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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.

Dr. Twana Sparks gave a talk to Silver City Rotary members and guests on July 6 about how her purchase of a downtown building in Silver City has helped people in need of shelter. Sparks wanted to do something to help the homeless people in Grant County.

In 2020, after doing research and working with SPIN (Supporting People In Need), she decided to buy a vacant building at 7th and Gold Streets and make it available to SPIN to be used as a seasonal homeless shelter.

With the help of Christina Wolford, SPIN Executive Director, and her team of social workers, the building was renovated and converted to allow it to accommodate up to 60 people for overnight shelter and now also for more permanent housing.

The SPIN staff help to ensure that people staying at the facility can access supportive services and can apply for government benefits, such as Medicaid, Medicare or SNAP. In addition, Brian Warnack of SPIN works to find or create jobs for some of the residents through his Routine Assisted Maintenance Program (RAMP).

WHEATON, IL (07/08/2021)-- Wheaton College student Claira Green of Silver City, New Mexico, was named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2021 semester.

To earn Dean's List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit

The New Mexico History Day program recently participated in the 2021 National History Day national contest, which was held virtually this year. New Mexico had fifty-eight students from thirteen schools participate in nationals following the state’s own virtual competition. Eight New Mexico students were awarded medals and seventeen overall students were finalists in the competition, hailing from Moriarty High School (Moriarty), Silver High School (Silver City), Immanuel Lutheran School (Albuquerque), Alice King Community School (Albuquerque), and Pecos Connections Academy (Las Cruces).  

“Every year we are awed and humbled by the persistence, depth of knowledge, and creativity of our New Mexico History Day students. This year they demonstrated remarkable resilience, adapting to the change in competition format due to the pandemic and finding ways to work with their teammates remotely,” said Ellen Dornan, New Mexico History Day Program Director.

Last year, the Silver City Rotary Club decided to establish a vocational scholarship program at WNMU. The initial funding for the program was for  three (3) $500.00 scholarships in Technology to WNMU students.  Two of those scholarships have been awarded, both in Electrical Technology. The recipients are Joshua Lara and Charles DeMars-Conoly.

One scholarship remains available. For further information, go to and look for the Rotary Vocational Scholarship under Applied Technology. 

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday for lunch in the Sunset Room of the WNMU Student Cafeteria. The club welcomes members of the public to the meetings. Guests are asked to contribute $10 if they want to participate in the hot lunch.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

marcelajohnsonMarcela Johnson kurstynjohnsonKurstyn JohnsonThanks to the generous support of the Grant County community through their purchase of New Mexican-grown pecans, two recent graduates of Grant County high schools will each receive a $1500 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year from the Chapter AG, P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship account. This annual fall pecan fundraiser has been a successful chapter project for around 50 years, enabling scores of young women to realize their educational goals.

rashelbarragan1Rashel Barraganelizabethmcdonald1Elizabeth McDonaldNational Museum of African American History and Culture Selected Student Films Showcased in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

WASHINGTON, D.C.—National History Day® (NHD), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Smithsonian Learning Lab are pleased to announce the global premier of 33 documentary films, to be featured in an online showcase. The films were produced by middle and high school students competing in the 2021 NHD National Contest and were screened and selected by NMAAHC staff. The documentaries premiered, Wednesday, June 16, via the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

NHD students whose films were selected for the showcase grappled with topics consistent with the mission of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

bill 1Long time Rotarian Bill Harrison and the Silver City Rotary Club celebrated Harrison's 99th birthday on June 22, 2021. It also would have been his 74th wedding anniversary with his now deceased wife, Marjorie. Bill and Marjorie had married on his 25th birthday, and had celebrated their anniversary and his birthday with the Rotary Club for 37 years, until Marge passed away four years ago.  

Before moving to Silver City in 1969, Harrison had worked as City Manager in Oklahoma, Texas and Alaska. He was City Manager in Seward, Alaska during the earthquake of 1964 and was in charge of the disaster relief.

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