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Photos by Shirin McArthur

Southwest Festival of the Written Word filled Silver City last weekend with words of all sorts. The first day’s offerings included talks, readings, and a Virus Theater performance. Events continued in downtown Silver City through Sunday afternoon.

Photos by Shirin McArthur

On Saturday morning, walkers raised funds to support local military veterans and raise awareness for local military organizations. Started by veteran Mike Lopez, it was later renamed, in honor of fallen hero James H. Pirtle, who was killed in Afghanistan. Originally the walk was from Hurley to Deming, but Saturday’s walk was a three-mile circuit between Old James Stadium and downtown Silver City. The funds raised will purchase Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need.

[Editor's Note: This is the final part of the NM CAP Entity meeting of Sept. 25, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After AECOM completed both presentations at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity special meeting held Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, the next agenda item addressed the quarterly report on the New Mexico Unit Fund.

Kim Abeyta-Martinez, the non-voting member representing the Interstate Stream Commission, presented the quarterly expenditure report.

"To date, we have collected $54.24 million," Abeyta-Martinez said. "The fund has earned $2.5 million in interest. The current cash balance is $44.1 million. That does not take into account the $9.1 million the ISC has allocated to non-diversion projects, of which only $1.1 million has been expended. It also does not include the New Mexico CAP Entity budget or the ISC budget. It also does not reflect the encumbered NEPA costs."

On September 30, 2017, at about 1:52 am, officers of the Silver City Police Department and the Silver City Fire Department responded to a white car stuck in the San Vicente Arroyo just north of the Silver Heights/Highway 180 East Bridge. According to the caller, he believed there might still be someone in the car. At the time the arroyo had high water flowing due to heavy rains.

Upon the arrival of Silver City Police Department and fire personnel, they found the white vehicle lodged against the north side of the bridge. However, they did not see anyone inside the vehicle. Because of the high water flowing through the arroyo it was decided to wait until the water receded before attempting a search because of the danger to rescue personnel.

photo 1 rsAbout four inches fell in a short amount of time Friday night into early Saturday morning.. A volunteer firefighter said he saw water over the bridge.

Photos and video by Sandra Michaud

On a windy afternoon at Gough Park, the Monsoon Puppet Theater brought supplies and costumes so families could paint masks and don outfits for the Monsoon Puppet Parade from Gough Park to Big Ditch Park. Although at times the wind seemed like it was going to carry away some of the masks, they all persevered and soon the parade was underway.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

A bowl glazing workshop, to prepare the ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Community Dinner, took place at Syzygy Tile on Saturday. About 50 people participated throughout the day, painting designs on the bowls and sealing them with a ceramic glaze preparatory to firing.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Botanist Dr. Richard Felger led a group of about 20 people on a field trip to the mountains Thursday as part of the Gila River Festival. The group learned about native food plants in the area, and about the possibility of some of them being cultivated as a food source in the future. Dr. Felger explained that although almost all grass seeds are edible, many of them are too small, too spiny, or too hard to process to bother with.

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