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October 28, 2016 Undeniably Right
The term redneck is unique to American lexicology, but the principle of an unsophisticated individual or group of individuals can be found in every country. Darwin waits patiently for all stupid people. In Gaza, a suicide bomber with ties to Hamas was shot and killed before he could detonate his bomb. His body was recovered by his fellow members of Hamas. Despite not having accomplished his…

Forum for County Commissioner candidates for District 5 held Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, 2016

By Mary Alice Murphy

Three candidates for Grant County Commissioner District 5 gave statements and answered questions at a forum Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, 2016. Hosted by the Silver City Daily Press, Editor Christine Steele served as the moderator

The three candidates are Harry A. Pecotte, Republican; Harry Francis Browne, Democrat; and write-in candidate, DeAnn Bencomo, Democrat. Read more...

Gila Resources Information Project Meeting on Copper Rule

By Sandra Michaud

A varied group of people met last Thursday evening at the Bayard Community Center to discuss Grant County mining issues and hear updates about the New Mexico State Supreme Court’s hearing on the “Copper Rule” case. The court heard oral arguments on September 28 and is expected to issue a ruling soon.

The discussion also touched on other aspects of the impact the court’s ruling may have and encouraged people to attend the hearing for the Lampbright Waste Rock Stockpile to be held Thursday, October 27, at 5:30 pm at the Grant County Administration Center. Information about the hearing may be found at this link: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/MARP/NorthLampbrightStockpile.html  Read more...

New camera over Silver City- new link

Editor's Note: It has come to our attention that although we fixed the link in a previous article that some people are still having trouble accessing the correct link to the camera that will be put on W Mountain and go live on Nov. 1. The correct link is http://livefromsilver.com . Right now it is showing downtown Silver City.

Our apologies to those who are having trouble. The first link posted was incorrect. But it has been corrected, and we don't know why some people are having trouble with it.

Deming motorcycle crash victim ID’d as deputy sheriff

By Roger Lanse

The New Mexico State Police continue to investigate a motorcycle crash that happened Sunday night on Pine Street and Highway 549 in Deming.

Traveling east on Pine Street toward Highway 549, the driver, Richard A. Cowles, 51, of Deming, failed to negotiate a curve and struck a curb in the median causing the motorcycle to crash. The driver was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. He was transported by EMS to Mimbres Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

An official source told the Beat Cowles was employed by Luna County as a deputy sheriff.

Unofficial sources told the Beat that Cowles suffered severe head trauma and was not wearing a helmet.

NMDOT fog sealing NM 15 mile post 25-43

(MP 25 to 43)
Pinos Altos, NM

Pinos Altos: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Wednesday October 26, 2016:

The NMDOT announces the following traffic alert information for New Mexico 15, Mile Post 25 to Mile Post 43, performing fog sealing of roadway in Grant County. Construction will begin Wednesday October 26, 2016 and is expected to be completed by November 2016. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Highway traffic will encounter various lane closures. The closure will be in affect from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Proposal to allow UTVs on city streets crashes and burns

Mayor Ken Ladner presents Pro Bono Week proclamation to Cathryn Wallace

By Roger Lanse

A proposed ordinance sponsored by District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., which would have allowed utility task vehicles (UTVs), also called side-by-sides, to operate on city streets, was defeated 3-1 at the Silver City’s Tuesday, Oct. 25, council meeting. The proposal was opposed by councilors Cynthia Bettison, Lynda Aiman-Smith, and Guadalupe Cano, representing Districts 1, 2, and 4, respectively. The three cited safety, noise, and enforcement issues.

Several residents spoke before the council prior to the vote, supporting and opposing the UTV measure.

Mayor Ken Ladner stated that on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the new Highway 90 bridge will be officially designated the “Veterans Memorial Bridge.” The hour of the dedication will be announced shortly, he said.


The council approved a long-term lease for the management of the Silver City Municipal Golf Course, also known as Scott Memorial Park Golf Course. The lease is with Western New Mexico University, and its president Joe Shepard said they are attempting to manage the course to PGA standards. “We’re having conversations of indeed hiring a superintendent of greens. In the six months we’ve maintained the golf course we’ve already aerated it twice. That typically has not happened in the past four-five years. We are now on a regular schedule for fertilizer – an approved PGA type of program. And, yes, we do cut the grass on a regular basis and we’re very sensitive about that. Read more...

Link fixed: Joint agreement signed for camera to show Silver City live

From left are WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Silver City Radio's Ted Tucker, Silver City Manager Alex Brown and Mayor Ken Ladner and Grant County Manager Charlene Webb sign a joint agreement.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Four entities came together to sign a joint agreement and to equally split costs for a camera and tower to be placed on top of W Mountain to show Silver City live from the north.

Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, representatives from Silver City Radio, Western New Mexico University, the town of Silver City and the county of Grant signed the paperwork at City Hall.

Three of the entities agreed to split the costs for the tower to show off Silver City. Silver City Radio is providing the camera.

The camera will go live Nov. 1 and viewers can see the livestream at livefromsilver.com.

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