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[Editor's Note: Because several sessions took place the first and second days of the meeting, this will be a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second presentation on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2017, had the title: Using Mixed Technologist to Build Reliable Connectivity in Rural Areas. Members of the Interim Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee heard from Sacred Wind Communications Chief Executive Officer John Badal.

[Editor's Note: Because several sessions took place the first and second days of the meeting, this will be a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The presentation immediately after lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 23, had the title: Grant County Collaboration: Building Interconnectivity. The speakers were Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown, Western New Mexico University Director of Information Technology Jason Collet, and Director of Technology for Silver Consolidated Schools Ben Potts.

Lordsburg, NM/Hidalgo County

This morning August 28, 2017 around 12:55 a.m. New Mexico State Police Officers were notified of a single vehicle crash on I-10 east bound at mile post 14. Officers learned upon arrival on scene that a 2017 Dodge Van swerved to miss a rabbit, causing the driver to loose control of the vehicle and overturn in the median.

[Editor's Note: Because several sessions took place the first and second days of the meeting, this will be a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second presentation of the Interim Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee featured four presenters from Western New Mexico University on the topic of Challenges of Remote Education.

The four presenters were Jason Collet, director of information technology; Donna Rees, extended university director; Dean Foster, director of online learning; and April Hanson, manager of the office of IT video communications.

[Editor's Note: Because several sessions took place the first and second days of the meeting, this will be a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation, which can be viewed at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/38854-interim-legislative-science-technology-and-telecommunications-committee-meets-in-silver-city-082317-part-1 , was led by Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, Vice President of External Affairs Magdaleno Manzanares and Provost and Executive Vice President Jack Crocker.

After their comments, Interim Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee members asked questions.

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting was held on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm in the Village Hall. Mayor Richard Bauch and all trustees except Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza were in attendance.

Bauch began his Mayor’s report by updating the community on the addressing program. The project to name, rename, and renumber the streets is moving along and will be beneficial for emergency vehicle dispatching. Bauch also said the Village is preparing for the 2020 census. Work now to make sure the Village is ready will make the process go smoothly. It is important the census is correct as it is a tool in receiving funding. Bauch also reported the Neighborhood Watch is going well.

[Editor's Note: Because several sessions took place the first and second days of the meeting, this will be a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Candie S. Sweetser, who represents a sliver of Grant County, and most of Luna and Hidalgo counties, serves as chairwoman of the interim committee.

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner welcomed the committee members to Silver City and noted: "It is recognized that for education, health and the economy, broadband is critical. We welcome you to expand this important technology to our area. When you are not in meetings, we invite you to explore Silver City. We have a nationally recognized and award-winning MainStreet program."

img 3722Mayor Ken Ladner, in background, and street personnel talk about and prepare the changes at Broadway and Bullard.

img 3726Southbound lane on Bullard approaching what will be a four-way stop at the Bullard and Broadway intersection

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The traffic lights now in place in downtown Silver City at the intersection of Broadway and Bullard Street will no longer serve as the only traffic manager.

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