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[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the about three-hour long meeting of the NM CAP Entity held on Dec. 5, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Before the members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity got into the major topics of the meeting held on Dec. 5, 2017, several people gave public input.

The first to give input was Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director. "Today the CAP Entity will finalize their transaction letter to the Bureau of Reclamation to begin the NEPA process. As I have said before, there is an utter lack of fairness of using all of the dollars to benefit only a few."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Hanover Outpost hosted two days of Holiday Mercado, with multiple vendors selling everything from fabric items to jewelry, to wood works, paintings, photos with Santa, and good smelling food to quench hungry shoppers. Outside, a young man sold fresh cut Christmas trees.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the Grant County Art Guild had their work on display at the Messiah Lutheran Church fellowship hall. 

Crafts and art included paintings, jewelry, fabric crafts, photography and wood working. A craft table entertained kids while their parents shopped.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City Woman's Club held its annual holiday sweet sale to benefit programs the club does throughout the year. They include baby showers, scholarships and donations to charitable groups.

Photos and short article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Kiwanis Club of Silver City held its Fifth Annual Holiday Sing-Off, which various schools vying for the prizes. The event, held this year on Dec. 1, also features the lighting of the Gough Park gazebo, where it is held.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Each year Gila Regional Medical Center holds Light Up a Life, which is described as "a community celebration in memory of all those whose light continues to shine in our lives."

Phone statements were taken from the six individuals who chose to apply for the Silver District #4 open position on the school board. Their comments were limited to a few questions and these were held to the length of a paragraph to make similar amounts of space for each. Below are their responses.

Nicholas Bobo says he has two children in Stout elementary, one in La Plata, and nephews and nieces in the district’s schools. He was interested in seeing that community, teachers and students had a voice for their concerns. The Vo Tech was a special concern; he would like to see more offerings, and more kids better prepared for future employment. Extra-curricular offerings were important, too. He wanted more and better things for the kids.

Silver City, NM/Grant County

This afternoon around 1:04 p.m. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a crash on US 180 near mile post 101.

Upon arrival officers learned that a 2000 Toyota Truck driven by Mr. David Bruton (74) of Gila, NM was travelling east on US 180 when he lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and overturned multiple times coming to rest on its roof.

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The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include 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 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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