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By Mary Alice Murphy

Derek Ratcliff, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board past president introduced George Richards of the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Administration (NMOHSA).

nmohsa chamber 0419"I have forms to request us to inspect your facility for health and safety," Richards said. "We're not the ones who come unannounced and put heavy fines on you. That's the federal OSHA. We come only at your invitation and we recommend how you can make your facility safer, and we do this at no cost to you."

Recognizes service of Attorney Abigail Burgess and discusses budgets

By Mary Alice Murphy

img 0381Attorney Abigail Burgess, center, received a certificate of recognition and thanks for her 11 years of service at Grant County from Commissioners Chris Ponce, Harry Brown, Alicia Edwards, Billy Billings and Javier Salas.The first item of business for the Grant County Commission special meeting held on Monday, July 29, 2019, was recognition of the service of County Attorney Abigail Burgess, who resigned her position as of the end of July.

SILVER CITY, NM, August 7, 2018 -- After 11 amazing years dishing up food, entertainment, and atmosphere to Grant County and its visitors, it is with heavy heart that The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House announces that it will be looking for a new location as of September 30, 2019.

The owner of the building and land, Dink Tatsch, made the decision on Monday of this week to terminate the lease with the Buckhorn's proprietor, Thomas Bock. The property has been on the market for sale for over three years, and Mr. Tatsch felt it was time to make the change.

Chef Thomas Bock thanks his loyal customers and visitors for an excellent run in the most unique location in the mountains of Pinos Altos, NM, and encourages everyone to continue to come on up to The Buckhorn often in the next fifty-four days to enjoy the food, camaraderie, entertainment, and of course, SPECIALS!

Photos by Sandra Michaud and Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Hummingbird Festival took place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Center, where vendors sold their wares, faces were painted, kids made handheld hummingbird feeders, and lots of hummingbirds were weighed measured and banded. 

img 1145Courtesy photo of those gathered at the Mine Closure Closeout hearing

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final one of a multi-part series of articles on the mine closure closeout plan hearing held at the Grant County Administration Center on July 24, 2019.This part concludes public comment.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a short break, the public hearing officer Felicia Orth swore in the next four speakers, Gavin Clarkson, Rachel Valencia, Mary Huekel and Harry Browne, to give comment on the Mine Closure Closeout Plan on July 24, 2019. The hearing had been requested by Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP). Those in attendance included representatives of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, of which the Mining and Minerals Division is a part, and the New Mexico Environment Department, as well as presenters from Freeport and GRIP, who had spoken at the beginning of the hearing.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the mine closure closeout plan hearing held at the Grant County Administration Center on July 24, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Felicia Orth, hearing officer at the Mine Closure Closeout Plan hearing on July 24, 2019, gave the parameters for comments.

"The presentations were given to the audience, but for these public comments, we ask you to face me and the transcribing recorder," Orth said. "Because about 30 people have signed up to speak, we ask you to limit your comments to 2 to 3 minutes. I'll give you a sign at 2 minutes. We discourage cross-examination of commenters, but if you have a question, you may raise your hand. I may or may not call on you."

The first three speakers were sworn in—Mark Osborn, Sam Morales and Peter Wyman.

Prairie Fire
The lightning-caused Prairie Fire was reported on Thursday, August 1, and is approximately 1 acre, burning on National Forest System lands in Carton County, NM. This fire lies just east of the scenic overlook on US Hwy 180, seven miles south of Luna, NM. This fire is visible from US Hwy 180. With predicted weather, fire growth is expected to be minimal. The decision has been made to manage this fire and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. It is burning in ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper and oak.

Ghost Fire

Mining Closure Closeout Plan hearing held on July 24, 2019

[Editor's Note: This author was unable to attend the entire hearing because of other commitments, so this article is written from audio recordings of the event. That is the explanation of the late report, too, but it will be a multi-part series of articles and they will be comprehensive, if often paraphrased.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Felicia Orth, the hearing officer of the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division, part of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, led the hearing on a closure closeout plan for Chino Mine on July 24, 2019.

She noted that the plan is required to be updated every five years, but it has been 11 years since the last update.

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