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Silver School Board candidates answer questions at forum 011617

By Mary Alice Murphy

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 evening featured Silver Consolidated Schools Board candidates at a forum, hosted at the Silver Schools Administration Building and moderated by Nickolas Seibel, Silver City Daily Press publisher, with some questions being asked by Stewart McClintick, who covers the schools beat for the Daily Press.

Four candidates opened the session with statements. The first was Ashley Montenegro, who was appointed to District 2 last year. She is now running for election for the position.

"I seek to be elected to the board," Montenegro said. "It's not personal, it's a service. I'm here to serve the community as a whole, including students and staff.

"You need to make your concerns known, so we can bring them to the superintendent," she continued. "I'm an active mom in my children's lives and in my children's friends' lives."-- Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 celebrated at WNMU

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

At the Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Western New Mexico University's Light Hall, master of ceremonies Rev. Earseye Ross said he didn't know why he had been chosen to be emcee.

"Don't they know that it takes a black Baptist preacher an hour just to introduce himself?" Ross poked fun at himself.

"We are here today to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," Ross continued.-- Continue reading

Attorney defends DA’s actions

By Roger Lanse

On Jan. 17, 2017, Jim Foy, defense attorney for 6th Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez, called the New Mexico Attorney General’s accusation that Estevez used a state-owned vehicle for personal use on June 11, 2016, a ruse.

Foy told The Beat that in the six years he was district attorney in Grant County he drove his state-owned vehicle “everywhere I went.” “Many times I was woken up at 3 a.m. to go to a murder or other crime scene,” Foy said. Foy continued saying it’s not unusual for district attorneys to use their official vehicle all the time because they never know when they will be required to act in an official capacity – “they’re on 24/7.”-- Continue reading

6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2017

Photos by Sandra Michaud

It was a dark and stormy night, yet film and conservation enthusiasts braved the rainy weather to attend the 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Silco Theatre Sa-- Continue reading

Woman's house burns in the Mimbres

By Mary Alice Murphy

A family home belonging to Paula Norero burned to the ground on Friday, but not before she was pulled from the blaze.

Paula Holguin, Norero's daughter, said early Friday morning her nephew, Chris Valencia, came knocking at her door.

"It was still early, and he was pounding on the door," Holguin said. "I was a little reluctant to open it because I didn't know who it was. I was thinking it might be a thief; I was thinking the worst."

Holguin said she thought her nephew was in California, because he just graduated from boot camp for the Marines.

-- Continue reading

The Volunteer Center hosts Fickle Pickle sale

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

At the Volunteer Center on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, the first successful entrepreneur to make use of TVC's commercial kitchen, Harolene Pitts, had a pickle sale.

Her Fickle Pickles are pickles that keep for about three months in the refrigerator.-- Continue reading

American Legion Post surprises Medal of Honor winner

American Legion Post surprises Medal of Honor winner

From left are Quilt of Valor creator Bonnie Davis, quilt recipeint Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix, and Carol Pickering of the Southwest New Mexico Quilters' Guild American Legion Post 18 Commander Ray Davis is in the left background.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Medal of Honor winner Drew Dix, who lives in the Mimbres, was in attendance at an American Legion meeting on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the invitation of Allingham-Golding Post 18 Commander Ray Davis.-- Continue reading

Grant County Officials' Reports from work session and regular meeting 011017 and 011217

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 work session, department heads gave reports.

Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo said the facility has one vacancy. He said training for employees is taking place using online training through the New Mexico Association of Counties.

"The Inmate Support Group will meet to gather documents to submit during the legislative session," Carillo said.

He gave the average daily population for the month ending Jan. 6 as 87, with the high male population, 81 and the high female population at 16. "We had 93 on Jan. 6. Our one-year average daily population was 83, with an average length of stay at 38.42 days. We have had a slight decrease in activity over last month. We are holding seven for Hidalgo County."

-- Continue reading

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