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By Mary Alice Murphy

Under resolutions on the regular Grant County Commission meeting held Jan. 11, 2018, the first was a repeat approval of a previously approved statement of vacation of the Turnerville Subdivision plat by the county.

County Attorney Abigail Robinson said a typographical error had been found and required re-approval of the resolution. Commissioners approved it.

Also under consideration was a resolution approving two Grant County Airport ground lease agreements. Robinson said the county matched up the two commencement dates to streamline the process. The agreements were approved.

Silver City, NM, January 16, 2018—Deb Bumpus has been named as acting Forest Supervisor on the Gila National Forest (GNF) beginning January 22, 2018. Deb will serve on the GNF for a 120-day detail.

According to Marta Call, GNF public affairs officer, Adam Mendonca is on a temporary assignment as acting Deputy Regional Forester in the Albuquerque regional office through the end of April.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the end of about an hour's worth of public input toward the beginning of the Grant County Commission regular session on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, commissioners worked on the agenda.

The expenditure reports, which were gone over in detail at the work session, were approved. For details, please visit http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/41545-grant-county-commission-addresses-short-agenda-with-long-meeting-010918 

By Mary Alice Murphy

In this continuing article on the Grant County Commission regular session on Jan. 11, 2018, several spoke against the proposed letter to the Forest Service, with a few supporting the premise. Also heard in public comment, were those supporting the county becoming a partner in ownership with Santa Clara for Fort Bayard.

At the beginning of public input, County Treasurer Steve Armendariz asked for a moment of silence to honor Lloyd Alexander, who died on Saturday, Jan. 6. "He was 87, but had always been very active in the community in Silver City."

Commission chooses new chairman and vice chairman

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business for the Grant County commissioners at their regular session on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 was to elect a new chairperson and vice chairperson.

Chairman Brett Kasten had told the commission that seven years of serving as chairman was enough and he intended not to stand for the position in 2018. He kept his word.

District 1 Commissioner Gabriel Ramos nominated District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings for the position. District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne said he had also shown interest in the position, and nominated himself.

This article provides background, context and explanation on the various agencies that convened in Silver City on watershed work in the Gila National Forest.

By Etta Pettijohn

When New Mexico Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) toured the Sangre de Cristo Range in northern New Mexico to learn about the Taos Valley Watershed Coalition’s work there, she had the opportunity to see firsthand how a collaborative effort between the Nature Conservancy, federal and state agencies, industry and private entities, is addressing threats to the Rio Grande watershed; creating jobs and battling serious wildfire threats in the process.

“As I tour the district listening to constituents, I find that all are concerned about water, protecting/maximizing our natural resources, education, and jobs,” said Dow. “I’ve seen first hand that a large scale effort to address the watershed -- while reducing the risk of catastrophic fire -- can address all of the above.”

By Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Sandy Feutz and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Silver City Art Association meeting held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, members honored artist Lois Duffy for her many years serving as arts ambassador for Silver City.

Diane Kleiss, SCAA board member, said, as the art association begins its 20th year as an art association in Silver City, "The only way we got here is a lot of people volunteering. One person had this idea—Lois Duffy, and she got it going."

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