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Senator Udall’s CREATE Act Meeting

By Sandra Michaud

A group of about 25 people met with representatives of Senator Tom Udall Wednesday morning at the Visitors Center to learn about and discuss the Senator’s CREATE Act. CREATE stands for Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy.

As they entered, signs posted on the wall of the conference room greeted participants with some interesting statistics:
"The arts economy contributes $2.2 billion in wages and salaries statewide (2014)"
"In New Mexico, the creative economy creates $5.6 billion in revenues (2014)"
"The arts make up76, 780 jobs (9.8% of the workforce) statewide (2014)"
"The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $60,00 in grants to Silver city since 2009"
"The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded nearly $11 million in grants across New Mexico since 2009"-- Continue reading

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon features three speakers 080416

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon features three speakers 080416

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first speaker for the Thursday, Aug. 4, monthly luncheon of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce was Silver City Police Department Chief Ed Reynolds.

"I've been in the department since 1979," Reynolds said. "I retired in 2001, came back in 2004 and became chief in 2005, so I've spent 33 years in the department."

The SCPD has 35 members in three divisions—field services, administration and investigation, which includes regular investigation and narcotics.

"We are also part of the Southwest Task Force," Reynolds said. "We have the main area of responsibility for narcotics in Silver City and Grant County."

He noted that personnel numbers were slightly down, with two out sick and three out for other reasons. "We recently received 12 applicants for positions, selected four, washed out one on background extensive and hired one."

In New Mexico, he said a law enforcement person could work for 12 months without being certified. "It depends on when we can get them into the academy. We have trainings of various lengths of time, but we want to get them into the academy as quickly as we can."-- Continue reading

Old Fort Bayard hospital demolition site peaceful 080516

Old Fort Bayard hospital demolition site peaceful 080516

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said he went out to Fort Bayard today (Friday) to see what it looks like and it's very peaceful. Nobody working. Only two items of equipment still there. Gazebo still untouched.

Additional rails welded to the sidewalk railing to keep people from falling in. They were watering the lawns at Officer's Row and one sprinkler was broken, wasting water, with nobody around to fix it.

 -- Continue reading

Merrie Lee Soules sees a future of opportunity in District 2

Merrie Lee Soules sees a future of opportunity in District 2

By Mary Alice Murphy

Merrie Lee SoulesMerrie Lee Soules is running as a Democrat for the position of Congresswoman for the U.S. Congressional District 2 in New Mexico.

When asked why she was running for the seat, she said it was not part of her plan. "But about three years ago, I started paying attention. I was working part time at the White Sands Missile Range, after I had retired from a 30-year career in the automotive industry."

At the time, Congress decided to shut down the government. "Congressman (Steve) Pearce voted to shut down the government. And so just like that, myself and the people I was working for are out on the street. Not exactly without a job, but certainly without a paycheck."

She said hard-working people had no paycheck, which meant they could not pay their bills or fulfill their obligations or put food on the table. They didn't know when they would again have a paycheck. "I thought that crossed a line." She said Congressman Pearce went further, she said, by sending out a memo to people not receiving a check and suggested they go down to the local bank and take a loan. "That struck me as hugely disrespectful."

Soules said a few weeks later Congress forged a compromise, and Pearce voted against it again. "I decided then that the people of southern New Mexico deserved responsible representation, and not what we have."

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ALCS governing council again puts off middle school lease agreement

By Maragret Hopper

The Aldo Leopold Governing Council met at the school on August 4, 2016 at 5:35. All members were present; Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh, Jose Herrera, Dale Lane, Ken Stone and David Peck, Chair.

Catalina Claussen, staff, informed the board of new staff persons and told them about middle school orientation happening Thursday and Friday, August 4 and 5. She mentioned several staff openings and how they were being filled. A student gave information on how the student body was creating opening activities for new students.-- Continue reading

Jan Sherman signs her memoir, Hypnotizing Chickens

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Jan Sherman, 94, decided to write a book—a memoir about her days as a child in the mining town of Mogollon.

Sherman has lived in the area almost her whole life. She and her brother, Bud, were raised in Mogollon, when her father was a miner in the town.

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NM CAP Entity 080216

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity addressed issues from audit requirements to hearing public comments to a revised scope of work for engineering to an OMA violation to regular business at its Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 meeting.

After the usual roll call of members present, several, who had called into the meeting, identified themselves. Two representatives from the New Mexico Auditor's Office—Emily Oster, Quality Control director, and her colleague Hamish Thompson—were on the call to answer questions about a necessary audit of the entity's revenues and expenditures. Dominique Work, Interstate Stream Commission attorney, Dara Parker from Sen. Martin Heinrich's office and Rob McGregor from Congressman Steve Pearce's office also called in.-- Continue reading

Town of Hurley 072616 Meeting Highlights

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The Town of Hurley held a special meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.

All members of the council were present for the meeting.

The first item approved for the meeting was the agenda for the special meeting.

The next item approved was Resolution No. 1 – 2016/2017 – 2016 final quarter financial report year ending June 30, 2016.

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