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By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday October 23, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour.

Before the update on unfinished business the trustees presented Misty Pugmire with a plaque recognizing her retirement after 25 years of service with Cobre Consolidated Schools.

By Hallie Richwine

The Public Forum on October 19 at WNMU’s Miller Library focused on the topic of “Women’s Health - Globally.” Lydia Huerta, professor of Cultural Studies and Spanish, served as the moderator. The panel included Allison Evans, WNMU professor of political science, Jeff Hill, WNMU chair of natural sciences, and Rene Romo, representative of United States Senator Tom Udall’s office.

To begin the evening Huerta explained that the Mexico City Policy is a United States government policy that blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion, or expand abortion services.

allsup and cowanTatton Allsup hands a check for Wreaths Across America to Mary Cowan, the WAA local organizer to place wreaths at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Photo Courtesy of Frank DonohueAllsup, who lives in Mule Creek and is a senior at Cliff High School, presented $720 he raised via a "clay-bustin' fundraiser. He is involved with the NRA, is a former 4-H member and took the initiative to do this fundraiser on his own.

He told Cowan that he has more money that has been pledged that he will put toward the purchase of wreaths.

[Editor's Note: Wreaths Across America is a program that provides wreaths for national cemeteries.The purchase of two wreaths at $15 each, brings a third wreath to mark a grave. Please print a form from http://www.grantcountybeat.com/events-calendars/local-events/39026-wreaths-across-america-order-forms-available-for-2017?highlight=WyJ3cmVhdGhzIl0=

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

Jennie Coleman and Alicia Beck presented a new youth basketball league to the board. Chad Leary is planning on retiring the present youth program and the plan is for this league to replace the old one. There will be a series of clinics followed by league play. Modeled after the successful soccer program, this is a non-profit program carrying insurance and screening coaches. It will be run by a board and will not be a travel league. Coleman and Beck are looking for time and expertise from the surrounding community. Board President Mike McMillan said: “Congratulations and best of luck - any time we can have an activity for youth outside of school it is a positive thing to do.”

 dsc4638Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board members, Sabrina Pack and Bruce Ashburn, hold each end of the ribbon as BBBS Grant County Program Specialist Donna Guevara cuts the ribbon. Photo courtesy of Jim Mathews.

img 5700Area BBBS representatives Regional Director Dawn Starostka, Program Specialist Donna Guevara, Program Coordinator Gila Trujillo, Program Specialists Crystal Nowell, Coordinator Nancy Chaparro, and intern Valerie Galindo stand in front of the office. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

By Mary Alice Murphy

For the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of an office in Silver City, several representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters for Dona Ana County and Grant County were on hand, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, to answer questions and welcome the Bigs and Littles that attended.

Nancy Chaparro, program coordinator for Dona Ana and Grant Counties said the goal is to have 45 matches of Bigs and Littles in Grant County by the end of the year.

ndcaward for gcwaterprojFrom left, at the National Development Council's National Academy Awards are Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Executive Director Priscilla Lucero and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil.The Grant County Regional Water Project received the National Academy 2017 Chairperson's award from the National Development Council. 

The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, led by Executive Director Priscilla Lucero, received notice in early September that the project was a semi-finalist for one of the awards. The Chairperson's Award is selected by the chair of the NDC's Board, who chooses a project that demonstrated extraordinary community impact.

On hand for the conference when the award was issued were Lucero, Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil. 

hurston wright awards jj amaworo wilson debut fiction winner credit kea taylor imagine photographyJJ Amaworo Wilson reacts to winning debut fiction award for Damnificados. Photo by Kea Taylor of Imagine Photography JJ Amaworo Wilson is Western New Mexico University's writer-in-residence.

Last Friday, his novel Damnificados won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. A ceremony took place in Washington D.C. at which civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis was honored. Colson Whitehead won the main fiction award.

From the article in the following link comes this quote: " The Legacy Award for debut fiction went to “Damnificados,” by J.J. Amaworo Wilson, who the judges said created a “fabulist and gritty dystopia that is nearly allegorical in its portrayal of the dispossessed.”


More information can be found at www.hurstonwright.org .

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Oct 24, meeting, approved the forwarding of two letters regarding Holloman Air Force Base’s proposed expansion of flyways. According to the two letters, signed by Mayor Ken Ladner, the town is questioning the “no impact” finding in the draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the Air Force. The letters were addressed to Holloman AFB Airspace EIS, Hampton, VA, and to Col. Houston R. Cantwell, 49th Wing Commander, Holloman AFB. Copies of the letters were sent to U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and to U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce.

Councilors and the mayor were “appalled” and “concerned” that while public hearings on Holloman’s proposal were held in other southern New Mexico communities like Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, none were held in Silver City or Grant County “where significant impacts of the Holloman AFB proposal would most be felt.” Ladner wrote, “I am writing to express my concern about the proposed plan to create a new fly-over zone for F-16 training missions that would encompass all of the Gila National Forest and most of its wilderness areas. The proposed zone comes within several miles of the Town of Silver City.”

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