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Silver City: The Annual Tour of the Gila will be in full gear on Wednesday April 18 and will run through Sunday April 22. Law enforcement agencies will be assisting as racers travel through various routes as motorists may encounter intermittent closures.

The closures will be as follows:
· Wednesday April 18, 2018, Mogollon Race, US 180, starts at Gough Park to NM 211 finishing onto NM 159 mile post 3.8, this will be from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. This will be in both directions.
· Thursday April 19, 2018, The Inner Loop Race, starts at Fort Bayard to U.S. 180, to 32nd Street to NM 15 to NM 35 onto NM 152 and U.S. 180 and will finish at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark. The closure will be from 8:00 am until 2:15 pm. This will be in both directions.
· Friday April 20, 2018, Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone, starts and finishes on NM 90 from Silver City (mile marker 39) to just north of Lordsburg (mile marker 29). The closure will be from 9:15 am until 12:00 pm in both directions.
· Saturday April 21, 2018, Downtown Criterium Race, will be on Bullard, College, Cooper and Broadway, confined.
· Sunday April 22, 2018, The Gila Monster Race, Starts at Gough Park to US 180 to NM 152 onto NM 35 to NM 15, finishes at Pinos Altos; this will be from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm in both directions.

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WEATHER ADVISORY:
High wind warning in Luna & Hidalgo County, visibility may be low due to blowing dust. High profile vehicles please use caution. The NMDOT will continue monitoring the roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.

robert dragonUPDATE: The Grant County Sheriff's Department at 6:12 p.m. said the man has been located, but no details were available.

On April 11, 2018 just before 9:00 a.m., Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 601 E. Lance Drive in reference to a missing person.

According to the reporting party, Robert Dragon (73 YOA) who resides at 601 E. Lance Drive was dropped off at his residence at about 7:00 P.M., last date. Today at about 8:00 A.M., the reporting person went back to Dragon’s residence to check on him. When he arrived at the residence, the doors were unlocked and Dragon was nowhere to be found.

SILVER CITY, NM – Today, the Grant County Board of Commissioners announced a series of informational meetings to discuss the future of Gila Regional Medical Center.

Commissioners will hold a public meeting on April 26 to provide an update on the partnership search process and to listen to members of the community. Meetings with physicians and GRMC employees are also being scheduled.

Community Meeting
Thursday, April 26
6:00 PM
Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference Center

 img 2249Chelsea Cooper, center, accepts proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner declaring April 2018, as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

img 2250Amaris Fay, second from left, accepts proclamation from Ladner declaring April 14, 2018 as Autism Awareness Day.

img 2251Terry Timme, right, accepts proclamation from Ladner declaring April 21, 2018, as Bird, Butterfly, and Bee Friendly Day in Silver City.

Article and photos by Roger Lanse

The Beat has been assured that it is a prescribed burn on the Wilderness District. Yesterday, Tuesday, April 10, the crew completed black-lining around about 2,000 acres. The goal is to burn 5,500 acres and will be continued when there are more favorable conditions. Engines are on standby to monitor the interior of the black-lined area. A couple of people are stationed at the Signal Peak Fire Tower to keep an eye on the burn, also. The burn began on Monday, April 9. 

Photos by Cheryl Thornburg

The annual kite flying festival at Whitewater Mesa between Glenwood and Alma, N.M. each year is organized by Cordelia Rose near her Whitewater Mesa labyrinths. The festival this year was sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association and brought kite aficionados from near and far. It coincided with the Glenwood Dutch Oven Gathering, as well as multiple other activities in the small town.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new 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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