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Hidalgo Medical Services and the Grant County Health Council sponsored their annual Jump into Summer event this past weekend at Gough Park. There were booths and activities for kids of all ages, including a climbing wall, sidewalk art, face-painting, dancing, obstacle courses, and of course some great summer snacks.
A small fire near Forest Road 506 was started this weekend, and Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department quickly responded. The fire was human caused and was started about two miles from Wagon Wheel Lane, but was thankfully brought under control.
The Silco Theater hosted and open house so residents could view the historic theater after removal of all non-historic additions was completed. Phase 1 of the renovation is expected to begin next month and be finished by the end of September, according to the Silver City MainStreet Project.
Another tour of the popular Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo in Silver City has come to an end. The high score for the bull riding event was earned by Jay Turner on a bull named Junior Bonner, who earned a 90 for his ride, beating out the tied second place 88. A pair of 85s tied for first in the Bareback Bronc Riding, and an 86 won the Saddlebronc competition. In roping, 19.2 was the time to beat for tie-down roping, and 39.1 seconds won the jackpot in steer roping. The fastest time on the barrel racing belonged to Michelle McLeod and her 17.33 second run.
In other news, the USDA Rural Development program has helped over 10,000 rural residents in New Mexico become homeowners since the start of the Obama Administration. 21 year-old Marianna Wheeler and her son of Deming were able to realize the American dream thanks to the USDA’s Rural Development Direct Home Loan program. The USDA also provides a home repair loan program and grants for very-low income seniors. If you want to learn more about this program, visit the USDA’s Rural Development website, or http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Home.html.