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randy and danWorld War II veterans Jacob "Randy Miller and Dan McBride

randy and davidRandy and David MorrisonPhotos Courtesy of  David Morrison

On Oct. 9, 1921, a future World War II veteran, now a Mimbres, NM, resident, was born.

On Oct. 8, 2021, he celebrated his 100th birthday. The Rio Mimbres Baptist Church, where Jacob "Randy" Miller is a member, hosted a celebration for Randy with homemade ice cream and cake. Family and friends came from near and far to share the day and make it a special occasion for Randy.

randy at far rightRandy at far right, with World War II veteran Mario Kirker and a whole bunch of veterans friends from WWII and wars in Iraq, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War.

randy with relativesRandy seated at left with brochure in hand surrounded by relatives: Nephew, Bruce (tall guy) and wife from New Jersey; nephew, Harold from Florida; and step daughter, Lynne from Illinois with husband Steve- (mouth open eating). Pastor Jeremy and wife Angela Butler are standing at head of the table.

When Randy was seven years old, he and his younger brother, Rick, went to live with their grandparents on a farm in New Jersey. While the Great Depression raged on, Randy and Rick milked cows, planted corn, baled hay, cut firewood, made cider and walked to school. The farm had no electricity or telephone, and the boys did not even have a bicycle between them. They built a "crystal radio" to listen to Big Band music and hear what was going on in the world outside their quiet country home. They grew up rich in knowledge of the land and how to make do with and appreciate what little they had.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: The meeting went for a bit more than five hours, with a very short break. Several articles will cover the presentations and the review of the regular agenda, in addition to county and commissioner reports. Part 6 will cover county reports from the work session.]

Grant County commissioners at their Oct. 12, 2021 work session heard county reports from county officials.

County Manager Tim Zamora started out with a comprehensive report. "We will be meeting later on the annual goals for the county manager. We are working on syncing the calendar to where we can share the calendar with all departments. I am working with the directors, so it's a countywide effort. We have established an advisory team with a grant from CHI (Center for Health Innovations) for four different counties to share information on behavioral health. Our tasks are what do we need to do, and what are the short-term and long-term problems. We are developing a guide for the advisory team and will ask for feedback from the commissioners. We need a smaller group involved in behavioral health and then we will come back to the Commission with our short-term goals and how to support the long-term goals."

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor’s Note: The meeting went for a bit more than five hours, with a very short break. Several articles will cover the presentations and the review of the regular agenda, in addition to county and commissioner reports. Part 5 will cover the Grant County 3 percent cap on property taxes.]

At the Grant County Commission work session of Oct.12, 2021, commissioners heard a requested report on the 3 percent cap on residential properties’ tax.

Assessor Raul Turrieta said 43 percent of residential and certified valuations are capped, which the assessor has the authority to do.

Chief Deputy Assessor Matthew James gave the presentation. “Why are only 43 percent capped? We usually change the appraised value after a sale of the property. We will never have 100 percent of the residential properties capped, because some caps go off.”

By Lynn Janes

On October 19, 2021 Silver City Daily Press held a Facebook forum for the school board candidates in Silver and Cobre. Questions were taken from the virtual audience and Hannah Dumas, reporter for the Silver City Daily Press. Nicholas Seibel moderated the forum. Each candidate was giving an opening statement not to exceed three minutes.

Silver City

District 4 – Michelle Diaz

“The hardest thing about being a school board is about understanding your role. This has been a learning experience but the main reason for going into this is to enrich the experience of every child.” Diaz said her focus was about moving forward. “We must look at the content of our curriculum. We now have a new superintendent, someone to lead and help us move past the mediocracy.” She said they are looking to do better and can always do better.

District 4 – Heather Stephens

Stephens said she loves what Diaz is doing and that her running has nothing to do with her, they just live in the same district. She said she was raised in Ruidoso, attended NMSU, and then attended an Arizona university. She has been in the New Mexico education her entire life. “There are problems with the curriculum in New Mexico.” She had to take remedial classes at the university because she was not prepared and it is a statewide problem. She said she wants to give a voice to the parents and get them involved.

Cobre

By Roger Lanse

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at approximately 1:05 a.m., Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to 101 W. 19th Street, in reference to a domestic disturbance. The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised the officers that a female called and stated her husband was intoxicated and trying to leave in a vehicle. According to an SCPD Incident Report, she advised she was able to get the keys away from her husband and he was now on the roof of their residence and jumping to the roof of their neighbor. The female told officers the argument between them was not physical.

When officers arrived on scene, they were told by the female, the report stated, that her husband had jumped down into the backyard, but officers could not see him there, but the female said she just saw him run inside. Officers called out to the male multiple times, but they did not get an answer, although they could see him walking around inside closing windows and locking doors. As officers tried to reason with him, the report stated, he was aggressive each time and would raise his voice and be noncompliant.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: The meeting went for a bit more than five hours, with a very short break. Several articles will cover the presentations and the review of the regular agenda, in addition to county and commissioner reports. Part 4 will cover the Grant County parcel mapping project update.]

Grant County commissioners heard from the contractor doing the parcel fabric project at their work session on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

The county contracted with Bohannon Huston engineering firm to do the parcel mapping project.

Krist Nelson of Bohannon Huston began the presentation using a PowerPoint graphical interface.

"I am a geospatial analyst," Nelson said. "The 17,000 subdivisions in Grant County have been adjusted to aerial accuracy. About 27,000 parcels will be adjusted to control. Bohannon Huston was tasked to create the parcel fabric. The county provided source data. We have provided training to the Grant County GIS (Geographic Information System) staff. Why a parcel fabric? Existing data was in some places highly inaccurate, off by as much as 200 feet. After the parcel fabric is completed, the maps will be much more accurate."

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: The meeting went for a bit more than five hours, with a very short break. Several articles will cover the presentations and the review of the regular agenda, in addition to county and commissioner reports. Part 3 will cover the Grant County Community Health Council update.]

At the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 12, 2021, commissioners heard five presentations. This is the third.

Marilyn Alcorn, chair of the Grant County Community Health Council, through a Zoom presentation, gave updates on what the health council is doing.

"We are working on completion of an application for ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds," Alcorn said. "We are working with CHI (Center for Health Innovations) for an equity grant to build equity around health care systems. We are also hoping to contract with CHI for a coordinator. Workforce is an issue throughout the county. We're not sure if it will be a dedicated position or a part-time one along with CHI. We are waiting for grant funds for the position. We currently get a bit more than $9,400 in funding yearly from the state. Getting a full-time coordinator will rely on our getting grants."

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Third-Quarter And Nine-Month 2021 Results

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