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Thief damages local businesses

By Roger Lanse

Sunday, Oct. 23, at about 3 a.m., Silver City Police Department officers were in the area of Highway 180 and Walmart when, according to police documents, they heard a business alarm sounding. After searching for a few minutes officers determined the alarm was coming from the Rough Country store. Upon further examination, officers found not only the front glass door of Rough Country was heavily damaged but also the front door of the adjacent business, Twisted Illusions.

From the incident report, it appears a brick was thrown through the front door of Rough Country, as a brick was lying on the floor inside the building near the front door. The damage to the other business’ door was reported as being caused by a rock. Blood was noted on the broken glass of both doors.-- Continue reading

It’s Time to Enroll in 4-H

Enrollment for Grant County 4-H began on October 1, 2016 and the deadline to enroll is December 16, 2016.

So what is 4-H? 4 H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4 H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4 H camps.

4 H's reach and depth is unmatched. Through our community of 100 public universities, 4 H reaches kids in every corner of America—from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. Our network of 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4 H professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4 Hers, helping them grow into true leaders today and in life.-- Continue reading

Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown Named Energy Manager of the Year by New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers

Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown Named Energy Manager of the Year by New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers

Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown holds the 2016 New Mexico Energy Manager of the Year Award, presented by the New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers. (Courtesy Photo)

Brown Recognized for Silver City's Solar Powered Wastewater Treatment Plant and Radio-Read Water Meters

Alex Brown, Silver City town manager and finance director, was named the 2016 Energy Manager of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers (NMAEE). Brown was recognized for Silver City's solar-powered wastewater treatment plant and the installation this year of radio-read water meters.-- Continue reading

Arrest made in two weekend burglaries

Antonio Cordova, 18 yoa, with a home address in Silver City, was arrested and charged in two burglaries over the weekend. The charges are stemming from burglaries occurring at Rough County and Twisted-- Continue reading

Sculpture dedicated at WNMU

Sculpture dedicated at WNMU

WNMU President Joseph Shepard explains some of the symbolism of the sculpture at the School of Nursing.By Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard said he is trying to turn the institution into a cultural facility. "Putting up sculptures like this one by Rose B. Simpson encourages the amplification of culture. The arts represent it best."

He said one might say: "Huh?" on the first viewing, but then when that person learns more about it, they get excited, and hopefully they talk with others about it.

Shepard said the piece, called "Alter 1," comes from a spiritual place.

Simpson said the piece originated from a conversation about what a "sacred place" is. Simpson wrote in her artist statement: "I realized that the most sacred of spaces, for me, is that moment when we consciously connect with one another and are forever influenced by their energy, just as they are transformed by ours."

The original installation consisted of two large figures facing one another. Simpson wrote: "The viewer stumbled upon the moment of the two creating an 'altar' of connection, wherein they are both altered by the presence, power and influence of the other."

The two pieces are now one to represent every one taking a moment to allow a transformation by a moment with another person.

A copy of the artist statement is available for any visitor or student at the School of Nursing. Read it to find out what all the symbols represent.-- Continue reading

Gila EDA Roundtable hears from GRMC CEO

CEO answers questions about mill levy

By Mary Alice Murphy

Participants at a Gila Economic Development Alliance Roundtable held Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, heard a presentation from Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham on the 4-mill levy initiative on the General Election ballot.

"I want to talk about our Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community initiative," Cunningham said. "I want to simply provide information so people can vote in an informed way. There are challenges everywhere, in every industry, in government and, yes, in health care."

-- Continue reading

State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Luna County

Deming, NM - Around 10:00 p.m. last night, the New Mexico State Police investigated a motorcycle crash on Pine Street and New Mexico Highway 549 in Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a mo-- Continue reading

Grant County Water Commission talks about Regional Water Project

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Water Commission met in Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, to hear about a report on the Regional Water Distribution Project that will be presented to the Interstate Stream Commission in November.

Alex Brown, Silver City town manager who serves as the chairman of the water commission, said he would report to the ISC at its November meeting the status of the project for which the ISC allocated $2.1 million from the Arizona Water Settlements Act funding in the New Mexico Unit Fund.

"We need to report the status by the end of December, so I got on the schedule for the November meeting," Brown said. "When I talked to Helen Sobien (ISC engineer), she wanted to know who would be the fiscal agent."-- Continue reading

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