Western New Mexico University | Deming Construction Underway

wnmu deming groundbreaking 1Silver City, NM – University and community leaders broke ground on the Western New Mexico University | Deming Learning Center this morning. Residents of southwest New Mexico can look forward to having a healthcare-focused training facility in their backyards.

With the goal of enhancing current WNMU | Deming offerings and expanding the programs available to students in Luna County, the WNMU | Deming Learning Center will provide learning spaces for the WNMU School of Nursing as well as general education courses, according to a capital projects transmittal reviewed by the board of regents.

On property within walking distance of Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Deming High School, the WNMU | Deming Learning Center has the potential to increase student enrollment, especially in healthcare disciplines, and meet the needs of students who are dual enrolled in high school classes.

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Grant County Commission held work session 101122, part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-article series on the Oct. 11, 2022 work session and the Oct. 13 regular meeting. This one continues the presentations and discussions with the essential air service proposals.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Commission at the Oct. 11, 2022 work session addressed essential air service proposals to serve the Grant County airport and its passengers.

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce said he was very happy with the provider "we have right now. I'm not sure when the deadline is."

Grant County Airport Manager Rebekah Wenger said Nov. 3 was the deadline for the letter with the Commission's recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation. "I've gone through and done an evaluation on the proposals. The department has five areas they look at when they are evaluating the proposal. They include demonstrated reliability, providing scheduled air service, marketing and contract agreements with large air carriers, interline agreements with large air carriers which would provide one ticket and baggage would be checked through on other aircraft, quality of the marketing plan and preference of the community being served. We received four proposals. They include Advanced Air, which has served us for 4 years; Contour Air; Boutique Air, which served Grant County prior to Advanced Air and Air Charter Express. We've had Advanced Air for two two-year contracts. They are requesting a four-year one, which sometimes the DOT will do. However, over four years, things can change. Currently, Advanced Air has done a great job for us. They have been a breath of fresh air, but they are expanding. The plane that used to just serve us is now also serving Gallup. It gets complicated on scheduling when you add other communities into the mix. They are also looking to try to get service with Las Cruces."

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Fort Bayard Theater gets new windows

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting October 27, 2022. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trustees, Olga Amador, Peter Erickson, and Arnold Lopez attended. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza did not attend.

The council approved the agenda for the meeting.

The council approved the minutes from the October 13, 2022, meeting.

Mayor's report

Bauch announced that in November, they would only have one council meeting due to the holiday schedule and that would also apply to December.

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UPDATED: Grant County Election Results

Apologies. I posted this last night, but forgot to put it on front page, UGH.

[Editor’s Note: The Secretary of State website has changed format, so I’m not sure if these results are just Grant County or not, but I think they are.First numbers are as of 8:45 p.m. The second numbers are as of 9:15.] Oops I replaced governor numbers instead of leaving both.  
As of 8:45 p.m.                                                        UPDATED:As of 9:15

U.S. Representative District 2
Yvette Herrell - R 4,294                                    4,815
Gabriel Vasquez - D 5,018                              5,161
Eliseo Luna (write in) - D 0 

NM Governor and Lt. Governor
Karen Evette Bedonie and Efren Gallardo Jr. - L                              262
Mark V. Ronchetti and Ant L Thornton - R                                    4,762
Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie C Morales - D                      5,055

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Grant County Election results as of 8:45 p.m.

Grant County Election Results 110822
[Editor’s Note: The Secretary of State website has changed format, so I’m not sure if these results are just Grant County or not, but I think they are. These results are as of 8:45 p.m. Write-in votes have not yet been counted.]

U.S. Representative District 2
Yvette Herrell - R     4,294
Gabriel Vasquez - D 5,018
Eliseo Luna (write in) - D 0

NM Governor and Lt. Governor

Karen Evette Bedonie and Efren Gallardo Jr. - L        237
Mark V. Ronchetti and Ant L Thornton - R               4,247
Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie C Morales - D 4,922

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Grant County Commission held work session 101122, part 2

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-article series on the Oct. 11, 2022 work session and the Oct. 13 regular meeting. This one begins with the chamber and conference center presentation.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

For the second presentation at the Oct. 11, 2022 work session, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Director Romeo Cruz, who also manages the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, gave his report.

"I want to touch on what is happening with the EDA (Economic Development Administration) grant," Cruz said. "The chamber is a co-sponsor of the grant. We're part of the business expansion and retention. For instance, we want Daylight Donuts back. It's a workforce issue that caused them to close. Mi Casita wants to expand. Footwork and door-to-door with businesses is key to what we're doing."

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Bayard asked to help with Food Drive

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a work session October 24, 2022. The meeting started with Mayor Chon Fierro calling the meeting to order. Attendance at the meeting included Mayor Pro tem Raul Villanueva councilors Jose Diaz, Frances Gonzales, and Eloy Medina.

Diaz had several questions about the maintenance report and commented on it being the best one he has seen, very detailed.

Diaz questioned if William Welcome really wanted to stay in the department and if not, they should not spend the money to have him get certified.

Villanueva asked for clarification of the construction and easements in reference to the pilot project infrastructure for the alkaline flush project.

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Silver Schools common planning time success

[Editor's Note: This article includes the work session and regular session on Oct. 24, 2022, as well as a short special meeting on Oct. 28, 2022.]

By Lynn Janes

The Silver City Consolidated Schools held a work session October 24, 2022. President Ashley Montenegro called the meeting to order. Other board members in attendance, Patrick Cohn, Mike McMillan, and Eddie Flores. Superintendent William Hawkins also attended. Michelle Diaz did not attend.

The board approved the work session agenda.

The principal of Jose Barrios, Travis Yurcic, and the principal of La Plata, Starr Cruz, gave the board a presentation on how the new common planning time had been working that was implemented this year.

Yurcic said it has established a culture to help staff and students. They have appreciated this time given on a weekly basis.

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