Traffic Alert NM 15 roadway closure for prescribed burn

SILVER CITY – The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in cooperation with the Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District, will close NM 15 due to a prescribed burn.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2023, a temporary closure will be in place daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. along NM 15 at Signal Peak Road and Wildhorse Mesa. This closure is expected to be removed by Friday, October 20, 2023.

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Traffic Alert US 180 & NM 90 Roadway Resurfacing Silver City, NM

SILVER CITY - The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in cooperation with Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is excited to announce the upcoming roadway resurfacing project on US 180 and NM 90.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2023, the contractor will begin making roadway resurfacing repairs along US 180. Various daytime lane closures will be in place on both the eastbound and westbound lanes as needed from Bayard to the outskirts of Silver City, milepost 123.3 to 113.5. Contractors' hours of operation on US 180 will be daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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GRMC presents 2023 Daisy Award

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On a breezy afternoon, Thrusday, Oct. 12, 2023, in the Gila Regional Medical Center courtyard, nominees and the winner of this year's Daisy Award, along with family members, hospital administrators, staff and board of trustee members celebrated this year's Daisy Award winner.

Before announcing the winner, Interim Chief Nursing Officer Cynthia Lewis, read the full list of this year's nominees, which are submitted by patients and their family members.

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Grant County Commission held special meeting 092623 part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission special meeting on Sept. 26, 2023, which lasted almost three hours. This one continues with a presentation from Silver Consolidated Schools.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The third presentation on the regular meeting agenda came from Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent William Hawkins on the state of the schools' finances and facilities.

Hawkins said he began the conversation with community leaders setting up what the schools would do this fall. "I am presenting to any entity that will let me present the state of our facilities and the process on how local funds are generated as relates to maintenance of our facilities and where we are going with our facility master plan. Typically, schools don't communicate with the community on how funds are generated. So, when we develop a master plan, the community doesn't understand the way the schools are funded."

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Bayard gets legislative update

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a work session and regular meeting September 25, 2023. Attendance included councilors Eloy Medina, Frances Gonzales, Eloy Gonzales, and Jose Diaz. Mayor Chon Fierro didn't attend. The work session allows the council time to ask questions about items on the agenda and discuss them.

Police Chief Hector Carrillo said in the past 180 to 190 calls had to be handled by the sheriff's department. The past month only 14 had to be taken care of by the sheriff's department. The Bayard police department has been able to cover the majority.

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SW Fiber Arts and Weekend at the Galleries 100723

Article and photos By Lynn Janes

Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) held their annual sale in the Murray Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the Silver City Art Association's Weekend at the Galleries. 

First in the door, Bev's Kitchen, by Beverly Bean, had a table with many mouthwatering desserts, cakes, cookies, napoleons, eclairs, cupcakes and more. She even offered some gluten-free options. She will soon open a bakery on Texas Street.

The ballroom at the Murray had many different fiber arts offered by local people. So many different pieces to choose from. They had clothing, scarfs, jewelry, stuffed animals, pictures, and much more.

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Southwest Print Fiesta 100723

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Southwest Print Fiesta took place in the Silver City MainStreet Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 on a beautiful early fall day. The star of the fiesta is always the Steamroller Press of various prints from linoleum block stencils on large pieces of print paper.

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Mimbres Harvest Festival took place Oct. 7, 2023

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The 16th annual Mimbres Harvest Festival, hosted by the Mimbres Valley Health Action League,  took place on a slightly breezy, but sunny Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 at the San Lorenzo School. Tents of informational booths and vendors covered the ground behind the school. Entertainers plays instruments and sang under a big tent. Another tent covered an outdoor eating space for the samples of contest pies and from food vendors outside and inside the gym, a health fair, hosted by the Mimbres Health Fair organization, as well as the WNMU School of Nursing Student Nurse Association and community health care providers, featured a number of tables offered information on medical services, as well as eye screenings, and the potential to receive flu shots. 

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