Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Autumn Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair was held over the weekend at the Grant County Convention Center. The Fair boasted various artists and crafters from around Silver City, as well as other parts of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. There were a variety of gift items available, from homemade ornaments and vases to wood crafts and sewing crafts. Also on scene were an old-fashioned soda seller and other food vendors who enticed attendees with pleasant aromas.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Andrew Welch as the new director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). Welch will be responsible for managing the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, and 11 clinics that provide primary care and mental health services to veterans throughout New Mexico and southern Colorado. He will oversee a budget of some $448 million, according to the VA. Welch began his VA career in 1987 as a dietitian at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Join the American Legion Post 18, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, and Ladies Auxiliaries in Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11th. The Legion and comrades will be at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery beginning at 10 am, and will offer a special tribute to World War II Veterans.
The American Legion Bataan Post 4 will honor its Vietnam veterans, along with all veterans of the armed forces, during Tuesday’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park — next door to the Deming-Luna-Mimbres Museum, 301 S. Silver Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The scheduled program will include speakers representing the county, city and local veteran organizations. Reggie Price, commander of the American Legion Bataan Post 4, is the keynote speaker. Price is retired from the U.S. Air Force and was on active duty with the New York National Guard when he served in Deming during Operation Jumpstart; to protect and strengthen our nation’s borders. The Legion plans to conduct an Unserviceable Flag Ceremony. If you have a flag you wish to retire you may drop it off at the Post Home, 619 W. Spruce St. or the Chamber of Commerce office, 103 E. Ash St. A free lunch for all veterans, their immediate family and children will be served at the Post Home immediately following the ceremony. Non-veteran can dine for $6.