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The annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival took place at the San Lorenzo Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Vendors, offering everything from free bibles, to natural skin products, scarves and jewelry to apples and fruit jams, lined the space behind the school on a pleasant late summer day. A pie contest, after the judging, had folks lining up to buy and eat a slice of pie.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting was held Thursday, September 27, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Patricia Montgomery and Rocky Hildebrand attended as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

During the mayor’s report Bauch reminded everyone of the birthday celebration Saturday, October 13. Bauch also mentioned Friday, October 12, 2018 as the day the senior center switches to an all-solar system. Funding for the project was entirely from non-profit agencies and the revenue saved will be put back into the senior center and its programs.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Patricia Montgomery, Olga Amador and Rocky Hildebrand attended as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Under old business council accepted the fee increase for the cemetery. Previous discussion by the council resulted in recommendations from the cemetery committee. These fees pay for the opening and closing of gravesites and the new fee schedule took effect October 1, 2018.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on September 24, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a short work session. Mayor Chon Fierro and Councilors Adrian Ortiz and Eloy Medina attended, and Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva joined the meeting by phone. 

Council first agreed to handle items which needed a full quorum and vote since Villanueva joined the meeting remotely.

The first action item discussed was the adoption of Ordinance 5-2018, the increase of the gross receipts tax by .25%. This increase is dedicated to the General Fund and Bayard anticipates generating $30,000 per year.

[Editor's Note: As a 19-year customer of Griffin's Propane, we can vouch for the company's service. We have never run out of propane, nor had to get emergency propane.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

This author has just been informed (through a letter to the editor) that Ikard-Newsome was purchased by Pinnacle Propane out of Texas. The letter lists phone numbers to call to find out why propane has not yet been delivered.

As an alternative, in case of emergency, or in case you want to purchase propane from a more reliable source, who knows its customers, contact Griffin's Propane at 575-388-4433. The company has been locally owned since its beginning. The local owner, Richard Griffin, works at the Silver City, NM, office and his daughter has also started working with him, so it is likely to continue to be family-owned for the long term. The company serves southwest New Mexico and a few locations in southeast Arizona. https://www.griffinspropane.com 

Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day to register to vote at your county clerk's office or through a certified registrar in New Mexico.

It is also the first day that you may vote absentee, generally at your county clerk's office.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila National Forest Supervisor Adam Mendonca opened the meeting and introduced the facilitator Heather Bergman.

"This is a different sort of meeting," Mendonca said. "We are looking for specific input for the ongoing forest plan revision."

Those present were given clickers to choose with yes, no of unsure if the range of alternatives for each item considered included what most concerned them. If not, they were asked to write down what they thought important but was outside the range of alternatives.

img 8563In no particular order, Stantec Engineering employees Dave Maxwell, Gary Berg, George Esqueda, Richard Maynes, Diana McHugh, Eddie Joe Norero, Shanti Ceane, Ramses Ortega, Robert Montoya, Mike Poppenberg, Pete Torrez and Desiree Villines hold the sign promoting the Stantec Volunheroes at work.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Volunteers from the Stantec Engineering firm in Silver City gathered on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, to paint the interior of the Centro de Amistad Senior Community Center in Santa Clara.

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