By Mary Alice Murphy
The Grant County Water Commission met on Feb. 15, 2018 and heard from Olga Morales, regional manager for the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, to discuss next steps for the commission relating to future funding on remaining phases of the Regional Water Project.
Phase I of the water project addressed the urgent need for the town of Hurley to have its own water source before the end of 2018, when a long-term contract, with Freeport-McMoran and its predecessors, to provide water to the town ends.
[Editor's Note: The is part 5 and the final portion of a multi-series of articles on the Grant County Commission meetings this week.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After presentations and a review of the regular meeting agenda, county department directors and commissioners gave reports at the Grant County Commission work session on Feb. 13, 2018. At the regular session on Thursday, Feb. 15, elected officials and commissioners gave reports before going into executive session.
The first to speak at the work session was Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo. His report covered the period from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8. He said the jail has seven vacancies, with four applicants being offered jobs and five testing for employment opportunities.
[Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session and regular sessions of Feb. 13 and 15, 2018.]
Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy
In a Feb. 13, 2018 work session review of new business on the agenda for the Grant County Commission regular meeting of Feb. 15, 2018, two proclamations were on the agenda-one for Silver City's Territorial Charter Day on Feb. 17, 2018 accepted on Thursday by Raul Turrieta, representing the Territorial Day Committee and one for Western New Mexico University's Quasquicentennial, which was celebrated on Feb. 9, 2018 at the university. According to Abe Villarreal, assistant dean of student affairs, who accepted the proclamation at the regular session, celebrations of the 125th anniversary will continue during the semester.
FOGGY CONDITION – LORDSBURG AREA
I-10 from mile post 0-5 is foggy in areas, roadways could become slick in spots. The NMDOT will continue to monitor the roadway. Please use extreme caution.
FOGGY CONDITION – MAGDELANA AREA
US 60 from mile post 93-97 is foggy in areas, roadways could become slick in spots, visibility may be reduced. The NMDOT will continue to monitor the roadway. Please use extreme caution.
FOGGY CONDITION – LAS CRUCES AREA
US 70 from mile post 160-170 is foggy in areas, roadways could become slick in spots, visibility may be reduced. The NMDOT will continue to monitor the roadway. Please use extreme caution.
[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series on Grant County Commission meetings this week.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After two presentations at the Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 Grant County Commission work session, Commissioner Harry Browne asked for a discussion regarding the Holloman Air Force Base Pilot-Training proposal.
"My original idea was to bring a draft resolution," Browne said, "but I would like to get a feeling for how other commissioners stand on the issue. I think there are quite a number of reasons to oppose flights over the Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest and private lands. I ask for an open discussion on how you feel about Grant County weighing in. We were all here for Alan Shafer's presentation. I have reasons why I'm opposed and why I think the county should weigh in."
By Hallie Richwine
The City of Bayard Council meeting on February 12, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Mayor Charles Kelly, Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro, Councilor Adrian Ortiz, and Councilor Raul Villanueva attended. Councilor Zeke Santa Maria was unable to attend.
Councilors approved Chief Kerin's attendance to the Buckle Up New Mexico recertification on March 14 and 15. Councilors also accepted the resignation of Michael Madrid effective February 14.
The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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