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By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, at around 6:45 a.m., Annette Toney, an Arenas Valley woman, was taking her usual health-walk along Yucca Valley Drive, a dead-end, low-traffic, dirt road near the old VFW building when she was attacked by a pit bull owned by a Yucca Valley Drive resident, according to Grant County Animal Control Officer Buddy Howard.

According to a Grant County Beat report, the dog knocked Toney down tearing and biting her multiple times in the head, hip, thigh, back, and shoulder. Toney was told the dog was picked up and euthanized and testing revealed the dog was not rabid.

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The Desert Springs Gila Monster Gran Fondo was held this past Saturday on October 14, 2017, with cyclists riding 115-, 78-, or 40-mile courses and was a huge success. Rider participation was up over 40 percent this year over last year. Cyclists in the 115-mile ride covered the iconic Gila Monster route that is the same as the last day’s ride of the spring Tour of the Gila.

An amazing group of riders came to participate in this year’s fun ride Gran Fondo event. Joining the field of riders from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Colorado, and California, participants came from as far away as Washington state, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Illinois, and even a rider from Germany. Congratulations to the riders who completed the course in the fastest time. Recognition was given to these top participants, per ride length, male/female categories.

Congratulations to all:

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The 2017 Make America Great Again dinner was hosted by the Republican Party of Grant County and the Federated Republic Women of Grant County. It took place at the Western New Mexico University cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
A tall cut out standing photo of President Donald Trump, courtesy of Frost McGahey, drew people for selfies. 

Helen Nordell and Wanda Garcia created the decorations, and many donated door prizes and silent auction items.

New Mexico Senator Howie Morales is one of only 11 U.S. state legislators to be invited to take part in the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Forum for America's Ideas, International Learning Tour: Lessons in School Leadership from Ontario. The conference will take place Oct. 22-25, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

He and the other legislators will join three guests, one of whom is the Utah superintendent of public instruction, and two from the National Center on Education and the Economy.

Photographs by Mary Alice Murphy

The Red Hot Red Dot Artfest continued through last week and weekend. It ended on Saturday and Sunday with visits to studios. 

According to Barbara Nance of Stonewalker Gallery and studio, she had received more visitors on Saturday than on the Saturday before.

A public rosary recitation took place Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Gomez Peak Pavilion, sponsored by St. Francis Newman Center and organized by Yvonne Sirgany.

The rosary and prayers honored the 100th anniversary of Mary, mother of Jesus, also know as Our Lady of Fatima, having appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1916 and 1917. October 13 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Pedalista changed this year from being a part of the Tour of the Gila to collaborating with the Gran Fondo, which also featured the Gila Monster ride, a staple of the Tour of the Gila. One hundred and eight amateurs took part in the grueling 115-mile Gila Monster for men, the 78-mile smaller Gila Monster for women or the 40-mile ride from Camp Thunderbird, all sending them to a finish in Gough Park in Silver City. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Volunteer Center, housed at The Commons, hosted a Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Inside the building, people talked seeds, saving and sharing, In the commercial kitchen, pancakes made of mesquite flour, white corn and blue corn flour were available for the tasting. Also inside, was a cider press, with people cutting up apples to put into the press.

Outside, other picked out the best mesquite pods to mill with a donated hammer mill.

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