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 dsc4638Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board members, Sabrina Pack and Bruce Ashburn, hold each end of the ribbon as BBBS Grant County Program Specialist Donna Guevara cuts the ribbon. Photo courtesy of Jim Mathews.

img 5700Area BBBS representatives Regional Director Dawn Starostka, Program Specialist Donna Guevara, Program Coordinator Gila Trujillo, Program Specialists Crystal Nowell, Coordinator Nancy Chaparro, and intern Valerie Galindo stand in front of the office. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

By Mary Alice Murphy

For the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of an office in Silver City, several representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters for Dona Ana County and Grant County were on hand, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, to answer questions and welcome the Bigs and Littles that attended.

Nancy Chaparro, program coordinator for Dona Ana and Grant Counties said the goal is to have 45 matches of Bigs and Littles in Grant County by the end of the year.

ndcaward for gcwaterprojFrom left, at the National Development Council's National Academy Awards are Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Executive Director Priscilla Lucero and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil.The Grant County Regional Water Project received the National Academy 2017 Chairperson's award from the National Development Council. 

The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, led by Executive Director Priscilla Lucero, received notice in early September that the project was a semi-finalist for one of the awards. The Chairperson's Award is selected by the chair of the NDC's Board, who chooses a project that demonstrated extraordinary community impact.

On hand for the conference when the award was issued were Lucero, Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil. 

hurston wright awards jj amaworo wilson debut fiction winner credit kea taylor imagine photographyJJ Amaworo Wilson reacts to winning debut fiction award for Damnificados. Photo by Kea Taylor of Imagine Photography JJ Amaworo Wilson is Western New Mexico University's writer-in-residence.

Last Friday, his novel Damnificados won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. A ceremony took place in Washington D.C. at which civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis was honored. Colson Whitehead won the main fiction award.

From the article in the following link comes this quote: " The Legacy Award for debut fiction went to “Damnificados,” by J.J. Amaworo Wilson, who the judges said created a “fabulist and gritty dystopia that is nearly allegorical in its portrayal of the dispossessed.”


More information can be found at www.hurstonwright.org .

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Oct 24, meeting, approved the forwarding of two letters regarding Holloman Air Force Base’s proposed expansion of flyways. According to the two letters, signed by Mayor Ken Ladner, the town is questioning the “no impact” finding in the draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the Air Force. The letters were addressed to Holloman AFB Airspace EIS, Hampton, VA, and to Col. Houston R. Cantwell, 49th Wing Commander, Holloman AFB. Copies of the letters were sent to U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and to U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce.

Councilors and the mayor were “appalled” and “concerned” that while public hearings on Holloman’s proposal were held in other southern New Mexico communities like Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, none were held in Silver City or Grant County “where significant impacts of the Holloman AFB proposal would most be felt.” Ladner wrote, “I am writing to express my concern about the proposed plan to create a new fly-over zone for F-16 training missions that would encompass all of the Gila National Forest and most of its wilderness areas. The proposed zone comes within several miles of the Town of Silver City.”

Freeport-McMoRan Reports Third-Quarter and Nine-Month 2017 Results

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Third-Quarter and Nine-Month 2017 Results


    • Net income attributable to common stock totaled $280 million, $0.19 per share, for third-quarter 2017. After adjusting for net charges of $212 million, $0.15 per share, third-quarter 2017 adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $492 million, $0.34 per share.
    • Consolidated sales totaled 932 million pounds of copper, 355 thousand ounces of gold and 22 million pounds of molybdenum for third-quarter 2017.
    • Consolidated sales for the year 2017 are expected to approximate 3.7 billion pounds of copper, 1.6 million ounces of gold and 94 million pounds of molybdenum, including 1.0 billion pounds of copper, 625 thousand ounces of gold and 23 million pounds of molybdenum for fourth-quarter 2017.

CLOSURE- Hanover Area
Freeport McMoRan Chino Mines will intermittently close NM 152 at mile post 5 (Turnerville) from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for cable wire installation. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

More than 200 people attended the Autumn Art and Wine Extravaganza at La Esperanza Winery Saturday. People attending were from as far away as Maryland and Florida. The event included 18 artisan vendors, the Duckstop food truck and music,

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Although the purse auction, each year, is put on by one or the other of the two Silver City P.E.O. chapters, AG and BR, people come from all over the region and even from afar in the state.

Linda Cosner of Tucumcari, a state P.E.O. organizer, came to Silver City to see what the excitement was about. She told the Beat she was thrilled with the outcome and the entertainment value of the event. She was pleased enough that she took down the information from Dana Stout, who serves as the auctioneer from Circle M Auctions, owned by the Matney family. Dana does a good job of convincing people to buy purses, "to support scholarships for our girls to make them smarter."

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