The Silver City Museum is now offering a free membership to volunteers after they have completed 100 volunteer work hours. Beginning on January 1st, a record of each volunteer’s hours will be recorded and monitored towards the 100-hour goal. Each volunteer will be notified and celebrated if 100 hours are reached and their free annual membership will begin on that same day. Membership includes newsletters, emails, invitations to members only exhibit openings, and store discounts. More information can be obtained by contacting the Silver City Museum Volunteers, Youth & Family Programs Manager, Shannon Wilson.

Based on their unique patient population, Hidalgo Medical services qualified for $697,520 from an approved project application from the Health Resources Services Administration under the American Rescue Plan specifically for Federally Qualified Health Care Centers. According to a news release, “the funding will be used to purchase two new clinics to replace the current aging facilities. The first clinic will be in Animas on the campus of the Animas School District. The second clinic will be placed in Mimbres on the same lot where La Tienda De Sol store is currently located. Once the buildings are delivered and set up, the process of the State Department of Health licensing and site credentialing must be completed prior to use of the buildings.” Dr. Dan Otero, HMS’ CEO, stated the project’s total cost is estimated to be approximately $714,052, of which HMS is contributing a minimum of $34,532 to complete the project. In addition, HMS hopes to have the Animas Clinic open for services this summer, followed by the opening of the Mimbres clinic in early Fall.

Volunteers are needed for wreath retirement at Fort Bayard National Cemetery this Saturday at 8:30 A.M. Participants are requested to park outside cemetery gates to allow room for wreath hauling trucks on the narrow roads inside the cemetery. Dumpsters will be provided so trailers will not be needed as in past years. Participants will stack the wreaths near the roadways for pickup and some volunteers will be needed to help unload the wreaths from trucks into the dumpsters. In addition, some pickup trucks will be needed.