August 4th, 2015: MRAC Names New Director

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Mimbres Region Arts Council Names New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Mimbres Region Arts Council announces the appointment of Kevin A. Lenkner as its new Executive Director. Lenkner’s career in the arts began as a volunteer in an arts-based youth development summer program. After graduating from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and double minor in Philosophy and Peace Studies, Lenkner was hired as the first full time employee of YorkArts, an arts education based nonprofit. Lenkner served 22 years at YorkArts, the last 14 as Executive Director.  During his tenure, YorkArts acquired a 3,500 square foot arts center housing a premier exhibition gallery, studio rentals, classrooms and pottery studio. Most recently, Lenkner completed a $1.5 million dollar capital campaign for the organization to retire debt, renovate and expand classrooms and develop a satellite campus.

Lenkner first visited New Mexico in 2006 on a fellowship to attend composer Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Retreat. Held in the Sangre de Christo Mountains above Las Vegas, Lenkner became enchanted with New Mexico. The people, the natural beauty, the art, history and the food, brought Lenkner back regularly.

Lenkner plans to continue his pursuit of creative-based youth development, equitable access to the arts and arts centered approaches toward cognitive development of students of all ages. MRAC’s core events and activities are valuable launching points for extended learning in the arts. “It has been a great pleasure getting to know Kevin and his family throughout the interview and hiring process. We feel confident in the wealth of knowledge and experience Kevin will bring with him as he takes the helm of the Arts Council. We look forward to having Kevin and his family join our community come September, and leading the MRAC into its bright and promising future,”  states Board President, Ashleigh Garcia.

Lenkner will be joined in Silver City by his wife, Kathleen, and 4 year old son Kieran.  Lenkner will begin full-time with the MRAC September 1, 2015.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council is a leader in building communities inspired, enriched, and strengthened by the power of the arts. We provide quality programs that foster an appreciation and understanding of the arts, serve as a resource for artists and cultural entrepreneurs, and positively impact the area’s economy by creating and supporting events and experiences that enhance the region’s appeal as a premier destination.

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August 3rd, 2015: Local Headlines

Here is a look at today’s headlines:

In Silver City the large recycling bins located behind Shoe Depot and at the Grant County Administration Center are being removed on the weekends.  The reason for the removal is due to the high amount of trash that are being put in them and around them. According to Terry Timme, planner for the recycling and special projects with the town’s Office of Sustainability, says that so often the bins contain non-recyclables such as household trash, yard trimming, dead animals, and hazardous materials like needles. When the contamination is so bad, the entire bin has to be taken directly to the landfill. This, in the long run, defeats the purpose of recycling.  According to Assistant Town Manager, James Marshall, the penalty for illegal dumping in Silver City is a fine of $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Silver City does offer curbside recycling and the landfill is open Monday through Saturday.  Illegal dumping can be reported by calling 534-6348.

In case you have not heard, the Town of Silver City will be installing new water meters.  It is a $4 million dollar project financed through a low-interest New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department Qualified Energy Conservation Bond.  According to Alex Brown, Town Manager, the new meters will be more effective and will leak less, saving the town money and conserving water. The new meters automatically send usage information back to the supplier, no longer requiring a person to go to each residence or business and read the meter. However, there is some controversy over the type of meters being installed. Some residents have voiced concern that the “Smart Water Meters” may result in health issues as the World Health Organization has issued concerns about the harmful health effects of radiation cause by the meters.

In regional news, Dona Irwin from Deming and Representative from House District 32, will receive the Hero Award.  She will be presented this honor from the New Mexico Business Coalition at the annual NMBC Heroes Luncheon on August 27th. This is in honor of her outstanding dedication to New Mexico and its people. Through her legislative tenure, Irwin has served on an interim basis with the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee and the Water and Natural Resources Committee. She is also a member of the Business and Employment Committee and agriculture in Santa Fe during the legislative sessions.

In other regional news, the Lordsburg high school building has passed one more step to being saved.  The 1916 building has been under scrutiny for some time.  At last, the state Cultural Properties Review Committee has agreed that the building is worthy of preservation at the national level.   From here, the committee forwards their nomination to the National Park Service for inclusion on the official United States list of properties that should be preserved. This does not mean that it won’t be demolished, but it does give the building a more credible listing and the important nomination it needs to take it to the next level.  Lordsburg high school was once attended by U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.  If listed in the National Register, the building would be eligible for federal preservation tax credits.  There are other historic buildings that have been saved through such a process and repurposed.


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July 31st, 2015: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Silver Schools Bus Schedules for the 2015-16 School year have been distributed at the following locations: Silver Schools District website at; at Walmart next to the school supply lists, Snappy Marts, the Public Library, all school locations, and the Central Office.  Call 956-2000 with any questions.

Need help paying your electric bill?  PNM is coming to Silver City for a helpful assistance fair on Saturday, August 8th from 9 to 11:30 am at the St. Francis Newman Center.  For assistance, bring current utility bills – electric, water and gas; proof of household income including a current bank statement with deposit information on all household members; IDs for all adults living in the home, IDs for children, and proof of LIHEAP assistance.  Call 538-3662 with any additional questions.

For the fifth consecutive year Western New Mexico University will team up with the Silver City MainStreet Project to host the Bash on Broadway on Saturday, August 15.  Offering socialization for both new and returning students, the event signifies the exciting arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in historic downtown Silver City.  WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University Address at 5:30 p.m. inside Little Toad Creek, located on the corner of Broadway and Bullard Streets. After updating the community with an account of current and future happenings, Bullard Street will be closed between Broadway Street and Yankie Street from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen.  The Albuquerque Journal reports drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent compared to 1 percent currently.

Chile is part of our culture, but the future of green chile production in New Mexico may have an uncertain future.  From breakfast to dinner, chile is a staple of the diet in New Mexico, but the New Mexico Chile Association says New Mexico chile is at risk and in steep decline.  According to their website, 34,500 acres were harvested in 1992.  That number went down to 8,600 acres in 2013. KRQE News 13 also tracked down numbers from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture that show production last year was off 10 percent compared to 2013.

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July 30th, 2015: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) New Mexico Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Molly Manzanares, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 3, 2015, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. “Producers only have a few more days until that Aug. 3 deadline,” said Manzanares.

The Gila National Forest is reminding the public of Community Conversations about the Assessment Phase of the Forest Plan Revision to be held Aug. 3 – Aug. 6, 2015. During the Assessment Phase of the revision, the public is invited to help identify ecological, social, and economic conditions and trends related to the Gila National Forest. This information will aid in the development of the revised plan.

The Luna County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary case that occurred last Thursday at a residents on Overhill Road.  More than $50,000 in personal belongings, home furnishings, and a vast collection of firearms were stolen.  The resident owned at least 12 rifles, assorted pistols, three shotguns, black powder rifles, a pellet gun, and a black powder handgun.  The Victim had invited a guest into his home and returned to find it empty.  This person is listed as the prime suspect.  Call the Luna County Sheriff’s Office at 546-2655, or crime stoppers at 546-7800 with any information regarding this burglary.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 million to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural businesses USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has awarded since the start of the Obama administration.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is cosponsoring a bill along with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham that aims to correct records of anyone discharged because of their sexual orientation to show they served honorably.

Today, by a vote of 256 to 170, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the VA Accountability Act, (H.R. 1994), a bill to require accountability within the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration. Following his vote for passage, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:  “Today, I voted again for stronger oversight and real reform within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an entity still plagued by bureaucrats, fraud and misconduct,” stated Pearce. “For over a decade, I have been fighting to ensure that veterans receive the care they deserve, and to eliminate the bureaucracy running the VA. H.R. 1994 advances this goal.”

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July 30th, 2015: Silver City Clay Festival Mud Pie Contest and Mud Fun

Silver City Clay Festival Mud Pie Contest and Mud Fun! Saturday August 1, 2015

The Silver City Food Co-op is proud to sponsor the Silver City CLAY Festival’s 4th Annual Edible MUD PIE CONTEST on Saturday, August 1, at the Silver City Farmers’ Market. Bakers and chefs, this is your opportunity to show off your creativity! Bring your pie before 10:00 AM to enter (for free!); judging and tastings begin at 10:00 AM.

Mud pies will be awarded based on taste, presentation, and creativity with prizes given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Spectators are welcome to a sample of the entries after the judging. For further details, visit or call 575-538-5560.

Don’t forget the MUD FUN! FOR KIDS.  Get your hands dirty and play with clay! For youth grades Pre-K – 6th. Children cannot be left unattended. Free. Hosted by Jared Carpenter, Frances Miller, and the Silver City Food Co-op. Join us Saturday, August 1, 2015, under the portico in front of the Market Café located at 614 N. Bullard Street from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

The mission of the Silver City Food Co-op is to cultivate personal, community and environmental health by sustaining a cooperatively owned market. For more information, please contact the Co-op at (575) 388-2343, or visit our website


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July 30th, 2015: Silver Schools Bus Schedule




Silver Schools District website ….

Walmart/ next to the school supply lists as you enter the store.

Snappy Marts

Public Library

At all school locations and the Central office

Call 956 -2000 if there are any questions.


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July 30th, 2015: MRAC Youth Mural Dedication

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Join us as we dedicate the latest mural projects of the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) Youth Mural Program on Sunday, August 2, at 1:00 pm at The Volunteer Center, 501 East 13th Street and 3 pm at the Silver City Recreation Center, 1016 N. Silver Street

Nineteen campers, four interns, and two artists spent two weeks at Mural Summer Camp creating a mural mosaic on the oven wall at the Volunteer Center.


For the MRAC’s most recent Comcast Cares Day event, over 10,000 community members got involved making clay tiles for the front wall of the Volunteer Center. These tiles have been glazed and installed by Aldo Leopold YCC students and grouted by campers.
Summer Camp Lead Artist: Allison Phillips, assisting artist: Junchen Huang

Camp Interns: Victor Acosta, Teja Clark, Iris Johnson, Zoey Savory

Program Sponsors: Prudential Silver City Properties, Syzygy Tileworks, Finishing Touch, J&J Signs, Morningstar Sports, and Leyba Ingalls Arts
Site Sponsors: Town of Silver City, Comcast, NEA,  NM Arts
Campers: Annabelle Jamison, Nancy Morris, Tanner Konkle, Jasper Eyrich-Bingham, Alyssa Upton-Watson, Elizabeth Knab, Luke MacPherson, Autumn Macpherson, Jared Macpherson, Andrian Mendez, Samera Castillo, Allegra Leyba, Tess Sherman, Siobhan Pyper, Kennedi Pyper, Jessi Crocker, Allen Wallace, Thomas Jackson, and Ivy Marie Stephens-Etheridge.


Join us later at 3 pm at the Silver City Recreation Center to dedicate the recently completed mural Playful Gardens. Playful Gardens was the 2014 Comcast Cares project which involved over 500 community members and students creating clay flowers and silhouettes for the mural. The mural was started on Comcast Cares Day and completed by students from the Rec Center, Aldo Leopold HS & Middle School, and JPO.
Refreshments will be served.

For more info, please visit our website at, or call us at 575-538-2505.

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July 30th, 2015: Brown Derby Run for Hope

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The Brown Derby Nite Club cordially invites you to join us for, “A Run for Hope”, 5th Annual Benefit Bike Run, on August 1st, 2015, in Grant County New Mexico. Our mission is to give hope to children and their family’s, who are in need of additional assistance to receive services and treatment from the UNMH Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nephrology Clinic in Albuquerque, NM. My daughter was born with kidney disease and she went into kidney failure twice within the first 6 months of her life. The Pediatric Nephrology Clinic at UNMH Children’s Hospital saved her life; she is a survivor and now functions at 100% with only one kidney. Without the Pediatric Nephrology Clinic, its dedicated doctors and their state of the art services, I could not say we might have had the same outcome. Because of her, she has inspired us to help others. So in 2010 we started hosting benefit bike runs for children who were most in need and went on to establish our “Run for Hope“. Despite today’s tough economic conditions, we have made it possible for 5 families to receive relief of some financial burden for; out of town services, treatment and saddly, funeral costs.  In order to meet those needs, we need help from people like you.   The children of today are, our hope and future of tomorrow.

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July 30th, 2015: Veterans Benefits Fair this Saturday


NMDVS to Present Veterans Benefits Fair in Silver City

 “One-Stop Shop” Featuring Representatives from the VA, Federal, State & Local Veterans’ Service Agencies

(SILVER CITY, NM)—Military Veterans, Guard/Reserve Members, and transitioning active-duty military personnel can learn about the many federal and state benefits available for them and their families at a free Veterans’ Benefits Fair in Silver City on August 1 from 9am-2pm in the Student Memorial Building on the campus of Western New Mexico University (1000 West College Ave.)

All veterans, Guard/Reserve members, transitioning active-duty personnel, families and caregivers are encouraged to attend this free “one-stop” informational fair presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)–the state agency which advocates on behalf of and provides assistance for the 170,000 veterans living in New Mexico

NMDVS Silver City-based Veterans’ Service Officer Bradley Brock is scheduled to be joined by representatives from the VA Health Care System, VA Regional office, NM Department of Workforce Solutions and other federal, state and local agencies with information for veterans and their families about:

  • VA Healthcare and Counseling
  • Compensation and Disability Ratings
  • Low-Income Pensions
  • State Benefits
  • Assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans and families
  • Employment assistance
  • Small business assistance for veterans
  • Burial Benefits
  • and many more benefits and services for veterans and their families

“This is a great opportunity for veterans and their families to get information about their benefits—benefits which veterans have earned through their military service for our country,” said NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox, who will be on hand to welcome veterans and their families to the Benefits Fair. “Everything will be here under one roof—making it easy for veterans in Grant, Luna Hidalgo, southern Catron and western Sierra Counties to gather as much information as they can without having to drive all over the place or spending a lot of time on the phone or a computer.”

According to the latest VA data, more than 9,100 veterans live in the five-county southwestern part of New Mexico.

For more information, contact NMDVS Silver City-based Veterans’ Service Officer Bradley Brock or (575) 538-2377.

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July 29th, 2015: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

A scam alert has been issued regarding a telephone message that claims the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you, gives you a number to call back, and ends with a polite thank you.  If you call the number, you may lose your personal information and a lot of money.  Just hang up, then contact the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet.  Be sure to give the phone number the “department” asked you to call.

Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Golf Course yesterday in response to a Criminal Damage complaint.  Employees reported that the WNMU Golf Teams shed had been broken into, the Golf Course restrooms had toilet paper all over them, and someone had pulled the screen off the water pumps.  Deputies also responded to the Scott Park Baseball Fields where signs had been scattered and portapotties had been overturned.  On the 23rd, Deputies responded to the Cliff High School after employees reported that someone had damaged the main sign and marquee.  Anyone with any information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 538-5254, or to contact Central Dispatch at 388-8840 or the Grant County Sheriff’s Department at 574-0100.

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on their work to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to expand compensation for victims of radiation exposure in New Mexico as well as several Western states and Guam. Udall, Heinrich and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) introduced legislation earlier this year to amend RECA to cover victims of the government’s nuclear arms testing, including those living downwind of the Trinity bomb test in New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin and post-1971 uranium workers in Northwestern New Mexico.

Yesterday, during a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources markup hearing, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) advocated for legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands, community solar, and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The hearing was held to consider amendments for the committee’s bipartisan energy package, which will continue to have ongoing debate throughout this week.

Veterans living in rural communities have challenges connecting with medical and psychological treatment services. A survey for veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is hoping to better understand this underserved population.  The Institute for Rural Social Work Research (IRSR), a 501c3 affiliated with the School of Social Work, has dispatched 15 individuals across the state with a 34-question survey for PTSD suffering veterans. The team of survey collectors has covered at least 10 New Mexico communities since June and will continue to do so until mid-August.

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