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Official Election Results of SC Municipal Election

The municipal election results were canvassed this morning. Here are the official results.

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Hikers report suspicious activity on Continental Divide Trail

By Roger Lanse

Out-of-town hikers reported suspicious activity on the Continental Divide Trail near Twin Sisters Peak on Feb. 23. In a letter addressed to no one in particular, but obtained by the Beat, the writer stated "we encountered 2 men who obviously were NOT hikers. Not only were they not dressed for hiking but they were pulling a small 'yard' wagon. This wagon upset, as would be expected as the trail was not near wide enough to ever accommodate a wagon. The wagon was covered in a plastic tarp and containers for 2-3 gallons of liquid exposed. The 2 individuals looked and acted as it they were not comfortable doing what they were doing." The writer's mind went immediately to a "meth lab," according to the letter, although the writer stated they really didn't know.-- Continue reading

Silver City Mayor Mike Morones explains why the town needs a tax increase

Editor's Note: This author did not attend the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday, but talked afterward to Mayor Michael Morones, who spoke at the meeting, to report on what he said.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City Mayor Michael Morones, who is an accountant in his career, said he talked about two major state statutes that have an impact on municipalities.

"The Municipal Local Options Tax Act allows communities of our size to have six ¼-of-1-percent increments that the town can impose by ordinance," Morones told the Beat. "We implemented our fifth increment in the 1980s. We are one of the few that hasn't maxxed out our local options."-- Continue reading

Public Meeting for NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge in Silver City, NM

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruction Project for Silver City, NM.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday March 11, 2015

Grant County Convention Center
3031 Highway 180 – E
Silver City, NM

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SC-GC Chamber luncheon attendees hear presentations on workforce training, county lodger's tax and rationale behind GRT proposal

Editor's note: The author did not attend this meeting, but talked to two of the speakers afterward.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Thursday, March 5, 2015 Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, three speakers gave presentations.

Bonnie Zelinko of Workforce Connection explained that she had lined up a speaker from the state office, but the speaker could not attend, so Zelinko stepped in and gave an overview of the program's on-the-job training and customized training programs. For more information on the trainings available at the Workforce Connection office in Silver City, visit the office at 410 W. Broadway or call 575-538-3737, ext. 1003, which will take you to Susan Montoya. The state website https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx also has opportunities for online training.

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2015 Tour of the Gila Open Call for Title Sponsor

Iconic Race Facing Potential Cancellation Due to Lack of Funds

Silver City, New Mexico, USA (March 5, 2015) – For the past 28 years, Silver City, New Mexico has hosted the Tour of the Gila (TOG), one of the most iconic bicycle stage races in the United States. The TOG is one of America's great stage races. It's the American road cycling stage race where "Champions are Discovered™."-- Continue reading

Proactive Mental Health Task Force Formed

By Mary Alice Murphy

Sen. Howie Morales, and former Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez have formed a Mental Health Task Force to address the impact that could occur with the threatened withdrawal from southwest New Mexico of La Frontera, a provider of mental health services.-- Continue reading

Unofficial Municipal Election Results, March 3, 2015

Unofficial municipal election results for Silver City town councilors from March 3, 2015, show the two incumbents, District 1's Cynthia Bettison and unopposed District 3's José Ray's re-elections.

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