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By Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Grant County Community Health Council on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Director Cari Lemon said she was working on the application to Freeport-McMoRan's Community Investment Fund.

"We put in our letter of intent and were invited to continue the application process," Lemon told members. "We want to expand youth services, partnering with Gila Youth Services, to the Mining District, especially because of the Cobre Schools decision to go with a four-day school week this year."

Personal warning by Roger Lanse

Yesterday, Jan. 9, 2018, we received a phone call. When we looked at the caller ID, it displayed our own name and phone number. That was unusual. The caller advised us that it was our grandson and that he was in trouble in Monterrey, Mexico. The caller said he had “fallen off the wagon,” been drinking a little too much, been involved in an auto accident and was being held at the police station. The caller said he needed $500 to pay off the police and the person he hit so he could be released. The caller said he and a friend had received free tickets for airfare to a concert there in Monterrey, and that’s why they were there.

Since one of our grandsons did live for a while in Tampico, but was now in Los Angeles doing well following drug rehabilitation, we kind of wondered if he had regressed. He never did really take to living in Tampico and was doing really well when we last saw him about a week ago, so we wondered, “Is it George (not his real name)?”

By Roger Lanse

John Shivner, 45, of Silver City, was charged with aggravated burglary, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding a Dec. 26, 2017 incident at 1000 Slag Road, about one-half mile southeast of the Veterans Memorial Highway 90 Bridge.

According to a Silver City Police Department news release, officers determined that Eric Arzate 48, and John Shivner, 45, both of Silver City, entered the residence, a camper owned by one of the victims, armed with handguns with the intention to commit a robbery. Both were dressed in camouflage and Arzate was wearing a vest displaying a badge and markings of a police officer and a helmet with “police” written on its front. The release stated: during the commission of the robbery, Arzate was shot and killed.


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Town Clerk Ann Mackie told council that Tuesday, Jan. 9, was the filing day for those seeking office in the March 6 election.

She said Ken Ladner and Timothy Montes have filed for the mayor’s position; Lynda Aiman-Smith and Patricia Kingsley for District 2 Councilor; Guadalupe Cano and Nicholas Prince for District 4 Councilor; and Sonya Ruiz for Municipal Judge.

To be able to vote in this election, Mackie said, one must register by Feb. 6.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City’s District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., speaking as a veteran and not as a councilor, said at the Tuesday, Jan. 9, town meeting that he was part of a veteran’s color guard that was disrespected when presenting colors at a recent Western New Mexico University basketball home game. Ray stated that a few minutes before the national anthem began and the veterans presented the colors, both teams and the referees walked off the court to the locker rooms leaving about 20 people in the stands. “Speaking for myself, I will not be part of a color guard again at a WNMU basketball game,” Ray told the Beat.

District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano, a self-described 21-year fan of Mustang basketball, echoed Ray’s comments saying: “It’s been going on all year.” Cano said she has received a lot of messages and phone calls about the walk-outs, and stated, “If anyone is concerned about this, reach out to President Joe Shepard and let him know what’s going on. It’s not good for us to be disrespecting our veteran’s color guard when they are providing us this service. If you want to have that bridge between the community and the university be solid,” then this issue needs to be addressed, Cano said.

[Editor's Note: This forum took place on Nov. 28, 2017. However, the holidays and other issues prevented this author from writing the forum up for the Beat. This is part 5 and covers the final non-profit organization presentations.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Prospectors held their annual Legislative Communications Forum on Nov. 28, 2017 at Western New Mexico University's Light Hall.

The purpose of the annual Prospectors Communications Forum is for the area legislators to hear from community entities on their needs, not only for capital outlay and appropriations, but on policy.

The area legislators, who listen and ask questions, include District 28 Sen. Howie Morales, District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow and District 39 Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez.

The next non-profit organization to present was Life Quest. Chief Executive Officer Deb Frasca made the presentation.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council meeting on January 8, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Charles Kelly.

Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro moved to pass the four resolutions on the agenda, including the Open Meetings resolution. The other resolutions were to apply to Colonias Infrastructure fund for redevelopment of well #3, Resolution 3-2018 which allocates the cash match from the water and sewer project, and Resolution 4-2018 that separates the water and sewer departments into their own designations.

Clerk Kristina Ortiz wanted to clarify that the need for the city to find somewhere to dump the effluent water is not as immediate as some people have said. While it is in the near future, the mine may have a reclamation project that asks for water to be redirected to the Whitewater Creek area. The city is looking at the differences in the state and federal regulations and working toward a sustainable plan.

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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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