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UPDATE: 2014 Fort Bayard Days-Saturday—Fort Bayard Burros take both vintage base ball games

Photos by Shirin McArthur and Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday the lawn at the center of Fort Bayard was filled with tents, a cannon, historic artifacts from the Civil War era, and re-enactors, dressed i-- Continue reading

UPDATE: Flood Watch Sept. 21, through Sept. 22, Monday afternoon

UPDATE: Flood Watch Sept. 21, through Sept. 22, Monday afternoon

Flood Watch

UPDATE: Area extended to include the southwest portion of Grant County and all of Hidalgo County, including Lordsburg.

...Moderate To Heavy Rainfall Possible Over Southern New Mexico And
Far West Texas Through Monday...

.Abundant Moisture Will Flow Back Into The Area Today And Monday
For Increased Chances Of Widespread Moderate To Heavy Rainfall.
Scattered To Numerous Showers And Thunderstorms Will Develop With
The Aid Of Frontal Boundary Moving Into The Area And A Passing
Upper Level Trough. The Ground Remains Moist From Previous Heavy
Rains Of A Few Days Ago...So Much Of This Rain Will Be In The Form
Of Runoff. Flooding Along Drainages...Arroyos...Small Streams And
Low Water Crossings In Possible Through Monday. Urban Areas May
See Street Flooding And Ponding Of Water In Poorly Drained Low
Lying Areas. The Heavy Rain Potential Will Diminish Monday Night
And Early Tuesday.

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Interim Legislative Behavioral Health Committee hears about continuum of care in Grant County

By Mary Alice Murphy

Several members of the Grant County community, who have been working on a continuum of care to address substance abuse, spoke before the Interim Legislative Behavioral Health Committee on Wednesday at Western New Mexico University.

Those speaking included Susie Trujillo of Gila Regional Medical Center Project Development; Michael Carillo, Grant County Detention Center administrator; Ron Hall, District 3 county commissioner; Chris DeBolt, Grant County Community Health Council coordinator; and Jim Helgert, WNMU professor of chemical dependency studies.

Trujillo praised Hall's hard efforts. "We are here before you because Ron is so passionate and committed that he has moved us forward."-- Continue reading

Jim Helgert to receive Community Champion Award

Article and photo by Roger Lanse

Jim Helgert, on the faculty at Western New Mexico University as professor of the Chemical Dependency Program, has been chosen for a Community Champion award by Molina Health Care of Albuquerque. Helgert was nominated for one of the six 2014 awards by Brandy Jimenez of the Silver City office of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The award will be presented at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Historyon  Thursday evening, Sept. 25.

Helgert has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, a master's degree in arts and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in chemical dependency and counseling, and is currently working on his doctorate in education and organizational leadership with an emphasis in behavioral health, all from WNMU.

 

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Grant County Jobless Rate Dips Slightly in August

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County was 7.5 percent in August, down slightly from the previous month. The figure was the same as that reported for August 2013.

Out of a labor force of 11,580 residents, 863 were actively looking for jobs last month, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The numbers were 908 of 11,599 in July, and 877 of 11,651 in August a year ago.-- Continue reading

Students from area schools learn about history at Fort Bayard Days on Friday

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday—School Days—at Fort Bayard Days 215 students from area elementary schools, along with 25 teachers and adults took part in various informational booths and activities -- Continue reading

Blaze TV Project Chronicles Tactics of the Federal Government

Blaze TV Project Chronicles Tactics of the Federal Government

Courtesy Photo: A pipe fence with 2 strands of cable. Total length of the fenced area is approximately 2 miles with estimated 40 acres enclosed.

By Joe Delk

Special to the Beat

In late April, friends, who ranch in southeast Arizona, contacted me and told me that last year they had worked with the producers of a TV program called "For The Record" that airs on The Blaze TV Channel. For The Record aired their episode entitled "Borderless" in September 2013. 

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Local TEA Party hears from former Border Patrol agent

 

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots heard from a retired Border Patrol officer at a Tuesday evening meeting. He is vice president of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. Jeff Everly's topic was the border situation.

"After I served as a Border Patrol officer, I joined the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE," Everly said. "I retired in 2011 after 27 years in the two agencies. Now I'm a private investigator."-- Continue reading

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