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rock slide rsPhotographer Dave Schuhmann photographed the rock slide that happened just south of Bayard on U.S. 180.

The Community Development Council met September 13, 2017 to award Community Development Block Grant Awards. The Council awarded $12,274,835 to project around the state and allocated $1.5 to the Economic Development Set-aside and $507,000 to the Planning Set-aside. A special acknowledgement was given to the Town of Hurley ranking 4th for expending funds efficiently and effectively and coming under budget. Award recipients are as follows:

Village of Santa Clara
Bayard St. Improvements

santa claraSam Baca, Community Development Council Representative; Stephanie Schardin-Clarke, Community Development Council Chair; Richard Bauch, Mayor; Jolene Slowen, Local Government Division Bureau Chief. 

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Krystyna Robbins, artist from El Paso, TX, served as the judge for the 2017 Grant County Art Guild 32nd Annual Purchase Prize Show. A reception took place at the guild's gallery in the Pinos Altos Church in Pinos Altos, NM.

The show featured 51 works of art by 29 artists. Tom Vaughan, who along with his wife, Sandy Feutz, organized the show, said: "Because they are all New Mexico artists, we had to import the judge."

[Editor's Note: This is the fifth and final article in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next items covered in this article will include the agreements and resolutions, and county reports of the Grant County combined work session and regular meeting, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

The first agreement approved addressed the investment grade energy audit and project proposal. County Manager Charlene Webb said it was the final draft.

County Attorney Abigail Robinson said she had pulled it from last month's agenda, because the company was going through a transition from the parent company.

By Hallie Richwine

The Public Forum on Thursday, September 21 at WNMU’s Miller Library showcased the topic of Constitution Day and Banned Books Week. Michelle Reed served as the emcee and explained that Banned Books Week generates interest in many titles. Whether we didn’t know a particular book was banned or we are curious about the content, Banned Books Week creates a bit of excitement.

Reed read from the Freedom To Read statement, which is a list of seven propositions introduced in 1953 at the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council. Organizations such as the Association of American Publishers have adopted and renewed them.. The end of the Freedom to Read statement states boldly: “We believe...that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.”

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

Aubrey Dunn, New Mexico State Land Commissioner, presented to the Board. Eighty-four percent of funds generated from the New Mexico State Land Office goes to the public schools. Nine million acres of surface estate and thirteen million mineral acres are held in trust for public schools, special schools, universities, hospitals, correctional facilities, water conservation projects, and public building construction and repair. Dunn informed the Board that gas and oil provide the main sources of revenue and that wind and solar only generate a fraction of that wealth. The maintenance fund uses about 1% (approximately 1 million dollars) for restoration and remediation,. Patrick Cohn asked how this affects the state when mining is the main economic driver. Dunn said that there is a local gravel pit located on state land, and some of the mine, too, put royalties go into the State Land Office fund, which in turn goes to the schools.The State Land Office holds a contest each year to design a bookmark. The contest is open to all New Mexico fourth-grade students and entries are due by October 14, 2017. Five categories with one winner being chosen fr

[Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two more items under new business in the Grant County Commission's combination work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, took up some time and will be covered in this article.

The first took little time. County Manager Charlene Webb asked that some items from the Road Department be approved for removal from inventory to be slated for auction. "They include a Suburban and a trailer to be auctioned. Santa Clara has asked for the side mower." The inventory removal was approved.

[Editor's Note: This is the third in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After public input and the public hearing that took almost two hours of the meeting, the agenda became the focus of discussion and approval.

County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the Expenditure Report for approval.

For the period ending 9/11/2017, expenditures totaled $3,368,362.27. They included three pay periods—16, 17, and 18— for an amount of $616,493.72.

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