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What do these two photos prove?

What do these two photos prove?

Editor's Note: This photographer needed some humor on the front page!

The one on the right was taken of a sign at Gough Park.

The one on the left was taken seconds later within a foot or two of the bo-- Continue reading

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce features three speakers 030217

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce features three speakers 030217

By Mary Alice Murphy

Bruce Ashburn, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board member, served as moderator.

He introduced Dave Thomas, who is relocating at the end of March. "Thank you for your help as a board member for the chamber."

Ashburn also commended the Gila Economic Development Alliance for helping the chamber buy a big screen and display for the chamber to use at trade shows and other opportunities to promote the area. Its first use was during Grant County Day at the 2017 Legislative Session. "It is professional for us to go places to promote our area."

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Rael Fire on Reserve Ranger District of GNF 030217

Rael Fire

• Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest
• Rael Mesa
• Catron County, New Mexico
Start Date: March 2, 2017 Size: 500 acres
Cause: Under investigation Vegetation: Grass
Smoke: Smoke may be visible from NM Hwy 60

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Agreement marks joint degree possibilities with Mexican university

Agreement marks joint degree possibilities with Mexican university

From left to right: Dr. Magdaleno Manzanarez, WNMU Vice President for External Affairs; Dr. Jack Crocker, WNMU Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Aniseto Cardenas Galindo, Rector Universidad Pedagogica del Estado de Sinaloa (UPES); Jaime Antonio Flores Urias, UPES DirectorSilver City, NM – Western New Mexico University officials met with representatives from the Universidad Pedagogica del Estado de Sinaloa (UPES) in the Silver City campus on Wednesday to sign a memorandum of agreement between the two institutions.

The agreement lays out a plan to offer collaborative projects including joint research projects, staff and faculty exchanges, student exchanges, joint conference and seminar events, and information exchanges.-- Continue reading

Grant County commissioners approve compensation plan in special meeting

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a special meeting held Tuesday morning, Feb. 28, 2017, the Grant County Commission met for the purpose of approving a resolution adopting a position classification schedule and compensation plan for Grant County, New Mexico.

District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne thanked the treasurer and assessor for their extensive comments in writing and talking to him about the plan.

"It is an incredibly complicated process," Browne said. "I know how tough it is to be fair, but I'm satisfied this was an adequate process. I am hopeful there will be room to include your comments in future reviews. There will be an annual review, correct?"

County Manager Charlene Webb said the usual recommendation is to review every two years, "but I believe an annual review is more appropriate."-- Continue reading

Town Council approves endorsement of Fort Bayard Project

Town Council approves endorsement of Fort Bayard Project

Photo provided by Annette Toney: Back row, Troop 196; Toney, third from right; Ladner, second from right; Bettison, right; front row, Troop 322.

By Roger Lanse

Scott Terry, CEO of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, told members of the Silver City Town Council on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, 2017, of the deteriorated condition of old Fort Bayard, the grounds and the buildings. Terry stated the area could be a tourist attraction if it was revitalized and maintained, and would be economically beneficial to all of Grant County, including Silver City. Terry said that under state management, the place has been allowed to fall into disrepair. What maintenance has been done has been accomplished by the Village of Santa Clara.-- Continue reading

Was the protest a result of 'fake news' in Silver City today?

Was the protest a result of 'fake news' in Silver City today?

Or was it just a major misunderstanding?

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and (the close up ones) Courtesy of Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos

More than 100 protesters, many with posters, showed up in front of Western New Mexico University Watts Hall this afternoon because a call to action to be at Watts Hall between 12:30 and 1:20 p.m. had been sent out by unknown senders, but might have included the Grant County Democratic Party, as it was on the list of organizing groups in the email.

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Cobre school board audience euphoric about four-day week for 2017-18 school year

Cobre school board audience euphoric about four-day week for 2017-18 school year

Retiring Cobre School Board member Frances Kelly, left, accepts from Chairman Toy Sepulveda a plaque honoring her services, as Robert Montoya, at right, who is also retiring, looks on.

Photo and article by Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board opened its February 27, 2017 meeting with all five members present: Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Fran Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, chairman. The earlier closed session reportedly began at 6:05, where they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues but made no decisions. The open session began at 7:10 p.m.

The major topic of the evening was again the four-day school week coming this August in all the district’s schools—elementary, middle and high. School staff and public were on hand to join the discussions where possible; well over a dozen were present to see the project through to its finish.

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