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By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at about 5:38 p.m., Grant County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Mobile Drive and Ridge Road in reference to a fighting call, a ‘shots fired’ call, and a report of a male lying face down on the ground.

According to a GCSO offense report narrative, deputies placed two females and three males in investigative detention at the scene and at the Ridge Road Chevron, and interviewed one witness on Mobile Drive who had reported hearing three gunshots. A white Toyota Tundra pickup, reported as being at the scene and detained by deputies at the Chevron station, had blood on its hood, a deputy said.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City Museum has, as its featured exhibit, photos and histories of ranching in Grant County.

Jo Lutz, museum volunteer and events coordinator, said the panel of three speakers tied into the exhibit. Ron Troy, Southwest New Mexico project coordinator of the New Mexico Land Conservancy; A.T. Cole, owner of the Pitchfork Ranch; and Jim McCauley, owner of the LT Ranch, served as panelists.

By A. J. Ward

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity held its regular monthly meeting on May 7, 2019. This was the second meeting to address an adjustment in the scope of work deadlines as requested by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

During public comment, Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director, read from a prepared statement.

New Mexico Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC) are pleased to announce that twelve schools across the state have been awarded a year-round garden kit. The kits, awarded through a New Mexico Grow Project grant, contain everything needed for students to grow a garden. Each grant recipient will receive a 4X8 cedar raised bed garden that includes everything from soil, seeds, and a tool shed, to hoop house attachments and an irrigation system. The grant also includes a classroom hydroponic system that allows for unique opportunities to explore the science of growing plants without soil.

NMAITC Southern Regional Director Traci Curry said: “We’re thrilled to partner with NRCS to offer this learning project grant. It is designed to help students learn about the importance of agriculture and our natural resources. With increasing global population growth, challenges facing climate and weather, and a defecit in science education, it is important now more than ever to offer educational opportunities and support such as the NM Grow Project Grant.”

20190424ccagrouppicWinners at Calvary Christian Academy are from left, Gianna Gavaldon, Naomi Ammon, Sophia Vinson, Ariel Hanson, Hadassah Mathieu, Seth Ammon, and at far right is American Legion Post 18 Commander John Sterle, and in the back row, American Legion member Don Luhrsen, American Legion Chapter 13 Riders President Roger Wright and ALA Secretary Candy LuhrsenThe 2019 Americanism Essay Contest conducted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 was successfully concluded on Wednesday, May 1. They received a record total of 58 essays from students in the grades 3 through 12 in Grant County. There were First Place Winners in all five categories and in addition four Honorable Mention Awards presented at three schools by Legion and Auxiliary members. First Place Winners also received $50 checks from the Auxiliary. The ALA hopes that more schools and students will participate in this program next year.  

By Roger Lanse

According to unofficial results provided by the Grant County Clerk’s Office, voters on May 14 agreed to an extension of the increase in property taxes approved 10 years ago of $2/$1,000 of assessed valuation for another 10 years. 

Of 4,431 mail-in ballots cast regarding the Public Schools Capital Improvement Tax Question, 2,660 were in favor of continuing the increase, while 1,771 voted against.

Photos Courtesy of Frank Kenney

At the annual Ranch Days  organized by Margie and Hugh B. McKeen at their ranch near Alma, volunteers including Catron and Grant County Extension Service agents, as well as agents from New Mexico State University, show elementary students from the region where their food comes from. Stations showed each group of students in rotation about churning butter, about horse-packing, about bees and plants, blacksmithing and archery, rifle shooting at targets, and a favorite with some and a yuck for others, sticking a gloved hand into one of a cannulated cow's stomachs to see how grass is digested by the bovines.

Grant County Commission part 6

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a multi-part series on the work and regular commission meetings of April 16 and 18, 2019. It begins to address the regular agenda. Most of both meetings were covered, although not everything, but the commission has met since, and the Beat will try to catch up and keep you informed. Sorry for the author's absence unexpectedly.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After presentations at the work session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report. The expenditures for the past month totaled $1,683,131.24, which included two payroll periods totaling $417,176.22. The following chart shows the expenditures that each exceeded $10,000:

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