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[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-series of articles covering the work session of May 14, 2019. This one covers the presentation by PNM on renewable energy.]

By A.J. Ward and Mary Alice Murphy

After the county reports, Grant County commissioners at their work session on May 14, 2019, heard presentations. The first presentation was by Bruce Ashburn of PNM talking about the PNM Solar Direct Project, which PNM plans to have available in the near future.

[Editor's Note: This is breaking news, and the rest of the meeting, including the approval of the preliminary budget, after discussion, will be covered in a later article.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the preliminary budget was approved following discussion at a special meeting of the Grant County Commission on May 29, 2019, commissioners came out of executive session, and Chairman Chris Ponce made a motion to accept the resignation of County Attorney Abigail Burgess as of July 15, 2019. It was seconded.

Commissioner Harry Browne asked the first question: "What do we do now? Look for a replacement or go with a contract? My inclination is to go with a contract. I have felt like it was a luxury for the county to have a staff attorney, especially with our generous benefits."

By Roger Lanse

[Editor's Note: For additional information on this topic, please see http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/51311-lack-of-markets-for-recycled-waste-hits-home-town-council-to-discuss-changes-to-recycling-program-052819-6pm ]

Town Manager Alex Brown told the Silver City Town Council at its May 28, 2019 meeting that “the recycling markets have dwindled to nearly nothing. The only remaining markets are for metal and cardboard.” Cardboard used to sell for about $120 per ton, Brown said, "now we’re getting $60 per ton." Brown stated that now the town picks up the Single Stream containers and takes the recyclables to the recycling center where the cardboard is removed and the rest is baled and loaded onto a semi-truck and taken to El Paso. The El Paso facility is the last one that will take Single Stream.

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part-series of articles on the work session of May 14, 2019.]

By A.J. Ward and Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission work session of May 14, 2019 began with county reports.

Road Superintendent Earl Moore said his crews have begun chip-sealing roads. They have finished Mangas Valley Road and are working on school bus routes. "It's business as usual."

Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo reported Officer Javier Jurado and Officer Ashley Verbena were selected by their peers as officers of the year.

https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2019/05/27/deming-city-council-allocates-1-million-shelter-asylum-seekers/1226368001/

[Editor's Note: This is re-published with permission from the author of this article. For photos and more information on how Deming is dealing with the crisis, please visit the above link and find other links to pertinent articles.]

Billy Armendariz, Deming Headlight Published 8:00 a.m. MT May 27, 2019
DEMING – The Deming City Council will allocate $1 million in funding for sheltering migrant asylum seekers.

A resolution was approved in an emergency meeting held at noon Friday, May 24, at the John Strand Municipal Building, 309 S. Gold St.

Council members Dr. Victor Cruz, Joe “Butter” Milo and David Sanchez voted yes on the resolution, with Deming Mayor Benny Jasso approving the motion to allocate the funds.

By Roger Lanse

Thursday, May 23, 2019, about 2:26 p.m., Silver City police officers were dispatched to 1506 N. Gold Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. The caller advised a dispatcher at the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority, that he had been stabbed by his ex-girlfriend, Monique R. Marrufo, 29, of Silver City, and that she continued to hit him. The 35-year-old male advised he was bleeding from his lip, back, and leg.

When officers arrived, they had contact with both parties. However, the female was uncooperative and had to be placed on the ground and handcuffed, according to a police report. At that point she kicked one of the officers. EMS was called for both, which the victim refused, the Beat was told.

img 0364The Silver City Town Council will discuss the town's recycling practices at tonight's regular town council meeting. A lack of markets for recyclables has forced many regional recycling centers to landfill these materials and pass the fees on to customers, including local governments.Silver City -- Recycling practices will soon be changing in Silver City, due to a larger global recycling crisis driven by market forces, federal policy and the fact that other countries—particularly China—are no longer willing to accept America's plastic, mixed paper and other recyclable materials. The issue will be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Town Council, and residents are encouraged to attend to better understand how the town is being affected and what that means for residential and commercial recycling.

Location: Southwest of Coffee Pot Reservoir, Wilderness Ranger District

Start Date: May 26, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Grass and dead/down treesResources: Type 3 Helicopter, one FS Engine, one seven–person hand crew

Size: ~ 6 acres

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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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