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PEditor's Note: This forum took place on Nov. 28, 2017. However, the holidays and other issues prevented this author from writing the forum up for the Beat. This is part 1

By Mary Alice Murphy

The all-day Prospectors Legislative Communication Forum took place at Western New Mexico University's Light Hall on Nov. 28, 2017.

The session began with remarks from those who represent Grant County at the New Mexico Legislative Session, which will begin on Jan. 16, 2018.

The first to speak was District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow, serving in her first term. "This is my second forum. This year's session will be a 30-day session, with the main purpose being the budget. I am a huge advocate for District 38. Hopefully we will have a bit of capital outlay this year."

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity regular monthly meeting, held on Jan. 2, 2018, addressed several agenda items without its executive director, Anthony Gutierrez, who called in from the Tucson Medical Center where he was because of a family emergency.

Others on the telephone included John Rasmussen of the Phoenix Office of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Gila Basin Manager Ali Effati and engineer Helen Sobien of the Interstate Stream Commission.

The first item of business was the election of officers. A motion was made to retain the present slate, which includes Chairwoman Darr Shannon, representing the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District; Vice Chairman Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County; and Secretary Van "Bucky" Allred, representing Catron County.

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2017 1229 lorenzo rendonThe following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Curry County Sheriff's Office in Clovis, New Mexico. Please refer all media questions to the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (575) 769-2335.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Lorenzo Rendon, a Hispanic male, seventy years old, five feet three inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with gray short hair, and green eyes. It is unknown what Mr. Rendon is wearing. Mr. Rendon, was last seen in Clovis, New Mexico on December 26, 2017 and is believed to be in DANGER if not located. Mr. Rendon is driving a gray 2014 Nissan Versa with turquoise New Mexico centennial license plate MYR-774. Mr. Rendon was reported to have been seen in Prescott Valley, AZ and could be making his way to California.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the Curry County Sheriff's Office or 911.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Richard Esparza attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Bauch reported excitement facing the new year as Santa Clara has a number of projects in the coming year including the grant-funded sidewalk and lighting project, the children’s library coming to fruition, and the bicycle trail project between Bayard and Santa Clara.

This editor got such a call on Dec. 26. Called Apple Support and was told that such phishing and phony phone calls were happening.

Do not call the number they give you, and as always never give any of your personal information to someone you did not call directly.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Danna Lopez, and her husband Robert, each year head up theToys for Tots organized locally by the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328. More than 2,000 gifts were donated throughout the community.

According to Danna Lopez, this year about 1,300 gifts were distributed to all the Grant County schools, with the exception of one, Harrison Schmitt Elementary, which chose not to participate. The other schools had organizers within the schools who wrapped and individually chose gifts for their students. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

During public input at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch rose to speak.

"I just want to advise you that I will submit a request to speak to you at your January meeting about a potential partnership between the village and the county for ownership of Fort Bayard," Bauch told the commissioners.

"We look forward to working with Planning on such a proposal," Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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