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Photos by Sandra Michaud

More than 20 galleries participated in the CLAY Festival Art Walk Friday evening, July 19, 2019. Many of them featured artists and artwork that were participating in the Festival, as artists and workshop leaders. Art lovers strolled around downtown Silver City to look at the offerings and often, to buy.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The Mimbres Regional Arts Council’s Youth Mural Program and Western New Mexico University unveiled a new endangered species mural on Friday, July 19, 2019.

The 75-foot long and 50-foot high mural on Barnard Hall featured five Gila Wilderness endangered species: the Mexican Gray Wolf, Mexican Spotted Owl, Gila Trout, Gila Mayfly and Narrow-headed Garter Snake.

Convicted felon charged with several felonies

By Roger Lanse

On Thursday, July 18, at about 1:05 a.m., Silver City police officers were dispatched to 226 S. Corbin Street in reference to a domestic dispute. The male caller stated that a male named ‘Dominic’ was holding a handgun and hitting a named female and had pointed the weapon at the caller.

According to a statement of probable cause, when officers arrived at the location at about 1:08 a.m., they had contact with caller and the female and observed a vehicle driving away for which officers were able to determine the registered owner. The female victim advised officers she was visiting with caller when her boyfriend, Dominic Duran, showed up and began beating her up and displaying a handgun. She said Duran pushed her to the ground several times, slapped her face and broke her prescription glasses. The altercation, according to the female victim, took place both inside and outside caller’s RV.

Luna County, NM - On July 18, 2019 at around 1:15 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 10 near Mile Post 59 west of Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a semi-tractor trailer was traveling east on I-10. For reasons unknown, the semi-tractor trailer left the roadway, traveled through the median into the westbound lanes, where a west bound 2013 Honda Accord collided with the trailer section of the tractor trailer. The driver of the Honda Accord, Jose M. Ortega (37) of El Centro, CA sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer, a fifty-eight-year-old Sunland Park, NM man was taken to an area hospital, his condition and injuries are unknown.

PHOENIX, AZ, July 22, 2019 – Matching grants provided by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation have enabled four regions to secure federal monies for strategic planning through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative.

The USDA Rural Development Innovation Center created REDI to support the many rural communities that are facing regional economic challenges. The initiative provides free technical assistance to 47 rural regions seeking to build economic development plans and implement planning projects. Freeport-McMoRan Foundation provided the local match necessary for these four communities to qualify for, and eventually win, the competitive REDI grants from USDA.

Rocky Fire
The lightning-caused Rocky Fire remains at 640 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. This fire is demonstrating low fire behavior with some growth to the north and west and remains east of Forest Road 150.

South Fire
The lightning-caused South Fire remains at 3,060 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. It received some precipitation on Sunday and today, which decreased fire activity.

Woodrow Fire
The lightning-caused Woodrow Fire is 1,090 acres and 100% contained, on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness.

Photos by Jamie Cline

The Silver City Museum got into the act of the annual Clay Festival by promoting Family Fun: Mimbres Pottery Workshop at the museum on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Mud Pie Contest, part of the CLAY Festival, took place at the Farmer's Market off Bullard Street. Four pies arrived for the contest. They included No. 1 a Chocolate custard pie with chocolate orange sauce; No. 2, a Brownie topped with ice cream; No. 3, a no-bake pie with items like chai seeds in it; and No. 4 a German chocolate pie. 

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