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[Editor's Note: This is part one of a multi-part series on the Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee, which concluded its meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at about noon.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second session, Regional and State Water Plan Progress, of the two-day meeting of the Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee, which met at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Sept. 5 and 6, 2017, discussed the water plans and how they link together.

Photos by Dave and Joy Schuhmann

Denny's officially opened its doors at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Prior to the opening, they held a soft opening for families of employees and invitees, such as the Mayor of Silver City, Town Councilors and Grant County Commissioners.

Here are a few photos of the day from photographers Dave and Joy Schuhmann, who were invited because they kept the public informed of the process of construction of Denny's.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

As part of the two featured activities happening in Silver City on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, a short stroll up Market Street gave Southwest Print Fiesta-goers a chance to visit over a dozen booths with different print creations, and an opportunity to watch a steamroller create a large print right there on the street.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Silver City residents and visitors had a double dose of fun Saturday when the Taste of Downtown and the Second Annual Southwest Print Fiesta took over Historic Downtown Silver City. Fourteen restaurants offered their creations for tastings.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Gem and Mineral Show takes place over Labor Day weekend each year. This year, 2017, a new venue housed the event. The recently renovated Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference and Business Center served as the site.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Republican Party of Grant County held a rally in Gough Park to honor President Donald Trump and American workers. Supporters and members held signs and took part in a potluck lunch, including hamburgers and hot dogs.

The village of Santa Clara brought out residents and visitors from throughout the county to its Fiesta, held Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017

Included were a car show that brought out some vintage automobiles, with prizes awarded, Vendors sold their wares, including food. Kids played in the Splash Park, on the Viola Stone Park playground equipment, and in the bouncy house. Adults visited and shepherded their kids and grandkids around.

IMG 3746Adults and kids got to ride around downtown in a pony cart.

The Public Forum on Thursday, August 31 at WNMU’s Miller Library covered the topic: “Illicit” Drugs: Decriminalization, Legalization, or Continued Prohibition? Cindy Provencio opened the evening by explaining the ground rules so the discussion could remain open.

 Shawn White from the WNMU Chemistry department challenged the group by bringing up terms that often have multiple meanings, such as “drug” and “decriminalization.” He thanked the group for attending the forum, and began his portion of the presentation by explaining that the government is not required to do anything for us. White’s position was that the freedom of the individual includes allowing the individual to decide which risks to take. He explained that ending prohibition is not a solution to drug addiction, but suggested the legalization of substances as a way to avoid a lot of collateral damage, such as gang involvement and purity issues. White shared several examples from art and philosophy to show that for centuries people have debated which drugs were okay to take, and which are not.

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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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