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Dear Mr. Mayor,

As a resident of Silver City for thirty-one years, I am writing to you in hope that you will not consider changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day to please a small minority of people. I was disgusted to read this in the Silver City Daily Press today that it was even being considered. Columbus Day is a day that most Americans have celebrated and enjoyed for most of their lives.

Indigenous people have Indian Nations where they don’t have to celebrate Columbus Day. I happen to have Native American blood in my ancestry, too. I am an American who is tired of all this sudden offense that people are feigning and causing idiots to tear down beautiful statues, erase our history and insult America. If it is so bad, why are they here?

Dear Community,

Thank you for your support of the only charter school in Grant County. Aldo Leopold Charter School is a State Public Charter School that offers a free education to all students in grades 6 through 12. Currently our enrollment is 167 students. We are at our capacity in the current facility, but next year the entire school will be moving to the WNMU campus if all remodeling goes as planned, and we hope to achieve our charter capacity of 210 students in the future.

As part of our school’s commitment to active transparency, we would like to update you on the aspect of our school that has to do with the management of risk. As part of our curriculum of Experiential Education, we spend a good bit of time learning outside the classroom. Our mission is to provide an engaging and challenging educational program emphasizing direct experience, inquiry learning, stimulation of the creative process, and stewardship of our community and natural environment. We take our mission seriously and want to manage the inherent risk involved with experiencial education. This type of learning requires the careful evaluation and implementation of policies and procedures for making these experiences as safe and effective as possible.

To the Editor:

To give a few details to the story on President Shepard's evaluation. The Regent's finding that President Shepard meets expectations immediately releases a retention bonus of $25,000 to President Shepard. The contract of no other president of a comprehensive university or college (Eastern, Highlands and Northern New Mexico) provides for a bonus of any kind.

Alfred Milligan
Silver City NM

In the age of social media, drama travels fast.

Parents of pre-teens and teens whose doctors recommend they receive the cancer-preventing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine might find plenty of unsubstantiated reasons on the internet to not get the vaccine: it’s easy for stories—true or not—to be uploaded to a chat room and read across the globe in a matter of hours.

By Senators John Arthur Smith, Steven P. Neville, Mary Kay Papen

We and other legislators had hoped that the regents of New Mexico State University, in accepting the recently announced retirement of Chancellor Garrey Carruthers’ at the end of his contract next year, nonetheless would ask him to stay on for two more years. Chancellor Carruthers’ record of vision and leading the institution is outstanding, and big challenges lie ahead. The university needs him.

NMSU and all of our public universities in New Mexico today are facing extraordinary, difficult circumstances driven by state budget cuts and unstable state revenues. In his time leading New Mexico State, Chancellor Carruthers has made the hard decisions necessary to maintain this key institution, body and soul. His long, distinguished career demonstrates real commitment to the university, to New Mexico, and to his community.

Dear Editor:

After sitting on the sidelines and watching the GRMC controversy unfold, the air is beginning to clear. The contract problems with the Cancer Center took the spotlight and pretty much overshadowed the selection of a new CEO. Then the selection of Taffy Arias was announced without much fanfare. Not much to get excited about. Probably just another poor soul to sit in the executive office and watch the hospital continue it's spiral into oblivion.

But what is happening? All of a sudden the new CEO is on a fast track tombring GRMC back as a viable entity. Yes, it is too early for jubilation, but the selection of the CEO is certainly looking like a winner.

Editor's Note: It has come to the attention of the editor that some of this information is misleading and non-factual. Reader beware. 

The purpose of the Foundation is to create, maintain and administer assets for the benefit of Western New Mexico University a state educational institution, located in Silver City, New Mexico

For years the WNMU Foundation has been an important source of scholarship money for students of Western. However, it now appears that the focus has shifted from providing scholarships for students to employment opportunities for selected people and funding the Presidential Discretionary Fund.

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
August 1, 2017

New Mexico has long been at the center of technology innovation. Research and development at our national laboratories, universities and military installations has led to major breakthroughs in computing, energy, health care and national security.

The technology industry is a driving force in creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs. Almost 50,000 New Mexicans work in the tech sector at both our federal research labs and in the private sector at innovative information technology, manufacturing and engineering companies. The average tech industry wage in New Mexico is $85,200 a year, which is double the average state wage.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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