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Grant County Art Guild Birds of the Southwest Show 2017

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Art Guild had the opening for its Birds of the Southwest Show at Bear Mountain Lodge on Friday, March 24, 2017. Prizes were awarded in two categories, pain-- Continue reading

The NM ISC accepts final two of 16 regional water plans

Editor's Note: This article is a compilation of comments from local presenters of the Southwest Region's Water Plan to the NMISC and a news release from the ISC annoucing the acceptance.

On March 23, 2017, the Interstate Stream Commission accepted the final two of 16 regional water plans. One of the final plans accepted came from the Southwest Region.

Priscilla Lucero, Chair of the SW Region RWP and Executive Director of the SWNM Council
Of Governments, and Alex Brown, City Manager, Town of Silver City and Vice Chair of the SWNM
Council of Governments, presented the Southwest Regional Water Plan.

Lucero described the public involvement in the process. It included eight meetings, which were held mostly in Silver City, with one in Deming. The meetings were open to the public and interested stakeholders. From attendees, a master list was developed and continues to be updated. A list of Steering Committee members was created and also continues to be updated.-- Continue reading

Chaplains from Fort Bliss visit Fort Bayard 032317

Chaplains from Fort Bliss visit Fort Bayard 032317

Chaplains and chaplain assistants from the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, pose for a photo in front of the Fort Bayard Commanding Officer's Quarters, used as a museum by the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2017, 26 chaplains and chaplain assistants from the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso, visited Fort Bayard.

Chaplain Maj. Todd Morrison, in the middle of the photo above, with a red collar visible under his jacket, requested a visit to the museum and said he would talk to those gathered about Chaplain Allen Allensworth, who began his service at Fort Bayard in 1886.

Morrison said he, his wife and daughter had visited Fort Bayard during a trip to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. He learned of Allensworth and his significance to the chaplains' corps, as an African-American, and began to research him.

"Allen Allensworth was born as a slave in Kentucky," Morrison said. "His owners taught him to read and write. Some masters taught their slaves and let them continue their education. Others didn't.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission approves negotiations for conference center management, issues proclamations 032317

Grant County Commission approves negotiations for conference center management, issues proclamations 032317

Commissioners Browne, Edwards, Kasten, Ramos, and Billings presented the Continental Divide Trail Days proclamation of April as CD Trail Days to Jenny Gaeng, Michele Giese and Raul Turrieta.

 

The Silver High School wrestling team was recognized as the 2017 state champions. Pictured are Commissioners Billings, Kasten, Edwards Browne and Ramos, along with coaches Luis Alvarado and Jacob Vega, and wrestlers Zeke Marquez, Ramon Rodriguez, Vinny Vega, Armando Galindo, Ricky Villalobos, Lonnie Sandoval, Michael Aguirre III and Jayden Wietholter, Vince Marin, Damon Marquez, Iyan Villines, Will Kammerer and Isaiah Sanchez (not in order).

 

 

A third proclamation named April 3-9 as Public Health Week. Presenting the proclamation were the five commissioners and five Public Health Office staff members Margaret Diaz, Susan Garrison, Michele Giese, Brandi Warnack and Marcia Johnson (not in order).

 

 

 

 

 

Articles and photos by Mary Alice Murphy-- Continue reading

County Commission resolution on Fort Bayard brought detailed discussion

By Mary Alice Murphy

A resolution supporting the transfer of ownership of historic Fort Bayard to the village of Santa Clara at the Grant County Commission regular session on Thursday, March 23, 2017, elicited a great deal of discussion.

Scott Terry, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce president, spoke on behalf of the transfer.

"New Mexico is not going to use our tax dollars to preserve Fort Bayard," Terry said. "Fort Bayard is special to Santa Clara and all of Grant County."

He said the community has gone to the state to ask for things to be fixed. "But the state is not doing anything. It has no money."-- Continue reading

Silver City Town Council re-elects Bettison as Mayor Pro Tem, approves bond issuance and public celebration permits

By Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the Silver City Town Council met in regular session Tuesday, March 21, 2017. With no public input, councilor comments took place after the usual opening items.

Councilor Cynthia Bettison said she had returned the previous week from Washington D.C. where she attended, along with other New Mexico Municipal League executive committee members, the National League of Cities congressional event. The purpose of the event is to have members meet with their congressional delegations. A priority of this year's event was to have congressional delegations aware of the importance to retain the Community Block Development Grant monies, 10 percent of which is reserved for the Colonias Infrastructure Fund.-- Continue reading

Udall Welcomes AmeriCorps Members to Santa Clara to Restore Historic Site at Fort Bayard

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the Village of Santa Clara will receive a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to support efforts to restore buildings and historic sites at Fort Bayard, foster community outreach, and provide food security to low income families and seniors with the Volunteer Center of Grant County.

"Historic Fort Bayard holds economic and cultural promise for the residents of Santa Clara and Grant County," Udall said. "This AmeriCorps program to restore and renovate buildings at Fort Bayard and provide food to impoverished and vulnerable individuals in the community will have a real, positive impact for the students, families and seniors of Grant County. I salute every AmeriCorps member on this team for their dedication to helping our New Mexico communities prosper and grow."-- Continue reading

Two others arrested with individual involved in Sunday’s, Mar. 12 shooting in North Hurley.

By Roger Lanse

Two other individuals were arrested Tuesday, Mar. 21, at 605 Hutchinson Street, Santa Clara, along with Rudy Marquez III, 36, of Bayard, who is accused of shooting another man in the le-- Continue reading

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