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Grant County Commission holds work session 041817

Commissioners hear SunZia Project update

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners heard an update on the SunZia transmission line project at their work session on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

John Strand, who has been promoting the project for several years, said: "We are in high gear right now. We've been working on the 515-mile project for eight years. Part of the project crosses the Grant County panhandle. It will start near Corona, N.M., go to near Socorro, down to Deming and westward into Arizona."

He said people question him on the need for the electrical transmission line. He showed a wind map. "That's why investors are interested in building the line toward the western states. New Mexico's closest competitor for wind is Wyoming."-- Continue reading

Grant County 4-H Shooting Sports Teams Qualify for State

Grant County 4-H is headed to the New Mexico State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Raton, NM in May. Last week, the Grant County Senior 4-H Shooting Sports County Contest was held where members competed for a coveted position on a team.

We have 21 members competing this year against other qualified members in the state. Seth Neal, Cole Rogers, Jadaniah Tarpley and Nathaniel Lucero are on team one for .22 Air Rifle. Team two consists of Xzavian Chavez, Autumn Laws and Haley Jacquez. Two teams also qualified in archery. Riley Brabson, Julian Garcia, Jacobi Lockett ad Morgan Bighley are on team one; Bristan Lockett, Ian Valenzuela, Cooper Miller and Javiel Garcia are on team two. One .22 Rifle team will be competing including Ty Holman, Parker McMillan, Seth Neal and Jadaniah Tarpley. Chris Morgan, Levi Dalton, Ryan Orrantia and Riley Brabson will be competing as team one in shotgun and Cooper Miller, Connor McDaniel, Jacobi Lockett and Ty Holman will compete as team two. Additionally, Bristan Lockett, Chris Morgan, Levi Dalton and Connor McDaniel will compete as team one in the hunting contest and Parker McMillan, Cole Rogers, Julian and Javiel Garcia will compete as team two.

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GRMC offers CEO position

GRMC offers CEO position

Taffy Arias has accepted the position and signed the agreement.

At left, Arias answers community questions.

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to Gila Regional Board of Trustees chairman, Jeremiah Garcia, and Selection Committee co-chairman with Garcia, Tony Trujillo, the board offered the GRMC chief executive officer position to Taffy Arias, one of two candidates interviewed in Silver City last week.

Garcia said she has accepted the offer, which Garcia reported is for an annual salary of $270,000 plus moving expenses. The signed agreement was received at GRMC this afternoon. Reportedly, she will report to work at GRMC on May 29, 2017.

Arias told the GRMC Executive Committee that she wants to relocate back to the Southwest.

She has served as CEO at Martin General Hospital, in Williamston, North Carolina, since October 2014. Arias was the Chief Nurse Officer at Porter Hospital in Porter, Indiana from Feb. 2009-Oct. 2014.

[Editor's Note: The following was written up by this author after the local interview last week, when Arias talked to community members.]

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Silver City Museum offers activity to make egg dioramas 041517

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Kiwanis hosts annual Easter egg hunt 041517

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City Kiwanis Club hosted its annual Easter egg hunt at Penny Park on Saturday, April 15, 2017. 

Children and their parents lined up to register for the various hunts, which were separated by age groups. -- Continue reading

Happy Easter 2017

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What's happening at the old Chinese restaurant on Pope Street?

What's happening at the old Chinese restaurant on Pope Street?

Dave Baker pulling some of the old wood away from the front of the building.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Dave Baker, founder and director of BikeWorks, has taken on a challenge. "I like challenges," he said.

He purchased the 1/3 acre-property in November 2016.

So far, his efforts have gone to cleaning up the interior. "When they left in January 2010, it was like a time capsule. A pile of Glenwood Gazettes had been delivered but few had been taken. It was vacant for almost seven years. I had to deal with the composted piles of elm leaves on the roof, the inches of petrified grease on the kitchen floor and other issues. Some of the building project is encouraging; some not so much."-- Continue reading

U.S. Marshals add 3 Violent Offenders to the New Mexico’s Most Wanted List.

Posters and photos below the text.

Las Cruces, NM- The United States Marshals Service is looking for 3 violent offenders that are believed to be in the Las Cruces/El Paso area. They all have an extensive history of assaults.-- Continue reading

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