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robert dragonUPDATE: The Grant County Sheriff's Department at 6:12 p.m. said the man has been located, but no details were available.

On April 11, 2018 just before 9:00 a.m., Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 601 E. Lance Drive in reference to a missing person.

According to the reporting party, Robert Dragon (73 YOA) who resides at 601 E. Lance Drive was dropped off at his residence at about 7:00 P.M., last date. Today at about 8:00 A.M., the reporting person went back to Dragon’s residence to check on him. When he arrived at the residence, the doors were unlocked and Dragon was nowhere to be found.

SILVER CITY, NM – Today, the Grant County Board of Commissioners announced a series of informational meetings to discuss the future of Gila Regional Medical Center.

Commissioners will hold a public meeting on April 26 to provide an update on the partnership search process and to listen to members of the community. Meetings with physicians and GRMC employees are also being scheduled.

Community Meeting
Thursday, April 26
6:00 PM
Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference Center

 img 2249Chelsea Cooper, center, accepts proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner declaring April 2018, as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

img 2250Amaris Fay, second from left, accepts proclamation from Ladner declaring April 14, 2018 as Autism Awareness Day.

img 2251Terry Timme, right, accepts proclamation from Ladner declaring April 21, 2018, as Bird, Butterfly, and Bee Friendly Day in Silver City.

Article and photos by Roger Lanse

The Beat has been assured that it is a prescribed burn on the Wilderness District. Yesterday, Tuesday, April 10, the crew completed black-lining around about 2,000 acres. The goal is to burn 5,500 acres and will be continued when there are more favorable conditions. Engines are on standby to monitor the interior of the black-lined area. A couple of people are stationed at the Signal Peak Fire Tower to keep an eye on the burn, also. The burn began on Monday, April 9. 

Photos by Cheryl Thornburg

The annual kite flying festival at Whitewater Mesa between Glenwood and Alma, N.M. each year is organized by Cordelia Rose near her Whitewater Mesa labyrinths. The festival this year was sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association and brought kite aficionados from near and far. It coincided with the Glenwood Dutch Oven Gathering, as well as multiple other activities in the small town.

[Editor's Note: This author and editor was unable to attend the 2018 Dutch Oven Gathering in Glenwood. The Beat has no names for the photos. If you know who is pictured, please let us know and we will post the information. The Beat greatly appreciates the excellent photos by Cheryl Thornburg.] 

Photos by Cheryl Thornburg

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This Week Youth are Treated by some School Visits by Professional Cyclists

It is almost race time for the 32nd year of the Tour of the Gila, which is one of the top three professional cycling events in North America, happening right here in Silver City. There will be 17 professional men’s and 10 women’s cycling teams, plus dozens of amateurs. UCI teams will experience five days of racing from April 18 through April 22. Riders are from four different continents, with one team from as far away as Australia.

Last year’s Tour of the Gila’s overall winner (General Classification) for men, Evan Huffman of Rally Cycling, will be returning this year to defend his title. Youth at Bayard Elementary will be getting a chance to meet Evan Huffman personally on Wednesday, as he and team member Kyle Murphy will be visiting the school. Other elementary school visits in the Cobre School District will be happening this week, including the mobius BridgeLane men’s team from Australia visiting Central and Hurley Elementary also on Wednesday and the Hagens Berman Supermint Pro Cycling women’s team visiting San Lorenzo Elementary on Thursday. School visits are being planned at some of the Silver Consolidated schools at the beginning of next week.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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