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Gila River Fiesta 2016 Parade and Extravaganza

Photos by Sandra Michaud

People from as far away as New York and Virginia were in Silver City this weekend during the Gila River Fiesta 2016. At the Gila Bikeworks, youngsters created butterfly wings-- Continue reading

Silver City and Glenwood Ranger Districts Prepare for Travel Management Implementation on January 1, 2017

Silver City, NM; September 27, 2016 – For Immediate Release- The Travel Management Rule (TMR) will go into effect on Silver City and Glenwood Ranger Districts on January 1, 2017. The rule has already been in effect for Reserve, Black Range, Wilderness, and Quemado Ranger Districts since July 1, 2016. The Silver City District employees are out on forest lands identifying roads and trails to open for motorized use. The District is preparing for implementation by posting signs, in advance, due to seasonal employees being laid off, winter weather, and upcoming holidays.-- Continue reading

NMDFA sends out warning on capital outlay project funding being subject to a freeze

By Mary Alice Murphy

A letter from the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration states that due to a reduction in the state's revenue in 2016, the executive branch of the government, including all departments and cabinet secretaries, is working with the legislative branch to address the shortfall.

Effective immediately, which was the date of the letter, Sept. 19, 2016, all executive branch state agencies "are directed to freeze capital outlay projects that have no activity, excluding projects authorized in 2016."

The letter states that no activity includes no intergovernmental grant agreement in place; no notice of obligations in place, and no encumbrances or expenditures, as of Sept. 6, 2016.-- Continue reading

Woman struck by auto may have been intoxicated

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at approximately 8:48 p.m., Silver City Police officers were called to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. When officers arrived, EMS personnel were attending to a woman lying on the inside southbound lane of Hudson Street north of the intersection of Broadway. The woman was identified as Rachel Weatherbie of Silver City. According to the police report, Weatherbie was bleeding from her head and face and had sustained severe road rash to both arms. EMS personnel advised that they could smell alcohol on Weatherbie, the report stated, and officers were advised that Weatherbie was going to be airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso.-- Continue reading

Felon receives card from SOS to register

Felon receives card from SOS to register

By Mary Alice Murphy

A self-professed felon, who served 18 months, brought to the attention of the Beat a postcard he received in the mail from the New Mexico Secretary of State's office saying he "may be eligible to vote, but you do not appear to be registered."

The card stipulates that the person must be a resident of New Mexico and a U.S. citizen, and it gives them the opportunity to register online or through a paper form.

"I broke the law," "Bob" told the Beat. "I wouldn't snitch on someone."

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GRMC Board of Trustees hears about mill levy, initiative and state of finances

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, during reports and updates, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham gave an update on the Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community mill levy initiative.

The first report was given by the Auxiliary President Frances Day, who thanked the hospital for the recent awards appreciation banquet for Auxiliary volunteers.

"We recognized two members—Charles Mossberg for 25 years of service and Audrey Welsh for 35 years," Day said. "Audrey is now an associate member.

"We still need volunteers," Day continued. "Two-thirds to three-quarters of our membership attended the banquet. It was a treat. We were served by Mr. Cunningham and Angela Ortiz. Amanda (Holguin) did a lot of the organization of the event."-- Continue reading

Audio of Sept. 13 county commissioner forum

This is the audio of the Prospectors' Sept. 13, 2016 County Commission questions and answers. Listen to the more than hour-long audio and hear what they all had to say. 

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OHS has students working in the community

OHS has students working in the community

By Margaret Hopper

Opportunity High School has placed most of its students in the community, as planned. Some have been in their learning positions up to three weeks. Friday afternoon, OHS teachers were out checking on their students at their assigned business locations. Students seemed happy to see them, and teachers said they appeared to be doing well.

Doyle Shirey, cake decorator at Food Basket’s Bakery, watches as Karina Baeza works on a decorating detail.Doyle Shirey said Karina Baeza has learned enough by now he thought she could produce and display an entire big table of her own goods. She had the interest and was working out well. Baeza went early to her job this Saturday; she put in four hours between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., decorating cakes for the weekend. The Bakery says she works four hours a week.

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