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By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to Silver Power Sports, 1503 N. Hudson Street, in reference to a stolen motor vehicle complaint.

An employee of the business told officers that four vehicles were missing 1) a red 2016 Coolster 110 four-wheeler, 2) a blue 2016 Coolster 110 four-wheeler, 3) a red 1986 Honda four-wheeler, and, 4) a red 2003 Honda dirt bike. The employee showed officers signs of forced entry at the gate, and he stated that all four vehicles were dropped off for repair the day before, Tuesday, Sept. 21, and that none of the vehicles were running.

The owner of the business told officers when he left the establishment the night before at about 10 p.m. the building and gate were securely locked.

By Mary Alice Murphy

map of studyMap of US 180-corridor study area from Bayard to Deming

A public virtual meeting took place Sept. 23, 2021, with representatives from New Mexico Department of Transportation, District 1, and from Parametrix Inc., an engineering planning and environmental services firm.

A. J. Romero, NMDOT project development engineer opened the meeting. Others who spoke included David Pennington of and Brent Hamlin of Parametrix and Trent Doolittle, District 1 engineer.

Pennington, who gave most of the presentation, said the study has been underway for more than 12 months. "We were ready to make decisions. Our preferred alternative is a four-lane highway with a flush median between the southbound and northbound lanes. The project is from Bayard 38 miles to Deming to milepost 161."

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the time of the meeting on Sept. 9, 2021, Romeo Cruz was interim Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce director. As of Monday, Sept. 13, he began as the new executive director.

Cruz welcomed everyone to the "long-awaited chamber luncheon."

He then introduced the guest speaker, Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent William Hawkins, who said his purpose for the meeting was to convince everyone to vote for the bond issue renewal mill levy that provides for maintenance of the schools.

Hawkins said the mill levy was voted into statue by legislators in HB 33 and SB 9.

[Editor's Note: This is likely to be a multi-part series of articles for the 3.5-hour meeting. This is part 3 and the final article on the meeting. It starts with public input and goes into county reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

You can read the two preceding articles at and

Grant County commissioners heard public comments from Jim Baldwin, Grant County resident.

"A number of months ago, Commissioner Edwards and I looked at a piece of land. The survey markers were visible. She mentioned prescriptive easement. We have an easement down Cottage San Road. I went around to the county planner's office and talked to Dan Arrey. It is public right-of-way, so I will leave the issue to Ms. Edwards. I am also having trouble with Gila Regional Medical Center. I was not called to speak on the issue although I was on the agenda. I have been advised not to address the situation in public. I was asked not to discuss it in public."

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that its Board of Directors ("Board") declared a cash dividend of $0.075 per share on FCX's common stock payable on November 1, 2021, to stockholders of record as of October 15, 2021.

As previously reported on February 2, 2021, the Board adopted a financial policy for the allocation of cash flows aligned with FCX's strategic objectives of maintaining a strong balance sheet, increasing cash returns to shareholders and advancing opportunities for future growth.

[Editor’s Note: This is likely to be a multi-part series of articles for the 3.5-hour meeting. This is part 2 and starts with the monthly GRMC update.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners at the combined work session and regular meeting on Sept. 9, 2021 heard presentations, approved proclamations, heard an update from Gila Regional Medical Center, heard public input, and listened to county reports and elected officials’ reports all before getting into the regular business of the meeting.

You can read about the two presentations and the two proclamations at .

Gila Regional Medical Center Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Manis gave the hospital monthly update.

[Editor's Note: This is likely to be a multi-part series of articles for the 3.5-hour meeting.]

Two proclamations were approved at the meeting.

img 3570 5The first proclaimed Sept. 11, 2021, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service. Jason Quimby, WNMU veterans' affairs officer, accepted the proclamation. From left are Commission Chair Chris Ponce, presenting the signed proclamation to Quimby, third from right, with Commissioners Alicia Edwards, Harry Browne, Billy Billings and Javier Salas looking on.img 3572 3The second proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Rachel Sierra, El Refugio Inc. director, third from right, accepted it from Ponce, Edwards, Browne, Salas and Billings.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The combined work session and regular meeting, which took place Sept. 9, 2021, began with District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce thanking county staff for the preparations for the Meet and Greet the previous evening to welcome County Manager Tim Zamora.

Readers can view the photos and article at

Photos Courtesy of Diane Schaefer

La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery celebrated its 12th anniversary on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

After music by Brandon Perrault and family, grape stomping brought out folks wanting to win bottles of La Esperanza wine. A portion of the cover charge went to the Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site.

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