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If you needed an art fix as one of your Independence Day activities on Saturday, July 3, 2021, the recently completed parklet behind the Aldea Gallery was your spot. To appreciate the full impact of the design, one needs to visit the spot at the corner of Texas and Yankie streets .

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The gallery, owned by the Flenniken and Farley families, with Brent and Donna Flenniken, the primary artists, had an unused space behind it that had formerly had a fence around it. Blake Farley, realtor and co-owner, said she noticed that Silver City only has a few places where people can find a bench or a place to sit and visit with friends. This seemed like an opportunity. She approached her artist friend, Jean-Robert Béffort of ASpace Art Gallery and asked him to design a planter and benches for the spot, which is nicely shaded by trees. Béffort designed it, keeping in mind David Farley's love of cars. He, with helpers, built the planters and benches also can be found in the location. Silver City Poet Laureate read a poem she had written for the occasion. Blake Farley will also put in a real estate office as part of the redo of the block-long building.

The Silver City Museum is known locally for its annual ice cream social after the Independence Day parade. This year, it was a scaled down version, but the ice cream and the entertainment were plentiful.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

These photos are a random sample of booths and families enjoying Gough Park for Independence Day. 

Because July 4, 2021 landed on a Sunday, the decision was made by the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, which organized the events of the day, to hold the parade on July 3, as sort of a "grand reopening of Silver City and Grant County" after 15 months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 "pandemic."

The theme of the parade was Honor Our Heroes. The Grand Marshal of the parade was World War II Survivor Dan McBride. Other heroes recognized during the parade were first responders, teachers and health care workers.

Evidently lots of folks were ready for a party, because the streets were lined with parade watchers, and people flooded into Gough Park after the parade to see what vendors had to offer, or to find something to eat, ranging from the annual Kiwanis beef brisket barbecue to just about anything else people wanted to eat. Lots of folks just sat or stood around visiting with friends they might not have seen for longer than a year. The party was on.

The parade was long and with lots of participants, the photos of the parade entries will show below in three parts. 

cJMPCDan McBride, World War II paratrooper, with a film company poster with his photo featured.

On Friday evening, a documentary, "Rendezvous with Destiny" by non-profit WWII: Beyond the Call films, aired at the Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center Theatre. The featured guest, Dan McBride,  was one of the  three surviving paratroopers from the "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division that the director interviewed and featured.

McBride, Silver City, NM, resident, said he was afraid of heights and decided to become a paratrooper to get over the fear. On Friday evening, he said "And I'm still afraid of heights, so it didn't work."

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board at its meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, began the meeting by recognizing several staff members for their years of service at the facility. Although none was present for the event, all will receive plaques for their continuing service at the hospital.

They included Becky Estrada for 30 years of service in the laundry; Christopher Draper for 20 years of service in imaging; Rexine Sierra for 20 years of service in cardiopulmonary; Maureen Gilpin for 20 years of service in the nursery; Johnny Little for 15 years, now house supervisor; Sarah Chavez, 25 years in health improvement management; Nicole Vlanecia, 15 years in imaging; Philip Clark, 10 years in the emergency department; Pamela Apodaca, 10 years in the recovery room; and Ashley Bobo, 5 years in nursing.

With no public input, the board members went into a two-plus hour executive session.

After stating they took no action in the executive session, the board came back to order in regular session and proceeded with the agenda.The first verbal report came from Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Manis. He said one of the items on the agenda is a one-year amendment to renew the professional services agreement with the UNM (University of New Mexico) Cancer Center. "We have worked diligently on an agreement that works well for both parties. We are committed to this very important service line for the hospital and the patients we serve here."

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, June 27, 2021, at about 12:50 p.m., Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Highway 15 near MM 21 (4 miles south of the junction with Highway 35). According to a GCSO accident report narrative, when deputies arrived at about 1:15 p.m. they found Sergio Majalca, 29, of Silver City, in the lap of a family member. His arm was in a sling and Majalca was complaining of pain to his right shoulder, right and left arm, right side, and left outer toe.

Majalca and a witness who was traveling behind Majalca on Highway 15, both testified the Polaris Sportsman quadrunner's brakes began to seize pulling the vehicle to the left into the oncoming traffic lane. Then, they said, the brakes locked up completely, causing the rear of the machine to swing out, the quadrunner to roll in the air, throwing Majalca airborne to the ground.

The ATV sustained heavy damage.

rylie taylorGrant County, NM - The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory from the Silver City Police Department (SCPD). Please refer all media inquiries to SCPD at (575) 388-8840.

SCPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating Rylie Joe Taylor, an African American female, 12 years-old, 5'2" tall, 109 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen in the early hours of July 2, 2021, at around 9:45 a.m., at 1853 Lamina Loop in Silver City, NM. Taylor was last seen wearing a light pink hoodie, gray spandex, and black Croc shoes. Her whereabouts and destination are unknown, and she is believed to be on foot. Rylie Joe Taylor is MISSING and is believed to be in DANGER if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Missing Endangered Juvenile is asked to call the Silver City Police Department at (575) 388-8840 or dial 911.

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