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By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on August 13, 2018 began at 2:00 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria and Eloy Medina as well as Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva and Mayor Chon Fierro attended.

During public input Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch spoke to council about the Regional Wastewater System. Santa Clara is included in the project and is slated to pay 29 percent of the cost. While Bayard is taking on most of the project at 41 percent, Santa Clara wants to have a meeting to discuss some concerns. Bauch said there has been an increase over the past three years of almost 4 percent per year and fears additional increases will be hard on the community. While Santa Clara has already passed an intent to adopt the user fee changes, he would like more time to discuss the impact to the communities.

[Editor's Note: Thanks to Sandra Michaud for recording the banquet and taking photos for this author to write from and post.]

Photos by Sandra Michaud; Article by Mary Alice Murphy

LULAC Council 8003 of Silver City held its 34th annual scholarship and student of the month banquet on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, with the theme: Together we rise: Igniting activism to transform communities.

Fred Baca moderated the event. Rev. Paul Moore, a recent recipient of a Ph.D., serves as council president.

The event opened with a flag ceremony led by the Vietnam Veterans Color Guard Chapter 358 and participants were led in the opening LULAC prayer by Ora Rede. WNMU Provost Jack Crocker welcomed the group.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2018, was a time for playing in the street, with Georgia Street cordoned off between 13th Street and Highway 180 so families could play games, do street art, dance, and enjoy pizza, hot dogs and watermelon. City Councilwoman Lynda Aiman Smith, one of the volunteers, said that 155 people attended and the street was full of kids running up and down with balloons flying.

Article and photos by Sandra Michaud unless otherwise marked

A local history project that began in 2016 recently concluded at the end of July. The Salt of the Earth Recovery Project was started to record the stories of the men and women of Local 890 chapter of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers of Hanover, New Mexico, who participated in one of the country’s most effective strikes, which took place from October 1950 to January 1952.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The last weekend in July was a treat for Hummingbird lovers as they attended the Hummingbird Festival at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Center. People from all over came to the area to watch the little birds being weighed, measured, banded and given a meal before being released to continue their Hummingbird lives. This annual banding helps researchers keep track of the birds, their health and the health of their environment.

In addition, visitors could learn more about the Mimbres people who lived in the area hundreds of years ago, see arts and crafts area vendors were offering and of course, eat the delicious food from the Duck Stop food truck.

[Editor's Note: This meeting was recorded and photographed by Sandra Michaud. This author has taken notes from the recording.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Board President Derek Ratcliff opened the meeting and introduced Ray Davis of American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18. Davis said, before Chamber President and Director Scott Terry came back into the room: "I see (Gila Regional Medical Center) hospital people here. I want to say it's an amazing place. We at the American Legion support the community, youth, veterans and veterans in need."

Davis presented Terry with a certificate of appreciation for the work the chamber does in promoting businesses and the community.

Grant County Commission discusses final fiscal year 2018 adjustments 073018

[Editor's Note: This is the third and final article of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting held July 30, 2017. This is completed thanks to Sandra Michaud recording the meeting for this author.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

In the final agenda items for the Grant County Commission meeting held July 30, 2018, for the purpose of meeting deadlines, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the adjustments to the closure of fiscal year 2018 by amending the approved and adopted budget for the year.

[Editor's Note: This article and the others in this multi-part series are possible thanks to Sandra Michaud recording it for the author.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the special meeting on July 30, 2018, Grant County Commission Chairman Billy Billings introduced the next item on the agenda by saying he had requested it be there for discussion.

"It's a discussion on the essential air service and our decision to go with Advanced Air," Billings said. "I've been getting questions and making responses to the U.S. Department of Transportation. My understanding is that, although the department has made decisions on other locations, they still haven't made a decision on our airport. I will meet with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the DOT. When I put it on our agenda, I didn't know if other commissioners had seen the communications from Boutique Air to the DOT. He's putting out information that is not correct. I responded to the DOT and have been back and forth with them. I was at the Boutique presentation. His communication led some to believe that commissioners had no chance to be present."

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