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By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, March 12, 2018, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. Board President Ralph Sepulveda, Vice President Frank Cordova, and Secretary Frank Gomez attended. Board members Gilbert Guadiana and Gabriel Holguin were absent.

The open meeting began with a short presentation from Snell Middle School. First, principal Pat Abalos talked about how quickly the school year has gone. “With a four-day week it is a whirlwind,” he said. Snell is preparing for the end of the school year already. They had a successful canned food drive, hosted an eclipse event, and partnered with community agencies for “Mental Health Day”. Abalos introduced science teacher Cindy Lee to talk about her students’ projects.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on March 12, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria, Adrian Ortiz, Raul Villanueva, and Eloy Medina attended as well as Mayor Chon Fierro.

Oscar Merino of Copper Little League reported to council during public input. Over the past weekend they cleaned the field. They contacted a contractor that volunteered time to paint. Dugouts were painted and more dirt was removed from the infield. Merino said things are coming along but they are still waiting on the railing. They are ready for Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

By Mary Alice Murphy

This article will list the statewide contests for positions in the federal and state governments, but only those that relate to the four counties of southwest New Mexico, Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna.

For U.S. Senator three candidates have filed—incumbent Democrat Martin T. Heinrich, Libertarian Aubrey Dunn and Republican Mick Rich.

By Mary Alice Murphy

This will list the positions and the candidates who registered on Tuesday, March 13, to run for office in the Grant County primary election to be held June 5, 2018.

Some of the candidates have reached qualified status, while others are pending. According to the Grant County Clerk's office, the pending denotes that the office is still confirming that each is a registered voter and in the case of districts for the magistrate judge and commissioners, the county has to confirm that the candidate's residence is in the appropriate district.

Photos and article by Sandra Michaud

More than a score of local businesspeople met at Q's Bistro Wednesday evening to learn about the plans for the upcoming Silver City Blues Festival in May.

After a short social session, during which C.W. Ayon played the blues, Maureen Craig, President of the Board of MRAC spoke to the group, many of whom have been long-time sponsors of the Festival.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center hosted a public meeting on March 7, 2018 at Southwest Bone and Joint Institute and heard from the many physicians and nurses in the meeting, as well as a few members of the public, who spoke about the position statement that the Board of Trustees had approved earlier that day.

The report on the earlier meeting approving the position statement can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/42791-gila-regional-medical-center-board-of-trustees-holds-special-meeting-030718

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Governor Susana Martinez and the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) announced that New Mexico's "Chile Capital of the World" license plate is the winner of America's Best License Plate Award for 2017. This is the second time New Mexico has received the award. In 2011, the state won the award for the turquoise Centennial License Plate.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-article report on the work session of the Grant County Commission on March 6, 2018. This article covers the review of the regular meeting agenda and county reports. It also has photos of the proclamations presented at the regular meeting and SOME shorter items that were approved at the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission at its work session on March 6, 2018, reviewed the regular agenda for the meeting to take place on March 8, 2018.

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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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