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Tvetcov beats out Zirbel to win Tyrone Time Trial

Tvetcov beats out Zirbel to win Tyrone Time Trial

Three on the podium (Photo by Rebecca Reza)
SILVER CITY, NM (May 2, 2014) Sergei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) beat his rival today, National Time Trial Champion Tom Zirbel (Optima p/b Kelly Benefits) at the Dan Potts Memorial Time Trial for Stage 3 of Silver City's Tour of the Gila. Joseph Rosskoph finished a strong third to round out the podium.

After finishing runner-up in the TT at Redlands last month, he finished with a time of 34:02 on the 16.5 mile course, 18 seconds faster than Zirbel. "I'm really glad for this result, honestly I looked for GC but what happened the first day took me out of that so I needed to look for a stage win," Tvetcov said at the finish. "Those up hills and down hills, okay first up hill I need to be a little safe and then the down hill I need to go a bit faster so experience definitely helps."

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WNMU President Shepard speaks at Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon 050114

By Mary Alice Murphy

Before the speaker, Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, was introduced, Chamber President Scott Terry recognized Trent and Diane Petty for their work last year in keeping the chamber going, when there was no staff.

Chamber Board member Dave Thomas of WNM Communications introduced Shepard, who is also a chamber board member.

The first thing Shepard did was to recognize five of his staff members, who were in attendance.-- Continue reading

Laura Brown upsets TT specialists, takes win in Tyrone

Laura Brown upsets TT specialists, takes win in Tyrone

Photo by Rebecca Reza: NRC Women's podium after the Tyrone Time Trial-from left, hostess Elizabeth Salas of Silver City, Lauren Stephens (Team Tibco), Laura Brown (Colavita-Fine Cooking), Mara Abbott (United Healthcare) and hostess Kasha Blair, also of Silver City.

SILVER CITY, NM (May 2, 2014) Calling it one of the best results of her career, Canadian track specialist Laura Brown (Colavita) sped toward a surprise win today in the individual time trial in Tyrone ahead of Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) and Mara Abbott (UHC).-- Continue reading

Time trials on Day 3 of the Tour of the Gila begin and end in Tyrone

Time trials on Day 3 of the Tour of the Gila begin and end in Tyrone

Team Ziavelo members hail primarily from southern New Mexico

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photo: Cat Stailey and Tonya Sotelo, Ziavelo women's team members, warm up under the team canopy.

Ziavelo, a men's and women's cycling team based in Las Cruces, has five members from Las Cruces, two from Pojoaque, two from Albuquerque, one from Alamogordo, 1 in Carlsbad and five in Silver City, according to Shane Cunico, who along with Dave Rutledge, has been co-director for about eight years of the 29-year-old team, which started in 1985.

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SWCCA Main discussion topics were the wolf, Heinrich, the roads

By Jo Anne Blount for the Beat

On the wolf, Grant County signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, regarding their proposal to put more wolves into Arizona and New Mexico. "Grant County Commissioners have a duty to look out for the health, safety and welfare of the residents and believe having a 'place at the table will help them do so, even though ranchers have expressed concern over this action," Southwest County Commissioners Alliance Chairman GRant County Commissioner Gabriel Ramos said.-- Continue reading

Silver City Fire Chief Bencomo to retire

Silver City Fire Chief Bencomo to retire

Silver City Fire Chief Rudy Bencomo has announced that he will retire at the end of June.

Bencomo stated: "The timing seems to be right. In the last 6 months great things have occurred. We were awarded a $60,000 grant for new structural protective gear for all personnel, the passage of the Public Safety Tax by voters, the awarding of legislative monies of $105,000 towards the purchase of a new fire ambulance, and just recently the awarding of $24,000 for a new heart monitor for on-duty paramedics.

"It's very satisfying to know that the department will be able to continue the service to the community with new equipment and apparatus," Bencomo continued. "In the past 11 years, we have added over $2 million in new medical and fire equipment, along with fire apparatus with Fire Protection monies, EMS funding, Office of Emergency funding, Public Safety Tax, state and federal grants.

I was honored to be named Fire Chief in 2003 and again in 2007 to serve the residents of Silver City," he said. "A lot of great things have been accomplished during these years and we would not have been successful had it not been for the support, patience, and commitment, from our Town Manager Alex Brown, former and present city government officials, and fire personnel. All have contributed with their input and ideas.-- Continue reading

Small Holds off a Charging Kiesanowski

Small Holds off a Charging Kiesanowski


Photos by Mitch Clinton

Carmen Small (DNA Cycling) wins sprint, guesting for the elite team.

SILVER CITY, NM (May 1, 2014) – With an unplanned early charge to the line, DNA Racing guest rider Carmen Small held off TIBCO duo Joanne Kiesanowski and Lauren Stephens to take top honors today in Fort. Bayard.

Small, who usually races with Specialized-lululemon, started her long sprint from 500 meters to the line after chasing UnitedHealthcare's Alison Powers, who was active the majority of the race.

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Town Council Convenes a Special Meeting for Blues Festival Permits


By Charlie McKee

In one of the shortest Town Council meetings on record, lasting approximately 10 minutes, the Council heard application for two separate items relating to the Mimbres Region Arts Council's (MRAC) 19th Annual Silver City Blues Festival to be held May 23 through 25, 2014.-- Continue reading

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