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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At a ceremony on Monday, March 12, 2018, Magistrate Judge District 1 Maurine Laney swore recently elected Silver City municipal officials into office. Mayor Ken Ladner retained his position, as did District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano. Municipal Judge Sonya Ruiz  also returned to office and was sworn in.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Health Council held its regular bimonthly meeting on March 12, 2018. The change of date facilitated presentations by the area's New Mexico state legislators. Judy O'Loughlin, co-chair, moderated the meeting.

Sen. Howie Morales, District 28, was the first to speak.

"Thank you for the opportunity to give you an overview of the recent session," Morales said. "It's so nice to be home. It was a good session. We finally had a surplus, but we were conservative. We got our state reserves from 1 percent back up to a healthier 10 percent."

By Roger Lanse

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison, at the Mar. 16 meeting of the Silver City Town Council, summarized her trip this week to attend the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., where New Mexico Municipal League officials met with New Mexico’s congressional delegation or their aides. The first priority Bettison talked about was transportation. The current administration requests an 80 percent match from municipalities and counties and only 20 percent from the feds for transportation projects. “Of course,” Bettison said, “The National League of Cities wants it to be reversed. We also want it to come directly to municipalities. We don’t want it to go through the state or through counties where there’s always an administrative fee taken off the top.”

New Mexico’s congressional delegation is also working to protect Community Development Block Grant monies, Bettison stated, as the current administration, according to Bettison, wants to entirely remove those funds from the process as well.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Thanks to Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos for sharing their photographs of the rally and session.

Alan Shafer, lead airspace analyst for the U.S. Air Force, came to Silver City on Thursday, March 9, 2018, at the invitation of New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez.

Representing the Lt. Governor was Mark Van Dyke, chief of staff for Sanchez.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Richard Maynes, and Mayor Pro Tem Freddie Rodriguez attended as well as Mayor Ed Stevens. There is a vacant seat on the council.

Public Input was first on the agenda and Jack Dunaway, 12-year Hurley resident, asked what was done about ordinances, if they were enforced or if they have any. Without any specific details there was no council discussion.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business on the Grant County Commission regular meeting on March 8, 2018, was the monthly report from Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias.

"We had a positive meeting last night between the Board of Directors and a large number of physicians and caregivers," Arias said "It showed a further need for greater communications between us. Everyone had the same goal, exceptional quality care for the communities for years to come."

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, March 12, 2018, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. Board President Ralph Sepulveda, Vice President Frank Cordova, and Secretary Frank Gomez attended. Board members Gilbert Guadiana and Gabriel Holguin were absent.

The open meeting began with a short presentation from Snell Middle School. First, principal Pat Abalos talked about how quickly the school year has gone. “With a four-day week it is a whirlwind,” he said. Snell is preparing for the end of the school year already. They had a successful canned food drive, hosted an eclipse event, and partnered with community agencies for “Mental Health Day”. Abalos introduced science teacher Cindy Lee to talk about her students’ projects.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on March 12, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria, Adrian Ortiz, Raul Villanueva, and Eloy Medina attended as well as Mayor Chon Fierro.

Oscar Merino of Copper Little League reported to council during public input. Over the past weekend they cleaned the field. They contacted a contractor that volunteered time to paint. Dugouts were painted and more dirt was removed from the infield. Merino said things are coming along but they are still waiting on the railing. They are ready for Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

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