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img 3700Gila National Forest planners listen to the public. Matt Schultz, the lead on the revision process, is at front right. Eric Flood, outdoor recreation planner, is in the middle at the front table. At left is a member of the public. Two other forest service employees sit at the back table, talking to community members.

The Gila National Forest held an open house in its conference room on Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. Four forest experts answered questions about the forest plan revision, currently in Phase II.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard introduced the new art installation of origami books hanging from the ceiling at Miller Library.

"Origami shapes are used in stealth fighter planes," Shepard said. "Origami shapes have been used in music halls to reflect sound to create perfect acoustics."

He said the art installation is simply part of furnishing the library. He said it wouldn't look like much with only white walls, no books and no furniture or flags and banners.

By Roger Lanse

According to an offense report, A Grant County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Tyrone Post Office at approximately 8:34 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in reference to a burglary call. Accompanied by the postmaster, the deputy entered the building observing the damaged door where entry had been made. A few items were seen to have been moved around, the report said, including markers, pens, a chair, and a normally closed closet door was open.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Attendees, at least 60 of them, showed up at the Silver City Public Library to hear presentations related to the solar eclipse and to get solar filter glasses for viewing the progress of the eclipse in Silver City. It was expected to reach about 65 percent.

[Editor's Note: This author apologizes for the lateness of this report. Too many meetings and events this week. This is the final of three articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular meetings held last week.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, started out with public comment and several folks speaking out against the commission, as a member of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, approving the amended joint powers agreement between the Entity and the Interstate Stream Commission.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy; winner's list below from Tedd Walters

The 26th Annual Run to Copper Country took place Aug. 19, 2017 at Gough Park. According to one of the organizers, Clara Bustillos, 143 vehicles registered for the event, plus 10member cars. She said those coming the farthest for the show were from Phoenix, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM."We have cars from the 1920s, and almost every other decade, up to the 1960s," Bustillos said. "We also have handmade trophies for many of the winners."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society hosted a party with informational exhibits and talks, including a banquet, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. The event celebrated the 151st birthday party for Fort Bayard, which  was founded in 1866 on Aug. 21.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, public comment was moved to after new business, so that several entity members who had to leave for another meeting could hear presentations on the New Mexico Unit Phase II final report from engineering firm AECOM.

NM CAP Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez gave the presentations, with backup from Paco Larson of AECOM, who was on the phone.

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