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The Gila Native Plant Society Goes Hybrid with a Program on Penstemons

penstemon virgatusPhoto courtesy of the Dale A. Zimmerman Herbarium, WNMUThe Gila Native Plant Society is switching to hybrid mode—no, not for plants but for programs. On Friday, May 20, 2022, at 7:00 pm, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, GNPS will present an in-person program that will also be available online. For this welcome shift it has invited Russ Kleinman, originator of, to give a talk he calls “Penstemons – Some of the Most Beautiful Flowers in the World.”

Russ previews his talk: “Penstemons are beautiful members of the native flora of New Mexico. Along with showcasing the variety of colors and shapes, we will discuss their adaptations to pollinators, recent changes in their classification, and a new Penstemon species that has appeared in our area. Join us as we examine this most beautiful group of native plants!”

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Tri-City police department blotters – May 13 through May 15, 2022

Bayard Police Department

Friday, May 13

Domestic disturbance
Ruby Street
Caller advised her and (redacted) were involved in a physical domestic/refused medical attention/(redacted) left walking. Officer and deputy made contact with (redacted).

Domestic disturbance
Ruby Street
Advised that a male stole her ring and she is trying to get it. Officer advised clear/en route to a house on Hurley Street.

Domestic disturbance
Runnels Drive
Caller advised her kids' father is trying to hit her/he is refusing to leave/he has kids in his vehicle/leaving in a grey Jeep toward Hanover. Officer went traffic with silver Jeep at a Runnels Drive address.

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Grant County Sheriff's Office blotter – May 13 through May 15, 2022

Friday, May 13

Loud party
Grandview Drive
Very loud music. Deputy out at Grandview and Cottonwood/negative contact with any music. Second deputy out at a Cottonwood Road address/they can hear a dog barking/no music. First Deputy advised there is alcohol all over the place/negative on anyone coming to the door.

Welfare check
Chamisa Drive – Lower Mimbres
Caller is calling surrounding counties requesting to talk to homicide units ref to his friend missing and being murdered. Advised will send a unit out to welfare check because of his statements. Deputy made contact with (redacted).                                                                                               

Highway 35 – Upper Mimbres
Caller advised a female in a white Land Rover keeps driving back and forth cussing at caller. Deputy advised two other deputies can handle it when they clear from welfare check.

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Silver City Police Department blotter – May 13 through May 15, 2022

Friday, May 13

Suicide threat
3200 32nd Bypass -- Tu Casa
No report.

Unwanted subject
1313 E. 32nd Street
Caller from GRMC advised a male patient was discharged and is refusing to leave/he is cussing at staff/advised cancel call/male just left.

2501 E. Highway 180
Male put several bottles of wine in his pants/he is leaving on foot from grocery side/now walking past the grocery pickup. Officer advised one male Highway 180 @ Sonic.

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Next Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City

May 22, at 10 am, 3845 North Swan Street – “TED Talk: Our Refugee System is Failing. Here’s How We Can Fix It”

“A million refugees arrived in Europe this year, says Alexander Betts, and "our response, frankly, has been pathetic." Betts studies forced migration, the impossible choice for families between the camps, urban poverty, and dangerous illegal journeys to safety. In this insightful talk, he offers four ways to change the way we treat refugees, so they can make an immediate contribution to their new homes. "There's nothing inevitable about refugees being a cost," Betts says. "They're human beings with skills, talents, aspirations, with the ability to make contributions -- if we let them.’"

This talk by Alexander Betts was originally given in 2016 when the refugee crisis was accelerating in Europe. After the video the Fellowship will discuss his solutions and how the US could incorporate them into our own treatment of refugees.

The Fellowship is reopening its Children's Religious Education (CRE) program this Sunday.   

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Romeo Cruz to speak to Rotary

On May 17, 2022, Romeo Cruz, Executive Director of the Silver City Chamber of Commerce, will speak to the Rotary Club. The topic will be “Upcoming Events at the Chamber.”

There will be a change of venue for this meeting. The meeting will be at Q’s Bistro, 101 College Ave., corner of Pope. Use the entrance on the left. The room is available for us from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Orders can be taken from the menu. WNMU had announced that the cafeteria and Sunset Room would be closed for that week. Otherwise, there will be a brief “meet and greet,” a short business meeting, and then the speaker has the floor.

Normally, the Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12 noon until 1 p.m. in the Sunset Room of the WNMU Student Cafeteria, second floor of the Student Union Building.

 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. Rotary is the world’s oldest and largest service organization, with more than 1.2 million members in more than 168 countries. Since its founding in 1923, the Silver City Rotary Club has provided support and service to numerous non-profit organizations and civic causes in Silver City and Grant County as well as supporting and participating in humanitarian projects sponsored by Rotary International.

To find out more about Rotary or to express an interest in joining the club, contact 

Children’s Religious Education Program to Resume at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City


The UU Fellowship of Silver City is reopening its Children's Religious Education (CRE) program on Sunday, May 22 at 10 am. Classes will be offered on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. 

Parents are invited to bring children four years and older to attend youth led classes. Ninth grader, Ivy Stephens-Etheridge, a former CRE student, will lead a class about sharing this Sunday.

Family Program Director Gay Hedges will offer enrollment information with parents while children are engaged in introductory activities. She notes, "We are delighted to open our doors again to our community's children. We have missed them during these past two years! Come and see what we have to offer."  

Tri-City police department blotters – May 9 through May 12, 2022

Bayard Police Department

Monday, May 9

Criminal damage to property
1105 Tom Foy Blvd.
Caller advised damage was done to the front door.

Tuesday, May 10

Welfare check
400 Tom Foy Blvd. – Bayard Snappy
Officer received call of a small girl walking with no shoes with a dog/advised he is in the area/negative contact/instructed to call county to respond. Deputy advised ATL in area/made contact with female at the residence/will be calling CYFD/everything is okay/sister advised she was with her at the store/back out at Lusk Street with CYFD.

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