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By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver Schools Associate Superintendent Curtis Clough led off the final Community Dialogue session for this school year.

He thanked Scott Terry and the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce that manages the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center for hosting the several sessions held this year.

"Today is our action planning meeting," Clough said. "We have partners from outside the region who are willing to help us."

An agriculture listening session took place on April 2, 2019 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

Hosted by County Director and Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Judy O'Loughlin and 4-H Ag Agent Jessica Swapp, the panel consisted of the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and New Mexico State University Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Rolando A. Flores.

"This is our third year of holding listening sessions around the state," Witte said. "It's a time for us to listen and you all to talk. It's an interesting time for ag right now, with the trade issues, the new Farm Bill and the new Waters of the U.S. We have a lot of opportunities. I just signed the first protective rules for hemp, although we are not the first state to have them. I'm one of the most anti-government guys you've ever met. But I have no problem with the production of hemp."

Flores said he has served as the NMSU ACES dean for 2 ½ years. "Thank you for voting on Bond D. It will be good for NMSU. We will be able to expand. We will have a feed mill and a bio-medical facility. The funding is enough to get us started, plus we are raising $10 million more."

Sen. Gabriel Ramos said: "We had a heck of a good session. I was able to fund $3.97 million on projects throughout Dist. 28 out of the $34 million in requests I had throughout my District."

"My portion of the monies funded to the Tour of The Gila and the Heart of The Gila Trails was $50,000 as other Representatives and Senators also contributed to equal the amount of $200,000," he continued. "I had plenty of conversation with the tourism Secretary as she was very supportive of the tour and this is why the appropriation was going to be funneled through her Tourism department. I also appropriated $200,000 of the $375,000 for WNMU Baseball and Women’s Soccer only after consulting with Dr. Shepard of WNMU. We knew that this was not going to be enough monies to fund the full budget, but we thought the amount would be a good start to prep for the programs. My projects were not the only projects Pocket Vetoed as there were approximately $7.9 million in projects pocket vetoed throughout the state."

This is a list of projects Ramos was able to fund fully or partially throughout District 28:

Silver High School Student Inducted into the

Inaugural Class of

“100 High School Students America Needs to Know About™”

Adrian Melon, a student at Silver High School, was inducted into the inaugural class of 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About.™ He was chosen out of thousands of students.

Adrian is the NM state champion in SkillsUSA state competition in the categories of job demo, extemporaneous and prepared speech. In 11th grade, Adrian was a state officer for SkillsUSA New Mexico. He won 1st place in collision repair at San Juan College Farmington, NM.

By Roger Lanse

According to Lt. Mike Burns of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, a call was received by the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019, about a suspicious male at the Cherry Creek Campground on Highway 15 above Pinos Altos. The male was described as very dirty and said he had just robbed another male and had taken his clothes.

Silver City, NM, April 11, 2019 – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, issued a warning to beware of fraudulent or scam phone calls that claim to be coming from GRMC.

There have been reports from people who received phone calls that claim to be coming from Gila Regional demanding immediate payment or credit card information. These calls are likely fraudulent or scams using spoofing technology to deceive consumers. Spoofing means the phone number that shows up on Caller ID is not the actual originating phone number.

By Mary Alice Murphy

A meeting of TLC representatives, who are contracted by the state of New Mexico to perform the rehabilitation of Pinos Altos Road, NM 15, from U.S. 180 to 32nd Street, was held with the public Wednesday evening, April 10, 2019.

Greg Meyers, TLC project superintendent, and Joel Miller, assistant superintendent met with residents impacted by the construction project.

By Roger Lanse

According to Silver City Police Chief Freddie Portillo, Richie Ehrlich, age not available, of the Silver City area, was placed in protective custody by SCPD officers Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019, at approximately 10 a.m. after contact was made on 12th and Santa Rita streets. This action was deemed necessary as he was exhibiting violent tendencies and was considered to be potentially harmful to himself or others. Ehrlich allegedly made threats against certain individuals at Calvary Chapel on Highway 90, Portillo said.

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