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Bennie Dooley, formerly of Silver City, inducted into WABDL Hall of Fame

Bennie Dooley, formerly of Silver City, inducted into WABDL Hall of Fame

Courtesy Photos. One of Bennie Dooley receiving his Hall of Fame plaque from WABDL president Gus Rethwisch.

The second photo is of Dooley behind the 641 pounds that he bench pressed.

By Mary Alice Murphy

In October of last year, Bennie Dooley, 63, formerly of Silver City, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place in Las Vegas, Nev., in October 2015. According to a friend, during the induction ceremony, he was introduced as one of the best Master Benchpressers of all time. The WABDL is the largest power-lifting federation in the world, Dooley said.

He graduated from Silver High School in 1970. After attending Western New Mexico University for one year, he went to work for Phelps Dodge. Dooley spent 17 years at PD, becoming an electrician.

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Catwalk Reconstruction Status

GLENWOOD, NM; Jan. 11, 2016 – For Immediate Release – On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, crews mobilized to the Catwalk on the Glenwood Ranger District to begin repair work. In the initial construction phase, rock slides will be cleared from the trails and large boulders will be removed from the creek. Silt traps and other debris traps will be set up to minimize impacts to the stream and surrounding area during construction. The work will be monitored by Forest Service personnel to ensure there are no adverse effects to the surrounding area and historic artifacts are preserved.-- Continue reading

Grant County Water Commission discusses funding for its regional water plan

By Mary Alice Murphy

The purpose of the Jan. 7 Grant County Water Commission meeting was to update the members on the regional water plan and to talk about additional funding sources.

Gary Berg of Engineers Inc. reported when the quotes came in for the west test well, "they were significantly higher than the estimate. We asked more drillers to put in bids, but then fell back to our original bidders, and went ahead with Kuester Drilling. He brought in a supplies list and it's $100,000. He is in process with a well to drill in Tyrone. By the third week of the month, he should be able to do this test well, when it dries up. It will take a little over a month to drill the well."-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce hears about Girl Scouts and Grant County at monthly luncheon

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce hears about Girl Scouts and Grant County at monthly luncheon

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce hears about Girl Scouts and Grant County at monthly luncheon

Annette Toney, at right,  spoke about the Girl Scout program, and below, County Manager Charlene Webb talked about Grant County

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dave Thomas, as the new Chamber of Commerce Board chairman, served as moderator.

Pat Hunt of the Natural Resources Conservation Services announced that, with the plentiful moisture this year, which will cause grasses to grow well and be a fire danger once they dry out in late spring, the NRCS could help with wildland-urban interface issues and property protection.

The first featured speaker was Annette Toney, membership manager in Grant County for the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Council.

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WNMU offices open for last-minute registration

Several WNMU offices will remain open today for last minute registration by students as the spring semester begins Monday. The Office of Admissions, Mustang Dining Hall, University Bookstore (10am to 3pm) will be open. Please call 575-538-6336 for more information.

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Bayard has two candidates for two open council seats

Zeke Santa Maria and Frances Gonzales have filed in Bayard for two open council seats.

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Hit-and-run driver arrested

Hit-and-run driver arrested

Photo Courtesy of Grant County Detention Center

By Roger Lanse

Ryker Grijalva, 23, of Mimbres, was taken into custody by Silver City police officers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at about 5 p.m., at the New Mex-- Continue reading

Silver City MainStreet Selects Silco Theater Operator

Silver City MainStreet Selects Silco Theater Operator

Chris Aquino and Mary Dearhamer review plans for the Silco Theater Concession, the Silco Confectionary. (Courtesy Photo)

Chris Aquino has been selected to operate the Silco Theater located at 311 N. Bullard Street in Silver City. Aquino brings extensive experience to the position. He comments, “I first walked into a cinema when I was about five years old. My mother, an avid film buff, took me to Disney’s Peter Pan. From that point on I have viewed the cinema with a childlike wonder.” With the operation of the Silco Theater, Aquino hopes to spark the appreciation for cinema that lies within all of us.

Aquino was a manager at the Real West Cinema in Silver City, where he ran-- Continue reading

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