Local news 12-23-14
Area Girl Scouts host a Santa’s Workshop recently making gifts and crafts. Part of the workshop also involved collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantry.
In the spirit of the season also area Girl Scouts and Rainbow girls participated in singing Christmas Carols on two different evenings at Fort Bayard Medical Center. For the Veteran’s unit, girls made special angels and cookies to share with residents.
The Gila Regional Medical Center auxiliary partnered with GRMC to donate fixings for six holiday dinners including the turkey. These special gift baskets were given to needy families.
Governor Martinez appoints two regents to WNMU. The two new regents will be Daniel Patterson of Sandia Park and Jerry Walz of Tijeras.
Hurley Elementary School recently held their English spelling bee. The top five finishers were 1st place, Maddelyn Reyes; 2nd place Anila Tellez; 3rd place Angelyse Granadino; 4th place Leilani Marquez; and 5th place Xavier Triviso. Congratulations to these youth.
This has been a look at local headlines. Travel safe this holiday season and if you are planning a holiday celebration with alcohol consider how your guests will get home safely afterwards. Plan ahead.
Local News 12-24-14
The official unemployment rate in Grant County was 6.7 percent last month. This was similar to the report from October that put the unemployment rate ate 6.6 percent. In the summer, the rate was as high as 7.8 percent in July. This means out of a workforce in Grant County of 11,848 residents, 799 were actively looking for jobs this past month. Grant County is ranked 10th in the state, tying with Catron and Dona Ana counties for the 10th highest jobless rate in the state last month. Luna County leads the state in its high unemployment rate of 16.2. With a labor force in Luna County of 12,372, slightly higher than Grant County, only 10, 272 were employees, which means there are around 2000 individuals out of work.
If you are looking for work, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, some of the employers in the Silver City area looking for hires include CVS Pharmacy, Wagner Equipment, Foxworth Galbraith, Zia Publishing, The Silver City Police Department and Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services. In an overview of the area, mining posted its highest rate of growth since May 2013. Employment was up 2,100 jobs or 8 percent, making it the second-highest contributor to growth this month.
This past Saturday, the courtyard of the Seedboat Gallery have beautiful Christmas Carols sung in it for all those who visited. This event was sponsored by the Downtown Christmas Committee. Also on Saturday, WNMU hosted a musical and dance event at the Fine Arts Center Theater. The Navidad Ranchera Concert was opened with a special performances by Alyssa Carrillo, age 9, from Silver City, as she sung the National Anthem. The performance included El Paso’s all-female Mariachi group, the Balley Folklorico Paso del Norte group and others.
The Calvary Chapel of Silver City is hosting a special Christmas Eve service, “First Christmas Stories from the Birth of Christ, tonight at 6pm. There will be a Posole Dinner following the service located at Highway 90 South. There will be no childcare provided for this event.
St Francis Newman Center is having a Christmas Mass. Today at 5:00pm there will be a mass at the WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. At 10pm, the Christmas Eve Mass will be at 10pm at St. Frances Newman Center. Then tomorrow at noon there will be another mass at St. Frances Newman Center.
If you are in Deming, the First Baptist Church, on the corner of Pine and Iron Streets, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 6pm.
We, at Silver City Radio, would like to wish everyone a beautiful, heart-felt Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Travel safe and remember the reason for the season.
Local News 12-25-14
Silver City Radio extends the warmest holiday greetings. Merry Christmas.
If you are looking for activities your children can be involved with in this coming semester, here are some ideas. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are great avenues to teach responsibility, leadership and so much more while youth learn life skills. For Girl Scout enrollment information contact Annette Toney at 538-2481 for Silver City area and Animas or for Deming and Lordsburg Marie Elhers at 546-3926. For Boy Scouts in the Yucca Council and the new Ventures Group forming for those who want to experience the outdoors like rock climbing, camping, hiking and so much more, contact Craig “Horse” Phifer at 313-4874. For Rainbow Girls information call Silver City Radio. Girls participate in many rewarding service projects, learn about leadership, public speaking and values of right living. 4-H has open enrollment ongoing with many great clubs open to new members. Call the Grant County Extension office at 388-1559. There are many other groups from church youth groups, to sports, to dance schools, and so much. Some think that there is not much to do in the southwest, which is not true when you get your family involved with so many wonderful youth groups that are very active.
We wish everyone a very joyful season and great new year. Pause to reflect on the value of family and friends. We thank all of clients, our family, our friends for a wonderful 2014. Merry Christmas.
Local News 12-26-14
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Recently the Silver Consolidate School board heard several reports from different groups. Bianca Padillo and Tim Madrid addressed the board about the Truancy Prevention Program. Out of 164 referrals, 20 students had been placed on active contracts. Padilla said students must be actively taught during school ages, and where suspensions were needed, the JPO Department was holding school for a dozen or more students on a regular basis. Silver teachers were helping students catch up too. She shared that “students were learning at better rates, it appeared, on the program.” At the same board meeting there were reports on the status of bullying in schools by Gus Benakis, assistant superintendent, Beth Lougee, high school principal, Louis Alvarez, assistant middle school principal and Jason Ping, principle of OHS. The reports given detailed much work being done in each school to deal with this issue. Information provided was encouraging.
In Deming news, the Luna County’s director of the Parents as Teachers program has been recognized as the region’s Promotora of the Year by the Paso Del Norte Promotora Committee. Anna Barraza received the award from the network of health promoters during the organization’s 12th annual conference.
Also, in Deming, the officers of the Deming Women of the Moose visited the Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home presenting residents with lap blankets for the holiday season.
In case you have not heard, the American Pickers television show is on the road in New Mexico in 2015. They are looking for interesting people with great stories to tell who have lots and lots of cool stuff to look through and people must be willing to be taped for a possible future episode of American Pickers. If you are interested, contact the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce office at 575-538-3785.
This has been a look at your local headlines. Have a safe holiday season.