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4 h award 8 21 rsOn August 21, 2017 the State Champion Land Judging Team was recognized by the local Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District for their success at this year's State 4-H Conference. The team attended the monthly meeting discussing what they did during their contests and what they had to know. They expressed what they learned during the contest and answered questions by the board members. The team was awarded $150 and Kolby Taylor was awarded $75 for being high point individual in the contest and Justin Billings was awarded $50 for being 2nd high individual in the land judging contest. Justin Billings was also given $75 for being high point individual in the range management contest as well. The team presented the Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of 4-H. We are extremely thankful to this local organization for all of their support. New Mexico State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.

shepard7898Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University met on Tuesday, August 22 in Silver City to vote on the University President’s annual performance evaluation.

The Board voted unanimously in favor of the results of the annual performance evaluation, which found that President Shepard exceeds expectations.

By Roger Lanse

Delving into new business at its Tuesday, Aug. 22, meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved public celebration permit applications for the 2017 second annual Silver City Pride Fest sponsored by LGBTQ Grant County at Gough Park, on Sept. 16, with alcohol service from noon to 6 p.m.; for the Gila Monster Gran Fondo special dinner event sponsored by Tour of the Gila Inc., to be held at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Oct. 13, with alcohol service from 5-9 p.m.; and for the Gila Monster Gran Fondo beer garden event, also sponsored by TOTG, to be held on Oct. 14, at Gough Park, with alcohol service from noon to 5 p.m.

img 3700Gila National Forest planners listen to the public. Matt Schultz, the lead on the revision process, is at front right. Eric Flood, outdoor recreation planner, is in the middle at the front table. At left is a member of the public. Two other forest service employees sit at the back table, talking to community members.

The Gila National Forest held an open house in its conference room on Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. Four forest experts answered questions about the forest plan revision, currently in Phase II.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard introduced the new art installation of origami books hanging from the ceiling at Miller Library.

"Origami shapes are used in stealth fighter planes," Shepard said. "Origami shapes have been used in music halls to reflect sound to create perfect acoustics."

He said the art installation is simply part of furnishing the library. He said it wouldn't look like much with only white walls, no books and no furniture or flags and banners.

By Roger Lanse

According to an offense report, A Grant County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Tyrone Post Office at approximately 8:34 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in reference to a burglary call. Accompanied by the postmaster, the deputy entered the building observing the damaged door where entry had been made. A few items were seen to have been moved around, the report said, including markers, pens, a chair, and a normally closed closet door was open.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Attendees, at least 60 of them, showed up at the Silver City Public Library to hear presentations related to the solar eclipse and to get solar filter glasses for viewing the progress of the eclipse in Silver City. It was expected to reach about 65 percent.

[Editor's Note: This author apologizes for the lateness of this report. Too many meetings and events this week. This is the final of three articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular meetings held last week.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, started out with public comment and several folks speaking out against the commission, as a member of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, approving the amended joint powers agreement between the Entity and the Interstate Stream Commission.

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