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Continental Divide Trail Days at Big Ditch Park brought steady stream of visitors

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise noted.


Continental Divide Trail Days Friday evening at Little Toad

2016 CDT Trail Days Happy Hour at Little Toad Creek

An enthusiastic crowd of mostly hikers and backpackers filled the room at Little Toad Creek’s Happy Hour. Various local officials welcomed the group, -- Continue reading

Grant County Senior Olympics opening ceremony held Saturday, April 16, 2016

Although some events for Grant County Senior Olynpics have already happened, many others continue to take place. Saturday featured the Opening Ceremony at a blustery and chilly Fox Field

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Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire scheduled to begin

SILVER CITY, NM; April 17, 2016 – Silver City Ranger District fire managers plan to begin the Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire on the Gila National Forest Tuesday, April 19. The 2,100-acre project is approximately six miles north and east of Silver City within the Fort Bayard Wildlife Refuge.

A temporary area closure will go into effect Monday, April 18. The closure order and map are posted on the Gila National Forest website http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=33176 .

Smoke will be noticeable during days of ignitions and may impact the surrounding areas. All necessary steps will be taken in order to minimize smoke impacts to the public, firefighters and surrounding communities. These steps include monitoring air quality and maintaining contact with the New Mexico Air Quality Board.-- Continue reading

Silver City Museum holds opening for Stories of Southwestern NM Women

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Tracy Spikes, museum director, introduced the Beat to Louise Stiver, who served as the main curator of the exhibit. "She is a consultant of historical narratives," Spikes said of Stiver. "She sought out writers and historians for the exhibit."

"When I was approached to do the exhibit, I thought it was an interesting project," Stiver said. "When I agreed to do it, I went looking for writers. I've known Susan Berry and Toni Laumbach for a while. Then I did a cold call to Joan Jensen and Sherry Robinson to also write for the exhibit and they both said yes. It was great to collaborate with all of them by phone and online. Each writer had the freedom to seek out what they wanted to write about. Joan divided into census records, related to mining. Toni did the prehistoric period with her research into the Mimbres culture. Sherry wrote about the Apache and Berry about the American history of Silver City.-- Continue reading

Fort Bayard Orchard preservation efforts begin

Fort Bayard Orchard preservation efforts begin

From left, Santa Clara Village Trustee Rocky Hildebrand, Master Gardener Gary Stailey, Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society President Cecilia Bell, and NM State Forestry Tonya Vowles discover a still living pear tree at the historic Fort Bayard Orchard. This pear tree was one of the two fruit trees still alive in the century-old orchard. (Courtesy Photo)

Fort Bayard, NM—April 18, 2016—A trio of Grant County Master Gardeners mapped the remnants of the historic Fort Bayard Orchard for preservation and future restoration efforts. A public viewing of the map is scheduled during Earth Day, April 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gough Park at the Grant County Neighborhood Orchards’ booth.

According to Cecilia Bell, President of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society, the orchard was planted by George Bushnell over a century ago. At that time, the facility had transformed from an Army fort into a sanitarium to treat tuberculosis patients.-- Continue reading

Breaking News: Witness in Santa Clara suspected homicide located

Breaking News: Witness in Santa Clara suspected homicide located

Breaking News: The Grant County Sheriff's Deputies located witness, Cheyenne D. Zuniga, a little bit ago Friday evening, according to a news release, but no changes in the case reported yet.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday at 500 South Prescott (Apartment Complex) in Santa Clara, New Mexico.

On April 13, 2016, just before 4:00 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call in reference a gunshot in the area of 500 South Prescott. Deputies from the Grant County Sherriff’s Department responded to the area and located an adult male victim who had obvious signs of gunshot trauma. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by responding officers and medical first responders.

The GCSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to continue the investigation. At this time, there is no one in custody. There is a suspect in this case that has been located and interviewed.-- Continue reading

Breaking News: Assignment Shuffle taking place at Silver Consolidated Schools, new principals named

Breaking News: Assignment Shuffle taking place at Silver Consolidated Schools, new principals named

By Margaret Hopper

It's spring again and time for Assignment-Shuffle at Silver Consolidated Schools. In the past, questions arose as to why principals were moved around when they just wanted to keep on doing what they had been doing. The answers don't always get printed, but according to Superintendent Lon Streib, new ideas, changes, can be good for a school. Equally true, principals need to be trained, and there are differences between high school assignments and those at elementary level.

In late breaking news before noon on Friday, Lisa Lucero of Human Resources and Transportation said Victor Oaxaca had been selected as the new principal for Silver High School. More information will come at a later time.





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