In Memory of Evelyn Carlisle Yates

evelyn yates 1Evelyn receiving her Diamond in the Rough award from Erica Valdez at The Women in Agriculture Conference, which is held every other year and the award is given during the conference after the committee receives nominations from various groups and individuals for consideration.Sometime late in the summer of 2022 the Grant County Copper CowBelles lost a friend and longtime member. Evelyn Yates was an incredible lady with a history that can almost not be believed. But at this time, we have little documentation of her life as there has been no notification of death and no obituary. She had two husbands and several children and lost them all except one daughter.

She accomplished many remarkable things. She admired Amelia Earhart and so obtained a pilot's license in Hobbs, NM in 1955 and shared her love of flying with second husband Thurman Yates. During World War II she welded on tankers in Oregon. She was appointed by Governor Bruce King to serve out an unexpired term as Justice of the Peace and was re-elected in that position. The Governor also appointed her to complete the term of her first husband Vic Carlisle's position as Catron County Treasurer and she was re-elected. She served for 16 years on the Southwest Water Association and other water boards, served on the Resource Development Council for three years and served as the secretary of the Economic Development Committee for 7.

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First Annual HMS Celebrates Hidalgo County Event Huge Success

volunteersOn Saturday, August 5th, Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) hosted its First Annual HMS Celebrates Hidalgo County event. Over 300 local residents attended the event, celebrating the local healthcare system, the National Community Health Center Week (August 6-12, 2023), and the residents of Hidalgo County. “We are grateful for the show of support from the Hidalgo County Community, and we are especially thankful for our event sponsors, which included Western Bank, Western New Mexico University, Hidalgo Herald, Recovery Management Center, Morning Star Sports, and our food sponsor, Iron Door BBQ & Grill,” said, Dr. Dan Otero, HMS CEO. Elks Lodge, McDonalds, Recovery Management Center, and HMS provided water and raffle donations to support the event. The City of Lordsburg Police and Fire Departments were in attendance, and the Fire Department provided additional water support to keep everyone cooled off throughout the day.

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Mother Teresa Blesses Brewer Hill

MotherTSilver City -- Some 40 residents of the Brewer Hill neighborhood braved blazing sun and heat Sunday to dedicate a mosaic of Mother Teresa to the community. The art work was created by Silver City artist Lydia Villegas, who also lives in the neighborhood. When Martha Blacklock purchased the mosaic from Villegas, she decided to place it on her Brewer Hill property to remind residents of the many qualities that Mother Teresa embodied, including peace, love, unity and compassion.

"Today we dedicate this remarkable piece of art in this place for the wellbeing of all who live here, and those who pass by," said Blacklock. "Lydia has taken a lot of broken pieces and made something beautiful and meaningful. Perhaps the message is, bless all you see."

Villegas' husband, Carlos, built the foundation and installed the original mosaic on a part of Blacklock's property. Ellen Brown, nursery manager at Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware, was also in attendance, given that Ace Hardware generously donated five plants to the project site.

Silver Consolidated Schools is proud to unveil

Silver Consolidated Schools is proud to unveil a new era in its leadership landscape, with strategic transitions that underscore the district's commitment to educational excellence. After an illustrious 25-year journey, Travis Yurcic, Principal of Jose Barrios Elementary, has announced his intent to retire effective August 31, 2023. To ensure a seamless transition, Bobby Trujillo, currently the Principal of 6th Street School, will step into the role of Principal at Jose Barrios Elementary. Concurrently, Heather Holguin, the esteemed Assistant Principal at La Plata Middle School, will ascend to the role of Principal at 6th Street.

Travis Yurcic Retirement: Celebrating a Legacy of Dedication
Travis Yurcic's impending retirement marks the culmination of a dynamic 25-year tenure with Silver Consolidated Schools. Yurcic's legacy transcends the confines of the classroom, reflecting his unwavering dedication to nurturing student achievement, celebrating our veterans, and building strong community bonds. Yurcic's impact resonates particularly in his steadfast efforts to celebrate veterans within the Silver Consolidated Schools community. His passion for honoring veterans has manifested in annual events that unite students, staff, and families in recognizing the invaluable contributions of those who have served our nation. Yurcic's tireless work in fostering respect, gratitude, and a sense of unity among students reflects his deep commitment to comprehensive education. Yurcic's profound belief in education as a catalyst for change has been instrumental in shaping the district's educational landscape in pursuit of providing the best learning outcomes for his students.Throughout his distinguished career, Yurcic has demonstrated unwavering commitment to student development, strong family partnerships, and collaborative engagement with staff. His legacy will be one of fostering community and growth for Silver Schools and the Town of Silver City.  

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Powering Classrooms with Technology

Sandia donates hundreds of computers to New Mexico schools, including to Silver City Consolidated Schools


Photos Courtesy of Sandia National Labs

donationsLOADING THEM UP — Sandia's Property Management and Reapplication team packs computers into a moving truck destined for Silver City schools as part of the Computer Donation Program on Aug. 1. (Photo by Craig Fritz) 
Thanks to Sandia's annual K-12 Computer Donation Program,donations 642x1024Graphic by Eric Lundin  1,654 desktops, laptops and iPads are on their way to classrooms, computer labs and offices of New Mexico schools.

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Grant County Community Health Council - Viva Bike Rodeo

HealthCBikeAugust 1, 2023; Silver City, NM:  The Grant County Community Health Council (GCCHC) worked in partnership with Silver Consolidated School District, New Mexico Department of Health, and local bike shop “The Bike Works” to put on the Viva Bike Rodeo. The purpose of the event was to provide outreach education to emphasize the importance of physical activity and bicycle safety for local youth.

“This was truly a team effort” GCCHC Coordinator Valerie Kling said of the Viva Bike Rodeo. “It was a special opportunity to work with local partners, youth, and families in Grant County.”

The Viva Bike Rodeo was made possible by a VIVA Connects Grant. The grant was awarded on behalf of the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM PRC)VIVA Connects with Center for Health Innovation’s Shaping Perspective in our Kid’s Environment (SPOKE) project. This project is important because active travel to school has been historically the lowest among high school students.

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LLL Volunteers see busy day handing out free books

LLLVolunteersPictured above are some of the LLL volunteers.Volunteers with Literacy Link - Leamos had a busy day last Saturday as they welcomed many who came to select free books from the thousands on display at Watts Hall.  Over the past 21 years, Literacy  Link - Leamos has given over 365,000 books to elementary school children in Grant County.

Led by Helen Lemal, the many volunteers helped book lovers select titles from thousands on display.

Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective's Volunteer Appreciation

VolunteersSWFASome of the Volunteers, photo credit Val WestonThe Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) recently held their annual
volunteer and donor appreciation brunch at the Corner Kitchen on July 18th, 2023.
SWFAC is an all-volunteer non-profit providing a means to earn income and share fiber
art skills.

Volunteers were honored with a wonderful brunch at the Corner Kitchen, followed by a
presentation of appreciation certificates designed by board member Annette Rubino-
Buckley and a gift made by Mary Ragins, board vice-president. Volunteers who
modeled for the Tapestry of Talent also received a photo by Val Weston taken at the

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