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Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

Rotten eggs… they stink. They make you ill. They are of no value. Yet, we always have some rotten eggs around. And frankly, that's a shame.

This past Saturday, one of our Chamber of Commerce member organizations held a Donald Trump Rally at Gough Park. With that type of rally, one would expect people honking their horns and waving the one-finger salute… but the shouting of obscenities and throwing eggs at the people in the park was extremely uncalled for. There is no socially redeeming value to those types of hateful behaviors.

I am well aware that there are many people in Grant County that don't give a hoot that Billy the Kid lived in Silver City during his early years. However, there are lots of people who are not from Silver City that think it's pretty darn cool that he began his career in crime… right here in Silver City. And as goofy as some of you may think it sounds, we have had visitors who wanted to take selfies with our life-size picture of Billy the Kid. In fact, a month or so ago, one gentleman running as a candidate for Governor of the State of New Mexico posed with The Kid.

I mention this because the things that draw people to Grant County are extremely varied. Sometimes we should think outside the comfort of our little box and do things that are daring and may seem unnatural to the people who just don't get it. I will be attending a committee meeting to discuss next year's celebration of the Town Charter for Silver City. A couple of folks can dress up in period clothing and read a proclamation. We can place the Town Charter on display at the museum for all to see. But how about having a shoot-out in downtown? How about seeing if Wells Fargo can get their stage coach that travels around the country to visit Silver City and give rides through the downtown area? I once saw a Miss Drumsticks contest in Jasper, Arkansas where the contest showed off their legs from just above the knee down and down to their bare feet… and a guy ended up winning? How about closing off a street and having a BBQ cooking or chili cooking contest? The only thing that should hold us back is our lack of imagination. Rather than some solemn occasion that resembles a funeral, we should be celebrating the fact that we are the only city in New Mexico that is still chartered under territorial law rather than state law. I would really like to hear your thoughts before this Friday meeting that I will be attending.

So… what's going on this Labor Day Weekend:

  • Gem and Mineral Show at the Grant County Conference Center
  • Taste of Downtown - downtown
  • The Southwest Print Fiesta will be held in downtown Silver City
  • There will be a President Trump Rally and Potluck Picnic Saturday around Noon in Gough Park
  • Next week there will be an Exhibit and Opening Reception for Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods
  • Saturday & Sunday – Sept. 9 & 10, the Gila Rangers will host Cowboy Action Shooting at a ranch in the Mimbres Valley
  • That same Saturday Friends of the Silver City Public Library will have a book sale… there will be a Grand Opening & Open House for Deborah Van Tellingen Photography Studio… and the second Gospel Extravaganza will take place in Gough Park.

And I have to write this last happening… the Denny's Restaurant will be opening next week.

Got questions, want some information, need a phone number, looking for a place to hold a meeting or party – call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce office at (575) 538-3785. And remember, all calls are kept confidential unless they are really goofy calls.

Last week I joked about the fact that people ask me what I do as the president of the Chamber of Commerce. Literally the next day I went to Wendy's to grab a burger to take back to my office. As I stepped up to the counter to place my order, the very nice and friendly lady behind the cash register asked me… so what exactly do you do with the Chamber of Commerce? Ah, there is at least one person who reads my column. Thank you.

I enjoy planning all the things we do for the Fourth of July celebration. As a fundraising project for our Chamber of Commerce, the amount of profit is important. However, the way I know if we did a good job or not has nothing to do with the income or the letters to the editor. Yet it is all about the smiles I get to see along the parade route and in Gough Park. If everyone is having fun, we must have done a good job.

It's always fun to talk about new chamber members as well as the existing members we have. In fact, there are currently over 300 members in the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

Two of the newest members are Mimbres Valley Medical Group and Deborah Van Tellingen Photography Studio.

Mimbres Valley Medical Group recently opened new offices in Silver City at 1000 North Hudson Street in Silver City. In June, Janie Vargas, a Physician Assistant, began seeing patients in the Silver City office. Mimbres Valley Medical Group is accepting new patients. You can call them at (575) 538-0486. Mimbres Valley Medical Group will host a ribbon cutting/open house on Wednesday – September 13 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to visit one of Silver City's newest healthcare facilities.

We welcome another new member to the Chamber of Commerce, Denny's. Like many other people, we patiently watch the progress on the construction of Silver City's newest restaurant. General Manager Kelly Ward and her staff are chomping at the bit to begin serving the folks of Grant County. Keep watching, the restaurant opening is just around the corner.

Congratulations to La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery. This local boutique winery is celebrating its 8th Anniversary this Saturday. Owners David and Esperanza Gurule know how to put on a celebration, so if you are looking for something to do Saturday… we recommend a short trip to 100 DeLaO Road south of San Lorenzo, New Mexico. There will be delicious food, fine wine, New Mexico brewed beers and terrific music throughout the day. If you're not certain where to find La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, give them a call at 505-259-9523. The celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. and shuts down at 6:00 p.m.

Have you really looked around lately? Sunday afternoon, during a drive between Deming and Silver City, everything was so wonderful looking. It’s green everywhere you look. Heck, even the Mimbres River had lots of water running in it, when just a few weeks ago it was as dry as a bone in the desert. Then this Tuesday morning, I was topping the hill in front of Walmart looking to the west. And wow, the mountains are so beautiful when they are a luscious green.

So, what made the difference? Well, have you ever seen the movie starring Burt Lancaster titled “The Rainmaker.” Burt Lancaster’s character, Bill Starbuck, is paid $100 to make it rain. They are pounding on a drum and doing lots of other stuff that any sensible person would know isn’t going to cause it to rain. Yet, in the end… it rains. Now we may not have anyone beating drums or doing other crazy things to make it rain. But we do have Mr. Steve Maxwell. And he can make it rain. Every time he comes to Silver City and puts his area rugs out for sale along Highway 180… it rains. So, “Thank You,” Mr. Maxwell. We appreciate your bringing the rains to Grant County.

A couple of weeks ago my old office computer died a horrible death. It didn’t suffer, but I sure did. I’ve been hauling my personal laptop back and forth from the house to work. We saved many files on a thumb drive, so I carry that little device everywhere I go. And of course, my laptop has the devil’s own software, Windows 10, loaded on it. Thus, we have been training this old dog a few new tricks. Thank goodness my new computer was delivered this morning. In fact, this is the first file I have typed using my new computer.

Yep, I am strutting around in tall cotton this afternoon.

A week and half or so ago someone wrote to the Silver City Daily Press complaining that city officials were doing things to keep new businesses from coming to Silver City. Since moving here in August of 2013, I haven't seen any evidence of this situation. In fact if you could ask the developers of the new Denny's Restaurant, I bet they would be happy to tell you how easy it was to work with city officials to bring this new restaurant to our fair community. I spoke with the folks at Domino's and they are pleased with how the process has gone to get their new restaurant up and running in Silver City. Please understand, if there has been anyone working against businesses like Denny's or Domino's, it sure as heck wasn't city officials. It would be the "do-gooders" that seem to know what the general public wants better than anyone else.

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