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A few people showed up at the Silver City Town Hall Annex Conference Room on Wednesday afternoon to vote on the Welcome signs for Silver City that have been submitted by residents.

img 4115Patricia and Tony Prewit look at one of the designs, as John Mahl of J&J Signs comments on what designs and materials would work best for the weather and abundant sunshine in Silver City.Assistant Town Manager James Marshall indicates the broad variety of signs submitted.

Another chance for residents to vote on which Welcome Sign would be most appropriate for Silver City will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at the Town Hall Annex Conference Room. Residents may also vote online for their favorite at http://www.townofsilvercity.org/

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: The Beat requested this session with GRMC CEO to refute rumors and to get an update on the Cancer Center.]

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias set the record straight by saying the person the hospital is working on hiring for the Cancer Center is a physician assistant.

"This will be a different model than the hospital had with New Mexico Oncology," Arias said. "The University of New Mexico will provide a full-time oncologist to the GRMC Cancer Center, so we have no need for a nurse practitioner, working independently from a physician. The physician assistant will work under the oncologist."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University Communications Director Abe Villarreal served as the moderator for the 9/11 ceremony held Sept. 11, 2017 at Old James Stadium where a large American flag and almost 3,000 tiny flags decorated the field. It marked 16 years since the event about which WNMU President Joseph Shepard later said: "That moment has defined our past decade and a half."

"Let us take a moment to remember the victims of 9/11 and honor them," Villarreal began.

2017 wnmu homecoming honorees rsPictured are the 2017 Western New Mexico University Alumni Honorees. On the far left is Larry Barstow ('62), who was chosen as this year's Outstanding Alum. Pictured center is Rosie Gomez ('02), who will be honored with a Distinguished Alum Award, and on the right is Thaxter "Scrappy" Richard ('97), who will also receive a Distinguished Alum Award.Silver City, NM – Three Western New Mexico University alumni will be honored during the 2017 Homecoming Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, September 22, at 6:00 p.m. followed by an induction at the homecoming football game on Saturday.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. A quorum of members attended.

The Hurley Pride committee announced Tammy Gonzalez as the president. Gonzalez reported the second annual pumpkin patch will be held this year on October 7 at the railroad museum in the Old Hurley Store. At the one-day event, they plan for about 200 children in attendance. Councilor Ed Stevens asked if the town could do anything to help the event and Gonzalez thanked the town for the offer.

Council approved the business license for Salas Services Company as well as the transfer of the liquor license at the Hurley Bar.

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday September 11, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour.

Regina Gaysina of RBC Capital Markets LLC presented to the Board first. Gaysina explained when the bonds’ funds will be available for the school district. The bonds have a fifteen-year maturity rate and the funds will be available December 1, 2017.

Next Jean Humphrey asked that the facilities at San Lorenzo be used for the Good News Club. This is like the Friendship Clubs found at other schools and is a non-denominational Christian club that is run by trained facilitators who have passed background checks.

ROAD ADVISORY:
LANE CLOSURE – Silver City AREA
US 180 (Bayard) from mile post 123 to 124 will be intermittently closed with a flagging operation due to rock removal on the shoulders. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 5:00 pm.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Three members of the Grant County Commission made up a quorum to approve a resolution certifying property tax rates in mills for tax year 2017.

"We received the state-approved tax rates on Sept. 7," Assessor Raul Turrieta said. "We have 10 days to approve them."

He compared the 2016 tax rates to those for 2017. Some rates went down, but most went up. The handout listed only the rates, but Turrieta spoke about the percentage changes, which he later sent by email.

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