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After a 15-minute break for the girls to get to their next sessions, the fun and learning continued.

The first stop was at “Bees, Flowers & Honey: The Sweet Facts” where the girls
discovered the hidden world of bees, flowers and pollination, and tasted different honeys that bees produce.

Then was on to “Rockin’ Around New Mexico” where the girls learned how geologists identify and find ore.

The next workshop visited was “Digging Up Bones of Apes... and AUNTS!” The girls learned about extinct hominid ancestors, affectionately known as our “Aunts,” in a hands-on exploration of anthropology.

And then onward to more modern teeth with “Open Wide! Doing the Dental Exam
and... MORE!” The girls learned how to give a dental exam, used staining tablets to see how clean their teeth were, and use the same stuff dentists use to make dental molds of their teeth.

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More than 300 girls from all around southwest New Mexico participated in Saturday’s “Expanding Your Horizons” event at Western New Mexico University. Kelduyn Garland, one of the event organizers, said that the girls, ages 10 to 14, came from Silver City, Reserve, Cliff, Deming, Columbus and Lordsburg. 40 women volunteers and 15 WNMU student volunteers shepherded the groups of girls as they went about their day.

The girls chose, from 21 available workshops, the three that they would like to participate in during the three sessions that day. Each session lasted approximately an hour with a break for lunch between sessions two and three.

Some of the workshops the girls could choose from let them learn about extracting DNA, Forensic Science, Geology, Medical and Veterinary sciences, Agriculture Chemistry and more.

The Beat was able to sit in on a few of the workshops. During the first session we visited “Junior Vet for Your Pet” in which the girls did physical exams on live animals and learned about diagnostic procedures used by veterinarians.

Another workshop visited was “What Does a Nurse Do?” The girls learned nursing
assessment techniques using real medical equipment.

Then it was on to “Capsules, Lotions, ’Magic Potions’” where the girls experimented with pharmacy fun! “Pour it in, mix it up, put it in a bottle... make pills or lotions you can take home.”

Moving on to “Chemixtures and Chemysteries!” The girls saw what chemistry magic they could stir up by dissolving, diluting, amalgamating, and uniting molecules!

"On behalf of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, I want to read a statement on the current status of the hospital," Board Chairman Tony Trujillo said. "I appreciate the community's concerns and support as the members of the GRMC Board of Trustees diligently work together through a current administration transition and some continuing financial challenges."

[Editor's Note: The following is as presented, with some minor changes.]

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the Commission work session of Feb. 25, 2020 and the regular meeting on Feb. 27, 2020.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After county reports at the Grant County Commission work session on Feb. 25, 2020, presentations began.

Corina Castillo, Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition coordinator, was introduced by Sheriff's Department Lt. Michael Burns. "We have been working closely with this group, including helping with public dissemination of information."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Commission work session of Feb. 25, 2020 and the regular meeting on Feb. 27, 2020.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

No one had public input at the Grant County Commission work session held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo gave the first report, where he talked about the new discharge planner.

The Town of Silver City Election for Councilors in District 1 and 3 will be held on March 3, 2020 at the Silver City Woman’s Club from 7am to 7pm. Early Voting at City Hall will continue through Saturday, February 29 from 10 am to 6 pm. If you have any questions concerning the Town of Silver City Municipal Officer Election, please call Ann Mackie, Town Clerk, at 575-534-6346.

By Roger Lanse

Community Development Department Director Jamie Embick came before the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 meeting, reporting that Kirk Ashton, an adjoining landowner, has applied to purchase a hilltop lot owned by the town at 2830 Little Walnut Road for residential purposes. The application is the ‘very first step’ in the process making it available for sale, she said. The lot measures 1.65 acres and is within walking distance to downtown and Jose Barrios Elementary School, according to Embick. There are no future plans for the property, she stated, and it has previously been used as a residential lot. Embick told council she sees no disadvantage to the town by declaring the lot ‘non-essential,’ also saying the town is under no obligation to sell the lot. Embick told the Beat the property has been appraised at $36,000. Council approved declaring the property ‘non-essential.’

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By Mary Alice Murphy

At a brief meeting of two parts with a long executive session in between, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees approved agreements with a new nurse practitioner for the hospital behavioral health unit and named an interim CEO.

Immediately after opening the meeting. the members went directly into the executive session to discuss limited personnel issues.

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