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News @ Noon / 28 December 2012

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Welcome to News @ Noon for Sunday 21 December 2012 brought to you by Gila / Mimbres Community Radio in a community media collaboration with The Grant County Beat – your daily newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County.

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Fees Waived for First Day Hikes at Six New Mexico State Parks
Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:35

SANTA FE, NM – Rejuvenate by taking a family friendly and free trek through a state park close to home.  New Mexico State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes at Bottomless Lakes, Cerrillos Hills, City of Rocks, Leasburg Dam, Rockhound, and Sugarite Canyon state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.  First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2013 at a state park close to home.  The park fees will be waived for the event.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks,” said State Parks Director, Tommy Mutz.

City of Rocks State Park – 9:00 a.m.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center.  Moderate difficulty. Nature walk about local plants, animals, geology and park history.

“Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McNelly, Executive Director of National Association of State Park Directors.  “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”  Visit for more information.

Habitat for Humanity – Gila Region Names New Executive Director
Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:05

SILVER CITY – Habitat for Humanity – Gila Region has appointed a new Executive Director, Jean Eisenhower, who brings decades of non-profit consulting experience as well as years in real estate sales and promoting sustainability.  Her consulting experience includes work with environmental, social justice, community, and arts organizations.  She is also a former Habitat for Humanity home-building volunteer.

New office hours for the Habitat for Humanity Gila Region office are 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.  They are located at 915 Santa Rita in Silver City.

For more information, contact Jean at 538.9540 or Board President Henrietta Horvarter at 534.9562.

SWNM Audubon Field Trip to Lake Roberts/Mimbres – Saturday 5 January
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 11:49

Audubon field trip participants will meet at 8 am at the WNMU Fine Arts Center parking lot and carpool up Hwy 15 to Lake Roberts, where you can expect to see a good variety of wintering duck and other waterfowl, plus hopefully Bald Eagles.

There will be some walking along the lakeside on level ground (though it can be slippery/muddy depending on weather conditions), probably between one and two miles in total.  The return trip to Silver City will be via the Mimbres Valley, possibly with a brief stop at Bear Canyon Lake and/or the Nature Conservancy property depending on time.

Expect to be back in Silver City between 1 and 2pm. Please bring footwear suitable for the weather conditions and dress warmly.  Any questions contact Brian Dolton at 388.4210.

A Holiday Gift for Dogs and Cats at Puppy Dog Ranch
Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:55

Puppy Dog Ranch Receives Two New Grants to Help their Spay and Neuter Program

Click on any social media page and you’ll see family pictures of cats and dogs dressed in everything from booties and parkas to ballerina tutus and Harley Davidson gear.  Every year Americans spend over $45 billion dollars on their pets.  Medical care once reserved for humans such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, even kidney transplants, are now offered as treatment options to pet owners willing to do anything to extend the life of their beloved cat or dog.  People love their pets with the same passion that they love other family members and yet every year in the United States, 60% of animals coming through the doors of animal shelters are euthanized.

Puppy Dog Ranch, a No-Kill Rescue and Sanctuary in Arenas Valley, has received two grants that allow them to continue to offer reduced cost of spaying/neutering their pet(s) to residents of Grant County. Monies have been received for their S.P.O.T. Program (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together) from the Ryan Newman Foundation and from the Foundation for the Protection for Animals. The money allows PDR to spay and neuter each of their adoptable dogs prior to adoption and to offer limited income residents a way to affordably spay and neuter their companion animals. Since 2009, PDR has spayed/neutered over 200 dogs and cats in Grant County and their goal is to assist funding the spay/neuter of 200 more dogs and cats in 2013.

Puppy Dog Ranch Rescue and Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and is funded entirely by donations.  It is the only NO KILL Dog Rescue serving residents in Grant County and all communities within 125 miles.  The Ranch is open by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am 5pm and is located in Arenas Valley.  Their website is

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