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Lee GruberBy Mary Alice Murphy

The regular monthly luncheon meeting of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce took place Thursday, July 6, 2017, for members to hear updates on the upcoming Clay Festival and to hear about the PNM rate case.

Lee Gruber, Clay Festival founder and

By Mary Alice Murphy

The meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity took place on July 6, 2017, a change of the regular first Tuesday of the month meeting, due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Allyson Siwik of the Gila Conservation Coalition gave the only public comments.

"As the New

Three photographers at different distances from the annual Independence Day fireworks display took pictures of the celebration.

Sandra Michaud took them from about a mile away; Intern Alexis Rico from a bit more than a mile away from a high point; and Mary Alice Murphy, from about four miles

Photographer Dave Schuhmann shows the progress on the exterior of Denny's, as well as the hiring now sign.

Applications for positions can be filled out at the Workforce Connections office at 410 W. Broadway for a tentative July 30 opening day.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

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Congressman Steve Pearce and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich participated in the Silver City Fourth of July parade.

Before the parade, the Beat had a few minutes to catch up with Congressman Pearce.

He noted that even if the Senate

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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After the traditional Fourth of July parade through Silver City's downtown, each summer the Silver City Museum hosts an Ice Cream Social.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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According to Scott Terry, president of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce and director of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, said an estimate showed about 5,000 people took part in activities at

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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The Fourth of July 2017 parade kicked off at 10 a.m. beginning at 13th Street across from Gough Park.

Seventy-seven entries went southward on Pope Stret, with a jag eastward on College Ave, and southward on Bullard Street, with another short

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