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Photos by Cheryl Thornburg

The annual kite flying festival at Whitewater Mesa between Glenwood and Alma, N.M. each year is organized by Cordelia Rose near her Whitewater Mesa labyrinths. The festival this year was sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association and brought kite aficionados from near and far. It coincided with the Glenwood Dutch Oven Gathering, as well as multiple other activities in the small town.

[Editor's Note: This author and editor was unable to attend the 2018 Dutch Oven Gathering in Glenwood. The Beat has no names for the photos. If you know who is pictured, please let us know and we will post the information. The Beat greatly appreciates the excellent photos by Cheryl Thornburg.] 

Photos by Cheryl Thornburg

UCI Women's team jerseys


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UCI Men's team jerseys

This Week Youth are Treated by some School Visits by Professional Cyclists

It is almost race time for the 32nd year of the Tour of the Gila, which is one of the top three professional cycling events in North America, happening right here in Silver City. There will be 17 professional men’s and 10 women’s cycling teams, plus dozens of amateurs. UCI teams will experience five days of racing from April 18 through April 22. Riders are from four different continents, with one team from as far away as Australia.

Last year’s Tour of the Gila’s overall winner (General Classification) for men, Evan Huffman of Rally Cycling, will be returning this year to defend his title. Youth at Bayard Elementary will be getting a chance to meet Evan Huffman personally on Wednesday, as he and team member Kyle Murphy will be visiting the school. Other elementary school visits in the Cobre School District will be happening this week, including the mobius BridgeLane men’s team from Australia visiting Central and Hurley Elementary also on Wednesday and the Hagens Berman Supermint Pro Cycling women’s team visiting San Lorenzo Elementary on Thursday. School visits are being planned at some of the Silver Consolidated schools at the beginning of next week.

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on April 9, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria, Eloy Medina, and Adrian Ortiz, Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva, and Mayor Chon Fierro attended.

Our Lady of Fatima is planning a Fiesta September 8-10, including a parade on the 10th. Ortiz said organizations seeking parade help need to submit a letter to council asking for permission for road closures. When council receives the letter, they members can vote on the request and a parade permit form will be issued to the party. Then appropriate departments will know council has approved the event and they can act accordingly.

Council approved the attendance of Judy Diaz and Willy Kerin to the Law Enforcement Coordinator’s Symposium in Albuquerque and the attendance of Kristina Ortiz to the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) workshop in Deming.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A new Right-to-Life group has formed in Grant County. They support the pro-life movement and are against abortion.

The group met and rallied on the grass between U.S. 180 and Walmart. Horns honked in support, while many drivers just ignored them the dozen or more who rotated in and out during the rally.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The opening reception for the Western New Mexico University Expressive Arts Department annual juried Student Show took place on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The winners were announced at the reception. They are:

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Submitted by Chris DeBolt, MA, New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils Partnerships Manager

Public Health is everybody’s business and that important issue was front and center at the New Mexico Public Health Association’ s annual conference last week in Albuquerque, as a part of the celebration of National Public Health Week April 2 – 8.susie group 10214191822721906 4011897688209754460 nFrom left are Susie's husband Tony Trujillo,  Chris DeBolt, Awardee Susie Conner Trujillo and son-in-law Jason Quimby

Along with the hard and thoughtful work of the conference participants, annual awards are given for a variety of categories including Public Health Advocate.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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