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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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Silver Schools Community and School Committees continue superintendent search process

Silver Schools Community and School Committees continue superintendent search process

Dan Patterson, trainer, at right, going through training materials with Katrina Bustillos, Ben Potts, Claudie Thompson, Priscilla Lucero and Alex Brown.

Other committee members present include, from left, Christine Chavez, Justin Wecks, Ben Duran, Bustillos and Potts.

By Margaret Hopper

Dr. Dan Patterson of New Mexico School Board Association’s Support Services was back in Silver City Monday, October 10, 2016, to instruct the combined community and school staffing committees on how to support the process and develop questions for the candidates in the coming meetings.-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce members hear about ballot initiatives

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce featured two community leaders as speakers at its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

After Chamber Board President Dave Thomas welcomed new members, he introduced Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard.

"On November 8, you will have a decision to make—whether you like or don't like to raise a tax, the revenue is becoming more and more scarce on the state level," Shepard said. "The legislators are working in special session to close the $160 million deficit for this fiscal year and are projecting a $400 million deficit to address next year. The Tobacco Settlement Fund will fill the hole this year, but cuts are being made across the board, with higher education likely to see a 5 percent to a 5.5 percent cut. Next year, we will see more reductions. It's not just the extractive energies causing this, but also ancillary services. There hasn't been a dramatic decrease in production, but the state has seen reductions in gross receipts taxes.-- Continue reading

Blue Star Memorial Dedication 100616

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County Evergreen Garden Club was instrumental in having a Blue Star Memorial Plaque installed at the Bataan Memorial Park in Santa Clara.

The dedication was held on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at the park.

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Gila-San Francisco Water Commission passes baton to New Mexico CAP Entity

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila-San Francisco Water Commission, which was formed as the successor to the Southwest New Mexico Water Planning Group named in the Arizona Water Settlements Act, has passed the duties to a new group.

GSFWC was instrumental in creating what would become its successor, the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity to oversee the development of a New Mexico Unit.

As the GSFWC was primarily a planning and consulting group, it did not have the funding to proceed with a unit. It did, however, during its years of existence, bring forward many proposals from its members as possibilities for developing the water, as well as creating non-diversion projects. Those proposals became the rationale behind a unit.-- Continue reading

Selected candidates for Silver Schools superintendent announced 100616

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver school board opened Thursday, October 6, meeting promptly at 6:00 p.m. with all five members present, Ashley Montenegro, Chris Arvidson, Mike McMillan, Frances Vasquez and Arnold Torres, and School Board Association President Dr. Dan Patterson, who is providing the Superintendent Search Service was there, as well as temporary superintendent John Carter and his secretary, Linda Hernandez.

After roll call and approval of the brief agenda, they immediately went into closed session to discuss limited personnel matters, which consisted of screening the applications turned in to date in the process of searching for a new superintendent. That open period extended from September 4 through September 28, officially closing at 5 p.m. on that date.

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Update on Sept. 20 Crash Vehicle/Pedestrian-no charges filed

On September 20, 2016, at about 8:46 pm, officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to the area of E. Broadway Street and N. Hudson Street in Silver City, in reference to a reported vehicle/pedestrian crash with injuries.

According to the preliminary investigation, a pedestrian, a 38-year-old female, was walking eastward across Hudson Street, from the Visitors Center towards the Hudson Street Snappy Mart, when she was hit by a white 2004 Chevy 4-door car, driven by a 25-year-old female, which was traveling south on the inside lane on Hudson Street. The crash occurred approximately 50 feet north of the intersection of Broadway and Hudson.

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Senate Agrees to House Budget Plan

Santa Fe, NM – Today the Senate adopted all of the budget bills crafted by the House during the past week without significant debate.

“The past three days have been time well spent,” said House Majority L-- Continue reading

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