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[Editor's Note: The second and third paragraphs of this article summarize what is referred to often in these articles on the New Mexico CAP Entity as the "amended proposed action."]

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday morning, March 21, 2018, the members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity discussed a scope of work for AECOM for Phase IIIA of the proposed action.

The New Mexico CAP Entity (“Entity”), on October 30, 2017, chose in an open public meeting the diversion, conveyance and storage alternatives as its amended proposed action. The amended proposed action includes project components in three areas—the Upper Gila Valley, along the San Francisco River and in the Virden Valley. Diversion structures in the Upper Gila and San Francisco, conveyance (ditch) improvements in all three identified areas including a portion of lined ditches, construction of six on/off farm storage ponds in Upper Gila and 2 in Virden totaling approximately 3,500 acre-feet, and construction of a reservoir in a side canyon of the San Francisco with an estimated 1,800 acre-feet of storage (proposed funding outside of construction fund). In addition, five conventional well systems (total capacity of 4,000 acre-feet of delivery) are also being proposed in the Upper Gila Valley to provide alternative methods of irrigation such as sprinkler or drip irrigation for maximum efficiency, while also providing for aquifer storage and recovery.

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Community Foundation gave its first grants on March 19, 2018, awarding them to five community organizations.

wnmu regents mar 2018 rsWNMU regents from left, Dan Salzwedel, Arlean Murillo, Jerry A. Walz,
Janice Baca-Argabright, and Carl Foster
Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved the 2018-19 student fees and tuition amounts, which will not be increased, and voted to move ahead with the capital projects transmittal for underground utilities on campus and with the disposal of depreciated computers during their meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Western New Mexico University.

In discussion about the 2018-19 student fees, student body President Tim Stillman said that while the distribution of student fees is changing slightly, the amount students pay will remain exactly the same. "Monies are being moved around between departments," he said.

Regarding the 2018-19 tuition recommendation, Vice President for Business Affairs Kelley Riddle said, "We are not requesting any tuition increase at this time."

WNM Communications has been working on intermittent outages in the Lake Roberts area since Monday. Issues include intermittent dial tones, and when people do get through calls are dropped.

According to a representative at the Silver City office, they have replaced items to no avail. They have brought a switch company in to try to deterimine the problems and are on conference calls in the office trying to isolate the problem and get it fixed. They are working on it as diligently as possible, she said. They understand the inconvenience. She also said their Internet services are working, and it's strictly a telephone problem.

NM 356 from mile post 1 (Bayard) to 3 (Cobre) both north and southbound lanes will be intermittently closed due to road repair, traffic will encounter a flagging operation while work is being performed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Please expect delays. Closure will be lifted at approximately 4:30 pm.

img 7581 rsAn overview of one of the rooms where vendors were set up

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Sandra Michaud

John Justice, a small farmer in the Mimbres Valley, is promoting expansion of the local farmers' markets and working to develop a co-op where, when producers are busy, others can sell their produce and products and bring the proceeds back to them.

johnson wayne 7540By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Auditor Wayne Johnson, who was appointed to the position at the end of November when the elected auditor Democrat Tim Keller was elected as mayor of Albuquerque, visited Silver City on Friday.

One purpose was to host a training session to teach local governmental agencies about new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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