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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At the reception Sunday evening at Finn's Gallery for the 2017 Clay Festival Juried Show, juror Diego Valles of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, congratulated event founder and director, Lee Gruber, and her team for "putting on such a great festival again."

By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, July 25, meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved a resolution rescinding an earlier resolution passed by council which raised property tax rates in the town by one mill. Town Manager Alex Brown explained that the earlier measure was passed in case the state reduced the amount of “hold harmless” funds returned to municipalities. These “hold harmless” monies reimburse local governments for tax monies lost when gross receipts taxes on food and some medical supplies were eliminated.

Brown stated that the intent of council all along was to cancel the increase if the ‘hold harmless” funds came through, which they did. Brown cautioned, though, that a property tax increase is almost certain to be needed within two years as the “hold harmless” distribution to Silver City and other municipalities continues to be reduced each year. This year those funds to Silver City were reduced $120,000, District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith said.

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said: "Construction crew members are working on miscellaneous things — the parking lot, the insides, and the big hole."

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, except where marked as Courtesy of Diana Ingalls Leyba

After the dedication of the Big Ditch mural of the Youth Mural Program, five artists who work in clay faced off in a Mud-Slingin' Rodeo competition.

Five potters' wheels were set up for five artists taking part in six competitions.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday afternoon, as part of the Clay Festival 2017, the tile Big Ditch mural on the side of the cliff created by the floodwaters of the late 1890s and early 1900s, Diana Ingalls Leyba, Youth Mural Program director under the auspices of the Mimbres Region Arts Council, dedicated the mural. The mural is on a stabilized wall behind Diane's Restaurant.

By Roger Lanse

UPDATE:

At a July 24 arraignment hearing in Silver City’s 6th Judicial District Court, which turned into a kind of impromptu release hearing, according to district court staff, an attorney for Molynda Brewer requested her release. However, that request was denied and she was remanded to the Grant County Detention Center where she remains in custody under a $100,000 cash only bond.

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Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 2450 Highway 61, Mimbres, on Saturday, March 25, at approximately 8:52 p.m., in reference to a caller who advised that 67-year-old Walter Risdon Biebelle of Mimbres, had shot himself.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday, July 22, 2017 Clay Festival events included the workshop at Syzygy Tile for people to make bowls for the Empty Bowls Community Dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at The Volunteer Center to benefit the Grant County Food Pantry, "Helping to end local hunger one bowl at a time."

All materials for the bowls were provided to those creating them.

By Roger Lanse

UPDATE:

On Monday, June 19, a warrant for the arrest of James Anthony Castillo, 43, of Arenas Valley, was issued out of Grant County Magistrate Court. Castillo was charged in the warrant for concealing identity, and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. According to an arrest report, he was arrested by Silver City Police Department officers on Thursday, June 22, at the KISS building on the corner of 13th and Bennett streets and booked into the Grant County Detention Center.

Sunday, July 23, Arizona law-enforcement officers were allowed to extradite Castillo back to Arizona to face multiple charges in that state, according to GCDC staff.

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