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The Case Against Democracy

December 09, 2016 Undeniably Right
Earlier this week I put a post on my Facebook page that said, "the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter." Winston Churchill did not know how much that would be true 60 years or 70 years later. I then had an experience at a local establishment while having an adult beverage that just absolutely brought that point home. I was sitting at the bar…

NM CAP Entity hears engineering update from AECOM

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first part of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting, held Dec. 6, at the Grant County Administration Center, featured roll call and a request for a change to the agenda to place the item on public comment and telephone participation to the January meeting, as the requestor was not present.

After approval of the revised agenda and the minutes from the last meeting, public comment was given.

Allyson Siwik of the Gila Conservation Coalition was the first to speak. "There is nothing on the agenda about the schedule. It seems like we're about three months behind on AECOM getting going on Phase 2. I hope to hear during the meeting where we are in this process. I would also like to hear about where we are in the process and items for the Interstate Stream Commission funding for non-diversion projects. The deadline is the end of this month. I know some have requested extensions." Read more...

First of three informational meetings on the Silver Schools proposed bond issue held Wednesday

The bond renewal for Silver Schools will be on the ballot in February.

At right, Silver School Board members and Harrison Schmitt Elementary Principal, Leslie Ormand in back center, listen to a report on the bond issue.

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

Attempting to inform and sell the community on the need for passing the Silver Schools bond issue in February, John Carter, interim superintendent, and all five school board members were present at Harrison Schmitt Elementary School Wednesday evening. A number of Schmitt teachers and principal Leslie Ormand were also in attendance. Read more...

Charges dropped without prejudice against a man charged last year in an assault case

A request from Scott Theron who was implicated in the linked story below from a little more than a year ago, is that we post this notice of charges dropped. However, it says without prejudice, which means that the case could be brought up again in the future.


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Update on missing girl

By Roger Lanse

The 12-year-old Safford, Ariz. girl, who was the subject of a Monday, Dec. 5 Amber Alert, and found by a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy with the help of a passing truck driver, along Highway 78 near Mule Creek on Tuesday, Dec. 6, is now being helped by the Children, Youth and Families Department, according to Lt. Fermin Lopez of the GCSD. Lopez also said the girl’s guardians in Safford have been contacted.

Personnel at the Grant County Detention Center confirmed to the Beat that the adult male, Lawrence James Halamek, 35, also of Safford, who was found with the girl, is incarcerated under a $100,000 cash only bond.

Safford Arizona girl, 12 years of age, found with man in New Mexico; Amber Alert canceled; suspect arrested

Lawrence James Halamek, suspect (Courtesy Photo)

On December 6, 2016 just before 10:00 A.M., a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 78 (Mule Creek Area) when he was flagged down by a semi driver. The semi driver advised the Deputy that he saw a male and a young female walking on the side of the Highway towards the Arizona border. According to semi driver, the two match the description of an Arizona Amber Alert that had been aired last date. The Sheriff’s Deputy immediately drove towards the Arizona/New Mexico border. Read more...

Guadalupe Montessori Festival of Trees ongoing

The annual Festival of Trees, decorated by various community groups and purchased by groups and individuals is held this year in the old Western Stationers' building on Bullard Street. Other items are also for sale. Martha Egnal, head of the school, said the group had 39 decorated trees, many of which were already sold.

These photos were taken by Mary Alice Murphy on Saturday, Dec. 3.


El Refugio Women’s Shelter Benefit held at The Place at the Palace on December 3

Photos by George Plant

A benefit in support of El Refugio Women’s Shelter of Silver City was held at The Place at the Palace gallery on Saturday evening. By donating a women’s personal care item such as shampoo, crème rinse, deodorant or other hygiene products, attendees were eligible to receive tickets for the multiple drawings for jewelry and art, which were held every 15 minutes.

Benefit occasions such as this are sponsored by The Place throughout the year. The evening also highlighted the work of two featured artists –Kim Muller, who assembles beadwork, and Chris Selmer who makes copper jewelry. Read more...

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