Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-Uplands of the Bootheel-
Including the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Fort Bayard, Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport, Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita, and Cloverdale
Town Clerk Ann Mackie told council that Tuesday, Jan. 9, was the filing day for those seeking office in the March 6 election.
She said Ken Ladner and Timothy Montes have filed for the mayor’s position; Lynda Aiman-Smith and Patricia Kingsley for District 2 Councilor; Guadalupe Cano and Nicholas Prince for District 4 Councilor; and Sonya Ruiz for Municipal Judge.
To be able to vote in this election, Mackie said, one must register by Feb. 6.
By Roger Lanse
Silver City’s District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., speaking as a veteran and not as a councilor, said at the Tuesday, Jan. 9, town meeting that he was part of a veteran’s color guard that was disrespected when presenting colors at a recent Western New Mexico University basketball home game. Ray stated that a few minutes before the national anthem began and the veterans presented the colors, both teams and the referees walked off the court to the locker rooms leaving about 20 people in the stands. “Speaking for myself, I will not be part of a color guard again at a WNMU basketball game,” Ray told the Beat.
District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano, a self-described 21-year fan of Mustang basketball, echoed Ray’s comments saying: “It’s been going on all year.” Cano said she has received a lot of messages and phone calls about the walk-outs, and stated, “If anyone is concerned about this, reach out to President Joe Shepard and let him know what’s going on. It’s not good for us to be disrespecting our veteran’s color guard when they are providing us this service. If you want to have that bridge between the community and the university be solid,” then this issue needs to be addressed, Cano said.
[Editor's Note: This forum took place on Nov. 28, 2017. However, the holidays and other issues prevented this author from writing the forum up for the Beat. This is part 5 and covers the final non-profit organization presentations.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The Grant County Prospectors held their annual Legislative Communications Forum on Nov. 28, 2017 at Western New Mexico University's Light Hall.
The purpose of the annual Prospectors Communications Forum is for the area legislators to hear from community entities on their needs, not only for capital outlay and appropriations, but on policy.
The area legislators, who listen and ask questions, include District 28 Sen. Howie Morales, District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow and District 39 Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez.
The next non-profit organization to present was Life Quest. Chief Executive Officer Deb Frasca made the presentation.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
2 PM MST WEDNESDAY ABOVE 6500 FEET...
* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions at higher elevations. Total snow accumulations of up to 2 to 4 inches are expected, with the highest amounts occurring at elevations above 7500 feet.
* WHERE...Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range County.
* WHEN...Midnight tonight through 2 PM Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall rates will occur between 3 AM and 8 AM.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Accumulating snow will affect the higher elevations of New Mexico State Highway 15 north of Pinos Altos, and south of Gila Hot Springs, as well as portions of Highway 152, including Emory Pass. Highway 90 between Silver City and Lordsburg may see a mix of rain and snow with some slushy conditions possible.
By Hallie Richwine
The City of Bayard Council meeting on January 8, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Charles Kelly.
Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro moved to pass the four resolutions on the agenda, including the Open Meetings resolution. The other resolutions were to apply to Colonias Infrastructure fund for redevelopment of well #3, Resolution 3-2018 which allocates the cash match from the water and sewer project, and Resolution 4-2018 that separates the water and sewer departments into their own designations.
Clerk Kristina Ortiz wanted to clarify that the need for the city to find somewhere to dump the effluent water is not as immediate as some people have said. While it is in the near future, the mine may have a reclamation project that asks for water to be redirected to the Whitewater Creek area. The city is looking at the differences in the state and federal regulations and working toward a sustainable plan.
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