Minutes of Concerned Catwalk Citizens public meeting 101623

Please see PDF below of Justin Henwood's minutes from the Public Meeting held at GCC on 16 October. You can also see them on the project website. Please share with friends and family who may not have received this email.

Here are the ways to keep up with the project and to contact The Project Engineer:
The project website is. https://highways.dot.gov/design-visualization/projects/nm/catwalk-access-road .
The Project Engineer can be contacted through the project email address at catwalkproject@dot.gov .

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Looking to the Past and the Future to Reignite MEChA

MEChAWNMU student Anais Orantez speaks at a meeting of MEChA, Oct. 11, 2023.]Students at WNMU will be continuing a long-lived student organization this year as they revitalize MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán). MEChA began in the 1960s as a national activist and educational organization that was fueled by the civil rights movements and especially by the Chicano Movement. Today it has over 400 loosely affiliated chapters, many of them on college campuses, including the chapter at WNMU.

While the organization lost momentum on campus in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, student leaders are determined to bring new energy to the group.

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Preceptor Tau Chapter honored Arlene Sarkela

PreceptorTauMembers of Preceptor Tau Chapter recently honored Arlene Sarkela on her 50th anniversary of membership in Beta Sigma Phi.  Members of Preceptor Tau Chapter gathered to confer the traditional Golden Circle Ritual, and present her with a gold-plated rose and a Certificate of Honor.

Arlene was born in Hancock, Michigan, and has been a resident of Silver City since 1969.  She is a graduate of Western New Mexico University, after which she worked at the Methodist Child Care center and retired as the director.  She has been associated with the EF Foundation for Foreign Study and has overseen many foreign exchange students at Silver High School.

Throughout her years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi, she has served in all offices and chaired many committees.  In addition to her sorority activities, she continues to remain active with the Grant County Art Guild where she is known for her beautiful and creative paintings.

She and her husband Rick are parents to Melissa and Eric, grandparents to April and Kevin, and great-grandparents to Leonydas.

Revised: Hidalgo Medical Services Demonstrates Solid Performance with Quality, Access, and Cost of Care Data.

Annually, the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), a division of Health and Human Services (HHS), releases Uniform Data Systems (UDS) results on health center performance for all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Each federally funded health center must submit a comprehensive set of demographic and performance data to HRSA. Dr. Dan Otero, HMS CEO, completed a short comparative analysis of New Mexico FQHCs specific to access, cost of care, and quality of care. Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) demonstrated strong performance.

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WILL to present Sonnie Susillo Memorial Seminar Oct. 16 and 17, 2023

WILL, the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, a long standing sponsor of the Southwest Word Fiesta, scheduled for October 23–29, will set the stage for that event on October 16 and 17, when it presents the Sonnie Susillo Memorial Seminar: A Book Club Celebrating the Southwest Word Fiesta.

Facilitated by Gila-based author Sharman Apt Russell, the class will discuss the collection of essays, Conversations With Birds, by Priyanka Kumer and a first book of poetry, Nostalgias of November, by WNMU Mimbres Press author Arturo Magaña Amaya. Asked for her thoughts about the class, Russell responded: "I'm really excited about the two authors we are reading for the WILL book club, and the fact that we will be able to see, hear, and applaud them at the Southwest Word Fiesta. This adds such a dimension to our engagement with their work. I'm also personally interested in what WILL members in the book club have to say about the role of the writer in today's society. I always learn from these kinds of discussions."

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SW Women's Fiber Art Collective's Annual Fiber Art Sale

happyshoppersHappy Shoppers with member Brenda Holzinger on far right.by Annette Rubino-Buckley

The art scene shines again in Silver City, October 7 and 8, 2023 with the Silver City Art Association’s Weekend at the Galleries. As participating members of the Association, the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) will be showing off the talents of their members at their annual Fiber Arts Sale. The event will be held at the elegant Murray Hotel ballroom, located at 200 W. Broadway in downtown Silver City. The hours are Saturday, October 7 from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, October 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.  The ballroom provides plenty of room to stroll and shop and will be filled corner to corner with hand-crafted items that promise to be unique and delightful.

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Nuestra Voz: Chihuahua Hill Story Opens Sept. 29 - Silver City Museum

NuestraVozNuestra Voz: The Chihuahua Hill Story Opens Sept. 29 at The Silver City Museum


Silver City -- The Silver City Museum’s latest exhibit “Nuestra Voz: The Chihuahua Hill Story” opens Friday, September 29, in the Dodge Gallery. This unique and innovative exhibit tells the story of Chihuahua Hill, one of Silver City’s oldest neighborhoods, primarily through audio recordings of people who've lived in the neighborhood, many for their entire lives.

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Wreaths Across America Changes for December 2023

wreaths across america 2016 67 copyThe annual Wreaths Across America program at Fort Bayard National Cemetery is underway for 2023 with the following changes: wreath cost has increased to $17 and both the wreath placement and Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Saturday morning, December 16.

Members of the Grant County community are invited to remember and honor veterans buried/interred at the cemetery during the Christmas holiday season.

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