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Trails Group Seeks Continued Funding

By Jim Owen

A Silver City group seeking to expand area hiking trails has applied to the National Park Service for continued funding.

A grant from the federal agency's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program financed the Gila Conservation Education Center RTCA Committee's pursuit of several projects during the past year. A newly formed group, the Silver City RTCA Coalition, last week sent a letter to the NPS requesting a grant for next year.

Accomplishments in 2014 have included the designation of Silver City as a "gateway community" for the Continental Divide Trail, and progress on a Silver City Master Greenways Plan featuring trails and parks. More than 75 area residents have served on subcommittees working on the projects.

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Sewer Project Completed in Santa Clara

By Jim Owen

With the recent completion of a $1.2 million project, every residence in Santa Clara is connected to the village's sewage treatment system.

Multiple contractors conducted the work in three phases, beginning in 2008. They first installed a sewer line on Bayard Street. The next stage was a line near Cottonwood Street, to connect residents who had been using septic systems. The final phase involved hooking up the Parra Mobile Home Park, off Racetrack Road.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funded the project, mostly with grants. About $330,000 of the $1.2 million was in the form of two loans that the village must repay. Santa Clara also is responsible for future maintenance of the new lines.

The USDA's state director is scheduled to take part in a grant-closure ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall. He will present a plaque of completion to the Board of Trustees.

The board, during its regular monthly meeting last week, voted to apply for a $725,000 loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority. The money would finance installation of automated water meters, as well as a monitoring system that would turn pumps at the wells off and on (according to holding-tank levels). The pumps would be converted to solar power.

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President Shepard Gives State of the University Address 081614

President Shepard Gives State of the University Address 081614

Photos and Article by Shirin McArthur

Dr. Shepard gives his State of the University Address

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard addressed an overflow crowd of interested locals, visitors from Las Cruces, and WNMU students and staff in his "State of the University" address at the Silver City Museum Annex on Saturday afternoon, August 16.

He announced that WNMU has completed a Master Plan, which sets goals for the University for 5 years, 10 years, and 20 years out. He then proceeded to outline many of the capital expenditures being undertaken now and his hopes for the years to come.

General Obligation Bond funds are, or will be, allocated for the following:
• $2 million for completion of renovations of Light Hall, including classrooms, the 190-seat theater and a patio entertainment space since the building's historic designation does not allow for expansion of the small lobby.
• $3.8 million for the WNMU Museum, for an external paint job, security and fire alarm systems and an HVAC unit to help protect the fragile museum exhibits.
• $200,000 to develop plans for the renovation of Harlan Hall, which is the 50-year-old science building. Dr. Shepard hopes that future GO Bonds will support a $6 million renovation.-- Continue reading

A Family Vacation

Editor's Note: What a better front page story than the photos taken by Alaina Dunivan, who sometimes photographs for the Beat, on a family vacation camping into the Gila Wilderness along the Middle Fork of the Gila River.

Article and Photos by Alaina Dunivan

"Having the Gila National Forrest and Gila Wilderness in our backyards is a blessing," Alaina Dunivan said. "Every year my husband and I have taken pack trips into the Gila Wilderness, this is our idea of a family vacation. We still go every year and take our two boys along, ages 6 and 2 1/2. They both enjoy it, playing with all the toads, frogs, caterpillars, and pretty much anything that moves that interests little boys. Getting down and dirty in the dirt and mud and then taking a quick dip in the river or streams to wash off. I enjoyed the critters as well, but taking pictures of all the wild flowers was my highlight. What my husband and I enjoy most is telling our sons about the people that used to live in the Wilderness, from the Native Americans to the ranchers and mountain men that called the Gila home at one time.-- Continue reading

Flood advisory for central Grant County 081714

Flood advisory for central Grant County 081714

Lowlands Of The Bootheel Nm-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley
Nm-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range Nm-Southwest Desert/Lower Gila
River Valley Nm-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin Nm-Upper Gila River
Valley Nm-
418 Pm Mdt Sun Aug 17 2014

...Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Northwestern Hidalgo...Grant And
Western Luna Counties Through 515 Pm Mdt...

At 409 Pm Mdt...National Weather Service Meteorologists Were Tracking
A Strong Thunderstorms In A Forward Line From Around Redrock To Near
White Signal...Moving Southwest At 10 To 15 Mph.

Hail Up To One-Half Inch In Diameter And Wind Gusts Up To 55 Mph Are
Expected With This Storm...Along With Heavy Rain And Frequent
Dangerous Lightning.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners Approve Bond Ordinance

Grant County Commissioners Approve Bond Ordinance

 

Sam Lowry, Grant County agricultural and 4-H agent, third from left, accepts a Ride for the 4-H Clover proclamation from Commisisoner Gabrel Ramos, left, Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, second from left, and Commissioner Ron Hall, at right.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two residents offered public comment at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Lucy Whitmarsh, Silver City MainStreet Board president, announced two events. On Aug. 16, the fourth annual Bash on Broadway will take place downtown to welcome Western New Mexico students and their families to Silver City. At 5:30 p.m., WNMU President Joseph Shepard will give a state of the university talk in the Silver City Museum courtyard. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., a street dance will be held on Broadway. "It's important for the community to support the university and welcome the students," Whitmarsh said.

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Flood Advisory for Grant County 081614

Flood Advisory for Grant County 081614

Flood Advisory For...
Northeastern Grant County In South Central New Mexico...

* Until 315 Pm Mdt

* At 118 Pm Mdt...National Weather Service Doppler Radar Indicated
Thunderstorms With Heavy Rainfall Across The Advisory Area. Doppler
Radar Estimated From 1 To 1.5 Inches Of Rain Had Fallen In Some Areas
During The Last Hour Just North Of Silver City.-- Continue reading

Several Flood Advisories have been issued for various part of Grant County and surrounding areas today 081514

This editor, who has received at least five flood warnings and advisories in the past hour or two, reminds you to keep an eye on the sky, listen for thunder and watch out for lightning. Some strong showers are expected in the eastern and southeastern parts of Grant County, so be aware and be safe.

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