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Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

If you know of a nice 3 bed room 2 bath home that is in need of a good renter immediately, call me at 538-3785. I’m looking for a long-term lease.

The Chamber of Commerce welcomes Del Taco as a new member. Del Taco offers its guests a unique variety of Mexican favorites prepared fresh in a working kitchen. Del Taco's meals are prepared to order with quality ingredients 24 hours a day! Del Taco is located at 2629 Highway 180 East (next to Walmart) in Silver City, New Mexico. Want to call in an order? Their phone number is (575) 388-1116. Watch for information regarding the "official" grand opening in May. 

Curtis Clough joins the Chamber of Commerce.  Besides being the current Assistant Superintendent at Silver Consolidated Schools, Curtis Clough is a personal consultant in the field of Education, Workforce & Economic Development and Career & Technical Education along with vast knowledge in HR, Community Engagement and Employee Recruitment / Retention. Curtis can speak to groups and provide training workshops. In the fall of 2018, Curtis spoke at the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executives Association conference. To learn more about Curtis, you can contact him at (330) 933-5357, or send an email to r2nlconsult@gmail.com.

This past weekend, my wife and I attended the Grant County Strong Celebration at Bataan Park in Santa Clara. There literally were a couple of hundred other Grant County citizens at the park as well. I saw Democrats. I saw Independents. I saw Republicans. But most of all, what I saw were just good old-fashioned citizens of Grant County having a great time. Many people in Grant County have come together on a couple of occasions recently to support the fight against detrimental mining bills and 2nd Amendment Rights legislation in our state. It’s great to see so many concerned people…no matter what political party you are affiliated with…get together for a common cause and a common celebration. I hope we see another event like this in the Fall.

The Tour of the Gila Bike Race is just around the corner. Currently there is an urgent plea for volunteer vehicle drivers during the upcoming Tour of the Gila Bike Race. The Tour of the Gila Race will pay for the gasoline for your vehicle, and you get a cool t-shirt and invitation to attend the event ending party. If you are interested and can volunteer or need more information, please contact Michelle Geels at 575-590-0203, or email silvergeels@gmail.com.

It’s pretty amazing that some areas of the state received snowfall just a couple of days ago. However, here in Grant County… it’s finally feeling like Spring.

For some people, this is a terrible time of the year. Maybe it’s the junipers… maybe it is some other pollen, but for some folks it is allergy-time and that’s not fun. I honestly feel bad for the folks that are coughing, sneezing, their eyes are watering, and they can barely speak. Hopefully it will pass quickly.

But for a lot of other people, it’s time to think about warm weather fun. In Grant County, there really are many things you can enjoy outdoors. We will begin seeing more folks riding bicycles. There will be lots of energetic people hiking through the area on the Continental Divide Trail. Folks with fishing licenses will start visiting some of our local lakes, rivers and streams in search of that one big catch that they can share on Facebook and other forms of social media. It’s time to take off the hardtops and drive around topless, letting the wind blow through your hair while riding through the Gila or many other country roads. At the Chamber office, we are already getting inquiries about where to soak in Hot Springs and where to go camping. Although the nights are still cool, there are lots of stars to be seen, and this is a great time to go stargazing. If you like swinging clubs, the golf course is starting to green up nicely. This is also the time for the Senior Olympic Games. If you look at the Chamber of Commerce website calendar, you will see all the activities seniors can participate in during the Senior Olympics. And the local events… area car shows, music festivals, bike races, and more. Of course, this is also a great time for the family. They can go camping, find a nice place for a picnic, invite the friends over for a backyard barbeque, or as the wind dies down and the warmth of the Sun heats the area… go for a swim, play in a splash park, or just run through a sprinkler in your front yard.

And by the way, you can never be too old to feel young again. There’s nothing wrong with senior citizens getting their feet wet and proving that you can be a young as you feel. Kathy and I may be considered Senior Citizens, but we can have fun with a soaker squirt gun just as much as a 10-year old.

There’s no doubt we live in an area that provides so many cool things to do. If you don’t like the outdoors, visit our area museums. Go to one of the local libraries. Take in a movie at one of the two theaters in the area. If you like to eat… take two weeks and visit every restaurant that sells tacos, then write a letter to this paper’s editor telling him how many different tacos you found in Grant County (you don’t have to mention how many pounds you gained). Visit Fort Bayard. Go the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Visit some of our historic sites such as the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in the Mimbres Valley.

If you need ideas of things to do, call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Our phone number is (575) 538-3785, or visit our website at www.silvercity.org.

By the way, earlier I mentioned driving around topless and I’m sure there were a couple of people who questioned that. What I was referring to is taking the top off your car or SUV and ride around without the top. The Chamber of Commerce is not suggesting you should ride around the other way topless. We hope you have a great week!

You might be wondering what the title of this article means. Well, you are going to have to keep reading to find out.

It’s the final week of the 2019 legislative session, and there are lots of bills that legislators are trying to get approved before the final gavel is dropped to end the legislative proceedings. Minimum wage, recreational marijuana, filming tax incentives for rural New Mexico… it’s amazing how many bills will be discussed in the closing hours. However, we want to give kudos to Representative Rebecca Dow and Senator Gabe Ramos for authoring a bill that will help the Cancer Treatment Center at Gila Regional Medical Center to the tune of $1.5 million dollars. Now we will watch for the Governor to sign the bill. Thank you, Rebecca and Gabe!

During this week’s Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch meeting, we will ask the crowd what they want to see in the future. Think about it…five years from now, what would you like to see in Silver City? Ten years from now, do you want to see more population and more opportunities? And what do we do now…how should we plan to reach those goals for five years, ten years or even 20 years down the road.

Are there certain types of businesses that you think would be good for our local economy? Thinking in terms of the past twenty years and the explosion of technical inventions and what they have done to change life as we know it…are you ready for the next 10, 15, or 20 years? And how will you learn to use the technology that is just around the corner? Talk about teaching old dogs to do new tricks…are the old dogs ready for new tricks?

Each week I prepare a Chamber of Commerce newsletter that is distributed via email on Fridays. There are times I will send out an email blast regarding something that may be important to Chamber of Commerce members, businesses or the community. This past Monday I distributed an email that gave information about two legislative bills dealing with minimum wage. I explained the basics of each bill and noted that one of the bills was more heavily favored by various state-wide business organizations. Let’s face the facts…the minimum wage in New Mexico is going to increase on July 1, 2019. The amount of the increase will be determined by which bill passes.

Anyway, I receive a fairly rotten email from a local business manager telling me that emails such as that one is the reason why the Chamber of Commerce isn’t liked by some groups. Really? I don’t get it. We provided what is useful information for planning your business and you don’t like us for that. Frankly, I guess I’m glad I don’t run with that crowd. We bust our tails to promote Silver City, Grant County and the surrounding area of southwest New Mexico. We mail hundreds and hundreds of relocation/tourism packets to people around the world wanting more information about our region. We answer thousands of emails and phone calls from people wanting information about our wonderful area. We work really hard to get people to visit Grant County or relocate to our four gentle seasons. We provide a great referral service for businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is simple: To serve our members by promoting Business, Commerce and Tourism in Grant County.

The February meeting of the Grant County Commissioners has moved its scheduled meeting from the Grant County Administration Building to the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center.  The conference center is located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City. The meeting is still scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday – February 21 (tomorrow).

If you plan to attend, please be courteous and mindful that Ace Hardware needs to have parking spaces for their customers.  Please do not park directly in front of Ace Hardware.

The Tour of the Gila is gearing up for another exciting year of bike races. State Senator Gabe Ramos and Lt. Governor Howie Morales are asking for you help. They are going to introduce an item for the Appropriations Bill to give some funding to help the Tour of the Gila event. Please call Senator Ramos and Lt. Gov. Morales to tell them Thank You for sponsoring the funding bill.

As president of the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce, I don’t mind people calling me names. Honestly, it’s sometimes like a badge of honor. And in the instance, as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, I am very pleased with the company I am keeping. When you do this kind of work, you get used to remarks and name calling. It’s really not that big a deal. When I lived in Ruston, Louisiana, we were working with the Mayor and business leaders to change the alcohol laws to allow for liquor by the drink with a meal on Sundays. The night the City Council voted, and went along with our changes, a really nice lady that I had known since my childhood days came up to me after the meeting and told me she now knew why God had given me cancer. I simply smiled and told her that my wish was that one of these days she would become the fine upstanding Christian lady that she thought she was. I turned and walked away.

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