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By Roger Lanse

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison announced her resignation, effective immediately, at the end of the Silver City Town Council's Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, meeting. Bettison stated her reason for resigning was because of health issues.

Simon Ortiz and Eric Vreeland spoke to council about a chaotic meeting held the evening before regarding an upcoming golf tournament. They urged council to take an active part in retaining the present general manager, Jeff Sanchez, who has built a strong relationship with Silver City golfers. It seems the management at the golf course wants to replace him with someone with better credentials at a higher salary, according to Ortiz.

Town Manager Alex Brown said the town will be taking the golf course back come Sept. 30. The reason the town is taking it back, Brown said, is because under the present management group, OB Sports, the golf course was in the worst shape it had been in for the 20 years Brown has been town manager. "We're taking it over," Brown said, "because the course was in terrible shape, and, so, on the 30th we hope to continue the process we started in the spring with OB Sports and get that golf course in shape and make it a long-term success."

[Editor’s Note: As a result of this meeting starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m., this is the second of a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners met in special meeting on Sept. 7, 2021 to discuss how to prioritize the ICIP (Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan) and how to expend the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding the county has received and will receive. The first half at about $2.6 million has arrived in the county’s bank account and the second half of a like amount is anticipated with no set date for a total of about $5.2 million. 

The first in this series, which covered discussions on the first two items on the ICIP, can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/67319-grant-county-commission-holds-special-meeting-to-address-icip-and-arpa-priorities-090721-part-1

Planning and Community Development Planner Priscilla Shoup presented the third item on the ICIP. The request is for $750,000 for design and construction to enhance the Bataan Memorial Park Pavilion. She said the project would include ADA restrooms to make them accessible to the disabled. Potential funding sources for the project include capital outlay (from the NM Legislature), CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), Colonias Infrastructure Fund. “It is not on the ARPA list because it does not qualify,” she said.

20th anniversary 9/11 commemoration at WNMU 091121

Most photos by Mary Alice Murphy – Certificate presentation photos by Elaine Haynik

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

On a "severe clear" morning, as we learned the term later in the ceremony, participants, veterans, first responders, and supporters gathered at Old James Stadium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the day Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists violently changed the United States of America with attacks.

Jason Quimby, Western New Mexico University veterans' affairs officer, with the help of university staff and Elaine Haynik and Linda Pecotte of the Grant County Republican Party, planned and organized a moving ceremony.

The display included small flags arranged in a triangle, and seven fallen soldier displays, which include the shoes/boots, the rifle and the helmet.

By Lynn Janes

This past Thursday September 9, Luis Terrazas, District 39 New Mexico State Representative, held the first town meeting or community forum of sorts for the mining communities. He invited all the mayors and other officials in the area to attend. The meeting idea came from a breakfast between Terrazas and Javier Salas, County Commissioner. They held it at the Bayard Community Center, and everyone was welcome and encouraged to attend. Also attending were County Commissioner Chris Ponce,  Hurley Mayor Ed Stevens,  Bayard Mayor Pro-tem Raul Villanueva,  Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch,  and Sheriff Frank Gomez.

Terrazas called this meeting to see how they all could work together to improve the mining district and solve the problems they were having. He wanted to improve communication through the mining district and the officials in the area and encourage positive interaction. 

Terrazas spoke about being a businessman and as a businessman you identify a problem, and you fix it. In politics it is a more drawn-out process. He wanted to know what he could do to help.

By Roger Lanse

Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched on Friday, Aug. 10, 2021, at approximately 7 a.m., to MM 81 (3 miles west of Cliff, between Cliff and Buckhorn). According to a GCSO release, a caller had reported to Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority he had discovered a vehicle at that location resting on its top off the roadway and what appeared to be a deceased female.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the release said, they discovered a one vehicle crash and a 22-year-old deceased female.

Names are being withheld at this time while the family is being notified. The crash investigation is ongoing.

This is the list of candidates for the Nov. 2, 2021 election in Grant County NM

[Editor's Note: As a result of this meeting starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m., this is the first of a multi-part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The special meeting of Sept. 7, 2021 began with District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce thanking Taysha Walter, who has resigned her position as executive assistant to take a job in Las Cruces where her husband is working.

"This is her last special meeting. I want to personally thank her for everything," Ponce said. "I thought it would be hard to fill the shoes of our prior executive assistant, Bernadette [Coleman]. You, Taysha, not only filled her shoes, you exceeded it. You've done an excellent job."

During public input, Allyson Siwik, executive director of Gila Resources Information Project, said she specifically wanted to support the use of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to Grant County to hire a health coordinator to "support the public health response to Covid-19 and other future public health or environmental emergencies.; improve the design and execution of health and public health programs; and provide targeted consumer outreach."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A Meet and Greet for the community to meet with new County Manager Tim Zamora took place at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, 2021. About 40 folks attended, meeting Zamora and his wife, as well as chatting with friends and making new ones. 

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