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By Hallie Richwine

This month's Public Forum at Western New Mexico University's Miller Library tackled the topic of "Poverty and Decline of the Middle Class and the New Tax Law." The program was presented by Miller Library, Grant County Democratic Party, WNMU Young Democrats, and MEChA.

The forum opened with moderator Lynda Aiman-Smith introducing the panelists and explaining how to engage with them. Note cards were given to the public to write down questions they wanted to ask the speakers.

[Editor's Note: Registration and absentee and early voting information is listed at the end of this article.]

By Margaret Hopper

The March 6 Silver City municipal elections are coming soon. Most incumbents are challenged, and all were given opportunity to state why they are running and what they hope to see happen for Silver City in the future.

[Editor's Note: Walmart does not allow employees' photos to be taken and published in the media. The company's policy also says that any photos published anywhere in Walmart by anyone can be taken by Walmart and used forever in whatever capacity they choose, so if you see one of these photos, it was taken from this site. As for the employees, who were manning the tables, the Beat chooses not to publish their names, so as not to get them into trouble. They were very helpful to anyone with questions, including this photographer, who sought to follow the rules.]

At Saturday's Health Fair held at Walmart, by 12:30 p.m., more than 300 people had received eye tests, learned about smoking cessation and had blood drawn to test for diabetes.

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a breezy, but mostly sunny morning, Carmen Terrazas, members of her family and friends, stood along the west sidewalk of Gough Park to once again March for Life. All signs supported the life of the unborn child.

"So many unborn children are slaughtered each year," Terrazas said. "We must remember that each unborn child is a God-given gift."

Some of the signs read:

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to Robert Esqueda, town of Silver City utilities director, a 12-inch water transmission line split around noon on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 by the Swan Street Pump Station. The line leads to the water tanks on W Mountain.

"When the pipe was installed in the 1980s, for some reason they encased it in concrete," Esqueda said. "That is what took so long. We had to jackhammer about 12 feet of concrete to get to the pipe and repair it."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Ray Davis of American Legion Post 18 at the legion's hall opened the meeting the evening of Jan. 17, 2018, for veterans and area residents who wanted to hear updates on the construction project at Fort Bayard National Cemetery.

Jared Howard, director of the Santa Fe and Fort Bayard national cemeteries, was accompanied by Brad Phillips, director of the Pacific District of the National Cemetery Administration.

"The cemetery looks much better than it did at this time last year," Davis said. He introduced Howard, Phillips and Joe Trujillo, who manages Fort Bayard National Cemetery on a daily basis.

According to a recording on the town of Silver City Utilities Department secretary's phone, a major water main connecting to the water tanks on W Mountain has ruptured.

The recording said the the area impacted includes property north of 32nd Street, including Indian Hills and up to Wendy Road along Pinos Altos Road.

The town is working to fix the broken connection. The latest news is that is should be repaired by about 8 p.m.

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. Board President Mike McMillan and Board Members Patrick Cohn, Michelle Diaz, Eddie Flores attended as well as Superintendent Audie Brown. Vice President and Secretary Ashley Montenegro was absent.

Brown updated the board on the flu outbreak at Cliff Schools and stated that Dean Spurgeon informed him of the amount of children affected by the stomach illness. With more than half of the student body ill, both the Christmas program and regular K-6 classes were cancelled shortly before the winter break and the outbreak was reported to the state. Over the break the school was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and staff is remaining extra diligent.

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