The following is a press release from the National Park Service, Gila Cliff Dwellings:
Entrance to the Gila Cliff Dwellings is permitted from 9 am until 4 pm MT. Visitors entering by 4 pm have until 5 pm to complete their visit. Volunteer staff is available all day in the cliff dwellings to answer questions. Beginning on Sunday March 9, 2014, the daily guided tour of the cliff dwellings will be offered at 11 am instead of the current tour time of 1 pm. The 11 am tour time will continue throughout daylight saving time and then change back to 1 pm during standard time. Those planning to attend the guided tour should begin hiking up from the trailhead contact station no later than one-half hour before tour time. Visitors may also take the self-guided tour by obtaining a free copy of the Cliff Dweller Canyon Companion trail guide available at the trailhead.
Visitors should dress for the weather, carry water, and wear shoes or boots suitable for rugged trail walking. For more information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/gicl.
The results are in for the Town of Silver City Municipal Election for 2014.
Mayor: Michael Shawn Morones
District 2 Councilor: Lynda D. Aiman-Smith
District 4 Councilor: Guadalupe “Lupe” Cano
Municipal Judge: Sonya Ruiz
The Town of Silver City has also voted to continue the Gross Receipts Tax for Public Safety.
The WNMU College of Education is accepting nominations to the College of Education Hall of Fame. The deadline to nominate is next Wednesday, March 12th. Those eligible for nomination include bachelor degree graduates and the teching faculty who are graduates of WNMU or its predecessor institutions. The nomination form is available on the WNMU website. Contact email@example.com or call 538-6418 for more information.
It is time to begin the 2014 season for USSSA. USSSA Summer League Registrations for baseball and softball will be every Wednesday in March and April 2 at the Silver High Commons from 5:00-6:30. There will be two divisions in T-Ball: ages 4U and 6U, and Boys and Girls Divisions for ages 8 to 16. They will be using High School pitching rules and fast pitch this year. Your child will never come out of the batting line-up.
They will also continue their women’s draft league, and trying a co-ed Men’s and Women’s league.
Opening ceremonies will be the third week in May, and the season will run into early July. There will also be a fun day at the end of the season. Last year’s fun day featured individual competitions, jumping balloons, and more. In the past, the USSSA has had players participate from throughout the region, so Grandparents, if you have your grandkids staying with you for the summer, sign them up for baseball and softball. This is not a traveling league.
Visit the Silver City USSSA on Facebook at USSSA Summer League.
The Mimbres Region Arts Council is pleased to present Red Molly with opening act Robby Hecht, Friday, March 7th, as part of the ever-popular ‘Folk Series at the Opera House’. The concert begins at 7:30pm at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos.
Red Molly will bring you to your feet with their lush three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and engaging stage presence, all delivered via a gorgeous combination of a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing.
You loved them at Pickamania!, come hear them in the intimacy of the Opera House, Friday March 7th.
Don’t miss out! Get your tickets early by calling 538-2505 or on-line at mimbresarts.org.
The following is a release from the American Legion in honor of Dan McBride, pictured above with Serina Pack at the 2013 4th of July Parade:
Dan McBride, a member The American Legion Allingham-Golding Post #18 with continuous membership since 1945, has been invited by the French Government to attend the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Normandy “D-Day” Invasion.
Dan McBride was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, attached to Co “F”, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. They parachuted into the interior of France in the area of St. Martin-de-Varreville and Pouppeville 7-8 hours prior to the actual beachhead landings in order to disrupt communications, establish bridgeheads, destroy bridges and attack occupying German barracks and military installations in the Normandy area. Following their exemplary performance, both during and subsequent to the D-Day landings, the 502nd PIR became know as “The Widowmakers”.
Dan was attached to the 101st “Screaming Eagles” for the duration of WWII in Europe and among the many hostilities in which he saw action, most notable were Operation Market Garden, (the liberation of the Netherlands), and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium.
Dan will leave on June 1st and fly to Paris, attend the various functions and ceremonies at Normandy, France and return to the U.S. on June 9th.
Submitted by: John P. Sterle
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3, 2014 is an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction/preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. Funding will be awarded to 20 neighborhood wildfire safety projects being implemented during the May 3rd event. Neighborhood groups can qualify for $500 each for wildfire preparedness projects. Go to the following for all the details:
Also, the Silver City Neighborhood Alliance invites everyone to register or the FREE Silver City/Grant County Symposium on Preparedness, March 7-8, WNMU Global Resource Center at www.scneighborsalliance.org . The Symposium is sponsored or supported by the Freeport McMoRan Grant County Community Enhancement Fund, Western New Mexico University, the Town of Silver City, Vicki’s Eatery, Diane’s Restaurant, and the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning.
The Grant County Community Concert Association is pleased to present prodigal pianist Umi Garrett at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater this Saturday, February 22nd, at 7:30 pm. Since appearing on the Ellen DeGeneris show at the age of 8, Umi Garrett has become a requested name at concert halls worldwide. Now, at the age of 13, she plays with symphony orchestras and has won prestigious awards for her performances.
Her biography on the Grant County Concert homepage says this of Umi Garrett: “Her performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and charm, earning enthusiastic standing ovations and establishing Umi as a definitive rising star in classical music. Outside of the United States, the young pianist has thrilled classical patrons in theatres from Panama to the Netherlands and beyond.”
To read more about Umi Garrett, visit www.gcconcerts.org.
For our outlying listeners and avid travelers, there is a prescribed burn scheduled in Sierra County between Hatch and T or C. Read this release from the Bureau of Land Management to learn more:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a prescribed burn within Sierra County in southern New Mexico over the next week, weather permitting. In total, 15-20 BLM firefighters and personnel will monitor the fires. Smoke will be evident in the burn areas and some smoke may remain for a couple of days after the burn, depending on weather conditions. These burns are being conducted to follow up with prescribed fire after chemical treatment of mesquite and creosote on the area. This treatment strategy improves the vegetative conditions of the area and helps restore the native desert grasslands.
Beginning Wednesday, February 26 through Thursday, February 27, the BLM will concentrate their efforts on the Lewis Cain allotment, located about 17 miles northeast of Hatch, New Mexico; 19 miles east of Ceballos, and 25 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. An anticipated 7,000 acres of grassland will be targeted for hand ignition. Smoke from the fire may be visible from I-25.
Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools to control vegetation in areas where wildfires are no longer appropriate. By reducing the volume of vegetation under the specific prescribed conditions, land managers mimic the natural fire cycle which greatly reduces the dangers and risks associated with unplanned wildfires.
For additional information about this planned burn, please contact Ricky Cox, Fuels Specialist at the BLM Las Cruces BLM Office at 575-525-4467 or Mark Bernal, Fire Management Officer at 575-525-4305.
John McCutcheon, acclaimed storyteller and musician from Wisconsin, will be performing at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater on Thursday, February 20th at 7:30 pm thanks to Western and the Mimbres Region Arts Council. His songwriting has been ‘hailed by critics around the globe’ and he is the master of a dozen traditional instruments. The cost for tickets is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and proceeds support WNMU Student Scholarships. To learn more about John McCutcheon, or to purchase tickets for this concert, visit www.mimbresarts.org.