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Silver City, NM, September 30, 2019 –Grant County is pleased to announce the launch of its new official website with a new website address. To better identify the County as a governmental agency, the County’s new website is www.grantcountynm.gov.

In addition to the .gov address, visitors to the website will notice a more modern look and feel along with the availability to easily download frequently used forms for the various County Departments and offices of the Elected Officials.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The busiest day at the fair is usually Saturday, because people have the day off from jobs. Families visited the animals in the barns, checked out the exhibits from art, to baking contest food, flower arrangements, school art projects, individual painting and photography, vegetable, canned items, and the various vendors in the exhibit hall and outside, handing out information and selling food and other items.

Frank Kenney took additional photos of the Grant County Fair Junior Rodeo on Sept. 21, 2019. This is part 2 of his photos. To see the first part, visit http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53416-grant-county-fair-junior-rodeo-took-place-sept-21-2019-frank-kenney

By Lorie Hildebrand

Cobre Junior Wrestling Program request for use of school facilities was tabled again. Mr. Mendoza, School Superintendent, suggested the coach for the program get in touch with Cobre Athletic Director Nelson Diaz to set up a plan for the “use of facilities.” Many other programs, including a touch football group and the Junior Wrestling team all would like to use the new football field. One issue is that people bring their pets to the field and don’t always clean up. George Peru, Assistant Superintendent, said that the signage up now is ignored. They are looking at new signage that is more noticeable. Snell Middle School field is available, if they fill out a “usage form.”.

Silver City Animal Control and Grant County Animal Control are requesting assistance from the general public. Over the past six weeks there has been a growing number reports from people observing drivers dumping animals at Penny Park, Old Mill Rd and in Fierro Canyon.

The dumping of animals is considered by our local ordinances to be abandonment and is against the law. Please bring your unwanted pet to the High Desert Humane Society. There is no charge but we do ask for donations.

[Editor's Note: This is the final article about the Grant County Commission regular meeting of Sept. 12, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a break following an hour and a half of public input, Grant County Commission Chairman Chris Ponce brought the meeting back to order.

Commissioner Javier Salas requested amending the agenda to bring forward the resolution on support for Wild and Scenic designation for about 440 miles of the Gila River, the San Francisco River and their tributaries, so that those in attendance who wanted to hear the result would not have to wait. The title of the resolution was A resolution recognizing the special values of the Gila Headwaters and supporting a Wild and Scenic Designation, brought by Chairman Chris M. Ponce.

Will New Mexico children's tears, watching TV to see the Capitol's Christmas trees, be freezing to their faces, due to the lack of wood to warm their families' homes?

Or is there a potential for common sense to prevail?

[Editor's Note: This is a compilation of comments from several people incensed by the absurdity of theU.S. District  Court of Arizona's decision to ban activities in the national forests of New Mexico and one in Arizona. These absurdities and ironies are not necessarily in order of importance or priority.]

ALBUQUERQUE NM, September 26, 2019 – Under a recent court-ordered injunction, the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona have suspended all permit sales for collecting fuelwood.

In addition to fuelwood permits, the six national forests have also suspended all timber management activities, including stewardship contracts, timber sales, thinning and prescribed burns, in order to comply with the ruling. Each forest affected by the injunction may be able to provide customers with a potential alternative fuelwood options in their area.

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The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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