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draft sidebar1Maps make interesting reading and you can find all genres, including poetry, biography, and natural history. A map of southern New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley has a little of it all.

First, the verse: there’s poetry in the habit of rivers. The Mimbres River seeks to bend and curl and let its energy go in meanders. All rivers want to do it at some point and riparian ribbons are among the most beautiful shapes in nature.

Photos, video and article by Sandra Michaud

Over 350 people of all ages, students, parents, educators and seniors, met in Gough Park Saturday to show their support of the student rallies against gun violence being held all over the country. After a moment of silence, September Opal, Maria Casler and Wind Markham led the crowd in a song.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Friends of Pottery, an organization that supports the artists and potters at Western New Mexico University's ceramics department, holds an annual sale of pottery, created by students, professors and professional artists. Many items are donated for the sale. The prices are reasonable and the variety vast. A steady line of customers filed in and out of the building, most leaving with packages in their hands.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The spring meeting of New Mexico Cowbelles brought ranch women from all over the state to Silver City on Friday, March 23, 2018.

The meeting addressed items of interest to women who own and manage ranches, as well as those who support them. Nancy Phelps, state president-elect, said she is working with the New Mexico Beef Council to get the beef promotions back under the umbrella of Cowbelles.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Federated Republican Women of Grant County again this year put on an Easter egg hunt at the Hurley Community Park. Last year, about 80 kids showed up. This year, fewer than 20. The women were disappointed, but the kids who did visit the park with their baskets and bags got lots of candy and good prizes.

"We expected more this year," a spokeswoman said, "but people must not have heard or read about it. We had flyers up all over the place. We like holding things like this in Hurley, because sometimes the kids here don't get the same activities as kids in Silver City."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

About a dozen Gila National Forest representatives answered questions and took comments on the Draft Forest Plan Revision at an open house in Silver City. Other open houses continue in the area. The last one will take place Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Reserve High School gym. 

By Howard Hutchinson

Re-published with permission from the March 2018 edition of The Stockman magazine

History of the Gila and San Francisco Water Rights Battle

In 1955 New Mexico entered the contentious water battle for Colorado River water in one of the longest running adjudication battles before the U.S. Supreme Court, Arizona v. California.

State Engineer Steve Reynolds' endeavor to have the Court’s Special Master recognize additional claims to Gila and San Francisco water rights failed. An estimated 30,000 acre-feet of claimed irrigation rights were lost due to the fact those waters were not in “present use.” The depression, Korean War, and drought had left many acres fallow.

By Hallie Richwine

The SIlver Consolidated Schools Regular Meeting took place on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the Silver Schools Administration Building. Board President Mike McMillan and Board Members Ashley Montenegro, Patrick Cohn, Michelle Diaz, and Eddie Flores attended as well as Superintendent Audie Brown.

First the board nominated its president, vice president, and secretary. For the coming year McMillan will remain in the role of president with Montenegro at vice president and Diaz as secretary.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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