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By Roger Lanse

A family on their way to church in Silver City in a hard rain on Sunday, Sept. 15, were the first to come upon the scene of an accident at 5:30 p.m. on Highway 90 – MM 26 (between Cullum and Whitewater roads). Involved were an approximate 2012 Ford pickup and a New Mexico State Police Ford Explorer. The family called 911 at 5:31 p.m. The driver of the pickup, according to the family, suffered an unknown injury to his leg, but was outside of his vehicle. The officer was in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, the family said, and was complaining of pain, chest hurting, and trouble breathing. The officer’s seatbelt had to be cut to remove him from his vehicle, the family said.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission work session began with county reports on Sept. 10, 2019.

Detention Center Administrator said the facility has two vacancies and two applicants. "We have been pretty full lately. On September 5, we had 105 inmates and our average has been 101."

Road Superintendent Earl Moore said the Rosedale Road project is finished, except for the paving, for which they will come back with a second application.

Photos by Frank Kenney

Frank Kenney photographed the Animas Labor Day Team Roping on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at the Johnson Arena.

 By Lorie Hildebrand

At the regular meeting of the Village of Santa Clara Trustee meeting Thursday September 12, 2019, the Trustees unanimously passed Resolution 2019-21 A Resolution of the Village of Santa Clara Entering into a 99-Year Lease with the State of New Mexico Facility Management Division of the General Services Department.

With this lease, the Village can now sub-lease space to other users and host events at the historic site. Total Building Square Footage is 70.051 square feet. and includes 7 buildings to start with. Total Acreage of the Grounds will be 35.45 acres. The Village of Santa Clara will now be able to Preserve, Protect, and Revitalize the leased portions of Fort Bayard. Mayor Richard Bauch commented that this will bring good things to Santa Clara as well as Fort Bayard. He has long been an advocate for saving the historic site from further deterioration. He thanked Sheila Hudman, Village Clerk, for her tireless work on the prior drafts leading to this final one. The signed resolution along with this meetings’ minutes will be sent to GSA who will put their stamp of approval on it and then forward to the New Mexico Department of Finance.

By Mike Rowe

A little over two years after taking over management of what is now called the University Golf Course, Western New Mexico has agreed to relinquish control of operations. Alex Brown, Town Manager, has already begun a search for a management firm to take their place.

Athletic Director Scott Noble, who had direct supervision of golf course and restaurant operations, said it was not within the scope of WNMU operations to run the course in the manner it required. Noble said having 2 full time jobs, as athletic director and responsibility for the course did not allow him to devote the amount of time necessary to the course. NMSU and UNM, which both operate golf courses and restaurants have a full time general manager for those operations.

The southwest slope of Apache Mountain, on National Forest System Lands, Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest, Catron County, NM

Incident Start Date: September 4, 2019 Size: 163 acres Cause: Lightning
Percent Contained: 0 IC: Gabe Castanon, ICT4

Summary: The Apache Fire was reported on Wednesday, September 4. It is located on the southwest slope of Apache Mountain, at approximately 8,500 feet elevation. The fire is located in very steep, 90-100% slope, inaccessible terrain. The fire is currently burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine with heavy amounts of down and dead material. Fire growth remains primarily to the southeast, with some growth upslope towards the east.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The main speaker at the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon was Matthew Gonzales of Consumer Energy Alliance. Chamber president Sabrina Pack introduced him.

"I am a natural resources consultant and an elected official in Cimarron, New Mexico," Gonzales said. "I hear the same common themes of chamber members saying that their chambers do well with businesses, but they don't bring in people to talk about policy issues and issues that matter for businesses.

ladner and jerry ouzts grmc auxiliary copyMayor Ken Ladner presents proclamation to Jerry Ouzts of the GRMC Auxiliary

By Roger Lanse

They say the third time’s the charm, but it took District 2 Councilor Lynda Airman-Smith four times to get her beekeeping ordinance passed. And then it was by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Ken Ladner casting the tie-breaker. The ordinance requires beekeepers in town to register with the town and post a notice on their property warning passersby bees are being kept on the property. No fee is required to register.

Aiman-Smith said the ordinance is related to public safety, stating approximately five percent of the population is allergic to bee stings. She stated the ordinance has two main functions; making sure emergency responders know where bees are and letting passersby know where bees are.

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