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img 5886In the spirit of the occasion on Halloween, the Ikard-Newsom Servi-Gas Propane facility on Rio de Arenas Road had Frankenstein, pumpkins and ghosts.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

About 50 people of all ages took part in the Monsoon Puppet Parade for Silver City’s Día de los Muertos celebration. They rallied at LifeQuest, and then marched (and danced) down Bullard until they arrived at the street party at Texas and Market streets. The procession often stretched out for over a block. Día de los Muertos celebrations will continue through Thursday, November 2.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The Silver City Museum invited people of all ages to make paper marigolds, which are used to guide the spirits of loved ones to ofrendas, which are altars celebrating their lives and favorite things. Rebecca Margois read a bilingual story, "Spirit of Tío Fernando: a Day of the Dead Story" by Janice Levy. Celebrants could also enjoy the festivities at Texas and Market Streets, where the streets were blocked off to host a variety of booths and activities. Días de los Muertos activities will continue through Thursday, November 2.

[Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles on the Oct. 30 meeting of the NM CAP Entity.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first part of the meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity focused on public comment and business before the debate among members on what should be in the proposed action to be sent to the Bureau of Reclamation.

Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director, told the entity members, "as you deliberate, the Gila Conservation Coalition is concerned about your options." She said the yield seems the same as low yield that has been talked about in meetings recently. "It is a small portion of the allocated 14,000 acre-feet, but even so it will significantly damage the ecology. Why have you abandoned the 150 cubic feet per second that the ISC (Interstate Stream Commission) set? The way the action is modeled, it will completely dry up the river in the winter. As so far configure, it will benefit only a small number in the agricultural community, who are diverting more than they are allocated."

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Richard Esparza were present along with Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza. Trustee Victor Arambula was absent but there was a quorum.

Bauch did not have anything for the Mayor’s report, but said a lot of projects are in process with no updates since the last meeting.

In new business, council tabled the Master License agreement with WNM Communications Corporation, pending further information as a question was posed on the last day of the thirty-day question period.

Photos and article by Hallie Richwine

Turn On, Tune In, Act Up, the community storytelling project presented by the New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors and Viewpoint Productions, came to WNMU’s Miller Library on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Judy Goldberg, co-facilitator of the project, opened the panel-style presentation and explained that Silver City was one of only five communities chosen, along with Las Vegas, Taos, Dixon, and Placitas. The theme of counterculture weaves throughout everyone’s story and the project focused on the iconic ethos of the 1960s and 1970s, a time of great strife and conflict but also an amazing time for people to say, “I’m not part of this system”, and to choose their own lifestyle and identity.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise marked in the photo description. Included are photos by Anna Harding and Judy Menefee.

Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Food Pantry at The Commons, The Volunteer Center's facility, brought out more than 300 supporters choosing a bowl and having it filled with chicken, vegetarian or chili soup.

The Coordinating Committee was made up of Judy Menefee, Anna Harding and Zoe Wolfe, who did the planning and helped put on the event. According to Harding, on Saturday, the volunteers served more than 300 bowls of soup and raised more than $8,500 for the Food Pantry.

The event required many months of planning and work and involved various  community members during the several month-long process. In July, during the Clay Festival, on July 22, 2017, those interested in creating clay bowls for the event came together at Syzygy Tile, which donated the clay, to create bowls with shapes and designs of their choice. 

After the bowls had dried, a glazing workshop took place, also at Syzygy Tile, for some of the same participants and new ones to glaze the bowls with a variety of colors and patterns. Syzygy, a critical and much-appreciated partner in the process, agreed to fire the bowls.

What those who came out on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 to eat soup in the no-longer empty bowls saw and chose from were the results of the many community-involved events leading up to the Empty Bowls lunch.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias presented a safety moment at the beginning of the GRMC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

"We have recently experienced errors on our CT scan machine," Arias said. "We never want to have a patient on the table for a needle biopsy and have to quit the machine. In the past two weeks, we have replaced numerous parts, so we're dealing with that. As for patient safety, nothing will happen, except they might have to go through the preparation again."

Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia asked if the scanner was being recalibrated, to which Arias said: "Yes, for patient safety."

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