Kristina Ortiz presents new program to Silver City Town Council 112222

By Lynn Janes

Silver City held a regular meeting November 22, 2022. The meeting started with Mayor Ken Ladner calling the meeting to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico state flag. Council members attending the meeting included Lucian Farmer (phone), Jose Ray, Nicholas Prince, and Guadalupe Cano.

The council approved the agenda with the exceptation of removing item number nine pertaining to a public hearing on a zoning change.

Ceremonies none currently.

Proclamations none currently.

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Grant County Commission heard county reports at work session 111522, part 4

[This is part 4 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission long work session on Nov. 15, 2022 and regular meeting Nov. 17, 2022. This one will begin with county reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations and a discussion, Grant County commissioners at their Nov. 15, 2022 work session heard county reports.

Detention Center Administrator Joseph Andazola gave his monthly report. He said three new officers are in training, and the facility has seven officer openings. Because those in training are only working on the floor, the facility is actually 10 short. "We are seeing losses of officers due to their finding jobs with higher pay. We are looking at holding a job fair in mid-December."

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Grant County Commission had a discussion at work session 111522, part 3

[This is part 3 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission long work session on Nov. 15, 2022. It will cover the discussion on flood repair costs.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Emergency Manager Justin Gojkovich led a discussion with commissioners on flood repair costs at the work session on Nov. 15, 2022.

He said the first thing he would talk about is the $750,000 in emergency funds the state has allocated to the area. "I also want to talk about the acequias and the ditches in the MImbres and Cliff-Gila areas. The first thing the state wants is for the acequias and ditches to meet, get their board members in place and have minutes. The state will ask for all that. The funding that the state allocated is 100 percent reimbursable, so it needs to be spent first and then it will be reimbursed. The Gila Farm Ditch, for example, needs about $55,000 to fix the diversion head gate repair and it has $23,000 in its budget, from what I learned at a meeting out there a few weeks ago. They can't come up with the money to start with. That's why I suggested they come to the county and when spent the state will reimburse the county. But only when the ditch is returned to the way it the day before the damage happened. The ditch cannot do any upgrades or improvements, or the state will not reimburse the expenses."

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Possible solar for Santa Clara

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting November 10, 2022. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza, Trustees Olga Amador, Peter Erickson, and Arnold Lopez attended.

Before the council could approve the meeting Mr. Tom Caddel said he had a problem with the item concerning the issue on the fence in the alley because it had not been two weeks as required by the village. A discussion took place and Bauch took it off.

The council approved the agenda for the meeting with the change of the new business item concerning the fence in the alley at Caddel Crossing.

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Grant County Commission hears public input and presentations at work session 111522, part 2

[This is part 2 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission long work session on Nov. 15, 2022. It consists of the second presentation, which talked about the Health Security Act.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session o Nov. 15, 2022, Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Health Security Plan for New Mexico, introduced herself before talking about the plan she promotes.

"I am a former academician, with a Ph. D. in sociology and a background in economics," Feldblum said. "I got involved in lobbying, and I was asked to write a health care plan. I represent now a coalition of 170 groups in New Mexico representing many diverse fields. I recently was contacted by the Gallup Hospital. I'm glad to hear you have gotten your arms around your hospit al situation. I see the state is dealing with access and signing up people to Medicaid and beWellnm. Access is important, but will it make insurance more costly? I want to focus on systemic costs. We have to put our arms around costs."

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Santa Clara Tamal Fiesta Y Mas

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

On November 19, 2022, Santa Clara held their annual Tamal Fiesta Y Mas. This marked the fifth year of the event. They had a lot of participation this year. The fiesta celebrates the local Hispanic culture through food, music, performances, and art.

Illusion Band played along with Mariachi Luna Llena. Ballet Folklorico performed. Viejitos Car Club had a show and shine. They had beautiful antique cars and trucks lining up and down the road. They also had a toy drive for Christmas coming up. Pinatas had been provided for the kids, but some adults got in on the fun. The street had many vendors selling tamales and other mouthwatering treats. Some of the vendors had handmade goods such as signs and jewelry.

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Grant County Commission hears public input and presentations at work session 111522, part 1

[This is part 1 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission long work session on Nov. 15, 2022. It will begin with public comments and go into the first presentation.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Rosemary Shoemaker, a property owner in Gila, spoke first during public comment at the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 15, 2022.

"I want to talk about flood damage," Shoemaker said. "A lot of us are concerned about the hold up of funding for repairs. We are grateful that the commissioners immediately approved an emergency declaration. We've been waiting for three months. Three more months, it will be too late. The sandhill cranes this year are not happy. If we don't get repaired soon, it will not be an emergency, it will be a crisis. Have we done everything we need to do? Have you done what you need to do?"

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NOW OPEN: US 180 closed milepost 56-55 due to crash in Cliff area

US 180 is now open at the 56 to 55. Removed from NM Roads.

ROAD CLOSURE

CRASH – Cliff Area

US 180 is closed in both direction from milepost 56 to 55 due to a motor vehicle crash. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, and equipment. Please use extreme caution and expect delays. 

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