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Housing Sales Down in Grant County and Statewide

By Jim Owen

Significantly fewer homes in Grant County were sold during the second quarter of 2014 than in the same period each of the previous two years.

According to the Realtors Association of New Mexico, 45 properties in the county changed hands in April through May. That was a sharp decline from the 65 sales reported during the same months in 2013, and the 77 transactions in 2012. In this year's first quarter, 64 sales took place.-- Continue reading

Grant County Names New Manager

By Mary Alice Murphy

At this morning's regular Grant County Commission meeting, in the first order of business, commissioners named Charlene Webb as the new county manager.

Webb, who was born in Silver City, raised in Cliff and graduated from Cliff High School, will return home.

"I have accepted the job," Webb told the Beat. "I'm still in shock, but I'm honored to have the opportunity to come back home and go to work for the citizens of Grant County."-- Continue reading

Tige Fire Burning in Blue Range Wilderness

GLENWOOD, N.M. — A lightning strike from recent thunderstorms is the cause of the Tige Fire in Catron County near the New Mexico and Arizona state line.

The 63 acre fire is burning in ponderosa pine forest on the northwest rim of Bear Canyon, near Devil's Monument. Current fire behavior is low to moderate, producing light smoke mainly during afternoon hours.

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County's Jobless Rate Soared in June

By Jim Owen

Grant County experienced a major increase in unemployment in June, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

There were 907 people out of a work force of 11,901 (7.6 percent) actively looking for jobs during the month, up from 696 of 12,003 (5.8 percent) in May. The county's jobless rate in June 2013 was 7.9 percent, when 956 people were seeking employment.

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Silver High Principal Lougee Cites New Beginnings and Ongoing Improvements

By Margaret Hopper

"I love it here!" said Beth Lougee, the principal at Silver High School, after finishing her first year in New Mexico. The record shows she has been a quick study to discern what changes were needed for improving offerings and helping students meet graduation deadlines, leaving the fewest behind in the shortest period of time.

When asked what she learned first, she admitted that support for teachers and help to adjust attitudes were big priorities. She was hired and came to Silver shortly before the 2013-2014 year began in August, so she had to hit the ground running. Further, she said she already had a great job at a great school in Wyoming, which she hated to give up, but she knew she could adjust to new circumstances, and she did.

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Economic Development Course hosted by WNMU this week

Economic Development Course hosted by WNMU this week

Dr. Larry Meeker, at left, introduces this year's Economic Development Course students.

The students in this year's Economic Development Course, held at Western New Mexico University, have already put in several hours of work their first day, Sunday. After registration and orientation, they met for dinner on the third floor mall of the Thomas McDonald Student Memorial Building. 

Noreen Scott, one of the teachers of the course, said she is a member of the International Economic Development Council board of directors, representing the Western Region. "The mission of the council is to help improve the educations level of economi development practitioners in the field. We put forth that strong economic development is a career and an avocation." -- Continue reading

Hummingbird Festival continues from sunup through 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20

Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur, unless otherwise noted.

Birders, researchers and curious kids traveled from at least as far as El Paso for the Hummingbird Festival being held this weekend at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern near Lake Roberts. Hummingbird banding drew a lot of interest from folks who drove in for the day and those staying at the Inn.

Observers peppered two teams of researchers with questions as they weighed, banded, measured and fed a variety of tiny hummingbirds, most of which were weighing in at only around 3 grams each. Different hummingbirds species were being banded, including Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope.-- Continue reading

Silver City MainStreet Welcomes New Manager and Puts Him to Work

Silver City MainStreet Welcomes New Manager and Puts Him to Work


















New Silver City MainStreet Manager Timothy Brown shanghaied four boys to pose with him under the sign leading down to the Big Ditch. From left are Kasius and Phoenix Ford, Brown, Joseph Castello and Sebi Castello.

Article and Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

Timothy Brown was recently named new Silver City MainStreet Project manager. He is a licensed architect and finds the opportunity to work on historic restoration on a real-world level exciting.


Brown was in the midst of activities downtown Saturday during Big Ditch Day, where the Beat had a chance to interview him.

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