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Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Sandra Michaud

John Justice, a small farmer in the Mimbres Valley, is promoting expansion of the local farmers' markets and working to develop a co-op where, when producers are busy, others can sell their produce and products and bring the proceeds back to them.

johnson wayne 7540By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Auditor Wayne Johnson, who was appointed to the position at the end of November when the elected auditor Democrat Tim Keller was elected as mayor of Albuquerque, visited Silver City on Friday.

One purpose was to host a training session to teach local governmental agencies about new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At a ceremony on Monday, March 12, 2018, Magistrate Judge District 1 Maurine Laney swore recently elected Silver City municipal officials into office. Mayor Ken Ladner retained his position, as did District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano. Municipal Judge Sonya Ruiz  also returned to office and was sworn in.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Health Council held its regular bimonthly meeting on March 12, 2018. The change of date facilitated presentations by the area's New Mexico state legislators. Judy O'Loughlin, co-chair, moderated the meeting.

Sen. Howie Morales, District 28, was the first to speak.

"Thank you for the opportunity to give you an overview of the recent session," Morales said. "It's so nice to be home. It was a good session. We finally had a surplus, but we were conservative. We got our state reserves from 1 percent back up to a healthier 10 percent."

By Roger Lanse

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison, at the Mar. 16 meeting of the Silver City Town Council, summarized her trip this week to attend the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., where New Mexico Municipal League officials met with New Mexico’s congressional delegation or their aides. The first priority Bettison talked about was transportation. The current administration requests an 80 percent match from municipalities and counties and only 20 percent from the feds for transportation projects. “Of course,” Bettison said, “The National League of Cities wants it to be reversed. We also want it to come directly to municipalities. We don’t want it to go through the state or through counties where there’s always an administrative fee taken off the top.”

New Mexico’s congressional delegation is also working to protect Community Development Block Grant monies, Bettison stated, as the current administration, according to Bettison, wants to entirely remove those funds from the process as well.

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.

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