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By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Monday, July 16, 2018 in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

The meeting opened with Bill Rogers informing the board of the Asbestos Management Plan. All sites within the school district are inspected every six months, and then tested by an outside agency every three years. Reports are available for the public to view.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Mimbres Region Arts Council, headed by Executive Director Kevin Lenkner, works with Mural Program Director Diana Ingalls-Leyba to put on a summer mural camp each year. Residents and visitors alike can see the murals all over Silver City. Summer 2018 completed the mural work at the Silver City Public Library.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise marked. Thanks to Tom Vaughan and Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos for their excellent photography.

The annual juried show of the Clay Festival was held Thursday evening at Seedboat Gallery, where refreshments were available to ticket holders.

Western New Mexico University Museum's home, Fleming Hall, remains closed until our transformation is completed. We anticipate opening the Grand Exhibit Hall and Main Floor later in the fall at a date to be announced, and then continue work on the 2nd floor exhibits. A Grand Reopening of Fleming Hall and the University Museum’s 45th Anniversary will occur in July 2019.

Researchers, scholars and tour guides, please take note that WNMU Museum's collections will reopen to research, loans, and tours at a date TBD in the future. For more information, follow WNMU Staff “behind-the-scenes” at http://museum.wnmu.edu.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Before the press conference began on Thursday afternoon July 19, 2018, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Morones said the hospital was already stepping down the strategic plan. They were celebrating the Grant County Commission's unanimous decision to let the hospital remain county-owned and independent.

"Because we're smaller, we can move faster," Morones said.

Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias formally opened the session by thanking the Beat and three members of the Silver City Daily Press staff for being present "at a most eventful time in the history of this hospital. It's interesting that years ago, under the same scrutiny, the community prevailed in keeping the hospital county-owned and not sold because they felt it was a most important part of the community."

By Roger Lanse

Cissy McAndrew, president of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors told the Silver City Town Council at its July 24 meeting, “that 2017 was the best we’ve had since 2007, and we are continuing to be very, very busy. Our numbers are actually pretty close as far as the number of properties that are closing, but what we see is we’re actually seeing an increase in the cost or in the sales price of the property.” McAndrew continued, “We went from an average list price of $137,757 last year up to $158,541 (so far in 2018).”

Since 2007, very few new homes are being built, McAndrew said. Building materials have gone up so that when prospective builders see how expensive it is to build many opt to look for an existing house. This is why it’s difficult to get contractors to spend hours working up a bid on building a new home, she said, only to have the buyer bow out when they hear the price.

Grant County Commission work and regular sessions July 17 and 19, 2018

[Editor's Note: This article will combine the items that were not discussed in other articles. Because of the importance of some issues, separate articles have been posted. You can view the other six in front page news, with some on page 2 of front page news.]

County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the financial report at the Grant County Commission work session on July 17, 2018.

"This report closes out the fiscal year and includes 13 days of the new 2019 fiscal year," Vasquez said.

[Editor's Note: More discussion was held on the bond issue for the county. It is included here.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session meeting Tuesday, July 17, 2018, a later item on the agenda was moved forward so that visitors to the meeting could present before the lengthy agenda review.

Lalleh Dayeny and George Willaford of Hilltop Securities gave an update on continuing discussions with the commissioners on a proposed ballot initiative for the November General Election.

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