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By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Fernando Martinez.

Public Input was first on the agenda and Raul Turrieta presented the tax rate changes. He shared the tax warrant with the councilors.

Sondra Berry of Nevada Avenue asked how to petition the Council regarding building a fence. Martinez asked that she consult with the code enforcer as there are currently no limitations for fences.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series of photos on the Red Hot! Red Dot! Artfest Fashion Show, organized by the Silver City Art Association.]

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A surprise to many of the attendees was a proclamation and key to the city presented by the association to David Van Auker, Rich Johnson and Buck Burns of Manzanita Ridge for their return of the Willem de Kooning painting, Woman-Ochre, which had been stolen from the University of Arizona In Tucson, more than 30 years ago, and was recovered right here in Grant County by the three

[Editor's Note: The many photos taken at the fashion show will be presented in two articles. This is the first.]

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Red Hot! Red Dot! Artfest Fashion show took place at Seedboat Gallery on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2017. Organized by the Silver City Art Association, and especially, Julie Enos, the event was full with about 200 people attending. Champagne and chocolates were the treat of the afternoon. 

shepardSilver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents renewed President Joseph Shepard’s employment contract at a special meeting in Silver City on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

The board unanimously voted to approve President Shepard’s new contract, extending his term of employment through June 30, 2021, while adding performance incentives for five annual objectives.

“Of my eight years on the board, this contract has been one of the most thought-about items. A great amount of work went into it,” said Board President Jerry A. Walz, Esq.

Regents present included Walz; Board Vice President Janice Baca-Argabright; Regent Member Carl Foster, Ph.D.; and Student Regent Arlean Murillo. Regent Dan Salzwedel, Ph.D., was unable to attend the meeting, but Foster shared a statement of Salzwedel’s support for the new contract.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A Red Dot, Red Hot Artfest gallery walk took place on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 in the late afternoon for visitors to Silver City to see the artwork available in town at galleries throughout the downtown.

The Art Fest continues this weekend, Oct. 14 and 15 and features studios throughout the downtown.

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La Calerita Construction, LLC, (Contractor) has completed construction for NM 159 into Mogollon. Traffic may still encounter possible lane closures as remaining items are finalized. The roadway is now open into Willow Creek, Snow Lake and the Gila National Forrest.

As winter approaches the NMDOT lower gate at mile post 12.3 and at mile post 22.6 may be closed as roadway conditions require. Currently it is best to travel this roadway in a 4 x 4 or high clearance vehicle.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual blessing of animals, which takes place near or on the Feast of St. Francis, happened at Penny Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

A contingent of local pastors took part in the blessing, as animals, large and small, with their owners made their way to the park. Brewer Hill Missionary Baptist Church also offered food, in addition to former pastor Earseye Ross and newly named pastor, Waldo Winborn offering blessings. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Pastor Father Paul Moore has performed the blessings for years. He was joined this year by Roman Catholic Church pastors Father Jaroslaw "Jarek" Nowacki of St. Francis Newman Center and Father Oliver Obele of St. Vincent de Paul. 

The City of Bayard Council meeting on October 10, 2017 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Charles Kelly.

Lovina Polomski requested a street vacation for the dead end that was renamed as Polomski Road. The Polomski property surrounds that portion of the road and there is no benefit for the road as is, however it was mapped and requires a vacation by the city. The city cannot expand the road, and Polomski is responsible for connection to the present water main.

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