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Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Thanks to Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos for sharing their photographs of the rally and session.

Alan Shafer, lead airspace analyst for the U.S. Air Force, came to Silver City on Thursday, March 9, 2018, at the invitation of New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez.

Representing the Lt. Governor was Mark Van Dyke, chief of staff for Sanchez.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Richard Maynes, and Mayor Pro Tem Freddie Rodriguez attended as well as Mayor Ed Stevens. There is a vacant seat on the council.

Public Input was first on the agenda and Jack Dunaway, 12-year Hurley resident, asked what was done about ordinances, if they were enforced or if they have any. Without any specific details there was no council discussion.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business on the Grant County Commission regular meeting on March 8, 2018, was the monthly report from Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias.

"We had a positive meeting last night between the Board of Directors and a large number of physicians and caregivers," Arias said "It showed a further need for greater communications between us. Everyone had the same goal, exceptional quality care for the communities for years to come."

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, March 12, 2018, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. Board President Ralph Sepulveda, Vice President Frank Cordova, and Secretary Frank Gomez attended. Board members Gilbert Guadiana and Gabriel Holguin were absent.

The open meeting began with a short presentation from Snell Middle School. First, principal Pat Abalos talked about how quickly the school year has gone. “With a four-day week it is a whirlwind,” he said. Snell is preparing for the end of the school year already. They had a successful canned food drive, hosted an eclipse event, and partnered with community agencies for “Mental Health Day”. Abalos introduced science teacher Cindy Lee to talk about her students’ projects.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on March 12, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria, Adrian Ortiz, Raul Villanueva, and Eloy Medina attended as well as Mayor Chon Fierro.

Oscar Merino of Copper Little League reported to council during public input. Over the past weekend they cleaned the field. They contacted a contractor that volunteered time to paint. Dugouts were painted and more dirt was removed from the infield. Merino said things are coming along but they are still waiting on the railing. They are ready for Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

By Mary Alice Murphy

This article will list the statewide contests for positions in the federal and state governments, but only those that relate to the four counties of southwest New Mexico, Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna.

For U.S. Senator three candidates have filed—incumbent Democrat Martin T. Heinrich, Libertarian Aubrey Dunn and Republican Mick Rich.

By Mary Alice Murphy

This will list the positions and the candidates who registered on Tuesday, March 13, to run for office in the Grant County primary election to be held June 5, 2018.

Some of the candidates have reached qualified status, while others are pending. According to the Grant County Clerk's office, the pending denotes that the office is still confirming that each is a registered voter and in the case of districts for the magistrate judge and commissioners, the county has to confirm that the candidate's residence is in the appropriate district.

Photos and article by Sandra Michaud

More than a score of local businesspeople met at Q's Bistro Wednesday evening to learn about the plans for the upcoming Silver City Blues Festival in May.

After a short social session, during which C.W. Ayon played the blues, Maureen Craig, President of the Board of MRAC spoke to the group, many of whom have been long-time sponsors of the Festival.

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