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[Editor's Note: This is the third of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address what the County commissioners asked and the replies from the Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commissioner Harry Browne asked the first of many questions from the Grant County commissioners at the special meeting held on Nov. 14, 2017 to hear from Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.

"I hope you get out in the country we're so passionate about," Browne said to Shafer. "We appreciate your apology about leaving us out in the scoping. Can you explain how we got left out?"

"Our Alternative 1 was looking at the Talon Military Operations Area (MOA) near Carlsbad," Shafer said. "Because we fly near Truth or Consequences, that was our second location. For the Lobos MOA in this area, we went for a population area, which was Las Cruces. Three meetings are standard for this size of airspace. We sent a letter to the county administration and to state senators."

img 6164Photo of room filling up. All chairs soon had people sitting in them.

img 6165Photo of guests, from left, with back to the camera is Alan Shafer, speaking to an unidentified man. Next from left is Elliot Sanders, Donald Hathaway, Andrew Gomolak, Matthew McGovern and Juan Lavareda-Perez.

img 6167 1Alan Shafer at podium

[Editor's Note: This is the second of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address what the Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer had to say.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

People filled the Commissioners' Chambers in the Grant County Administration Center for the special meeting called by the Grant County Commission to address what members of the commission had felt was oversight on the part of the Air Force not to include Silver City in the scoping process. Commission Chairman asked those present to be respectful of the speakers. "These people here are our guests."

Commissioner Harry Browne asked for respect for everyone.

The Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer introduced those who had accompanied him, Elliot Sanders from Langley Air Force Base combat command; and Andrew Gomolak, Matthew McGovern, Juan Lavareda-Perez and Donald Hathaway from Holloman Air Force Base.

img 6159Photo is of only one portion of the crowd at the rally.

img 6155Commissioner Harry Browne holds flashlight for Commission Alicia Edwards to read her remarks.

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion gives a brief overview of the pre-session rally outside the venue.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a pre-meeting rally, which drew about 200 people to the parking lot in front of the Grant County Administration Center on Nov. 14, 2017, speakers, including Commissioner Harry Browne and Commissioner Alicia Edwards, expressed opposition to the proposal by Holloman Air Force Base to expand its pilot training exercises over the Gila National Forest and Gila and Aldo Leopold wilderness areas.

Signs held by those at the rally showed the attendees' displeasure with the proposal.

The City of Bayard Council meeting on November 14, 2017 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 25 minutes long. Councilors Chon Fierro, Raul Villanueva, and Adrian Ortiz attended as well as Mayor Charles Kelly.

During Public Input a concerned citizen asked for assistance paving the roadway to their home. Kelly explained the roadway in question is a private driveway on private property and the city is unable to assist.

Council approved Clerk Treasurer Kristina Ortiz to attend the Colonias Infrastructure Application Workshop. Attendance is required in order to apply for funding.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Western Bank at its four locations, Bisbee and Willcox, Arizona, and its two New Mexico locations, Silver City and Lorsdburg, where the original bank was built and still serves customers 110 years later, gave a total of $24,500 to organizations.

The money comes from the Bootheel Foundation, which was incorporated in November 2007. Owners, officers, board members and employees donate throughout the year for the awards. Each bank branch has a committee, which recommends the awardees that year and how much should go to each.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Community Health Council Director Cari Lemon gave the director's report at the regular meeting of the health council held on Nov. 13, 2017 at the Black Street office.

Lemon said, in looking at health council priorities, it seemed a good fit to partner with Gila Youth Services, a branch of Sierra Family Counseling Center, for an application to the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Fund grant awards.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy. Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and by ErnestO Stolpe, as marked

The annual Veterans' Day ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery, hosted by the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18. Commander Tom Raines served as master of ceremonies.

The Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 bugler Don Spann played the Call to Colors.

The Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 358 presented the colors.

By Roger Lanse

On Thursday, Nov. 9, at about 3:56 p.m., the Silver City Fire Department responded to a house fire at a dwelling owned by Becky Smith Ladner at 609 N. Arizona Street. No one was home at the time. Cause of the fire, according to Fire Chief Milo Lambert, was combustibles near the floor furnace which ignited.

Lambert continued, “We were able to save the structure. There’s a lot of smoke damage and some structural damage to the floors but my crew did a fantastic job saving the structure.”

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