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By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Community Health Council Director Cari Lemon gave the director's report at the regular meeting of the health council held on Nov. 13, 2017 at the Black Street office.

Lemon said, in looking at health council priorities, it seemed a good fit to partner with Gila Youth Services, a branch of Sierra Family Counseling Center, for an application to the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Fund grant awards.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy. Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and by ErnestO Stolpe, as marked

The annual Veterans' Day ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery, hosted by the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18. Commander Tom Raines served as master of ceremonies.

The Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 bugler Don Spann played the Call to Colors.

The Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 358 presented the colors.

By Roger Lanse

On Thursday, Nov. 9, at about 3:56 p.m., the Silver City Fire Department responded to a house fire at a dwelling owned by Becky Smith Ladner at 609 N. Arizona Street. No one was home at the time. Cause of the fire, according to Fire Chief Milo Lambert, was combustibles near the floor furnace which ignited.

Lambert continued, “We were able to save the structure. There’s a lot of smoke damage and some structural damage to the floors but my crew did a fantastic job saving the structure.”

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy


Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Dean Bearup of Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328 served as master of ceremonies at the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday celebration at the Western New Mexico University cafeteria.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard made a brief appearance before he left for Albuquerque.

"Last year, Master Gunnery Sgt. Dean Bearup made me an honorary gunnery sergeant," Shepard said. "So I have studied about how to be a gunnery sergeant. Because I support the troops, I will again provide the meal for you. Enjoy."

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting approved an amendment to the town’s municipal code requiring owners or custodians of an animal, who, having knowledge of that animal biting a person, shall immediately surrender said animal to animal control or the police department for quarantine and observation.

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison, who sponsored the ordinance, stated that the new ordinance, if followed, eliminates the need for authorities to have to hunt the animal down, authorizes only the animal control officer or the police officer to make a decision to quarantine the animal, and shortens the time the bite victim has to wait to find out if the animal is infectious.

Nomination forms for each award category were sent to judges outside of Grant County over the weekend. Today, the winning nominations have been announced.

bruce ashburn copy2017 Grant County Citizen of the Year:

Bruce Ashburn first arrived in Grant County in 1995. During his time in Grant County, Bruce has:
• become an active member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board of directors
• has served as a coach and sponsor in Silver City Little League programs
• helped with the local Youth Football program
• worked with Silver City MainStreet on storefront design
• serves on the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce
• opened and operated the Domino’s Pizza franchise
• worked at Silver City Bowling Center
• worked for the Small Business Development Center in Silver City
• received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Operations Management & Supervision from Western New Mexico University
• Bruce joined PNM in 2014
• Past president (current member) of Grant County Prospectors
• Current Board Member of El Refugio Domestic Violence Shelter
• Member of the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Committee
• Past board member of the Mimbres Region Arts Council

Photos by Harrison Schmitt Elementary Teacher Mercy Leyba and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Harrison Schmitt Elementary School Veterans' Day program, Jeremy Gonzales, veteran, was the guest speaker. "You guys should be proud. This is one of the best Veterans' Day programs I've seen."

"Today we honor our veterans," Gonzales said. "We enjoy our freedoms because of veterans' sacrifices. It will well worth going into the right, because we know our family and friends are safe. We have a personal relationship with the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance."

Edwards gave a breakdown of where county revenues come from and the value of benefits county employees receive.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final part of a comprehensive multi-part series of articles on the Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Elected officials gave their monthly reports at the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.

Sheriff Raul Villanueva spoke first. "We had 682 calls during the past month, creating 158 reports, and we went to 29 motor vehicle crashes."

He reported 16 burglaries in October, as opposed to nine in September.

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