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You want accurate, factual news about the activities and meetings around Grant County, New Mexico, including what is happening in Silver City, Bayard, Santa Clara, Hurley, Mimbres, Cliff, Gila and Pinos Altos. You want to know what’s happening. You’ll find it on the Beat.

Newer columns include the charming Mind Wandering Ponderings, the practical Real Estate Matters, and the political Libertarian Leanings.

If you have something you want me to announce in this "e-newspaper," please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I cannot guarantee coverage of your events. However, if you send me the information, I can post it to the Grant County Beat on the News Releases page or the Local Events page and the Calendar page. If you send me a photo and short write-up about the event after it happens, I'll post it on the Community Page.

I also welcome comments on the site, as well as on things that happen in the area. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As I endeavored to do during my tenure as a reporter at the Silver City Daily Press, I plan to continue to write balanced, factual articles on what is happening in Grant County.

The Grant County Beat wants to provide at least one source of local news for you. Although this online "paper" continues to change, we plan to archive news items, so they will be available, if you want to check something that happened and when.

Freelancers who provide services to the Beat:

Charlie McKee, as a freelancer, reports on the Silver City Town Council. She also takes on responsibilities of posting news items and keeping the calendar up-to-date.

Melia Moore serves the Beat as a freelancer.

Margaret Hopper covers the Silver and Cobre school board meetings.

The Beat has a full array of columns, including political opinions, charming takes on imagination, and practical advice and information.

My old MAM’s musings has been recreated as Just Call Me MAM. It will cover my observations and be as frequently updated as I have time and new stories to recount.

Since it will be primarily I, Mary Alice Murphy, who will be attending meetings and reporting on them, I can’t promise to cover everything.

Because we want to keep this online newspaper free to the public, yes, we need ads and donations to keep this effort going. For ad information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Be aware that almost all front page news articles and photos are copyrighted by Mary Alice Murphy, Charlie McKee or Margaret Hopper. All the columnists' work is also copyrighted. Some other photos may also be copyrighted, so PLEASE, if you want to use a photo or excerpt from an article for another use, ask permission by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks,
Mary Alice

About Mary Alice Murphy

Part I - History

Thanks to more than 30 years of writing news/press releases for volunteer organizations and submitting them to newspapers, in 2001, I was hired as a columnist and reporter/photographer for the Silver City Daily Press in Silver City, NM.

Part 2 - Recent Past

In 2007, I ceased working in the SCDP office and began a freelance career writing for the Daily Press and other publications. I had great fun and continued my career.

Part 3 - 2010

As of Sept. 1, 2010, I was "laid off" from the SCDP. It "fired up" my intention to continue to inform the local public of Grant County with my somewhat frequent articles. Since I will have no support from a newspaper, I decided to begin my own online e-newspaper to report meetings and features in Grant County that I have covered for the past nine years.

Part 4-Today

The Beat continues to bring you the most comprehensive and factual news it can. 

Thanks to all the readers who continue to read and rely on the Beat's news, as readership continues to increase.

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Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for rates. 

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