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This article addresses a presentation on use of AWSA water.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a likely multi-part series of articles on the work session on Sept. 24, 2019 and regular meeting on Sept. 26, 2019.]

Following the special session, county reports and the first presentation on D.A.R.E., which can be visited at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53553-grant-county-commission-holds-brief-special-meeting-prior-to-work-session-092419, a second presentation giving an update on the New Mexico CAP Entity proposed action was made.

Anthony Gutierrez, New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity executive director, said his kids had been in the D.A.R.E. program at Cliff. "It's a wonderful program."

 Grant County has approximately 100 registered sex offenders, and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department wants the community to know where they reside so they can choose to avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.

“We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,“ Sheriff Frank Gomez said. Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time. Sheriff Gomez said, “The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.”

Fair season begins in September with the New Mexico State Fair. Youth from New Mexico and Grant County take their best exhibits to compete with other youth from around the state. Here is how the 4-H members from Grant County did at the State Fair, September 5-15, 2019:

Ketch Bays- Champion Angus steer
Lizzy McDonald-2nd Place Junior Self-Determined Quilted Exhibit and Record Form
Kayleigh Massengill-3rd Place Novice Keychain
Joseph Massengill-2nd Place Junior Keychain

Next, was the Grant County Fair, held September 18-22, 2019:

Silver City, N.M.—Western New Mexico Athletics, in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Affairs, announce the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees. A total of six individuals, along with the 1984 baseball team, will be honored Friday morning at the Hall of Fame Banquet followed by a ride down North Bullard St. in downtown Silver City in the homecoming parade Saturday. The honorees will also be recognized during halftime at the Mustang football game Saturday evening under the lights.

The following are the seven inductees:

Mike Rowse
Pioneer Spirit Award
Mike Rowse graduated from Western New Mexico in 1988 after competing for the WNMU golf team. He returned to Silver City in 2001, bought out KSCQ radio station and began broadcasting Mustang Athletics and Silver High sports.
During his time as the "Voice of the Mustangs" Rowse provided color commentary for football and men's and women's basketball, while also doing public address for WNMU softball for 10 years. Outside of radio and PA announcing, Mike was instrumental in rehabbing the field known as the rock. He along with Matt Urban and Dave Crosley aerated, repaired the irrigation system and top dressed the football field for two years.
Mike is married to Linda Rowse, formerly Harris, and they have two daughters Jocelyn and Marissa.

img 1221Grant County General Services Director Randy Villa, in blue shirt, was on hand to receive the CDBG award. Courtesy Photo.Grant County just found out it was selected to receive a Community Development Block Grant of $750,000 for ADA Improvements at Bataan Park. 

The hard work and collaboration from Charlene Webb, County Manager, and staff, along with Priscilla Lucero Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Executive Director and her staff achieved this award. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

img 0754 copyFrom left are GRMC Board Chairman Tony Trujillo, Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown, SC Fire Chief Milo Lambert, GRMC CEO Taffy Arias, GRMC CFO Richard Stokes, GRMC EMS Director Eloy Medina and GRMC Pharmacy Director Jennifer Fast-Ames

ALBUQUERQUE NM, October 1, 2019 – The Court-ordered injunction suspending all timber management activities on the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona has been modified to allow the personal cutting and collection of fuelwood. The Forest Service will resume permit sales immediately.

Southwestern Regional Forester Cal Joyner noted "We are pleased with this modification, which highlights the fact that we all want to do right by the communities we serve and reduce unnecessary burdens on communities that depend on the national forests for their sustenance. I want to assure you that we are committed to continuing our work to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat from catastrophic wildfire, and we thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and patience."

Photos added: 

img 0682Law enforcement personnel, as well as Cobre School administrators present an award to David Palomarez for his state-winning D.A.R.E. essay.

An additional photo of Palomarez is inserted later in the article. 

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a likely multi-part series of articles on the work session on Sept. 24, 2019 and regular meeting on Sept. 25, 2019.]

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The special meeting of the Grant County Board of Commissioners was needed to provide the certification of property tax rates for tax year 2019 before it was sent back to the state. County Assessor Raul Turrieta said there was only one small adjustment to an entity in the Mining District.

Commissioners approved the tax rates and adjourned to go into the regular work session.

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