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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center has always been a popular stop on the trick or treaters path, but this year, the hospital went above and beyond. A trunk or treat took over a good part of the main parking lot, with vehicles and tables set up around the perimeter of the festivities. People parked across the street, so traffic on 32nd Street was also slowed by the streams of adults and kids in costumes crossing to visit the various sites where booth and trunk participants handed out many thousands of pieces of candy.

A Santa Clara Halloween 2017

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The Village of Santa Clara provided a good time for local families with a Trunk or Treat event at the City Hall, followed by a Haunted House and Carnival at the Santa Clara Armory. Youngsters went from car to car, showing off their costumes and picking up candy.

unknownDaylight Saving Time is upon us again. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m. officially, the Fall Back Daylight Saving Time begins. Most people set their clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday evening. 

Don't be an hour early to church or get to the restaurant before it opens on Sunday. Set your clocks back Saturday night.

[Editor's Note: This is the final part of a two-part series of articles on the NM CAP Entity meeting on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity members at their Oct. 30, 2017 meeting came to the agenda item that had brought the majority of members and audience members to the meeting—Discussion, Action or No Action—on the components and alternatives of the amended proposed action of the New Mexico Unit.

Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez said: "First, there is a need for clarification. I heard in public comment that we had abandoned the 150 cubic feet per second minimum flow in the Gila River. The number was never approved by the Interstate Stream Commission. It was a recommendation of Craig Roepke. I have also stated that the board never approved the requirement."

img 0262At El Refugio, from left are Craig Sircy, Ron Gerdes, Don Jensen, Tyrone Mine General Manager Erich Bower, Kevin Cook, standing behind El Refugio Director Rachel Sierra, Chino Mines General Manager Chad Fretz, Martin Bruggemann, and Sherry Burt-Kested. Photo Courtesy of Freeport-McMoRan

On Nov. 1, representatives of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. New Mexico Operations delivered meat to the Gospel Mission and El Refugio Inc. domestic violence shelter.

According to Freeport Community Development Director Kevin Cook, the company purchased two steers, two hogs and a lamb at the Grant County Fair Junior Livestock Auction. The young men and women who sell the animals they have raised all year to show at the fair put the money into their college funds.

img 5886In the spirit of the occasion on Halloween, the Ikard-Newsom Servi-Gas Propane facility on Rio de Arenas Road had Frankenstein, pumpkins and ghosts.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

About 50 people of all ages took part in the Monsoon Puppet Parade for Silver City’s Día de los Muertos celebration. They rallied at LifeQuest, and then marched (and danced) down Bullard until they arrived at the street party at Texas and Market streets. The procession often stretched out for over a block. Día de los Muertos celebrations will continue through Thursday, November 2.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The Silver City Museum invited people of all ages to make paper marigolds, which are used to guide the spirits of loved ones to ofrendas, which are altars celebrating their lives and favorite things. Rebecca Margois read a bilingual story, "Spirit of Tío Fernando: a Day of the Dead Story" by Janice Levy. Celebrants could also enjoy the festivities at Texas and Market Streets, where the streets were blocked off to host a variety of booths and activities. Días de los Muertos activities will continue through Thursday, November 2.

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