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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Members of the press were given a pre-preview of the WNMU Museum to entice people to vist during the limited preview.]

The limited preview of the Western New Mexico Museum will take place from 1-4 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, on the WNMU campus as part of Clay Festival activities.The bright walls, multiple fixed windows and new lighting make the museum bright, airy and modern.

Fleming Hall, which was built 100 years ago in June, 1918, has housed basketball games and classrooms. Faint basketball lines are still slightly visible on the original maple floors, which have been recently refinished.

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon on Thursday, July 12, 2019.

img 1454The featured speaker was Curtis Clough, the new associate superintendent for Silver Schools.

He said he had participated in a conference call with the New Mexico Public Education Department the prior day. "We are going back to educating kids for jobs."

Clough is in his 29th year working in public schools. "I've held almost every position, even cook and bus driver. I had to fill in once for the cook when all the cafeteria staff were ill with the flu. I had to drive the bus for the girls' basketball team once, too."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

One of the multiple National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping meetings took place in Silver City. Representatives from the Interstate Stream Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the joint leads for the process of analyzing the proposed action by the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity to construct a New Mexico Unit under the Arizona Water Settlements Act, also attended. Members of Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc. (EMPSI), which is contracting with Reclamation to do the NEPA process explained the process to visitors wishing to comment, as part of the public process.

Start Date: June 30, 2018
Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Acres: ~4,786
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 29

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Sandy Gonzales, Silver City Walmart store manager, at the store reopening on Friday, July 6, 2018, said the store had brought on 54 more people to help customers find items during and after the recent complete renovation and reorganization of the store.

She said the pickup tower is proving to be popular with customers. They order online, and when they come to pick up their order, they scan the order number barcode from their smartphone and the item either comes down out of the tower like a vending machine or a nearby locker door opens up for items that do not fit well into the tower, such as wobbly objects. 

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday, July 5, 2018, a recognition ceremony took place at the Fort Bayard Historic Landmark Theater. The 11 Americorps youths who had worked at Fort Bayard, as well as in Silver City, completed their third tour of work for the year stabilizing the historic buildings at Fort Bayard.

The village of Santa Clara housed the young people at the Santa Clara Armory, where they also utilized space to paint "windows" and "doors" to tighten up the buildings.

ROAD ADVISORY:
CLOSURE – I-10 LORDSBURG AREA
I-10 both east and west bound lanes are CLOSED at mile post 11 due to multiple vehicle accident. A detour will be in place on US 70 at mile post 20. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel in this area. Please expect delays.

collage fireworks mam edited 1A collage of fireworks by Mary Alice Murphy

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