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New Mexico Senator Howie Morales is one of only 11 U.S. state legislators to be invited to take part in the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Forum for America's Ideas, International Learning Tour: Lessons in School Leadership from Ontario. The conference will take place Oct. 22-25, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

He and the other legislators will join three guests, one of whom is the Utah superintendent of public instruction, and two from the National Center on Education and the Economy.

A public rosary recitation took place Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Gomez Peak Pavilion, sponsored by St. Francis Newman Center and organized by Yvonne Sirgany.

The rosary and prayers honored the 100th anniversary of Mary, mother of Jesus, also know as Our Lady of Fatima, having appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1916 and 1917. October 13 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Pedalista changed this year from being a part of the Tour of the Gila to collaborating with the Gran Fondo, which also featured the Gila Monster ride, a staple of the Tour of the Gila. One hundred and eight amateurs took part in the grueling 115-mile Gila Monster for men, the 78-mile smaller Gila Monster for women or the 40-mile ride from Camp Thunderbird, all sending them to a finish in Gough Park in Silver City. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Volunteer Center, housed at The Commons, hosted a Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Inside the building, people talked seeds, saving and sharing, In the commercial kitchen, pancakes made of mesquite flour, white corn and blue corn flour were available for the tasting. Also inside, was a cider press, with people cutting up apples to put into the press.

Outside, other picked out the best mesquite pods to mill with a donated hammer mill.

Mimbres, NM - Around 12:30 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police officers responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on New Mexico State Road 152 at milepost 13 in Grant County.

The initial investigation indicated a Ford pickup was traveling toward Mimbres when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned. The driver, Donald Heath (28) of Mimbres, NM, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Heath sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The reception-luncheon to welcome the new Silver City Arts and Cultural District Executive Director Colleen Morton took place at the Sunset Room of the Western New Mexico University cafeteria on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at noon.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard welcomed those attending and introduced Morton.

By Hallie Richwine

The Governing Council of Aldo Leopold Charter School Meeting took place Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. A quorum of members attended as well as Director Wayne Sherwood, Financial Director Harry Browne, and Developmental Director Dave Chandler.

During Public Comment, a concerned parent explained in detail why they filed a grievance. After allowing them to speak, member Martin Maxwell reminded the concerned party that this may not be the correct forum for sharing the details of the event and asked they be told to the committee hearing the grievance itself or to allow council to address such information in closed session.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Fernando Martinez.

Public Input was first on the agenda and Raul Turrieta presented the tax rate changes. He shared the tax warrant with the councilors.

Sondra Berry of Nevada Avenue asked how to petition the Council regarding building a fence. Martinez asked that she consult with the code enforcer as there are currently no limitations for fences.

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