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By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Richard Esparza were present along with Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza. Trustee Victor Arambula was absent but there was a quorum.

Bauch did not have anything for the Mayor’s report, but said a lot of projects are in process with no updates since the last meeting.

In new business, council tabled the Master License agreement with WNM Communications Corporation, pending further information as a question was posed on the last day of the thirty-day question period.

Photos and article by Hallie Richwine

Turn On, Tune In, Act Up, the community storytelling project presented by the New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors and Viewpoint Productions, came to WNMU’s Miller Library on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Judy Goldberg, co-facilitator of the project, opened the panel-style presentation and explained that Silver City was one of only five communities chosen, along with Las Vegas, Taos, Dixon, and Placitas. The theme of counterculture weaves throughout everyone’s story and the project focused on the iconic ethos of the 1960s and 1970s, a time of great strife and conflict but also an amazing time for people to say, “I’m not part of this system”, and to choose their own lifestyle and identity.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise marked in the photo description. Included are photos by Anna Harding and Judy Menefee.

Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Food Pantry at The Commons, The Volunteer Center's facility, brought out more than 300 supporters choosing a bowl and having it filled with chicken, vegetarian or chili soup.

The Coordinating Committee was made up of Judy Menefee, Anna Harding and Zoe Wolfe, who did the planning and helped put on the event. According to Harding, on Saturday, the volunteers served more than 300 bowls of soup and raised more than $8,500 for the Food Pantry.

The event required many months of planning and work and involved various  community members during the several month-long process. In July, during the Clay Festival, on July 22, 2017, those interested in creating clay bowls for the event came together at Syzygy Tile, which donated the clay, to create bowls with shapes and designs of their choice. 

After the bowls had dried, a glazing workshop took place, also at Syzygy Tile, for some of the same participants and new ones to glaze the bowls with a variety of colors and patterns. Syzygy, a critical and much-appreciated partner in the process, agreed to fire the bowls.

What those who came out on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 to eat soup in the no-longer empty bowls saw and chose from were the results of the many community-involved events leading up to the Empty Bowls lunch.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias presented a safety moment at the beginning of the GRMC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

"We have recently experienced errors on our CT scan machine," Arias said. "We never want to have a patient on the table for a needle biopsy and have to quit the machine. In the past two weeks, we have replaced numerous parts, so we're dealing with that. As for patient safety, nothing will happen, except they might have to go through the preparation again."

Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia asked if the scanner was being recalibrated, to which Arias said: "Yes, for patient safety."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Mimbres Region Arts Council Board President Maureen Craig opened the annual session on Oct. 25, 2017, by welcoming everyone and introducing Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner to speak.

"My wife and I would like to thank you for inviting us this evening," Ladner said. "I met with your executive director, Kevin Lenkner, and the city wants to help you with the Blues Festival so it will be bigger and better than it is even now."

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tax Reform forum held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Western New Mexico University's J. Cloyd Miller Library, District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow served as moderator.

"Tax reform is quite the topic in the House and the Senate," Dow said. "I would like to introduce Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation. Our topic tonight asks: Is 2018 the year of tax reform? This year, my first session as your representative, I worked hard on a bill to allow those dying of a terminal disease the right to try pharmaceutical drugs that are still in development, but that might help them."

Gessing said he has been the Rio Grande Foundation president since 2006. "Rebecca works very hard for her district and the state."

Reserve, NM, October 27, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Fire personnel reported smoke on Friday, October 20; and is from lightning as a result of thunderstorms that passed through the Gila National Forest on Thursday, October 19.

Eagle Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 1 acre and has merged with the Peak Fire.

Peak Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 20 acres.

The fire is burning in the old HB Fire (1995) burn scar. The fires are moving through downed logs and are cleaning up snags and woody debris within this burn scar.
Reserve RD fire staff will be monitoring these fires as they clean up dead and down material on the forest floor.

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday October 23, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour.

Before the update on unfinished business the trustees presented Misty Pugmire with a plaque recognizing her retirement after 25 years of service with Cobre Consolidated Schools.

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