Hurley getting a police officer

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a special meeting November 17, 2022, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes (by phone), and councilor Nanette Day.

The council approved the agenda for the meeting.

The council went into closed session to discuss personnel matters relating to the police department.

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Performing arts theater zoned commercial

By Lynn Janes

Silver City held a regular meeting November 9, 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, Jose Ray, Nicholas Prince, and Guadalupe Cano.

The council approved the agenda.

Ceremonies none currently.

Proclamations none currently.

Council comments

Farmer thanked Sheriff Frank Gomez for attending the meeting. He extended his thanks to everyone who had voted in this last election. He expressed the same concerns Ray and Cano had in the last meeting about the space for write in candidates had been too small and needed to be addressed for future elections.

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Asphalt spill on NM 15 addressed by agencies at meeting 110322

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Nov. 3, 2022, Heather Bergman served as facilitator at a meeting called by state and federal agencies addressing the asphalt spill on NM 15 in late September. A driver contracted by R. Marley Trucking had an accident near Jaybird Canyon that culminated in a spill of asphalt into the water course.

Bergman said: “The primary goal is to give you information and answer questions.” She asked the panel participants to introduce themselves

John Moeny, NM Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau is a watershed protection specialist.

Shelly Lemon, NMED Surface Water Quality Bureau Chief said: “Public complaints are important. That’s how we found out about the spill.”

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Silver City hosted Small Business Saturday and the Independent Artists market 112622

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

In Downtown Silver City , on Saturday morning, it was hard to find a parking place. Small Business Saturday and the Independent Artists of the Silver City Artist Association kept people moving from place to place. Art galleries are small businesses, too, so several are featured here, in addition to a new downtown storefront for a local business, Ziryab's.

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon 110222

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Community Foundation Executive Director Bernadette Smyth served as the featured speaker at the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Nov. 2, 2022.

Smyth said she believes that people don't understand the impact of the nonprofit sector in Grant County and in New Mexico. "Nonprofits provide more jobs than manufacturing and pay more in wages than accommodation and food service industries, education services and utilities combined. "Further, nonprofit organizations contribute to the growth and vitality of New Mexico's economy by attracting funds to the state, creating employment, wages and salaries and profits without competing with other entities for the state's private and public dollars."

She noted that nonprofit organizations make substantial contributions to the quality of life and economic wellbeing of the people of New Mexico. They provide health care, social and educational services, advocate for social and environmental change, support business and communities, conduct research, support the arts and other cultural activities and provide credit and basic utilities where the market does not.

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GRMC Governing Board 102722

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the Gila Regional Medical Center on Oct. 27, 2022, Chair Alicia Edwards announced the recognitions of two hospital employees for their years of service to the facility. Eddie Garcia was recognized for five years of service in facilities and Ciye Yniguez for 15 years of service in Emergency Medical Services.

Chief Nursing Officer Melanie Vigil noted the Daisy Award that received several nominations of nurses for going beyond their usual duties in taking care of patients, with one of them being chosen. To read more about it, please visit

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Grant County Community Health Council general meeting 110322

By Lynn Janes

On November 3, 2022, the Grant County Community Health Council met. Valerie Kling, co-chair, called the meeting to order and facilitated it. She said this meeting will be the first in person one they had held in some time. In part due to covid and low involvement from the public. She expressed hoping to have more involvement in the future. At this time, they have positions to be filled. 

They started out by giving a presentation on the mission and vision statements of the organization. The mission statement says they want to be a catalyst to enhance the quality of life in Grant County through collaborative assessment, planning, prioritizing, and coordinating efforts. The vision would be to attain emotional, physical, and social wellbeing for the community. They envision a diverse, active, and competent health council. 

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Welding and video photography programs at Cobre High School

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated Schools held a board meeting October 24, 2022. President Gilbert Guadiana called the meeting to order. Other board members in attendance included David Terrazas, Elizabeth Dean and Gabriella Begay. Serina Murillo did not attend. The Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico flag took place. Superintendent Jeff Spaletta also attended. This meeting took place at Cobre High School.

Reading of the board norms took place with each board member reading a norm. The norms consist of five rules the board strives to adhere to during the meeting. They are listed as actively listen to all perspectives, respond to concerns and questions as a unified board, professionalism expected, assume positive intent, and be positive and responsive.

The host school, Cobre High School, gave the board a presentation of a few of the programs for the students. Milo Young had some videos of the students doing welding. One of the videos showed them building a livestock breeder cage. Young said they have been giving them the skills to later become certified. Several board members expressed concern that they have the protective gear needed. Young gave them a list of all they had. The board agreed they need more.

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