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By Mary Alice Murphy

At an emergency meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, Hurley town councilors signed a letter of obligation for a USDA loan and Colonias grant funding to ensure the town will continue to provide water to its residents.

In a letter sent to Mayor Fernando Martinez, it states: "At this time, New Mexico Rural Development has expended all our loan funds, and all but $1,551,700 of our Colonia grant funds. Based on your application, operating budget and historical income/expense data, we propose a $1,572,000 loan with a $1,167,500 NM Colonia grant in conjunction with the $80,000 Applicant Contribution and $3,893,710 in combined State funding, to complete the funding package for your project. … Please also keep in mind that the above funding package depends on us receiving the additional loan funds from the national office reserve – which we do not anticipate a problem getting." The state expects to know for sure on the funding by the week of Aug. 14.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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Three members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 358 accept a check from First American Bank of Silver City. From left are VVA member Armando Amador, First American Bank Market President, Joel Schram, VVa member David Pratesi, First American Bank VP Cecilia Pacheco and VVA member Paul Madrid.

The Huey helicopter, which rises above the Forgotten Veterans Memorial at Bataan Memorial Park on the road to Fort Bayard, needs to be repainted.

Glenwood, NM, August 2, 2017

The Catwalk Recreation Area is temporarily closed due to high water and debris blocking the entrance. NMDOT has been contacted to clear out the crossing, but it may be next week until the debris is cleared.

Please contact the Glenwood Ranger District for further information. Thank you. (575) 539-2481

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

 

Doug Quarles of Benson, Ariz., created the Santa Clara mural on Village Hall, with help from Youth Conservation Corps members Abigail Egge-Ogas, Jasmine Rivas, Aimee Ryan and Ysabel A., as signed on the bottom of the mural.

Village Clerk Sheila Hudman said the tree that stands in front of it was donated two years ago by Hope Myrick to cover the blank wall.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Galleries throughout Silver City were open Friday night for people from Silver City and around the country to enjoy the work of the many clay artists who participated in the Festival.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday evening, July 28, 2017, as part of the CLAY Festival program, a reception was held at the Silver City Museum for Ann McMahon, who has created a series of very large format photos of the "The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County." 

[Editor's Note: this is part 3 and the final article of a multi-part series on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on July 28, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday, July 28, 2017, the first regular meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, since the approval of the University of New Mexico to take over the Cancer Center, took place in the hospital boardroom.

After public input, and some of the leadership reports, the Chief of Clinic Services Ray Goellner gave his report. He said his report in the packet was in error, because housekeeping had lost two people.

Deming, NM/Luna County

Yesterday, July 31, 2017 around 6:21 p.m. New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a crash on I-10 eastbound near mile post 85 involving a commercial motor vehicle and a 2005 Toyota pick-up.

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