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According to a news release from Silver City Mainstreet, after valiant efforts to keep the Silco Theater open despite the difficulties produced by the COVID pandemic, operators, Bob Grunstein and Joe Navan, have decided to close the theater under their ownership. During the economic slowdown, the Silco owners kept the concession open and had offered showings of classic and popular films. The news release stated the following: “Silver City MainStreet who serves as landlord for the Town owned theater, want to thank Bob and Joe for everything they have done for the Silco and for their commitment to continue to contribute to the success of the theater as involved community members.” In addition, the Town of Silver City is still dedicated to utilizing the theater for not only movies but as a community resource for cultural experiences.

The New Mexico Department of Health has been working in collaboration with the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center to monitor cases of ivermectin toxicity among persons attempting to treat COVID-19. Ivermectin is an FDA approved prescription medication used to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by the FDA for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. When used as prescribed for approved indications, it is generally safe and well tolerated. In a new released issued by the NMDOH, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ivermectin dispensing by retail pharmacies has increased, as has use of veterinary formulations available over the counter but not intended for human use. The National Institutes of Health’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel has determined that there is currently insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19.

The Gila Conservation Coalition welcomes back the public for the 17th Annual Gila River Festival “Connect with the River” from September 16th-19th. This hybrid style event will be held in person and virtual in Silver City, the Gila National Forest, and the Gila River. Online registration is open at gila river festival dot org.

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