Town Launches New Lodgers' Tax Payment Process

Silver City -- Owners of short-term rental properties in Silver City now have the option of paying their monthly lodgers' tax online, beginning with the October billing cycle. Earlier this year, town management contracted with Avenu Insights & Analytics for the collection of the five-percent lodgers' tax, which is levied on gross rental receipts from stays at local hotels, motels and short-term rental properties. Short-term rentals are defined as offering stays of less than 30 days. Avenu contractors identified 94 short-term rentals, several of which that had not yet been registered with the town.

"We're pleased to be able to offer this convenient payment and tax reporting process online," said Jacqui Olea, Silver City's community development director. "We ask that short-term rental owners carefully review the information packet sent out recently by Avenu Insights, and make sure that they've registered their business with the town."

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Fort Bayard and Learning Center Donation

FtBayardLearningLeft to Right) Doug Dinwiddie of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society and William Nagel IV master of Silver City Masonic Lodge Information provided by Bob Baker, Info. rep. for SC AF&AM #8, 575-590-2859Last week Silver City Masonic Lodge donated money to The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society and The Learning Center for Dyslexia and Academic Success at a dinner to recognize and award these two Grant County support groups.

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization serves a very important role in seeking to restore and preserve Fort Bayard. Every dollar given helps with this Grant County project with the many hours the volunteers put into this work. For additional information on Fort Bayard please see /

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Two New Mexico artists receive the Rounders Award

EdnaHarperArtist Edna Harper is a 2023 Rounders Award Recipient. The Rounders Award, named after the classic Western novel written by Max Evans, serves to honor those who live, promote, and articulate the Western way of life. (Photo courtesy of Edna Harper) Harper and Williamson celebrated for articulating Western way of life

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico artists Edna Harper and Stewart Williamson received the 2023 Rounders Award Oct. 25 for their vivid artistic creations that tell the story of the Western way of life.

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte presented the awards to Harper and Williamson at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

The award was named after “The Rounders,” a classic Western novel that was written by Max Evans. Created in 1990 by former New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Frank DuBois, the purpose of the award is to honor those who live, promote and articulate the Western way of life. Max Evans was the first-ever award recipient. The Rounders tradition continues as this year’s recipients join 34 previous honorees.

Evans passed in 2020, however, the Rounders tradition lives on. Witte described these individuals as vivid creators of Western art that embody the tradition of the award.

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Open Space Brewing to have soft opening 102823

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Photos Courtesy of Alexa and Matt, the owners of Open Space Brewing and Raul Turrieta, who forwarded them to the Beat.

Open Space Brewing will have a soft opening this Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 12-8pm, 11990 US 180, Santa Clara, NM 88026, Santa Clara Armory Building. Costumes welcome!

"Today we brewed the 'Chancla Porter,' which will be released at the 6th Annual Tamal Fiesta in Fort Bayard. Open Space Brewing will host a beer garden during the event from 10-4pm and then be open at the Armory location from 4-8pm for a Tamale Afterparty. The Chancla Porter will feature notes of rich chocolate balanced with a toasty smooth finish," a spokesperson said. 

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Silver City Art Association Curated Show at the Grant County Community Foundation Offices 

cool cat jeff haynieCool Cat by Jeff HayneWe are excited to announce the inaugural Art Show of Grant County Community Foundation and the Silver City Art Association, where three local artists will be highlighted: Myron Weckwerth, Jeff Haynie, and Zoe Wolfe. The show is being curated by Diana Ingalls Leyba. These works will hang for 6 months and be followed by another show highlighting three more local artists. 

Everyone is invited to join us for refreshments and visual stimulation at the opening of the Art Show in the Grant County Community Foundation offices at 1106 N Pope Street, Silver City (opposite HMS--the old Shamrock Station) on Thursday, November 16th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

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VFW held a Veterans Benefit Golf Scramble 102123

img 4916Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America local representatives provide support to county veterans.

The VFW held its first Veterans Benefit Golf Scramble at Scott Park Golf Links on Saturday, November 21, 2023.  The organization plans to hold the event annually to raise money to benefit veterans. (Photos are Courtesy of the VFW)

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The Town Councilor who picks up trash


By Frost McGahey

When one of his residents called to say that there was a lot of trash around the little chapel on the hill (La Capilla), Town Councilor for District #1 Rudy Bencomo decided to take matters into his own hands, literally.

“I grew up 100 yards from that chapel. It’s disrespectful to have litter around that area so I took a black trash bag and filled it. People should use the trash receptacles that are there.”

At a local women’s group meeting he spoke about his road to becoming a town councilor and how much he enjoyed helping people.

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4-H member recruitment video and flyer 2023

Please see 4-H recruitment video and for more information, see the two PDFs below the Read More

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