THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out and made the August Community Cleanup event in Silver City a huge success. There were 26 individuals and 5 teams that volunteered their time and efforts to this project. Over 885 pounds of trash and debris were collected from the Big Ditch Park, Highway 180, 32nd Street, San Vicente Creek Trailhead and Market Street. The winners of the most trash collected were Carl Davis and team Bridge to Ridge. 

The Spirit of Hidalgo, Emergency Food Fund, is giving out $25 food cards to those in the Lordsburg and Hidalgo area who are in need of food assistance. No requirements or proof of income are needed to apply. For more information or to apply for a card, visit the Spirit of Hidalgo website. 

Western New Mexico University Social Work student Valerie DeLaCruz, recently completed two large projects, one using a qualitative research method called “Photovoice” and a second sponsored by a non-profit organization. The first project focused on the struggles students with Type 1 diabetes face in school. Following the Photovoice method, she used a series of 10 photos and constructed a narrative around them based on interviews and personal observations to help translate experience into knowledge. For the second project, Valerie went to her home town of Elfrida, Arizona where the non-profit organization, $100 Solution, gave her $100 to help create toiletry kits for Elfrida High School and Middle School students. She hopes to continue working on projects that will help make a difference in communities around the state. 

Applications are now being accepted for the Science and Technology Business Startup Up Grant. These grants support small businesses engaged in research and development with the potential for commercialization of their technology, offered through the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Applications must be submitted by September 4th and all applicants must be in one of the following industry sectors: aerospace, biosciences, cybersecurity, intelligent manufacturing, and sustainable and green energy. To learn more, visit the website.

PFLAG Silver City will be having Romeo Cruz, Executive Director of the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce, as guest speaker for their upcoming meeting. Along with the input from Mr. Cruz attendees will hear from a variety of business owners who have made efforts to openly welcome LGBTQ+ customers. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City. Refreshments will be served and the public is encouraged to attend.