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Grant County Water Commission continues to seek funding for regional water project

By Mary Alice Murphy

Alex Brown, Town of Silver City manager and chairman of the Grant County Water Commission, at the group's meeting last Thursday afternoon, called on Gary Berg of Engineers Inc. for an update on the regional water project.

The project will connect wells near the Grant County Airport, utilizing water rights owned by Silver City, to provide water to Hurley, which at present has no water of its own, and by extension through Bayard, Santa Clara and all the way back to Silver City to provide supplemental water as needed to the municipalities and water associations along the way.

"We've been doing some work near the airport," Berg said. "We have an access ramp pushed to drill the west test well. This week we should get the specifics, then get quotes from drillers. I expect drilling by the end of the month."-- Continue reading

Tour Of Gila Funds To Benefit Lanny Olson Scholarship

Tour Of Gila Funds To Benefit Lanny Olson Scholarship

Pictured are Lanny Olson's daughters Jennifer and Ashley; WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Jack Brennan and Jill Olson.

Silver City, NM - For a moment in time, it seemed like the 2015 Tour of the Gila would not happen due to lack of funding. The generosity of an anonymous donor and a successful crowd funding campaign brought the race to life and excess dollars for charity.

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NM-90-Hudson Street Bridge photos 082415

NM-90-Hudson Street Bridge photos 082415

The anonymous photographer stood on the north side of the bridge construction site and was intrigued with the construction methods.


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Grandmother jailed in missing children case

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, a Santa Clara mother reported to Santa Clara Police Chief Lonnie Sandoval that her 3-year-old son, Regan Maynes, was allowed to go with his grandmother, Myrian Bastidos, 42, of Bayard, on a shopping trip to Deming. Bastidos, according to police reports, assured the child’s father that she would return in 2-3 hours. This was mid-morning of Aug. 18, Chief Sandoval said.-- Continue reading

Clarified: Fort Bayard celebrates its 149th birthday

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday, when the posts for a chain link fence were already in place around the old Fort Bayard Medical Center building to prepare for the structure's demolition, visitors and area residents came out to hear a presentation about a Buffalo soldier and his family's search for records.

Florence Bowers, whose husband Dr. Joseph Bowers' great-grandfather served at Fort Bayard, gave the presentation, "Paper Trail: From the Ohio Beyond the Rio Grande."

"My husband's great-grandfather came to serve at Fort Bayard in 1865," Florence said. "He came from Kentucky, where he had been a slave."-- Continue reading

Painting the W 082315

Painting the W 082315

To complete Spirit Week at Western New Mexco University, students, on Sunday morning, Aug. 23,  climbed W Mountain north of Silver City and whitewashed the W for its annual refresh.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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Photos of NM 90-Hudson Street Bridge 082215

Although not much visible progress is being made, themain supports seem to be coming to completion. At the latest New Mexico Department of Transportation meeting, Roger Koest of Interstate Highway Construction said the bridge beams would begin soon. 

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WNMU pool and fitness preview brings many interested community members

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Lawrence Garcia, Western New Mexico University student body president, opened the celebration by saying: "A couple of presidents ago, we put in a fee toward recreation. We never know where our student fees go, but with this building, we know. It's tangible."-- Continue reading

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