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Marine Corps Birthday celebrated by Gaffney-Oglesby League Detachment 1328 on Nov. 10

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

For the Marine Corps' 240th birthday, members and friends of the corps celebrated with a ceremony at Western New Mexico University's cafeteria.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Dean Bearup served as the master of ceremonies. After the posting of the colors, Christy Gonzales sang the "Star-Spangled Banner," followed by everyone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and hearing the invocation.

The birthday cake had a position of prominence at the front of the room.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission combined article work and regular sessions, 111015 and 111215

Grant County Commission combined article work and regular sessions, 111015 and 111215

Editor's Note: This article will be a combination of the work session on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and the regular session on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. The differences are that discussion on agenda items generally happens at the work session, and public input is allowed at the regular meeting.

 At left, Law enforcement officers were recognized by DWI Coordinator Cindy McClean, second from right, first row. Included in the photo are the awardees, the commissioners and other law enforcement personnel there to support their fellow officers.




Below, Cindy McClean, second from right, accepts the proclamation for DWI Awareness week for Nov. 16-21 from Commissioners Gabriel Ramos, left, Brett Kasten, second from left, and Ron Hall, at right.

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business for the regular session held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, was a public preliminary hearing for the Wind Canyon and Fleming Tank Road subdivision road improvements.

"This will be the first preliminary hearing for the Wind Canyon subdivision," County Planner Anthony Gutierrez said at the work session. "It has a large number of parcels. Ray Castillo (who works in the planning department) has to verify each parcel's info and verify the signatures of the residents with each parcel. This hearing will be an opportunity for residents to voice opposition to the assessment district."

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NM-90 Bridge sees progress in rebar placement 111215

NM-90 Bridge sees progress in rebar placement 111215

The New Mexico-90/Hudson Street Bridge continues to see plenty of work by the contractor. Might we soon see what looks like a bridge. Latest from this corner is that it will be open just before Christmas. The anonymous photographer has taken some closeups.


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Grant County Commission hears airport plan presentation

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission, at its November work session on Nov. 10, 2015, heard a presentation from W.H. Pacific on the Grant County Airport Action Plan.

Wendy Ranier of W.H. Pacific presented the comprehensive draft of the Airport Action Plan Study and the Airport Layout Plan to the commissioners.-- Continue reading

Senior Olympics Board holds meeting filled with controversy

Editor's Note: This meeting held on Tuesday conflicted with two other meetings at about the same time, so the Beat has received permission from the Silver City Sun-News to link to its story about the meeting.

Allegations have flown from senior olympians, the former coordinator Mario Quintana, former board members, and community participants on the process of the present Grant County Senior Olympics Board. Some allege that Quintana, including he himself, that he does not know why he was summarily dismissed without reason or notice. Others say it needed to change. Others seemed to grab power without due process. Some asked for dissolution of the board and the state to take it over.-- Continue reading

Silver City’s Tour of the Gila announces new dates for 2016

Silver City, NM (November 12, 2015) – The Tour of the Gila is pleased to announce a new date for the 30th annual race in 2016, to begin Wednesday, May 4 and concluding on Sunday, May 8. In his final year as race director next season, Jack Brennan, made the decision following discussions over changes to the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and National Criterium Calendar (NCC) racing calendars with USA Cycling. The two calendars are to be combined for the upcoming season, including a new point system that was recently announced by USA Cycling. Beside the date changes, the racecourse and format will remain the same.-- Continue reading

Final TEA Party forum addresses Common Core

By Margaret Hopper

At the November 10 TEA Party meeting, Liz Blancett, Party officer, introduced Tony Egan, school board member and moderator of the evening's discussion. Egan, in turn, introduced Beth Lougee, Silver High Principal and Lon Streib, District Superintendent.

Egan explained that this open discussion resulted from a conversation he and Blancett had earlier,
asking what could be done about Common Core. He said he had concluded that not much could be done; CC had been implemented and it could only be changed at the national level. So they had framed the question to ask how CC had impacted Silver Schools and how they were dealing with it. He had asked others to join in the discussion, but at the last minute they had canceled, so the three were there.-- Continue reading

State and federal officials celebrate preservation of Double E Ranch

State and federal officials celebrate preservation of Double E Ranch

Photo: From left are John Brack of Freeport, Elizabeth Oms of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, NM Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval, and Debbie and Alan Eggleston.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2015, officials from the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrated the preservation of a 5,900-acre property located in southwest New Mexico that will become one of New Mexico's newest state wildlife management areas.

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard welcomed the officials and the public to the event. "I want to thank Rep. John Zimmerman (who attended the event), Rep. Dianne Hamilton and Sen. Howie Morales for their leadership in the Legislature."-- Continue reading

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