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Grant County Voter Convenience Center list for Election Day 2016

The Grant County Clerk's Office has created a flyer listing the Voter Convenience Centers for Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.

Results will be posted on the Beat as they become available. 

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Candidate forum for Congressional Second District 20161103

By Mary Alice Murphy

A candidate forum between the two candidates for the New Mexico Congressional Second District was held on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Western New Mexico University Besse-Forward Global Resource Center. It featured the two candidates—Democrat challenger Merrie Lee Soules and incumbent Republican Stevan Pearce answering questions from the audience and from the sponsor, the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. A co-sponsor for the event was the WNMU MeChA group, which made use of the room possible.-- Continue reading

Congressman Pearce answers questions from the Beat

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a one-on-one interview with Congressman Steve Pearce, the Beat heard his opinions on education, jobs and veteran services.

Pearce said the problem with jobs is that they are being sent out of the country because of this country's having highest tax rate on businesses in the world and because of regulations. "We have one of the most intense regulatory regimes in the world. We need to take a close look at the things that matter to this area—mining, timber, ranching and farming. The reason we are in this fight is to keep the federal government from interfering. And it's a total all-out fight."-- Continue reading

Gila National Forest holds open houses to receive input

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday evening, Nov. 2, 2016, members of the Gila National Forest staff were on hand to answer questions and to seek input from the public at the Western New Mexico University Besse-Forward Global Resource Center.

This open house is one of seven in the areas around the forest and includes one in Las Cruces.

Posters and summary pages about each aspect of the plan had some people standing reading the posters and others gathering the summaries to peruse at their leisure.

The draft preliminary plan has been completed. The process is still in the assessment stage, with public input required for needs for change.-- Continue reading

NM House District 38 candidates answer questions in forum 20161101

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday evening, Nov. 1, 2016, one week before the General Election on Nov. 8, the two candidates for New Mexico House District 38—Republican Rebecca Dow and Democrat Mary Hotvedt—took part in a forum, sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press. Both, at the beginning of their opening statements, thanked the newspaper and those gathered to hear them.

Hotvedt gave the first opening statement. "We are the voters, we are the issues and we need to discuss them."

She said she spent 24 years in a small business group, as a therapist, a family therapist and marriage therapist. "I teach as an adjunct professor at Western New Mexico University. I am concerned about a lot of the issues, including the budget."-- Continue reading

Hurley rated eighth safest NM city

By Roger Lanse

Protect America, a national home security company, in its annual program, which lists the Top 10 Burglary Safe Zones in each state, has ranked Hurley as eighth in New Mexico.

Zane Scharwzlose, community liaison for the company, said that each year the FBI releases their Uniform Crime Report detailing the number of crimes in each municipality in the U.S. The 2016 report was released Sept. 28, he stated, and Protect America determined the burglary safe zones based on that data.-- Continue reading

Catwalk temporarily closing due to flooding potential

Glenwood, NM; November 4, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The Catwalk National Recreation Area will be temporarily closed until further notice, due to concerns of flooding and public safety. The National W-- Continue reading

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce members hear from State Treasurer 20161103

SC-GC Chamber of Commerce members hear from State Treasurer 20161103

From left are Bruce Ashburn, Chamber board member and State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg

By Margaret Hopper

State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg spoke at the November 3 Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting held at Western New Mexico University on Thursday. His many credentials include being a county treasurer, past state senator, state property tax director, appraiser, Realtor and numerous other positions. Recalling past experiences in Grant County and times he and Raul Turietta agreed and disagreed, Eichenberg said he was able to relate to the needs of rural counties and their financial conditions.-- Continue reading

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