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Pinos Altos hosted several activities on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Saturday, Oct. 4 was a happening day in Pinos Altos. The October Fiesta, a fundraiser for the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department brought folks out to browse the vendors and have beer and-- Continue reading

Ribbon-cutting officially opens Light Hall Theater 100214

By Mary Alice Murphy

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of the renovated Light Hall Theater on the Western New Mexico University campus.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard noted that the university was honored to have Gov. Susana Martinez participate in the ribbon cutting. "It's fitting because when the building was first opened in 1928, then-state Governor Dillon was on hand for the grand opening."

Inside the refurbished theater, which retains its historic ambience, Shepard pointed out that the theater would serve, not only as a movie and performance theater, but also as a lecture hall, with the chairs having fold-down desks on them.-- Continue reading

Republicans hold meet and greet for local and statewide candidates

At the Republican Party Meet and Greet on Thursday evening at the party headquarters in the old Wranglers' restaurant location in Arenas Valley, Gov. Susana Martinez and other local and statewide Republican candidates has a chance to make their case for voters to choose them.

Ray Tavizon, candidate for Grant County Sheriff, touted his almost 30 years in law enforcement, and his dedication to making the area safer.

An audience member asked Tavizon if the department would fund officers to the police academy. "When he's in school, he's not on the street, so we prefer to hire those who have graduated from the academy."

Another questioner asked how the Sheriff's Department handles the requests from the small municipalities within the county that have their own police departments.

"We have asked to provide service to all of them, but they all want their own police departments," Tavizon replied. "We do quite often give them help."

Lucy Whitmarsh, Grant County Assessor candidate, also told the standing-room only crowd about her years of experience as an assessor.-- Continue reading

2014 Blessing of Animals

Photos by Shirin McArthur

The Silver City Ministerial Alliance hosted a Blessing of the Animals service in Gough Park on Saturday, October 4. This service coincides with the feast day of St. Francis o-- Continue reading

WNMU Homecoming Parade 2014

Western New Mexico students and alumni took part in a parade from the Grant County Courthouse down Broadway, across Bullard Street and up College Avenue.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Bridge Community members hear presentation

By Roger Lanse

Chairman and President A. Roger Meece, of A.R.M. Consulting in Lexington, KY, spoke before the Bridge Community, its board of directors, and other interested persons on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Western New Mexico University. The sponsor of the event was Western Bank in Silver city.

The Bridge Community is a group of local citizens concerned for the aging population of the community, and whose goal is to establish an affordable retirement/senior housing/elder care complex to serve the four counties of southwest New Mexico. The complex would provide a continuum of care from independent living through assisted living, memory care, nursing home care and hospice care.-- Continue reading

Gov. Susana Martinez visits Grant County

Editor's Note: This is the photo essay of Gov. Martinez's visit to Grant County on Thursday. A written report will follow.

Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to Grant County on Thursday, Oct. 2 for a priva-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon attendees hear from candidates and a featured speaker

Attendees at the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce at noon Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, heard brief campaign announcements from those running for office. The main speaker was Robin Otten of the New Mexico Prosperity Project, a non-partisan group advocating for candidates from either the Democratic or the Republican parties who are pro-business.

The first candidate to speak was John Zimmerman, a candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 39.-- Continue reading

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