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Deming: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Wednesday September 13, 2017:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Braiser Asphalt (Contractor) will begin roadway reconstruction operations on NM 11 “Columbus Hwy” in Luna Co. Traffic will encounter lane drops with pilot car and flagging operations. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Red Hot Children's Fiesta took place Saturday 090917

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series on the two-day Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee, which concluded its meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at a little after noon.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The one presentation by multiple presenters to the Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 6, was titled: Arizona Water Settlements Act Implementation, Budget and issues; New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity Plans; Southwest Regional Water Project Alternatives.

Interstate Stream Commission Gila Basin Manager Ali Effati spoke first.

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, September 7, 2017 in the Village Hall. All Trustees attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch.

Bauch reported that a new energy economy group approached the Village to assist with wind and solar projects. The group helps communities receive grants and Bauch suggested the trustees consider working with them. Members agreed that they had an interest in pursuing a project, possibly using solar energy to cut utility costs at the Armory. More information will be gathered and presented at the next meeting.

New business included reformatting the lease agreement for the Veterans’ Service Officer. Previously, trustees approved the lease terms. However, the state requires a new design and format.

Trustees also considered a variance at the corner of Bayard and Maple Streets. Robin Hogan presented the idea of having the commercial property at that location as a living museum, which would include miniature horses, goats, and chickens. This type of living museum provides an educational opportunity for the town, teaching residents about farm life and arts and crafts. Hogan’s project includes a nature center, pond, and butterfly house. The plan would put these elements within a compound-style structure at the location and the variance would allow for the horses to live there in pens. Bauch recommended that Hogan get in contact with Code Enforcement and to provide full drawings next month.

Addressing old business, M. Yvonne Gonzalez reported to the Council that any agreement between Western New Mexico Communications and the Village of Santa Clara needed to be a license agreement rather than an ordinance. This is still in negotiations with legal counsel.

Additionally, Gonzalez will rent office space at the armory. This does not include utilities and will be a locked office. Resident Horace Jaramillo inquired about multiple independent leases in the Armory, asking what would happen if a proposal comes through that would require renting the entire square footage of the building. Bauch explained there are 30-day severance requirements no matter when the agreements were initiated.

Jaramillo also thanked the Trustees for addressing hazards on Hutchinson Street, but asked that compaction be monitored to ensure the integrity of the surface. Bauch said they are taking steps to improve the surface and are looking into chip sealing.

Jaramillo then inquired about the addressing system, which Bauch said the project is underway and that two public meetings have been held to review duplicate streets and how to eliminate confusion with 911 dispatch and emergency vehicles.

Resident Mike Dowell asked for an update on the speedbumps on Encino Street. Bauch explained the previously allotted hot mix was used to repair a water main break and that the Village was waiting for a new shipment from Southwest Concrete and Paving Inc.

Bauch announced the next Regular Meeting of the Village of Santa Clara for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Village of Santa Clara Village Hall located at 105 N. Bayard Street.


[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the two-day Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee, which concluded its meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at a little after noon.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tuesday afternoon, the first session after lunch had the title: Southwest New Mexico Hydrogeology Update: Statewide Water Assessment and Water Budget.

Stacy Timmons, New Mexico Tech hydrogeologist and aquifer mapping program manager, said the mapping of groundwater began in 2005. "We continue to address groundwater issues. Because we do it at Tech, which is under the higher education allocation of the state budget, we are not regulatory and our results are available publicly."

The Grant County Regional Water Project has received word that the National Development Council has selected the collaborative project as a semi-finalist for a National Academy Award.

Juan Torres and Johanna Nelson of the NM Economic Development Department nominated the project for the reward.

Presenters explained the project at the NM FUND IT and at the NM Infrastructure Finance Conference meeting. The members commented on how  impressed they were with the collaboration of local governments working together to provide a permanent water source to Grant County.

[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.

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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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