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Photos and video by Sandra Michaud

On a windy afternoon at Gough Park, the Monsoon Puppet Theater brought supplies and costumes so families could paint masks and don outfits for the Monsoon Puppet Parade from Gough Park to Big Ditch Park. Although at times the wind seemed like it was going to carry away some of the masks, they all persevered and soon the parade was underway.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

A bowl glazing workshop, to prepare the ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Community Dinner, took place at Syzygy Tile on Saturday. About 50 people participated throughout the day, painting designs on the bowls and sealing them with a ceramic glaze preparatory to firing.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Botanist Dr. Richard Felger led a group of about 20 people on a field trip to the mountains Thursday as part of the Gila River Festival. The group learned about native food plants in the area, and about the possibility of some of them being cultivated as a food source in the future. Dr. Felger explained that although almost all grass seeds are edible, many of them are too small, too spiny, or too hard to process to bother with.

[Editor’s Note: First off, sorry about the delay, but a dead computer will slow things down. This meeting addresses the questions from the entity members about the diversion yield report and starts the 30 percent engineering presentation.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

John Sikora of AECOM presented the diversion yield reports at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project special meeting held Sept. 25, 2017.

During and after his presentation he answered entity member questions.

He presented a hypothetical situation where in July the need is for 300 acre-feet at 10 acre-feet a day. "Do I have water available based on demand? With ASR (aquifer storage and recharge) only, we can realize 26 percent." He noted that the groundwater study that had been done by S.S. Papadopulos had not looked at ASR, but had studied the limits to the aquifer.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, September 28, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Victor Arambula, Olga Amador, and Richard Esparza attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch.

Bauch asked that New Business be moved to after the Ordinances portion of the agenda.

He reported Santa Clara received a grant for $750,000 to complete the sidewalk and traffic light project. Santa Clara was one of only two recipients to win the full grant. Bauch thanked Sheila Hudman for her outstanding service in helping receive the award.

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. Board Members Gilbert Guadiana and Gabriel Holguin were absent.

Terry Holguin presented to the Board first. Holguin explained the process of tracking fixed and supply assets. The presentation was in response to the audit finding that showed the lack of tracking for such assets. Now the school district can not only track items but identify those that are obsolete. At that time, the items could be sold. President Ralph Sepulveda said, “Do we just sell it outright, or does that have to go to bid?” to which Holguin responded that any items would go to auction according to the process already in place. Vice President Frank Cordova asked about the depreciation process, and Holguin said that is part of the tracking system and eventually the line item would carry over at “0.”

healthinsight award rsTaffy Arias, CEO at Gila Regional, accepting the HealthInsight Quality AwardSeptember 27, 2017 Albuquerque—Five New Mexico hospitals are being recognized today for their high performance on quality of care outcome measures and patient satisfaction.

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, several calls were made to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority regarding phone calls received by residents from a man falsely identifying himself as Kevin Flamm of the GCSD, asking for money to pay for executing warrants on certain people.

According to the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, the man also used names of district court employees in an apparent attempt to gain the trust of residents. “It certainly is a scam,” the PIO said. “We don’t do business that way. We would never call anyone asking for funds of any kind to help pay for our programs.”

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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.

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