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Demonstration on October 11, 2016 by Letha Cress Woolf

Demonstration on October 11, 2016 by Letha Cress Woolf on "How to Add texture to Pottery" during 2016 Red Dot Studio Tour

Article and Photos by George Plant

Two years ago, award-winning potter Letha Cress Woolf and her husband Steve moved from just south of Anchorage, Alaska, to Silver City. For about 30 years, in Colorado and Alaska, Letha taught art in its many forms. And she taught pottery-making to potters and to large classes of people learning to be teachers of pottery-making. On Tuesday afternoon this week, at her "Alaska Mudhead" studio/workshop at 371 Camino De Viento in Wind Canyon, Letha demonstrated three techniques to add textures to newly thrown pots.-- Continue reading

Veterans hear from new cemetery director about Fort Bayard National Cemetery

Veterans hear from new cemetery director about Fort Bayard National Cemetery

Santa Fe and Fort Bayard national cemeteries Director, Susan Parks, at right.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Since the redistricting of the national cemetery regions, Fort Bayard National Cemetery is now under the auspices of the Santa Fe National Cemetery director.

"I am the director of the Fort Bayard and Santa Fe National Cemeteries," Susan Parks introduced herself to veterans at the American Legion Post 18 Hall on College Ave.

"I am a Navy veteran," Parks said. "I want you to know that I appreciate every one of you."

She said her father, during World War II, helped clean up Pearl Harbor after the Japanese bombing. After he retired from the military, he was a Chicago policeman.

"When I graduated from high school, I wasn't ready to go to college," Parks said. "So I went into the Navy. The Navy was my father's family. I have a heart for veterans."

After her military service, she went to work for the Veterans Administration and then the Department of Defense.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to get to do what I do—manage the resting places for our heroes," Parks said.-- Continue reading

Two town councilors urge a 'No' vote on mill levy

By Roger Lanse

District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. said, “On this four-mill levy that the hospital is proposing, again I urge the people not to vote for it. Vote ‘No.’” Ray stated that too many people in Grant County are on a fixed income. “They (the hospital) could have gone a different route and they decided not to go a different route. Please vote ‘No’. If people want to know how much their taxes are going to be call the treasurer’s office. They can tell you right off the bat what your taxes will be.”

District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano agreed with Ray, saying, “I agree with Councilor Ray that when you vote you really should consider the mill levy very strongly when you vote. It’s going to be a very large burden on our older residents. Property taxes are going to skyrocket for some people. So consider the fact that only property owners will be the ones taxed for this. So, perhaps there’s another way the community could help the hospital but not be so hard on the pocketbook. So, consider that before you vote.” She told the Beat that she didn’t think it was fair to only tax property owners when everyone gets to vote.”-- Continue reading

Saturday events of Red Dot ArtFest

Photos by George Plant and Mary Alice Murphy

The Red Dot Art Fest and Studio Tour began with a soirée on Friday evening and will continue during the week through Sunday Oct. 16, when it closes with a -- Continue reading

Red Dot ArtFest kicks off with Soirée

Red Dot ArtFest Soirée

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Scores of people attended the Red Hot Red Dot ArtFest Soirée on Friday evening at the Seedboat Gallery. The event featured food from Vickie’s Eatery, wine -- Continue reading

Cobre School board members see student presentations

Cobre School board members see student presentations

Pre-kindergarten children sign and say their messages. 

Principal Daena Davis demonstrates the "swivel" unit on the computer

Betty Tovar leads her students in their presentations

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board met at Bayard Elementary on October 10, with all five board members present: Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda. The closed session had begun at 6:04 p.m. where they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues, but no decisions were made, according to Sepulveda, president. The public session began at 7:20 with many parents present to watch their children perform.

A large number of students from Misty Pugmire’s pre-kindergarten, Betty Tovar’s kindergarten, James Rosa’s fourth grade and Lucinda Escobar’s fifth grade were in the school presentation. Languages were the focus; children of all grades were using sign language to say “good morning,” in many national languages, and many other phrases a child might need. Little ones signed and counted to twenty in English, Spanish, and German.

Rosa told the board about the mindset concept, and how research and analysts were attempting to turn a false or negative mindset into a positive perception, urging students to keep trying, to persevere until they succeeded. The book he used as an example was about Math Mindsets, filled with optimism and encouragements that all children could succeed to some degree.-- Continue reading

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Virden

Hidalgo County
On Monday, October 10, 2016, around 1:00 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to mile marker 1 on State Road 92 near Virden, New Mexico, in reference to a pedestrian th-- Continue reading

Early voting begins today 101116

Early Voting begins today in Grant County at the County Clerk's office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Below are the two pages of a sample ballot showing District 38 candidates and District 5 County Commissioner candidates.

You may find your own sample ballot at the NM Secretary of State's website at https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/SampleBallot.aspx, which will show your correct House District and Commissioner District (if you are in 3, 4 or 5).

Need a ride? call 575.538.1623. Need a sample ballot for a friend? Call that same number.

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