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Grant County Commission holds first work session with five members 011017

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission work session held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, was the first to have five commissioners seated for the meeting.

"I ran for office on a five-person commission," Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said. "Today you are seeing the results. I expect lively discussions."

The first item of business for the Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, regular session will be the election and approval of the 2017 chairperson and vice chairperson. To a question about why the two offices, County Manager Charlene Webb said a three-person commission has only a chair, but now with a five-person commission, it is necessary to have a chairperson and vice chairperson.

A public hearing is set for Thursday to discuss any objection to the regularity, validity, and correctness of the following for the Fleming Tank Road and Wind Canyon Estates Improvement District Assessment Roll Hearing: the proceedings, the assessment roll, each assessment contained on the assessment roll; or the amount of the assessment levied against each tract or parcel of land.-- Continue reading

Murray Ryan laid to rest at Memory Lane 011117

Murray Ryan laid to rest at Memory Lane 011117

Today William Murray Ryan, 94, was laid to rest beside his wife Marian, who preceded him in death.

Following a funeral Mass at St.Vincent De Paul Catholic Church concelebrated by St. Vincent pastor Rev. Oliver Obele and Rev. Marcos Reyna, former pastor of St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City, and now serving as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Truth or Consequences, a funeral procession carried Ryan to Memory Lane Cemetery.

Music ministers were Judith Delgado and Jean Sida.Gift bearers were Jill, Daniel and Michael Ryan and Dillon and Rachael Struemph. Pall Bearers were grandsons Nicholas, Derek, Patrick and Craig Ryan; great-grandson Liam Ryan; grandsons-iaw Mike Bush and Jonny Struemph; and nephew Dennis Hill.

Courtesy Photos follow.

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Gila Regional Medical Center - 2017 - Interim CEO Greets GRMC Directors

Gila Regional Medical Center - 2017 - Interim CEO Greets GRMC Directors

Interim CEO Alfredo Ontiveros addressing the directors at GRMCJanuary 9, 2017 – The new Interim CEO, Alfredo Ontiveros, met with the department directors at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC). This was-- Continue reading

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Grant County Health Council hears community reports and networks among members 010917

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Health Council held its bi-monthly meeting Jan. 9, 2017.

After introductions and approvals of minutes and the agenda, three guest speakers each spoke from the podium.

Andrea Warner, executive director of The Volunteer Center, said she took over the position in April replacing Alicia Edwards. "It has been a learning curve, but I'm starting to feel comfortable in the position. What would you like to hear?"-- Continue reading

Silver City makes Top True West magazine 2017 list

Silver City makes Top True West magazine 2017 list

True West Magazine Honors Best True Western Towns of 2017

Thousands of great towns can be found in the American West—ones that exemplify the spirit and dedication of the pioneers who built and developed them. Every February for the past 12 years, True West has honored the best of the best Western towns with their annual top ten True Western Towns. The editorial staff of True West also honors Western towns in three additional categories: “Towns to Know,” “Towns to Watch,” and “Where History Lives.”

In True West Magazine’s February 2017 issue, out on newsstands on January 3, 2017, the editorial staff recommends the following “Towns to Know” for their exceptional dedication to preservation, heritage and Old West tourism.-- Continue reading

ADDED Information: Rest in Peace, Murray Ryan, July 22, 1922-Jan. 7, 2017

Murray Ryan, photo taken in 2008

Murray Ryan and his great-grand-daughter at his 90th birthday party at Fort Bayard in 2012Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: More  has been added, as this author finds and publishes the two interviews she had with Murray Ryan. Some of the quotes in this first part come from an article on Ryan as a veteran, which was published in the Silver City Daily Press in March 2008, or from an article published in the May or June 2009 edition of the Glenwood Gazette. The two articles are added to the end of this short article.]

Murray Ryan, native of Grant County, graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Silver City and West Point, veteran who served in Germany immediately after World War II, and New Mexico legislator for 30 years through 1998, died at his home surrounded by family and long-time friends.

He was always willing to talk about the history of Grant County and loved having company.

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Red Barn Demolition continues 010617

Red Barn Demolition continues 010617

Photographer Dave Schuhmann took these photos Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at about 2 p.m.

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