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[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of the work session held Feb. 19, 2019. Later articles may combine portions of this meeting with the regular session to be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Board of Commissioners held an extended work session on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 to discuss several issues likely to be contentious at the regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, which has been moved to a larger venue—the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, next to Ace Hardware.

Due to an expected overflow crowd, Grant County commissioners at their work session yesterday requested a change of meeting place.

It has been confirmed that the regular meeting for Feb. 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. will take place at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City, NM.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

One of the many events of Silver City’s Territorial Charter Day was the reenactment of the signing of the Charter.

Grant County and Silver City residents, frustrated by the Territorial Legislature’s refusal to allow the city and the county to incorporate, threatened to secede from New Mexico and join Arizona. Although the Arizona Legislature eventually did not approve annexation, the furor was enough to make Santa Fe reconsider its stand and allow the city to incorporate.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Ticket holders for the Mimbres Region Art's Council Chocolate Fantasia 2019, which featured the theme, "Children's Storybook Fantasia," were able to vote on awards for best decorations and best chocolates. The award ceremony was held at the Little Toad Creek Brewery late Saturday afternoon. The awards given were:

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Despite a day that turned cold and windy, the streets of Silver City were full of people in search of the perfect chocolate treat.

Chocolate Fantasia 2019, themed “Children’s Storybook Fantasia” featured 31 chocolatiers’ creations in stores and galleries decorated as tales from children’s storybooks. Later in the day, people wanting to buy tickets had to be turned away, as the event was sold out. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s education and student outreach programs.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the monthly Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon two speakers talked about the organizations they represent.

The first was Karen Beckenbach of the Grant County Community Concert Association.

"We are in our 61st season," Beckenbach said. "We are an all-volunteer organization. We used to be all classical music, but now we have branched out into various types of music to appeal to a broader audience."

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 and the final article on the NM CAP Entity meeting of Feb. 5, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first part of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting of Feb. 5, 2019 included a presentation and discussion on a proposal to name 450 miles of Gila and San Francisco rivers as Wild and Scenic. The article may be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/49236-nm-cap-entity-regular-meeting-020519-part-1

The rest of the meeting began with old business, with an update from Stantec regarding the changes in cost to the New Mexico Unit and why they are necessary.

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a two-part series of articles on the New Mexico CAP Entity meeting held on Feb. 5, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the roll call and recognition of those on the telephone, as well as the approval of the agenda and minutes, public input was heard at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Carol Martin said she had questions and comments on the website for the entity.

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