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Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with TLC Company (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of NM 15 Pinos Altos Road Reconstruction Project.

When: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Wednesday June 12, 2019

Photos by Frank Kenney

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Frank Kenney photographed .a team roping fun raiser for the Rodeo Committee. Dr. Kevin Brown, a local vet won it .He was "In A Zone" as they say in sports phrasing, according to Kenney. Brown is a long time roper. He's the one in the black cowboy hat.

The Working Horse of Southwest New Mexico
An exhibit titled The Working Horse of Southwest New Mexico with photos by Frank Kenney will hang in 1st New Mexico Bank, 1980 Highway 180 East, Silver City, NM, from June 5, 2019 through June 15, 2019 to celebrate the 1st New Mexico Bank Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo. It will be viewable during bank hours.

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Police Department provided traffic control today, Monday, June 3, 2019, from about 1:40-4 p.m., on Hudson Street, as New Mexico State Police SWAT, assisted by the Las Cruces Police Department, served a warrant on a male at 204 E. Dorothy Street.

According to limited information from law enforcement agencies, the as yet identified male was taken into custody and no one was injured.

As more information becomes available, the Beat will bring it to you.

[Apologies from the Editor: We forgot to post this when it was completed.]

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Copper Country Senior Olympics held a torch walk and competitions for various events at Fox field on Saturday April 27, 2019. Many will participate in the National Senior Olympics competition in Albuquerque this summer.

After a group photo of the Copper Country Senior Olympics participants, the colors were posted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 38. Alfred Ogas served as master of ceremonies.

[Editor's Note: This is part 5 of the multi-part series of articles on the County Commission meetings of May 14 and 16, 2019. This is a discussion on the preliminary budget.]

By Mary Alice Murphy, using notes taken by A.J. Ward

As the Grant County Commission work session of May 14, 2018 continued, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the recommended preliminary budget.

[Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-series of articles covering the work session of May 14, 2019. This one covers the presentation by Gila Regional Medical Center.]

By Mary Alice Murphy, using notes by A.J. Ward

The final presentation of the Grant County Commission work session of May 14, 2019 was from Gila Regional Medical Center's Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes.

Arias said it was Hospital Week at GRMC. "We are holding celebrations all week. This afternoon is an ice cream social, to which you are invited at 2:30 to celebrate Gila Healthy, Gila Proud. It was developed by staff to let patients know how happy they are to see them and how proud they are to be working at our hospital." She handed out T-shirts to the commissioners.

Silver City, NM, May 30, 2019— Fire personnel from the Silver City Ranger District are implementing the Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire north of Ft. Bayard today.  Phase 2 of this project is approximately 900 acres and consists of pinon, juniper, and grasses.  The purpose of this broadcast burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improving watershed conditions.

The Forest has applied temporary closure order for the immediate area which prevents visitors from traversing the Big Tree trail system.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-series of articles covering the work session of May 14, 2019. This one covers the presentation by the Forest Service on the fire season outlook.]

By A.J. Ward and Mary Alice Murphy

The second presentation of the Grant County Commission work session on May 14, 2019, was given by Gabriel Holguin, fire and aviation staff officer for the Gila National Forest.

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Editor's Note

Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let editor@grantcountybeat.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.

Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it

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