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Cecilia Bell receives state L. Bradford Price Award

Cecilia Bell receives state L. Bradford Price Award

From left are Dr. John Bell, awardee Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society President Cecilia Bell, , and long-time FBHPS members Liz Mikols and Gerald Schultz.

On Saturday, April 16, Cecilia Bell, president of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society, received the L. Bradford Prince Award for significant work in the field of preservation in New Mexico at the 2016 New Mexico History Conference Awards Banquet in Farmington, New Mexico. This award was not just a paper certificate to hang on the wall, but rather a medallion.

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NMSP investigate shooting in Silver City

By Roger Lanse

New Mexico State Police officials confirmed to the Beat that Thursday, April 21, at about 4:30 p.m., two individuals were found dead at 1304 Serinna Court following a shooting. Additional details will follow as more information becomes available.

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Corrected: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash east of Deming

Dona Ana County
On, Thursday, April 21, 2016, around 5:20 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash. This crash occurred near mile marker 111 on Inter-- Continue reading

San Augustin Water Coalition hosts NM State Engineer at Annual Meeting

The San Augustin Water Coalition held its 8th annual meeting on Saturday, April 16th at the Datil School gym. Over 90 people came to hear NM State Engineer Tom Blaine discuss the drilling proposal for the San Augustin Plains.

The Augustine Plains Ranch, LLC, (LLC) is working on a new application that will be submitted to his offices in the near future. He said State statutes for an application require its acceptance by his office if it meets all the criteria. He expects the new application to meet the criteria and be accepted. It will then be published in the local paper, and can be protested by the public.

Mr. Blaine said the LLC’s 2007 first application was turned down because it was deemed “incomplete, vague, and speculative”, and it had no end-user for the water, which is necessary to show the “beneficial use” that the State requires. We should expect an end-user to be named in the new application.-- Continue reading

Advance notice of Tour of the Gila road closures

Share with your business colleagues and friends to prevent inconvenience. The Beat recommends that you print out the list for easy reference during the Tour of the Gila May 4-8, 2016.

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Silver Schools faces deficit; seeks suggestions to alleviate

by Margaret Hopper

At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent Streib said there would be a special meeting on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Administrative Office building to present budget information to both the public and interested staff.

Barry Ward, the school's financial officer, and Candy Milam, assistant superintendent and federal programs director, were on hand to tell the key points on the proposed budget by a visual presentation.

Ward's visuals started with information on the major source from the state, the SEG, or State Equalization Guarantee, which assesses “units” or financial values for student attendance, by grade groups. Kindergarten is heavily weighted, most elementary grades lighter, high school somewhat heavier, but not as much as Kindergarten. Special Education needs and ancillary work are heavier yet.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners hear presentations 042116

Grant County Commissioners hear presentations 042116

The topics covered the wildfire outlook, a legislative outlook from the New Mexico Association of Counties, and the 2017 property valuation maintenance report.

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

During public input toward the beginning of the meeting, Sheriff Raul Villanueva recognized the winning essay writers for the D.A.R.E. program, led by Sgt. Frank Gomez, Deputy Regan Aguirre and Cpl. Manny Maldonado. "This year we concentrated on fifth graders," Villanueva said.

Gomez said the group held three graduations.-- Continue reading

Ranch Days 2016 held Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, this week, students from all over the region traveled to the Hugh B. McKeen Ranch just outside of Alma. Tuesday saw students from Silver City. Wednesday host-- Continue reading

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