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The regular monthly board meeting of the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District will be held Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via conference call. To access the meeting dial 978-990-5135 and enter access code 6077235. To request a copy of the agenda or for more information, please call 575-388-1569 or email grantswcd@zianet.com.

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce the resumption of guided outdoor tours of the historic fort and hospital grounds, effective Saturday, September 12.

Tours are available starting at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday, with the last tour of the day commencing at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing during the tour. Tours will begin in front of the Fort Bayard Museum, located along the west side of the historic parade ground. Due to ongoing construction, the museum will not be open for visitation until further notice. There is no charge for the tours, but donations are accepted. For more information contact Doug Dinwiddie at 575-388-4862.

A volume of poetry by noted biologist and ecologist Richard Stephen Felger is newly reborn after nearly half a century out of print. Originally a limited-edition chapbook of 200 hand-bound copies, Dark Horses and Little Turtles and Other Poems from the Anthropocene has been reissued by Tucson-based Polytropos Press in downloadable form. The 2020 digital edition includes several new works by Felger and a foreword by award-winning writer Sharman Apt Russell. It is available for purchase at www.polytropos.com.  

The genesis of Dark Horses and Little Turtles is a story in itself. “As curator of botany at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, I made a number of trips to work on specimens at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and at the University of California Herbarium in Berkeley. My involvements with population and environment led to friendships with artists and scientists in the Bay Area and beyond,” Felger recalls. “It was heady times and we were protesting war and assaults on nature. John Brandi, Michael McClure, and Allen Ginsberg encouraged me to keep writing, which I did, although my primary focus has been botanical research.”

For the week beginning Monday, August 31, 2020 at 8:00 am and ending Monday September 7, 2020 at 8:00 am Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 286 calls for service, had 708 self-initiated activity, and made 16 arrests. Of those arrests, 1 was for possession of controlled substance, and 0 was for Possession of drug paraphernalia, 1 DWI, 0 battery on a house hold member, 0 Aggravated assault on a house hold member, and 1 shoplifting. 

Western New Mexico University ¡Fiesta Latina! Highlight To Occur Virtually This Fall

Silver City, NM – While the 2020 edition of ¡Fiesta Latina! at Western New Mexico University was cancelled, the Artisan Mercado was held online, and the Transcending Borders Film and Discussion Series is also set to occur virtually. A lineup of documentaries on traditional Mexican crafts and techniques, Transcending Borders includes live Zoom discussions with the featured artisans.

Hosted by WNMU Cultural Affairs and made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the series will follow as outlined:

Friday, Sept. 4

Welfare check
San Vicente Trail/Broadway
Male lying on side did not respond to caller. Officer advised out of unit at Highway 90 Bridge. Caller called back advising male is still lying where she first found him. Dispatcher . . .

Welfare check
Royall Drive
Caller has heard that his 6-year-old brother has been left alone the last couple of days. Officer advised made contact with two adults and the 6-year-old/child is fine and house is adequate.

virustheaterFive Virus Theater members meet by Zoom to plan the piece of theater that will be available to all on their soon-to-be launched Patreon page.In March of 2020, the performers, designers, and teachers of the Virus Theater company were looking forward to a season that included a reprise of their popular original play Oeddy Wrecks, a regional tour of Oeddy Wrecks with shows in Albuquerque and Tucson, a new original melodrama, and an expanded summer youth theater program in partnership with the Silver City Rec Center and the Town of Silver City.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, Sept. 4

Aggravated battery
Budge Drive
Caller advised that the neighbors are harassing him and his mother and about an hour ago someone shot into their trailer. Had to place caller on a brief hold for radio traffic and the line was disconnected. Caller was very uncooperative and belligerent when asked further questions. Advised a named individual tried to fight the caller/that subject was in a maroon pickup.

Live from Silver City

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