Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Eighty-two creative, little minds marched the MainStreet district adding some Holiday Spirit on the windows of local businesses in November. The Milan, Mt.Taylor, Mesa View San Rafael, and Bluewater Elementary fourth grade class and MainStreet volunteers teamed up to paint a little bit of Christmas on thirty-five local merchandisers in the MainStreet business district.

The field trip was primarily a special math assignment to learn how to figure out the areas of squares and rectangles. The students were tasked to solve the areas of 35 MainStreet windows that they could then help decorate before the 23rd. Annual Holiday Light Parade.

Fourth grade teachers JoAnna Fitch, Amanda Valdez, and Angela Barela as well as two local artists, Felix Tom and Bobbi Littlebear, were instrumental in the success of the inspiring window displays. Both were extremely helpful by taking time to show the students techniques and ideas before the day of painting.

Landon Baker, owner and operator of Grants Auto and Truck Supplies (NAPA), was the first business to be approached and summed it up saying, "What a great idea . . . anything for our kids!" Additional businesses included Diamond G,

Cibola Citizen, Double 6 Gallery, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Grants- Cibola County Chamber of Commerce, and Grants MainStreet Project.

Donations collected from the event went to the Grants Rotary Club for the "Rotary Backpack Food for Kids" Program and to Grants MainStreet to go towards its Facade squad project.

To End the function, pizza and bread twists were served to all volunteers who participated, compliments of Domino's Pizza.

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Route 66, Grants, NM

September 27th, 2018

Sacred Wind Communications is a telephone and internet connection company. They have been servicing Cibola County for a couple of decades now. Their service is great, and their need to give back to the community is greater. Starting back in June, Cibola Arts Council and Sacred Wind Communications partnered up to provide beautiful displays of art using retired satellite dishes. Six dishes can be seen in front of the Mining Museum, in front of City Hall Park, and in front of Fire & Ice Park.

This is only the start of this project. Executive director of the Double 6 Gallery, Robert Gallegos, explained that the project will continue into the village adjacent. Unfortunately, I was never able to find out the exact number of dishes that are being installed. Either way, these 6 we have now are gorgeous. They bring life into our community, and onto our part of Route 66.

(From left to right: Ancient Chacoan Basket, Original Painting by Lezle Williams, Original Painting by Gilbert Waconda, Jicarilla Apache Star Basket,

Original Painting by Sam Chavez, and Navajo Wedding Basket)

September 27th was special, because the artists who submitted these designs were out talking about the importance of the design they made. I spoke with Sam Chavez, who is a self made artist. He's been painting for 2 years, since he's retired. Sam's art is precious to him, and he loves making art for other people's enjoyment. He says if he sells a piece that it's a plus, but the real reward is the joy other people get from his work.


To learn more about this project, check out the Double 6 Gallery @

1001 W. Santa Fe Avenue, Grants, NM 87020

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This hard working bunch really stepped up, and did Grants a good service this morning. Councilwoman Reynolds, Roger Seigman, Evelyn Seigman, and Robert McDonald came out to clean up the inside of the caboose sitting in City Hall Park, here in Grants. It's a work in progress, and we're far from being finished, but it makes me happy to have some wonderful citizens that are wanting to make a change to the city. Even if it's a small project like this caboose. There is hope yet for our little town.

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