Grant County NMSU Extension Office newsletter FULL of helpful information 080322

This editor planned to post just parts of this PDF newsletter, but decided that she might miss what you, the reader wanted to see. It covers topics such as Grant County Fair history, food storage, the best time to harvest vegetables, canning tips and more. With permission to post from Jessica Swap, Grant County Extension Agent, 4-H/AG. Enjoy!

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$10,000 Matching Grant Established to Help Migrant Shelters

The Silver City Rotary Foundation has announced a $10,000 matching grant campaign to help immigrant shelters in the State of Chihuahua in Mexico.  

A local Rotarian has pledged to contribute up to $10,000 to this project if matching monies are given to the project from this community and its surrounding areas. The monies raised will be given to a not-for profit, Dormir es Poder, which will use the funds to pay for healthcare costs (both treatments and medicines) for migrants currently sheltering in Juarez, as well as for emergency relief such as basic food supplies, shelter, propane in the winter months, transportation, and other basic emergency needs.

When the Rotarian providing the monies to underwrite the grant challenge was asked what motivated him, he said he had been hearing about immigrant shelter needs at Silver City Rotary club meetings, and had recently visited a shelter and hospital in the Juarez area. “These programs are doing so many good things to help these immigrants,” he said.  “At the shelter I visited, I heard of a woman, the wife of the pastor at the Oasis Del Migrante Shelter in Juarez, who needed and could not afford a biopsy for a suspected malignant tumor.

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SE Group requests participation in survey for motorized use in Grant County

SE Group thanks you for your participation in last month’s open house events! "Our team is grateful for all the thoughtful feedback we received on the Draft Plan Recommendations at our three Open House events and through our ongoing feedback survey," a spokeswoman said.

"As we absorbed this feedback and reflected our conversations during this recent visit, we determined that there was a need to follow up with a survey specific to motorized use in Grant County."

This survey is intended for both motorized users and others interested in public lands recreation. The survey gathers information regarding motorized use, experiences, and desired management outcomes. Please share this survey with your networks using the attached flyer.

Take the survey here.

Why should you want to become a GRMC Auxiliary member?

Gila Regional Medical Center relies on its GRMC Auxiliary members to perform many duties in the hospital, from raising funds for equipment to giving information to visitors to taking family members to see their hospitalized relatives to delivering lunch to staff members to... You name it, they've probably served the hospital in that capacity. Marilyn McCracken, GRMC Auxiliary president, answered some general questions that interested people have asked. She noted they continually seek volunteers.

1. What GRMC Auxiliary volunteers do.

Minimal involvement requires you to be at the hospital one shift (3 or 4 hours) per week. You are likely to provide visitors with information; escort visitors and give directions; help move patients' clothing from pre-to post-operation rooms; or provide lunches to Cancer Center patients. You might also sell items in our gift shop or help administrators with simple tasks. You interact with patients' families, staffs, and the general public. You are an important part of public relations for the hospital, and in particular, you are in charge of "simple acts of kindness."

Maximum involvement means that you bring your personal and work-related skills to the table. Volunteers who have organizational skills, are computer savvy, or who enjoy the challenges of managing a gift shop contribute by being in leadership positions. They may decide to become an Area Coordinator, a Committee head, or a member or officer of the Auxiliary's Board. A person might start getting into things by working on a single project related to an event, fund-raising, scholarships, or hospital equipment purchases; then, move on to Board work.

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Academy graduate receives scholarship

Friday, July 15, 2022; Silver City, NM: A student at the Teen Academy of Health Sciences (TAHS) received a surprise at the program’s recent graduation ceremony – a Tier One scholarship to Western New Mexico University (WNMU).

Cobre High School’s Nikolas Trujillo was awarded the scholarship for his exemplary participation in the three-week academy which takes students on a whirlwind tour of the possible careers available in health care hosted by the Frontier and Rural Workforce Development New Mexico Area Health Education Center (FNM AHEC).

Trujillo was unable to attend the ceremony due to his participation in the All-Star Senior Boys Copper Baseball Team which was at the New Mexico State Baseball Finals happening at the same night as the graduation. Trujillo and his teammates sent a video, recorded earlier in the day, to his fellow academy students and their gathered families wishing them well before the team won the championship for their division.

The Academy students received dual enrollment credit for participating in the program with WNMU and the high school they are attending.

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Grant County Airport Action Plan Study nearing completion

The PDF below is the third of three newsletters on the Grant County Airport Action Plan Study. It includes a map of the proposed improvements to the airport. The improvements were approved by Grant County commissioners at a recent meeting.

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Manuel J. Maldonado – Write-In Candidate for Sheriff - meets with voters

By Frost McGahey

On Monday, July 11, Sheriff Frank Gomez and his deputy, Manny Maldonado met with voters at Arby's. Because Gomez lost the Democratic primary, Maldonado has decided to run as a write-in candidate for sheriff in the November general election.

When asked why he was taking on this difficult task, Maldonado replied, "I couldn't stand by and watch our department go backwards. If Raul Villanueva becomes sheriff, we are going to lose 10 of our 39 deputies because he was so bad. These deputies have already applied to work elsewhere because they don't want to work for Raul. They'll stay if I win."

Some have speculated that since Villanueva let his police license lapse and became a bank teller at Wells Fargo that he had no intention of running for sheriff again. His turnabout may have been brought about by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wanting to unseat Sheriff Gomez because he had Grant County declared a Second Amendment sanctuary.

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Summer Internships return to Grant County thanks to Grant Funding

Grant County employed 17 young adults this summer for six-week internships, which began June 13, and end on July 22, 2022. These applicants come not only from the Silver City area. We have some students from Bayard, Santa Clara and Cliff. Placements were set within Grant County. Departments that agreed to participate include: Sheriff's Department, Treasurer's office, County Manager's office, Maintenance, Road Department, Corre Caminos and DWI. Each intern serves under direct supervision within those departments.

When the interns applied for the Summer Internship at their schools, they had to answer various questions relating to where they would like to be placed. "Some students enjoy computers, some enjoy working outside hands on, and some don't know yet," according to Lorraine Zunich, Program Coordinator. By answeringthese questions, every intern  had a smooth transition into a working environment.

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