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Grant County Jobless Rate Dips Slightly in August

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County was 7.5 percent in August, down slightly from the previous month. The figure was the same as that reported for August 2013.

Out of a labor force of 11,580 residents, 863 were actively looking for jobs last month, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The numbers were 908 of 11,599 in July, and 877 of 11,651 in August a year ago.-- Continue reading

Students from area schools learn about history at Fort Bayard Days on Friday

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday—School Days—at Fort Bayard Days 215 students from area elementary schools, along with 25 teachers and adults took part in various informational booths and activities -- Continue reading

Blaze TV Project Chronicles Tactics of the Federal Government

Blaze TV Project Chronicles Tactics of the Federal Government

Courtesy Photo: A pipe fence with 2 strands of cable. Total length of the fenced area is approximately 2 miles with estimated 40 acres enclosed.

By Joe Delk

Special to the Beat

In late April, friends, who ranch in southeast Arizona, contacted me and told me that last year they had worked with the producers of a TV program called "For The Record" that airs on The Blaze TV Channel. For The Record aired their episode entitled "Borderless" in September 2013. 

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Local TEA Party hears from former Border Patrol agent


By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots heard from a retired Border Patrol officer at a Tuesday evening meeting. He is vice president of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. Jeff Everly's topic was the border situation.

"After I served as a Border Patrol officer, I joined the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE," Everly said. "I retired in 2011 after 27 years in the two agencies. Now I'm a private investigator."-- Continue reading

Silver School Board hears details of operational budget

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver School Board meeting was held at the high school theater on Thursday, September 18, 2014. All board members were present, along with the school's attorney, Ramon Vigil of Albuquerque. The usual 5 p.m. work session actually began about 5:10.

The first report of the workshop was by Mary Stoecker of Grant County Fitness and Nutrition Community. Stoecker gave the past history of the group's Body Mass Index work for the past nine years, noting the changes from the original plan to its present state.-- Continue reading

Storm Brings Tropical Weather to the County

By Jim Owen

Grant County residents are drying out today, after the remnants of Hurricane Odile soaked the area with nearly constant rain for a couple of days.

The precipitation greatly increased the amount of rainfall recorded during this year's "monsoon" season, which was beginning to wind down when the tropical depression hit.

"It wasn't as much (rain) as we originally anticipated," Jason Grzywacz of the National Weather Service told the Beat. "It looked like the Gila area would be under the bullseye (of Odile), but it ended up going further south."-- Continue reading

County and community officials asked questions of those applying for essential air service

By Mary Alice Murphy

Thursday morning, the three county commissioners, who did not make any decisions, County Manager Charlene Webb and mayors of Bayard and Hurley, Charles Kelly and Edward Encinas, facilitated by Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Government executive director, heard three essential air service presentations by telephone. A fourth applicant could not be on the call, but a packet of its proposal was presented to attendees.-- Continue reading

Gila River Festival continues through Saturday

A brown bag lunch presentation on a rainy day brought out many community members.

Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur


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