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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

GBIC holds meeting Oct. 1

Editor's Note: The Beat's reporter was unable to attend this meeting, so these are the minutes of the meeting, as written by the GBIC secretary, B.J. Agnew

Gila Basin Irrigation Commission

October 1, 2014


Present: Richard Dinwiddie, David Ogilvie, Ralph Hooker, Don Stailey, Martha Cooper, Topper Thorpe, BJ Agnew.

A quorum of the Gila Basin Irrigation Commission (GBIC) was determined to be present by the representation of the Upper Gila Irrigation Association, the Fort West Irrigation Association, and the Gila Farms Irrigation Association. And by proxy the Gila Hot Springs Irrigation Association, the Riverside Irrigation Association, and the Grandpa Harper Irrigation Association.-- Continue reading

Pearce and Thornberry hold teleconference on military base tour

By Mary Alice Murphy

Congressman Steve Pearce and House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry held a brief teleconference Wednesday.

They had completed a tour of three of New Mexico's military bases, Holloman and Cannon Air Force bases, and White Sands Missile Range.

"We also toured the Trinity Site," Pearce said. "It was a two-day tour. I worked the chairman hard."

Thornberry said he appreciated the opportunity to visit the bases and meet the dedicated personnel.-- Continue reading

Gila National Forest campgrounds and trailheads closed along New Mexico Highway 152

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Due to the extensive flood damage along New Mexico Highway 152, several campgrounds and trailheads on the Gila National Forest have been closed.

Recreation site closures are:
· Iron Creek Campground
· Railroad Canyon Campground
· Upper Gallinas Campground
· Lower Gallinas Campground
· Wright's Cabin Picnic Area
· Emory Pass Observation Point which includes the Black Range Crest and Scenic Trail Trailheads
· Rabb Park Trailhead
· Gallinas and Railroad Canyon Trailheads-- Continue reading

Catwalk National Recreation Trail closed due to roadway flash flood damage

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The Glenwood Ranger District has closed the Catwalk National Recreation Trail after flood waters damaged a section of road leading into the site.

Recent flash flooding severely im-- Continue reading

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