturday in May learned more about what our nonprofits do. 

Folks in our corner of New Mexico have been incredibly generous throughout this pandemic. Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, the participating nonprofits are busy making plans to use those donations to fund all sorts of community services and events. Food pantries and shelters are better equipped to help. Scholarship funds have been replenished. Libraries and museums are launching exhibits and activities. New programs are being developed to promote education and literacy and activities for young people. And music, theater, literature and art events will be organized for our enjoyment. 

In fact, in every area in which the participating nonprofits engage—food security, education, youth engagement, historic preservation, animal welfare, border programs, domestic violence prevention, environmental conservation, arts and culture, and general community well-being—they are now energized to make new efforts to improve the quality of life in southwest New Mexico.

The Give Grandly Coalition of local nonprofits warmly thanks the partners who generously provided matching funds: Suzi & Janey; United Way of Southwest New Mexico; Freeport-McMoRan; Grant County Crime Stoppers; Sherman Community Foundation in Deming; Vladimir Gnilozubov, Edward Jones; Niel McDonald, Edward Jones; Better Homes and Gardens; Hidalgo Medical Services; and Kooler Ice.

Generous grants from the McCune Charitable Foundation and United Way of Southwest New Mexico made it possible operate the website donation platform.

The Coalition is also very grateful to the media who helped with publicity: Grant County Beat, Desert Exposure, SkyWest Media, Silver City Sun-News, and especially the Silver City Daily Press and Independent, which enabled us to have our big four-page spread and ran many stories on the participating nonprofits, and Gila/Mimbres Community Radio, which aired interviews with the nonprofits on our May 7 Give Grandly Live Broadcast. 

Many thanks to Future Forge for enabling participating nonprofits to have booths by the Makers Market on Main Street Plaza on the big day.

And warmest thanks to the people at the Grant County Community Foundation, without whom Give Grandly would not happen at all!

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