Grant County Prospectors

VISION: The Grant County Prospectors are a group of community leaders that work in collaboration to educate policy makers and community members about the economic, community development and legislative needs for the advancement of Grant County.

MISSION: The Grant County Prospectors is a civic-league organization that promotes and advocates for the social welfare, economic and community development of all areas of the County through the education of community members, regional and state agencies and organizations, as well as policy makers that influence the political process.

PURPOSE: To accomplish this mission, the Grant County Prospectors will develop goals on an annual basis that best use the resources of the region, both natural and human, to serve as a catalyst to activate units of government, social organizations, and other entities or individuals in the region in improving the welfare and quality of life for the residents of Grant County.

HISTORY: Founded in 1973, the Grant County Prospectors could well be the very first regional advocacy group in the State of New Mexico. Initially, the group served as the Chamber of Commerce’s welcome committee. Over time, the group transformed into a stand-alone entity. The Prospectors have been operating as a non-profit civic league organization since 2018. The January 1975 session of the New Mexico Legislature was the first “Grant County Day” as organized by the group. The annual Forum began in the early 2000’s, at the request of  Senator Ben D. Altamirano, for the purpose of creating an opportunity for County citizens to have an open dialogue with Legislators about community needs and projects. The Forum is hailed as a must-attend event by current Legislators in order to inform them and the general public about the issues affecting our communities and the significance of matching public policy and funding to meet the demands.

2022-2023 Officers

  • President –  Julie Morales, Chief of Staff, Western New Mexico University
  • 1st Vice President – Wayne Sherwood, Retired Educator
  • 2nd Vice President –
  • Secretary – Carlos Lucero, Western Bank
  • Treasurer – Vladimir Gnilozubov, Edward Jones Investments
  • Past President – Evangeline Zamora – Retired, Consultant, Non-Profit CEO


  • Community Legislative Action – Steven Chavira, Chair/Kim Clark, Vice-Chair
  • Membership, Misty Pugmire – Chair/Sabrina Pack, Vice-Chair
  • By-Laws – Mike McMillan, Chair

Membership meetings: are generally held the third Thursday of the month at 11:45 am.*

CLAC meetings: held the second Monday of the month at 1:30 pm.*

Membership: Membership is limited to 50 individuals. Anyone interested in becoming a member may contact any of the officers of Prospectors or the Membership Chair, Misty Pugmire at 575-538-5459. All new members must be sponsored by a current member – membership application here: Prospectors Membership Application revised 10-2013 (2)final 9-9-14

Grant County Prospectors
PO Box 2026
Silver City, NM 88062-2026

Questions about this website please contact Kim Clark at 575-574-2629.