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Hunger for Knowledge Dinner Raises Class Awareness

 Article and Photos by Charlie McKee

Attendees at the Sixth Annual Hunger for Knowledge Dinner on Wednesday evening, Nov. 5, were given an object lesson in class distinction through their stomachs. It was definitely a case of the "Haves" versus the "Have Nots." In collaboration with Western New Mexico University (WNMU) and with this year's participation of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the annual event is a fundraiser for The Volunteer Center of Grant County and was held at The Volunteer Center's facility, The Commons.

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Inspectors Cite Mine for Safety Violations in 2014

By Jim Owen

A government agency recently issued 38 citations to a Grant County copper mine for "hazardous conditions."

Personnel with the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration "began an impact inspection Sept. 23 at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Chino Mines Co. mine," the agency reported in a news release.

The release explained that the citations were for "unguarded belt conveyors that exposed miners to potential injury from entanglement; failure to provide handrails down a flight of steps, exposing miners to slip, trip and fall hazards; and failure to barricade a tunnel to prevent injury from ground failure while miners were working and cutting in the area directly above the tunnel."-- Continue reading

PNM Fund Awards Grants to Silver City Nonprofits

Three Nonprofits Will Complete Energy Saving Projects as part of PNM Reduce Your Use Grants

(Albuquerque, NM) – Three nonprofits in Silver City will be able to spend less on electric bills and more on providing essential services to clients after receiving a Reduce Your Use Grant from the PNM Fund, a division of the PNM Resources Foundation.

The 2014 Reduce Your Use Grants awarded $250,000 to help nonprofits throughout New Mexico complete projects that reduce their energy use and lower their utility bills.-- Continue reading

Winners named in local legislative races, statewide and federal races


By Mary Alice Murphy

In District 32 of the New Mexico House of Representatives, in which a tiny portion of Grant County lies, incumbent Democrat Dona G. Irwin retained her seat with 3, 244 votes to her Republican challenger Tom Bill Black's 2,859.

In District 38, Republican incumbent Dianne Hamilton will return to the House next January, by receiving 5,572 votes to Democrat Terry D. Fortenberry's 4,065.

In District 39, incumbent Democrat Rodolpho "Rudy" S. Martinez was upset in a squeaky close vote by Republican John Zimmerman. Martinez received 3,250 votes to Zimmerman's 3,601.

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Grant County final votes are in and reported

Final Results for Grant County have just been announced.

In Grant County, Incumbent Democrat Tom Udall is likely the winner with 5288 votes over Republican Allen Weh's 3843

For U.S. Representative, District 2, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce takes the county over Democrat Roxanne "Rocky" Lara 4558 to 4469.

In statewide races, incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and John A. Sanchez won over Democrat Gary K. King and Debra A Haaland 4939 to 4130.-- Continue reading

First countywide election results coming in

So far the Beat can only get to a few races, and nothing is showing up on the Grant County website, nor on the Secretary of State website.


(I) stands for incumbent

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Voters come out today—Election Day 2014

Voters come out today—Election Day 2014

Voters wait in line at the Woman's Club.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a little before 3 p.m., almost 600 voters had marked their ballots at the Grant County Business and Conference Center.

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Lt. Gov. Sanchez Visits Grant County

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Visits Grant County

At left, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez speaks to supporters at the Republican party headquarters.

Above, Candidates, back row, from left, Lucy Whitmarsh (mostly concealed), Lt. Gov. Sanchez, John Zimmerman, and front row, from left, Dianne Hamilton, Ray Tavizon, and Aubrey Dunn, pose for a group photo.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez said he has Democrats telling him thank you for balancing the budget and for working with the legislators. "They are telling me to continue to fight for better days for New Mexico."

"I'm in this race because I love my state," Sanchez said. "I'm a businessman and we have two kids. I have skin in the game."-- Continue reading

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