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A ribbon-cutting and celebration were held Friday about lunchtime at the Centro de Amistad senior center in Santa Clara. The solar panels were installed in the preceding days and the event took place on a rainy morning.

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at approximately 3 a.m. officers responded to a weapons fired call in the area of 1223 Glenda Circle. Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority communications personnel told officers there were several callers reporting 4-8 gun shots. Officers initially had contact on scene with Billy Barragan, 26, of Silver City, and Natasha Maldonado, 25, also of Silver City, who were exiting a 1219 Glenda Circle residence.

According to police reports, several cartridge cases were observed on the ground of a driveway on 1219 Glenda Circle and one case was discovered across the street from this address.

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Sixth Judicial Judge Jared Hofacket moderated the event. "Will Perkins is a well-respected attorney and will be a well-respected judge."

County Commissioner Billy Billings gave the invocation thanking God for this day and life in "our free and prosperous country. Today is a good day for those who work in law. May they continue to interpret the law fairly and impartially. Bless his family and bless all of us."

Sixth Judicial District Judge J.C. Robinson said it was a pleasure for him to know Will. "I know he will do a good job. This is an important day for him and his family."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Joel Miller of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, District 1, and Greg Meyers, superintendent of road reconstruction contractor TLC, gave updates on the progress along the stretch of NM 15 between U.S. Highway 180 and 32nd Street in Silver City.

Construction of curb and gutter along Kimberly is continuing. Meyers said there would be no curb and gutter on Pinos Altos Roads southbound between Kimberly and U.S. 180, because of all the business dry pads along the route. "Everywhere else, we will have curb and gutter."

Three hundred feet up on Pine and 600 feet north on 32nd Street, additional turning lanes are being installed, as well as southbound from 32nd Street.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent Audie Brown opened the meeting for community members at the Community Dialogue on Oct. 9, 2018.

"I had a business and because of a situation with an employee, I decided to become an educator," Brown said. "There are primary and necessary criteria before a community can bring in outside businesses. As Senator Mimi Stewart said: 'The state cannot bring in businesses without an excellent education system.'

umbrella smThe book by Mary Alice Murphy, "God's Umbrella: Southwest New Mexico Survivors of World War II," is now available on Amazon.com at God’s Umbrella.

In the words of these men and women who served in World War II or were otherwise impacted by the war, God's Umbrella recounts the tragic, humorous and other memorable parts of their service during wartime.

img 9067Linda Pecotte is named Grant County Republican of the Year, awarded by Rhonda Billings of the Grant County Federated Republican Women.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Republican Party of Grant County hosted a Make America Great Again dinner at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Oct. 6, 2018.

Silver City Named One of the Best Places to Retire in New Mexico

Silver City, NM – October 17, 2018 – Silver City, New Mexico—known for its outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and history—was recently named one of the best places to retire in the state of New Mexico by SmartAssets. According to SmartAssets, Silver City earned its ranking due to the availability of medical centers, as well as the vast opportunities for recreation and arts and culture.

“It’s an honor to have made such a list, as we pride ourselves on offering unique experiences to people of all ages,” said Alex Brown, Town of Silver City Manager. “Silver City is an affordable and exciting place to retire. Whether you’re interested in outdoor recreation, history, or arts and culture, there’s something for everyone in Silver City. As an added bonus, our community of 10,000 is welcoming and we have special events nearly every week.”

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