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Hummingbird Festival continues from sunup through 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20

Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur, unless otherwise noted.

Birders, researchers and curious kids traveled from at least as far as El Paso for the Hummingbird Festival being held this weekend at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern near Lake Roberts. Hummingbird banding drew a lot of interest from folks who drove in for the day and those staying at the Inn.

Observers peppered two teams of researchers with questions as they weighed, banded, measured and fed a variety of tiny hummingbirds, most of which were weighing in at only around 3 grams each. Different hummingbirds species were being banded, including Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope.-- Continue reading

Silver City MainStreet Welcomes New Manager and Puts Him to Work

Silver City MainStreet Welcomes New Manager and Puts Him to Work


















New Silver City MainStreet Manager Timothy Brown shanghaied four boys to pose with him under the sign leading down to the Big Ditch. From left are Kasius and Phoenix Ford, Brown, Joseph Castello and Sebi Castello.

Article and Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

Timothy Brown was recently named new Silver City MainStreet Project manager. He is a licensed architect and finds the opportunity to work on historic restoration on a real-world level exciting.


Brown was in the midst of activities downtown Saturday during Big Ditch Day, where the Beat had a chance to interview him.

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Downtown Silver City on Saturday, July 19, 2014 with activities for adults and kids.

Downtown Silver City along the Big Ditch was hopping from the Farmers' Market to the Visitor Center, with activities for kids, inlcuiding a squash derby by the Grant County Extension Service and hands-- Continue reading

Silver School Board meeting held in high school Little Theater to accommodate expected crowd

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver school board moved its July 17 meeting into the district's Little Theater at the high school to accommodate more people. Hearing that people wanted more space than the administrative offices would hold, the board gave notice that it would use the theater, which holds over 200 in more comfortable seating. All four board members were present. The vacancy left by Debbie Eggleston has been advertised, and according to board secretary Sandra Estrada, action will be taken by Wednesday, July 23, to fill the space.

The early session began at 5:05 p.m. Frida Gonzalez and Margaret Begay informed the board of the Aztec, New Mexico project, which is gaining attention across the state as a better plan for handling juveniles at risk who also have scholastic needs. Called Grade Court, the program enlists local judges who will meet with juveniles every two weeks to monitor their progress in academic subjects and assist with counseling.

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Grant County 4-H Youth Attend NM State 4-H Conference

Grant County 4-H Youth Attend NM State 4-H Conference

From left are NM State 4-H Conference attendees: Sam Lowry, Jordan Gonzalez, Ty Dalton, Mary Thuerauf, Tanah Lowe, Sabrina Thuerauf, Sinea Runnels, Sabrena Sloan, Tyler Monzingo, Ethan Fisher, and Judy O'Loughlin.

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Home invasion suspect taken into custody while trying to evade officers


On Thursday, July 17, at approximately 7 a.m., Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of Little Walnut Road in reference to a home invasion complaint.

A caller to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised that her 81-year-old sister had just called to report there was a male intruder with a gun in her home.

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Santa Clara Officials Take Action on Several Fronts

By Jim Owen

Santa Clara village trustees, during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, discussed employee benefits, construction projects, community cleanup efforts and other matters.

The officials decided to offer Public Employees Retirement Association benefits to village employees. The workers will pay 8.5 percent of their salaries into the account, while the village is to contribute an amount equal to 7.4 percent of the payroll. Officials included the expense in the budget they crafted for the 2014-15 fiscal year.-- Continue reading

Silver City Town Council allocates lodgers' tax to 11 groups

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a Tuesday evening special meeting, the Silver City Town Council awarded lodgers' tax funding to 11 groups.

Each applicant had an opportunity to expand and explain the application to the councilors, with questions taken from council members and members of the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board.

Mayor Michael Morones explained at the beginning of the meeting that the funding comes from a tax borne by people who stay in the town's lodging facilities. The funds are for advertising, publicizing of events and promoting tourism in the town. An advisory board makes recommendations to the council on how to spend the funds.-- Continue reading

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