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Red Hot Children's Fiesta Fills Penny Park

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., throngs of kids and adults took over Penny Park for the 2014 Red Hot Children's Fiesta. Kids of all ages took part in the many activities, including the planting of the butterfly garden by area 4-H and FFA students. The activity was supported by a PNM Community Grant, with plants provided by Silver Heights Nursery, Country Girls Nursery and Ace Harware. Sarah Wolf of Country Girls did the landscape design. Rohan Stiles of Adobe Techniques set the rock benches and brought red gravel for pathways. -- Continue reading

Senior Olympics honors line dancers at potluck

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday evening, Sept. 11, 2014, a potluck was held to honor Silver Stompers line dancers who participated in the Senior Olympics in Grant County.

Senior Olympics Grant County organizer Mario Quintana told the Beat the dancers were unable to attend the banquet in August that honored all the participants, because they were particiating in a line dance jamboree in Albuquerque.

Prior to the meal, Quintana presented a medal to Lillian Fernandez who took medals in seven events in various sports.-- Continue reading

Sept. 11, Patriots Day again remembered in 2014

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Jim and Connie Zawacki want to make sure that residents of Silver City do not forget the tragedies o Sept. 11, 2001. Thirteen years later, they continue to put flags along the pathways of Gough Park, rent a television to do a loop of 150 slides that depict the planes hitting the Twin Towers, the plane hitting the Pentagon, and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Not only the events of the day are shown, but so, too, are photos of funerals of victims and first responders who lost their lives trying to save others.-- Continue reading

Two Inmates Escape from Grant County Detention Center

Two Inmates Escape from Grant County Detention Center

  Adam Martinez                Tyler Cole                                            












By Grant County Manager Charlene Webb

September 12, 2014

 On the evening of September 11, 2014, shortly after 10:00 p.m., Grant County Detention Center Officers discovered two inmates, Adam Martinez and Tyler Cole, missing from the M3 Pod of the Male Unit. The M3 Pod is a dormitory type cell that held nine (9) inmates. Martinez and Cole were both accounted for during formal inmate count at approximately 9:00 p.m. Detention Center Administration believes that after formal count was taken, the two inmates removed a metal panel in the ceiling, then apparently climbed up into the ceiling and followed the pipe channel in the roof and exited the facility through a maintenance door. The officers found a sheet hanging from the missing panel in the ceiling, which the inmates apparently used to climb up into the ceiling. When other inmates in the Pod were questioned, most indicated that they didn't see anything, but some described that the inmates had escaped through the ceiling panel.

-- Continue reading

Commissioners tour Detention Center

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commissioners, elected officials and the media toured the Grant County Detention Center. Administrator Mike Carillo and Deputy Administrator Joe Andazola led the tour after the regular Grant County Commission meeting Thursday.

"I count on Joe a lot," Carillo said at the beginning of the tour, which was primarily led by Andazola. "He knows corrections. He is a valued employee." Carillo noted the facility receives visits from several volunteers who work with the inmates. "We also have several man traps, for which the entry door must be closed before the other door can be opened."-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners approve bond sale at favorable interest rate


By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners met in regular session Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, for a short meeting prior to taking a tour of the Detention Center.

Chairman Brett Kasten, at the beginning of the session, called for a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11.

He also requested a modification to the bond resolution, lowering the amount from $6,505,000 to $6,200,000, because of favorable interest rates. "The resolution is correct, but we got the information to Denisha (Lucero, administrative assistant) too late for the agenda."

-- Continue reading

Strong Women, Strong Bones participants do ice bucket challenge for ALS research

Judy O'Loughlin, Grant County extension agent, and Helen Gray, participants in a thrice weekly exercise class based on the Strong Women, Strong Bones program developed at Tufts University, submitted t-- Continue reading

Silver City Town Council hears report from town's museum

By Roger Lanse

Tracy Spikes, Director of the Silver City Museum reported on museum activities to the Silver City Town Council Tuesday evening, Sept. 9. Spikes regaled the council with such pearls as "We're looking in, reaching out and moving forward" and "We're a wheel in a hub."

Spikes richly described a museum as "a place to begin a dialogue" and to "have a whole-body experience," and the museum's purpose as "community." Continuing, Spikes proudly stated, "We're developing the future."-- Continue reading

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