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la bonita bakery photo one 75Some of the sweet treats available at La Bonita Bakery. (The photograph was provided courtesy of La Bonita Bakery.)

The U S Congress approved legislation that led to the creation of several programs to help businesses continue their operations affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program was one of those programs designed to stabilize and enhance the economy. This program is part of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Businesses are able to utilize RRF Program grants for certain types of expenses, including ones for beverage and food products, debt service, maintenance, mortgage loans, payroll, rent, supplies, utilities, and other operating costs. Funds can be spent up to March 11, 2023.

La Bonita Bakery received $59,331 in grant funding through the RRF Program.

The bakery is located at 3110 North Silver Street, across the street from Silver High School in Silver City. Most of the bakery's customers are students and teachers from the high school as well as parents and grandparents who drop off students in the mornings. 

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bear mountain lodge two 50Bear Mountain Lodge is located near the Gila Wilderness. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Bear Mountain Lodge.)

As part of the efforts to stabilize and enhance the economy of the United States, the Federal government implemented several programs to help businesses continue their operations. One of those programs, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program, was created by the U S Congress to help provide funding for food-related businesses that had been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program is part of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Bear Mountain Arts LLC (Bear Mountain Lodge) received $33,423.97 in grant funding through the RRF Program. The funds were received in May of 2021.

Bear Mountain Lodge is an important part of the hospitality industry in Grant County. It is located northwest of Silver City near the Gila Wilderness and the Gila National Forest. The inn is "…a tranquil oasis on the edge of the New Mexico wilderness, the ideal choice for quiet relaxation or unforgettable adventure," according to a statement from the business. "The Lodge offers refined and restful accommodations in breathtaking surroundings, with easy access to hiking, cycling, horseback riding, bird watching, nature study and wilderness."

Café Oso Azul is the restaurant at the Bear Mountain Lodge. "We serve three meals a day to both lodgers and the public," explained Linda Brewer, co-owner of Bear Mountain Lodge. "We also hold many special events." The July menu for the restaurant includes such items as waffles and french toast, sandwiches, soups and salads, dinner entrees, side dishes, and deserts.

dr ratliff mary moraDr. Norman Ratliff, cardiologist at Gila Regional Cardiology clinic, has started seeing patients at HMS's Lordsburg clinic the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month. In an interesting turn of events, his first patient at the clinic in Lordsburg on July 6 was Mary Mora, who coincidentally was the very first patient he saw when he began seeing patients at GRMC in June 2013. Above, Dr. Ratliff and Mary Mora at HMS Lordsburg.

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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program is operated by the
Small Business Administration.

As part of the efforts to stabilize and enhance the economy of the United States, the Federal government implemented several programs to help businesses continue their operations. One of those programs, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program, was created by the U S Congress to help provide funding for food-related businesses that had been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

While “restaurant” is in the name of the program, a variety of food-related entities were eligible for this program, including bakeries, bars, certain types of breweries and wineries, caterers, and inns, among other businesses.

The RRF Program provided funding to six businesses in Grant County. This, according to records of the U S Small Business Administration (SBA). During the next three days, we will detail two of the businesses in Silver City that received assistance through this program. We will also provide basic information on four other businesses in Silver City that received funds through this program, but that have chosen not to respond to questions about how the funds were used or will be used.

At the Silver City Rotary Club meeting on July 20, Dr. Brian Robinson, MD., the founder of the Southwest Bone & Joint Institute of Silver City, provided answers to questions about arthritis to a group of Rotary members and guests.

Robinson said that the three main joints in the body that tend to be affected by arthritis are the knees, hips and shoulders. The muscles around these joints need to be kept strong. This is best accomplished by doing weight-bearing exercises regularly. Other activities, such as Yoga and Tai Chi, help with balance and flexibility more than with muscle strength.

Osteoarthritis affects a vast majority of the older population. But Robinson did say "don't assume that age means arthritis."

Types of pain relief may include nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) oral medications or gels. The topical treatment doesn't go as deep but can provide relief. Acupuncture or chiropractic treatment can be beneficial for some people. Glucosamine chrondroitin is used also, but its effectiveness varies. Robinson said there is a new study going on now to determine if CBD or Hemp oil is helpful in relieving the pain of arthritis. He also said that "women have a better pain tolerance than men."

2021 hms scholarshipsFour area students have been awarded 2021 HMS Scholarships in their pursuit of careers or degrees in healthcare filed. The HMS scholarship is open to eligible high school students in both Hidalgo and Grant Counties. Recipients included:

Baylee Motes

HMS Scholarship recipient, Baylee Motes, is a 2021 graduate of Cliff High School will be attending NMSU this fall with a major in Kinesiology with plans to pursue a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy.

WINCHESTER, VA (07/13/2021)-- Nancy Jenkins is one of more than 1,200 students to celebrate their graduation in May during two days of commencement ceremonies at Shenandoah University.

Students either graduated in May 2021, December 2020 or August 2020.

Jenkins is from Silver City, NM.

Shenandoah University was established in 1875, and is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Shenandoah is a private, nationally recognized university that blends professional career experiences with liberal education. With nearly 4,000 students in more than 200+ areas of study in seven different schools, Shenandoah promotes a close-knit community rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah students collaborate with accomplished professors who provide focused, individual attention, all the while leading several programs to be highly nationally ranked.

Silver City, NM (July 13, 2021) — The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Auxiliary has chosen the recipients of its Patsy Miller Scholarship for 2021. Each year, the awards go to college students pursuing a health-related education. In previous years, awardees received $1000, but due to covid and the Auxiliary's limited fund-raising in 2020-21, this year's 16 awardees each received $500 to be used for tuition.

The Auxiliary, which is a volunteer organization that supports the hospital in various ways, grants these awards to assist the next generation of health professionals and extends their best wishes to all award recipients.

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