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Grant County Residents Give Grandly

Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur

Silver City residents and nonprofit organizations from around Grant County gathered in Gough Park on Tuesday, May 5, to "Give Grandly" in celebration of the National Day of Giving known as Give Local America.

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Firefighters respond to two lightning-sparked fires

SILVER CITY, N.M.; May 5, 2015 – Firefighters responded to two lightning sparked wildfires on the Gila National Forest over the weekend. The Elk Fire, 11 miles southwest of Quemado Lake, was contained at less than one acre and the School Fire on the Reserve Ranger District was contained at approximately three acres. Firefighters also assisted on the 420-acre Red Hill Fire 45 miles south of Animas, NM. To date, the largest wildfire on the forest was the 24-acre North Star on the Wilderness Ranger District in March.-- Continue reading

Opportunity High/Vocational Education programs make progress

By Margaret Hopper

After eight months of starts and adjustments, the Opportunity High/Vocational Education department is looking back to see what progress has been made by students in these new programs at Silver High. Considering that the entire country is in financial difficulty and that most districts hesitate to expand under such conditions, the project is being watched and is gaining interest.

The planners began with a report they could refer to, written in 2012, under the name of Senate Memorial 65, a Feasibility Study for a Career and Technical Training Center. The creation of this 50-page study made for Grant County attempted to project how a technical/career center would benefit the county by increasing occupational opportunities and meet employers' needs.

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Photo Essay Tour of the Gila Sunday Podium

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, with a closeup courtesy of Sandy Feutz

Red Hill Fire at 80 percent containment

Light rains and crew progress will result in some resources being released in the morning.
Containment is now at 80%. The fire's acreage was reduced through use of more accurate GPS remapping.

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION

Incident Name: Red Hill

Start Date & Time: 5/2/15 1600

Start Location: 35 miles south of Animas, NM on the Diamond A/Gray Ranch

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GSFWC holds special meeting to discuss CAP Entity JPA

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday, April 30, the members of the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission met in a special session to discuss a proposed Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity joint-powers agreement. Area governing bodies will present letters of intent and signed resolutions to be part of the CAP Entity to develop a New Mexico Unit to utilize up to 14,000 annual acre-feet of water in the Gila and San Francisco basins, as allocated by the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act. The entity members will work with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to develop the water.-- Continue reading

Photo essay of Tour of the Gila Racers on Sunday

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Tour of the Gila racer credits bicycling for his being able to walk and talk again

Tour of the Gila racer credits bicycling for his being able to walk and talk again

Yehuda Packer

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

After stepping down from the podium where he received the red jersey as the winner of the 55+ in the Master Men A category, Yehuda "Packman" Packer, 56, had an inspiring story to tell.

"Four-and-a-half years ago, I had a brain tumor removed," Packer told the Beat. "I had to learn how to walk and talk again."

As a five-time All-American runner, he switched to cycling about six years ago. "I have been competing about five years, with about one year out before I could compete again."

"After the tumor, I could no longer walk," Packer said. "I would crawl to the bicycle trainer, pull myself onto it, and turn my legs for up to six hours at a time before I could walk again.

"Biking is the only thing that kept me moving every day," he said. "How God blessed me to be motivated to continue biking. My family, my wife and kids, have been there for me every step of the way."-- Continue reading

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