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By Mary Alice Murphy

In this continuing article on the Grant County Commission regular session on Jan. 11, 2018, several spoke against the proposed letter to the Forest Service, with a few supporting the premise. Also heard in public comment, were those supporting the county becoming a partner in ownership with Santa Clara for Fort Bayard.

At the beginning of public input, County Treasurer Steve Armendariz asked for a moment of silence to honor Lloyd Alexander, who died on Saturday, Jan. 6. "He was 87, but had always been very active in the community in Silver City."

Commission chooses new chairman and vice chairman

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business for the Grant County commissioners at their regular session on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 was to elect a new chairperson and vice chairperson.

Chairman Brett Kasten had told the commission that seven years of serving as chairman was enough and he intended not to stand for the position in 2018. He kept his word.

District 1 Commissioner Gabriel Ramos nominated District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings for the position. District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne said he had also shown interest in the position, and nominated himself.

This article provides background, context and explanation on the various agencies that convened in Silver City on watershed work in the Gila National Forest.

By Etta Pettijohn

When New Mexico Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) toured the Sangre de Cristo Range in northern New Mexico to learn about the Taos Valley Watershed Coalition’s work there, she had the opportunity to see firsthand how a collaborative effort between the Nature Conservancy, federal and state agencies, industry and private entities, is addressing threats to the Rio Grande watershed; creating jobs and battling serious wildfire threats in the process.

“As I tour the district listening to constituents, I find that all are concerned about water, protecting/maximizing our natural resources, education, and jobs,” said Dow. “I’ve seen first hand that a large scale effort to address the watershed -- while reducing the risk of catastrophic fire -- can address all of the above.”

By Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Sandy Feutz and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Silver City Art Association meeting held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, members honored artist Lois Duffy for her many years serving as arts ambassador for Silver City.

Diane Kleiss, SCAA board member, said, as the art association begins its 20th year as an art association in Silver City, "The only way we got here is a lot of people volunteering. One person had this idea—Lois Duffy, and she got it going."

[Editor's Note: Items clarified or corrected are in bold.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

More than 50 people attended the first Gila Area Watershed and Forest Restoration Collaborative meeting held Jan. 9, 2018 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

Kim Kostelnik of SAKAK Natural Resource Consulting served as facilitator on behalf of the New Mexico Forest Industry Association.

The group was invited to present by District 38 New Mexico Rep. Rebecca Dow and District 49 Rep. Gail Armstrong. Martha Cooper of The Nature Conservancy helped with the organization and Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center at Western New Mexico University helped pull the invitees together, with opportunities for businesses to start or expand forestry work.

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Steve Townley took this photo at Walmart. He said he thinks "it speaks volumes as to the cold/flu season here and everywhere."

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, January 11, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Victor Arambula attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Robert Padilla of the Neighborhood Watch committee reported working on the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities which will happen Saturday, May 5. The event is in partnership with the Brown Derby and will be held in their parking lot. The next meeting for the committee happens Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Armory.

Bauch reported continued anticipation for the new year and the many projects the village hopes to complete, from the transfer of Fort Bayard to the village and to the police department moving back into their building.

Commissioners discuss Fort Bayard and Forest issues to be voted on at regular session on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report ending Jan. 4, 2018.

County expenditures since the last report in December 2017 totaled $1,375,744.06, including two pay periods for $446,857.16. Extraordinary expenses over $10,000 include a payment of $10,225.00 for airport liability insurance renewal to Arthur J. Gallagher & Company; $22,217.95 to Wright Express Fleet Services for the November 2017 fuel charges; $11,666.35 to Silver City-Grant County Chamber of commerce for November and December 2017 management fees; $267,214.06 to White Sands Construction for Tu Casa Construction progress billing; $14,408.46 to Juniper Advisory LLC for the November 2017 retainer fee and services; and $43,838 to David Stephens of Core Values for January 2018 inmate health care services.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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