Photo and article By Lynn Janes
As part of a statewide tour NMFA (New Mexico Finance Authority) visited Silver City to provide information about the organization. The state legislature created NMFA in 1992, with the intent to help with financing for projects that impacted infrastructure, economic development, and the quality of life in New Mexico. When the agency started, it had 30 employees and now has grown to 60.
The meeting took place May 18, 2023, at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. They had also offered the meeting through Zoom. Four finance directors attended, and others attended online.
By Lynn Janes
The town of Hurley held a budget workshop May 17, 2023, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes and councilors Nanette Day and Reynaldo Maynes. Keana Huerta didn't attend.
The council approved the agenda.
Lori Ortiz, city clerk, started the discussion about the upcoming budget. She had made the changes requested from the first budget workshop. One of the changes increased the budget for animal control to accommodate a full-time person. The council received the budget and it showed the difference that change would make. She also included some new line items to add the purchase of a washer and dryer, security cameras and pressure washer for the shelter. Ortiz said those items would cost about $2,000 but she added an extra $1,000 to make sure all would be covered.
Photo and article courtesy of Karen Beckenbach.
[Editor's Note: Thanks to Karen Beckenbach of the Grant County Community Concert Association for this recap. This editor attended and would like to report that it was excellent. This editor also took a bunch of notes and photos and will try to write it up sometime in the not too distant future!]
The Armed Forces Day Celebration was held Sunday May 21 at Bataan Memorial Park and was a great success. The event started with members from the Marine Corps League and Vietnam Veterans of America posting the colors followed by Emcee Raul Turrieta having attendees stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. After Raul paid tribute to the active-duty military, Gold Star Families and veterans he introduced the guest speakers, Dr. John Bell who gave a brief history of Fort Bayard. The next speaker, David Morrison, gave a passionate speech about the men from Grant County who were sent to Bataan, eventually captured and forced on the infamous Bataan Death March then ended up on the Hell Ships that were sunk by friendly fire. Of the 112 men from Grant County that went to Bataan only 45 returned home. He implored us to never forget their sacrifice and to take time to read the history posted in the Park. The final speaker was Phillip Torres, director of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery who spoke of the history of the Cemetery, his desire to enhance the cemetery, and to commemorate it as a final resting place that pays tribute to all who have given their service and sacrifice along with their loved ones to our nation. Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2023, at Fort Bayard National Cemetery.
Lightning strike caused fire creeping through pine understory, consuming dead fuels RESERVE, NM, May 22, 2023 – A lightning strike ignited the Pass Fire on the Gila National Forest the evening of May 17, located about ¼-mile from Forest Road 59 about 1 mile east of Indian Creek Cabin and 0.7-mile north of the Gila Wilderness boundary. The low-intensity fire is burning in grass and pine needles has grown to approximately 193 acres.
"We are applying a confine and contain strategy on this fire and allowing it to play its natural role in this fire-adapted ecosystem," said Agency Administrator Elizabeth Toney. "We're seeing really excellent fire effects, burning surface fuels in pine understory, consuming dead grass and dead and down logs."
[Editor's Note: This is the sixth of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission's work session on May 9, 2023 and regular meeting on May 11, 2023. This article continues with a review of the regular meeting agenda at the work session and includes the proclamations and their photos.]
Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy
After presentations and commission updates at the May 9, 2023 Grant County Commission work session, County Manager Charlene Webb began the review of the May 11, 2023 regular meeting agenda.
The first item was a public hearing authorizing the execution and delivery of a loan agreement and intercept agreement by and between Grant County, and the New Mexico Finance Authority to pay a principal amount of $1,084,911 for the purpose of constructing a pre-engineered metal building to serve as a new fire station in the Dos Griegos Subdivision for the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department.
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley NM-
303 PM MDT Sat May 20 2023
...A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of west central Grant
and northwestern Hidalgo Counties through 345 PM MDT...
At 301 PM MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 7
miles west of Lordsburg, moving northeast at 25 mph.
HAZARD...Winds in excess of 30 mph.
IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around
unsecured objects. Heavy rain will continue to result in
reduced visibilities for motorists along I-10 near
Locations impacted include...
Lordsburg, Lordsburg Playa, Shakespeare and Pyramid Mountains.
This includes Interstate 10 in New Mexico between mile markers 11 and
If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may lead to
localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded
Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.
Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe
shelter inside a building or vehicle.