2024 4-H Council Officer Training

By 2024 Grant County 4-H Council Reporter, Allie Miller, 15 years old

01 2024 4 h council officer team fun at awards nightFrom left are 2024 4-H Grant County Council Officers from left are Recreation Leader Juan Martinez, Secretary Krysten Jones, Vice-President Kayleigh Massengill, Treasurer Christopher Bennett, President Tucker Gatlin and Reporter Allie Miller having fun at awards night.

[Editor's Note: More Courtesy Photos are at the bottom of this article.]

On February 20, 2024, Grant County 4-H Council Officers Tucker Gatlin, Kayleigh Massengill, Krysten Jones, Chris Bennett, Allie Miller, and extension agents Jessica Massengill and Lauren Baker attended the Grant County Commissioners' meeting. The agents gave a presentation to the County Commissioners and "we officers sat quietly as we observed their use of parliamentary procedure in a formal setting. We had the chance to observe how the county government meetings worked and apply it to our own 4-H Council meetings."

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Cobre board meets at San Lorenzo School

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated School Board held a regular meeting at San Lorenzo Elementary School on February 26, 2024. Board members in attendance included, , Gabriella Begay, Gilbert Guadiana (online), David Terrazas, Angelina Hardin, and Emmarie Heredia. Acting superintendent Michael Koury also attended.

Alicia Edwards, coordinator with Healthy Kids, Healthy Community of Grant County, attended to discuss with the board the wellness policy. The last time the district had updated the policy had been 2017. Edwards told the board that March 28, 2024, PED (Public Education Department) would be coming to the area to do an audit of the wellness program and policies. In 2017 the policy had not been fully developed but currently falls more in line with the requirements. She gave the board an explanation of the process for the audit.

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The Commons plans significant investment in Bayard

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a regular meeting January 22, 2024. Attendance included Mayor John L. Ojinaga, Mayor Pro Tem Eloy Medina, Councilors Frances Gonzales, and Eloy Gonzales. Gabriel Ramos, city clerk, also attended.

Public input

Chuck Gray said he had put in an application for the council vacancy and did not see any interviews and wanted to know what would be done.

The council approved the consent agenda. It included accounts payable, minutes from past meetings, department reports and training for Robert Ruiz in Albuquerque.

Old business

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Candidates filing deadline dates for the local primary 2024

All local candidates who plan to file for the June 4, 2024 primary must file at the Grant County Clerk's office ON March 12, 2024 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

If candidates miss the first filing date or prefer to file as a write-in candidate, the date for filing at the Clerk's office is March 19, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cobre board fills both positions

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated School Board held a special meeting on February 12, 2024. Board members in attendance included Gabriella Begay, Gilbert Guadiana, and David Terrazas. Angelina Hardin and Emmarie Heredia joined after their appointment and swearing in. Acting superintendent Michael Koury also attended.

New business

The board has two vacancies to fill and two applicants. One of the applicants had been interviewed February 9, 2024

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Silver City town manager agrees to extend contract

By Lynn Janes

The Silver City Town Council held a regular meeting February 13, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ken Ladner, council members included Nicholas Prince, Guadalupe Cano, Rudy Bencomo, and Stan Snider (phone).

Council comments

Snider said he had been contacted by a few residents that rents have been increasing faster in Silver City. He suggested some form of stabilization that would be fair. He had researched state statues and they prohibit rent control. A bill had been introduced last year and this year to revoke that, both failed. "I have asked our representatives to support it next year." He also asked the tenants downtown if they thought the rents had been fair. "I do not see this as a councilor being a disparaging statement but a part of my duties." On another note, he addressed the Grant County Senior Village and said it would be a great program.

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WW II Veteran Bill Harrison receives early birthday present

img 0194Bill HarrisonPhotos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

World War II Veteran Bill Harrison, who served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II, will turn 102 on June 22, 2024.

Harrison said he was pleased to receive this early birthday gift, a flag flown at the national monument of the USS Arizona, which was sunk by Japanese forces during the attack on Pearl Harbor from the commander.

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Correctional officers involved in scuffle

By Roger Lanse

According to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office offense report, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, around 9:45 p.m., as Grant County Detention Center female correctional officers were attempting to return Nolene Sanchez, 33, to her cell, the officers were hit by Sanchez. Video footage of the incident, the report stated, showed Sanchez standing at the door to her cell putting up her hair and disregarding verbal commands from a female officer. After using OC spray, female officers attempted to gain control of Sanchez, who resisted, striking one of the officers with an open hand several times and kicking her, and “headbutting” another. All received medical attention and were cleared by medical personnel.

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