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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The CLAY Festival Market this year was held on two pieces of closed Market Street. The east side featured the vendors with pottery and related items. The west side had food vendors. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission met in a special meeting held at 6 p.m. on July 18, 2019, to allow people to attend after work to hear from the final seven candidates for the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.

The first item of business addressed the agenda. It was moved and seconded that Dr. Donald J. Stinar be moved to be the first to speak, as he was on call.

Hurley, NM - On July 19, 2019, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence located in Hurley in Grant County in reference to a shots fired call. As the deputy was en route to the residence, he was informed by dispatch that two neighbors were fighting in the street. Sometime during the argument, a shot was fired by a male suspect. The male suspect, who was identified as Timmy Vick (56), returned to his residence located at 59 Hurley Road after the altercation. The deputy arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Vick who refused to exit the residence.

By Roger Lanse

According to Lt. Mike Burns of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, at about 9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, deputies were dispatched to a North Hurley address in reference to a disturbance call. When deputies arrived the disturbance had escalated into a fight between two males and shots were fired.

One of the males barricaded himself in a house, Burns said, and he remains armed and barricaded as of 8 a.m., Friday, July 19, while the other male is unbarricaded and not currently involved in the present standoff.

20190718 005008Photos courtesy Joe Gallegos, Chief, Santa Clara Volunteer Fire Department

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, a home on 7 Bridle Road, located south of the cemetery, in Santa Clara, was reported to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority at 12:35 a.m. as fully engulfed in flames. The Santa Clara Volunteer Fire Department was first on scene and requested tenders from the Whiskey Creek and Santa Rita volunteer fire departments to provide water as there were no hydrants near the fire, according to XCVFD Chief Joe Gallegos. Officers from the Hurley, Santa Clara, and Bayard police departments also assisted.

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Gelindo L. Ferrin, potter and art educator of Sweet Home Pottery, demonstrated the building of a utilitarian pot at Soul River Gallery on Thursday, July 28, 2019, as part of the 2019 CLAY Festival going on all week.

 Workshops and seminars are featured every day through July 21. For the schedule of events, visit www.clayfestival.com

Ferrin had also demonstrated creation of a similar pot the day before.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

"Current," the opening reception for the juried clay exhibition was held at the Seedboat Gallery Monday evening, July 15, 2019. The fundraiser featured entertainment by Byron Trammell and catering by a new service, Solar Moon, which served, among other offerings, Clay Drops and Goddess Juice. "Current" is being juried by internationally acclaimed artist, Sunshine Cobb and featured entries from clay artists from all over the country.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a breezy, sunny Saturday afternoon, folks flocked to Gough Park to participate in the second annual Silver City Wine Festival. Wineries from all over the state provided wine tastings for potential buyers, as other vendors from New Mexico and Arizona enticed people with jewelry, clothing, tea, wood workings, jerky and wind chimes. Food vendors kept pace with the hungry people imbibing the wine products. Live music provided a festive background to the festival.

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