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[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series on Grant County Commission meetings this week.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations at the Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 Grant County Commission work session, Commissioner Harry Browne asked for a discussion regarding the Holloman Air Force Base Pilot-Training proposal.

"My original idea was to bring a draft resolution," Browne said, "but I would like to get a feeling for how other commissioners stand on the issue. I think there are quite a number of reasons to oppose flights over the Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest and private lands. I ask for an open discussion on how you feel about Grant County weighing in. We were all here for Alan Shafer's presentation. I have reasons why I'm opposed and why I think the county should weigh in."

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council meeting on February 12, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Mayor Charles Kelly, Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro, Councilor Adrian Ortiz, and Councilor Raul Villanueva attended. Councilor Zeke Santa Maria was unable to attend.

Councilors approved Chief Kerin's attendance to the Buckle Up New Mexico recertification on March 14 and 15. Councilors also accepted the resignation of Michael Madrid effective February 14.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the County Commission work session on Feb. 13, 2018.]

The second presentation at the Grant County Commission work session on Feb. 13, 2018 was given by former District Attorney Mary Lynne Newell asking for the County Commission to join her and the Great Old Broads for the Wilderness in approving a resolution opposing President Trump's Executive Order 13767 on the proposed construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and declaring the resolution an emergency.

She said the Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national women-led organization of activists to protect wilderness and wildlife.

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session held on Feb. 13, 2018

By Mary Alice Murphy

A special meeting set before the work session to talk about funding to make improvements at Bataan Memorial Park to facilitate collegiate baseball was canceled. Commissioner Gabriel Ramos had worked with Sen. Howie Morales to try to get the funding, but Morales let him know the morning before the meeting that he had not succeeded in acquiring the necessary funding for the project.

Representatives of SPIN (Supporting Persons in Need) gave the first presentation at the Grant County Commission work session of Feb. 13, 2018.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

[Editor's Note: The Beat was unable to get names of some of those accepting awards, as well as of one chocolatier. Please email editor@grantcountybeat.com with any corrections.]

The sold-out event brought about 400 people to participate in the 2018 Chocolate Fantasia "Travel Through Time" walk through Downtown Silver City, sampling delicious handcrafted chocolate creations. After the event ended, chocolatiers and well-wishers assembled at Little Toad Creek Brewery to find out who the award winners were.

img 2218Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Abe Villarreal accepts proclamation re WNMU's Quasquicentennial Week, Feb. 11-17, from Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner proclaimed Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, as Territorial Charter Day, commemorating 140 years of Silver City's charterhood.

Carmen Vendelin, Silver City Museum Director, presented a list of events planned for TCD, including a hike on Boston Hill from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (contact Sylveen at Royal Scepter 538-9001 for meeting location), Fort Bayard tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., an Urban Challenge Run at 9 a.m. from the Visitor Center, an 11 a.m. children's run in the Big Ditch below 6th Street, and dancing and music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penny Play House.

SILVER CITY, NM – Today, the Grant County Commission launched a website, GRMCForward.org , to serve as a resource for additional information for employees, patients and the community about the future of healthcare in Grant County.

“The community is interested in the future of local healthcare and the County Commission is committed to keeping GRMC physicians, staff and the community informed,” said Grant County Commissioner Brett Kasten. “The website will provide timely updates and give the community a chance to ask questions and make their voices heard. We hope residents will use the website and be part of the process.”

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual chocoholic's dream day occurred in Silver City on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 just in time for Valentine's Day. The event, hosted by Mimbres Region Arts Council and manned by many volunteers, takes place in downtown Silver City, this year in 29 venues.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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