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Holiday Market 2015

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Holiday Market held by the Silver City Gallery Association invites vendors to show their one-of-a-kind handmade and personally created arts and crafts. Items ran-- Continue reading

Tree Rock donated and dedicated to WNMU 112015

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard opened the dedication by saying: "I asked J.C. (Robinson) if he would donate Tree Rock to the university."

"We want to keep our students outdoors," Shepard said, "and this will be a signature place that I hope the public also enjoys."

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Ambercare Prepares Thanksgiving Gifts for Needy Clients

Photos and article by Shirin McArthur

Just in time for Thanksgiving, staff and volunteers from the Ambercare Silver City office filled bags on Friday with food and gifts for ten clients and their families who live in southwestern New Mexico. Everything from turkey and stuffing to vegetables and pie have been donated by Ambercare staff members in Silver City, Deming and Lordsburg.-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce holds banquet to present awards

Photos by Shirin McArthur and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Bruce Ashburn, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board member, served as the emcee for the chamber awards banquet held Nov. 19, 2015 at the Western New Mexico University cafeteria.

"We have had no awards banquets in a number of years," Ashburn said. "We get to celebrate people who have made an impact on our community. I think you will agree that this should be an annual event. Thanks to Scott Terry, our chamber director and his wife, Cathy, who have planned the event. I applaud the citizens and businesses, who will receive awards this evening."-- Continue reading

What you need to know about effects of Real ID Act

By Philip A. McNamara / Assistant Secretary For Intergovernmental Affairs, Department Of Homeland Security

In response to the Nov. 18 editorial in the Albuquerque Journal (“NM law means you need passport, terrorists don’t”), the Department of Homeland Security would like to highlight the key facts about the Real ID Act.

While New Mexico is not yet in compliance with the Real ID Act, here are facts New Mexicans should know:

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The act established minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and prohibits federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting these standards.

The Real ID Act places the responsibility for action on the state, not residents of the state.

The state of New Mexico has not yet taken the necessary steps to comply with the Real ID Act or receive an extension on compliance.-- Continue reading

WNMU School of Business hosts event for Global Entrepreneur Week

WNMU School of Business hosts event for Global Entrepreneur Week

The forum featured local business owners, from left Paul Leetmae, Simón Ortiz, Lisa Jimenez, David DelJunco and Teresa Dahl-Bredine, looking serious before the session began.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first entrepreneur to speak at the "My Entrepreneurial Life" event at the Western New Mexico University Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on Wednesday evening was Teresa Dahl-Bredine, owner with her husband David Crosley of Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern and Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery.

"Four years ago, we began the Little Toad," Dahl-Bredine said. "I had no business experience, just a degree in theater.

"First, we started with the Inn and Tavern at Lake Roberts," she continued. "It was a hotel, restaurant, bar. We were doing everything ourselves—cooking, cleaning the rooms, paying the bills and taxes. We were exhausted. My sister talked me into getting a business consultant. That was the best thing we did. If you stop shoveling coal, the train will stop, he told us. He encouraged us to get on the top deck and to find other people to help us, with the rooms, the cooking and other chores.

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NM-90Bridge 111415 and 111815

NM-90Bridge 111415 and 111815

The anonymous photographer just sent two sets of photos from Nov. 14 and 18 to show progress on the New Mexico 90-Hudson Street Bridge.

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NM 90 Bridge update 111815

By Mary Alice Murphy

Editor's Note: Because this author had a conflict with Wednesday evening's bridge meeting, the Beat received information before and after the meeting.

Johnny Macias, project superintendent for the contractor, Interstate Highway Construction, on the replacement New Mexico 90-Hudson Street Bridge, told the Beat Wednesday afternoon that, weather permitting, the company will be placing concrete on the first half of the whole length of the bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

"All the rebar is in," Macias said. "We will pour the first half of the concrete next week. We plan to pour the second half Wednesday, Dec. 9. Between the pours, we will be working on the barrier wall and may get Valley Fence in to do the pedestrian rail."

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