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By Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Sandy Feutz and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Silver City Art Association meeting held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, members honored artist Lois Duffy for her many years serving as arts ambassador for Silver City.

Diane Kleiss, SCAA board member, said, as the art association begins its 20th year as an art association in Silver City, "The only way we got here is a lot of people volunteering. One person had this idea—Lois Duffy, and she got it going."

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By Mary Alice Murphy

More than 50 people attended the first Gila Area Watershed and Forest Restoration Collaborative meeting held Jan. 9, 2018 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

Kim Kostelnik of SAKAK Natural Resource Consulting served as facilitator on behalf of the New Mexico Forest Industry Association.

The group was invited to present by District 38 New Mexico Rep. Rebecca Dow and District 49 Rep. Gail Armstrong. Martha Cooper of The Nature Conservancy helped with the organization and Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center at Western New Mexico University helped pull the invitees together, with opportunities for businesses to start or expand forestry work.

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Steve Townley took this photo at Walmart. He said he thinks "it speaks volumes as to the cold/flu season here and everywhere."

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, January 11, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Victor Arambula attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Robert Padilla of the Neighborhood Watch committee reported working on the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities which will happen Saturday, May 5. The event is in partnership with the Brown Derby and will be held in their parking lot. The next meeting for the committee happens Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Armory.

Bauch reported continued anticipation for the new year and the many projects the village hopes to complete, from the transfer of Fort Bayard to the village and to the police department moving back into their building.

Commissioners discuss Fort Bayard and Forest issues to be voted on at regular session on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report ending Jan. 4, 2018.

County expenditures since the last report in December 2017 totaled $1,375,744.06, including two pay periods for $446,857.16. Extraordinary expenses over $10,000 include a payment of $10,225.00 for airport liability insurance renewal to Arthur J. Gallagher & Company; $22,217.95 to Wright Express Fleet Services for the November 2017 fuel charges; $11,666.35 to Silver City-Grant County Chamber of commerce for November and December 2017 management fees; $267,214.06 to White Sands Construction for Tu Casa Construction progress billing; $14,408.46 to Juniper Advisory LLC for the November 2017 retainer fee and services; and $43,838 to David Stephens of Core Values for January 2018 inmate health care services.

Issued by Grant County Administration, based on the information available at this time.

January 12, 2018

On January 9, 2018, at approximately 4:37 p.m., inmate Gary Placencio, Jr. was found unconscious by Grant County Detention Center staff. It appeared that Mr. Placencio had attempted to hang himself. Medical staff performed CPR on Mr. Placencio and called for EMS. EMS arrived at the Detention Center within about ten minutes of the incident, and Mr. Placencio was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center. Mr. Placencio was then flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center of El Paso in Texas for further medical care, but unfortunately, passed away at approximately 12:52 p.m. on January 11, 2018.

[Editor's Note: This is the second portion of the Grant County Commission work session on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. One more will follow.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch made a plea to Grant County commissioners at the Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 work session asking the county to partner with the village to secure ownership of Fort Bayard.

"We believe that Fort Bayard is a great resource for all of Grant County," Bauch said. "We had a Senate bill last year, but we ran out of time on it. In committee, the members said the village may not be large enough to manage it by themselves. We ask the county to partner with us in a 50-50 ownership of Fort Bayard."

NM 35 from mile post 25 to 26 both lanes will be intermittently closed due to road maintenance, traffic will encounter a flagging operation while work is being performed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Please expect delays.

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