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WNMU Martin Luther King Jr. Day event 011816

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

For www.grantcountybeat.com 

On the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement, Western New Mexico University held a ceremony, at which each year, a member of the public is inducted into the WNMU Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame.-- Continue reading

NM CAP Entity in its first 2016 meeting chooses potential director

The group also elects officers, changes meeting schedule, hears public input and guest speaker

By Mary Alice Murphy
For www.grantcountybeat.com 

The first item of business for the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity at its first 2016 meeting was to elect officers.

The present chairman, Darr Shannon, representing the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District, will keep her position. Elected as vice chairman was Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, and, after nominations and some back and forth comments, Van "Bucky" Allred, Catron County commissioner, will remain as secretary. He was on the telephone for the meeting.

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IDA Designates First U.S. International Dark Sky Sanctuary In New Mexico on Jan. 14, 2016

IDA Designates First U.S. International Dark Sky Sanctuary In New Mexico on Jan. 14, 2016

The International Dark-Sky Association Designates First U.S. International Dark Sky Sanctuary In New Mexico



The Milky Way sets over the Cosmic Campground, New Mexico, with the lights of Morenci, Arizona, on the horizon in the distance. Photo by David Thornburg.

IDA is pleased to announce the designation of the Cosmic Campground as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is the first such designation in the U.S., and the first IDA International Dark Sky Place designation of a U.S. Forest Service location.

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NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge shows little activity 011616

NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge shows little activity 011616

The anonymous photographer took photos of the NM-90 Bridge on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, and said little was going on around noon.

"A few spectators on the north end," he said. "I have pictures taken at street level and some from above. Looks like the safety fences on both sides are finished. The work on each end is proceeding and still has a way to go. It's going to be a beautiful bridge. And it appears it will be well lighted."

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ISC Regional Water Plan meeting held Wednesday to hear updates and discuss draft

By Mary Alice Murphy

Joanne Hilton, hydrologist for the plan, and Rosemary Romero, facilitator, came to Silver City to hold the latest meeting on the Regional Water Plan, funded by the Interstate Stream Commission.

"We are giving updates and please notice that everything we've handed out is in draft form," Romero said.

Hilton gave some background on the process. "We are updating the 16 regional water plans in a common timeframe using a common technical approach."-- Continue reading

Deming man pleads guilty to damaging archaeological site

By Roger Lanse

Michael Quarrel, 81, of Deming, pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces on Friday, Jan. 15, to violating the Archaeological Resource Protection Act.

According to a Department of J-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission elects chairman, holds hearings 011416

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at the Grant County Commission's January regular meeting, Commissioner Gabriel Ramos nominated Commissioner Brett Kasten to remain in the chairman's seat. "I thank you again. You've been doing a good job for us for five years."

Commissioner Ron Hall, after seconding the nomination, echoed Ramos' comments. "You've been chairman during my three years here. I think you are doing a good job representing us."

No one stepped forward to give public input and no one commented during the public hearing for consideration of Ordinance No. 16-01, which was approved. County Manager Charlene Webb had explained at the work session that the ordinance would reallocate a 1/8 gross receipts tax increment to the General Fund from the Indigent Fund. If ever additional funding was needed in the Indigent Fund, the money could be transferred into it through a budget adjustment.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners hear county reports 011216

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the review of the regular meeting agenda on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Grant County commissioners heard reports from county officials.

The first to report was Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham.

"First, I will give you the financial report," Cunningham said. "This is from the end of November. We had $250,000 in excess revenue over expenses. Year-to-date we are $225,000 positive bottom line. It continues to be tight, but we are good in cash, with 141 days of cash. These are tough rebuilding years.-- Continue reading

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