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[Editor's Note: Notes from this forum were taken from recordings, as this author had a conflict and was unable to attend. Sometimes, it was hard to understand what the moderator and candidates were saying.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The two Democratic Party candidates for the New Mexico Public Regulations Commission District 5, Stephen Fischmann and incumbent Sandy Jones, faced off in a forum and answered questions from the audience and from The Silver City Daily Press and Independent, which sponsored the event at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

Daily Press publisher Nickolas Seibel moderated the forum. And said that the candidate that answered a question first, could come back and rebut what the opponent said. "But only one time for each question." Each candidate took advantage of the rebuttal on almost every question.

img 2256 1Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds announces his retirement. To his right is Acting Chief to-be Capt. Freddie Portillo

Photos and article by Roger Lanse

The retirement of Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, a 37-year veteran of the Silver City Police Department, was announced by Town Manager Alex Brown at the Tuesday, May 15, Silver City Town Council meeting. Brown stated the last official work day for Reynolds will be May 26, and praised the outgoing chief as having done an excellent job, but has decided to move on.

Reynolds addressed council by saying “I put together a speech, and then I threw that speech away. I thought it was important to speak from the heart.” He thanked council and mayor, former councils and mayors, and staff for having a professional administration. He also thanked the sworn personnel and the civilian staff of the department for their tireless dedication. Law enforcement is not a job, he said. “It’s a noble cause."

By Hallie Richwine

The Democratic Candidate Forum for the District Two candidates happened Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. The event was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. The candidates for District Two are Cindy Renee Provencio and Javier Salas.

During the candidates’ opening statements, Provencio talked about the influence her grandfather had on her interest in Grant County history and discrimination. Through her graduate research she learned about trauma, triumphs, and overcoming barriers associated with discrimination and segregation. Provencio vowed to listen to the stories of Grant County residents.

Salas was born and raised in Grant County and received his degree in Psychology and criminal justice. He went on to get a Masters’ degree in Psychology and Counseling and Educational Leadership. He worked in the Cobre Consolidated School District as the Director of Special Education. The culmination of this education and experience shows his understanding of business, budgets, and making leadership decisions.

beth ihle rsBeth IhleSilver City, NM — The Gila National Forest welcomes a new acting District Ranger for Silver City Ranger District. Forest Supervisor, Adam Mendonca announced that Beth Ihle would be joining the Gila National Forest on June 18 as acting district ranger.

Diane Taliaferro, currently the ranger for Silver City, has been offered and accepted a position as deputy Forest Supervisor on the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire. She has served as district ranger since 2013.

Councilors approve new audit firm, application for CDBG funds for A Street

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Richard Maynes and Mayor Ed Stevens.

During public input, Charles Hubbard updated the public on the status of the Town of Hurley website. The website is now up and running and there is a page for announcements. Darlene McBride is the contact person who will be coordinating the updates twice per month. Hubbard encouraged community members to use this resource at www.townofhurley.us.

By Hallie Richwine

The Democratic Candidate Forum for the District Two candidates happened Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. The event was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. The candidates for District Two are Cindy Renee Provencio and Javier Salas.

During the candidates’ opening statements, Provencio talked about the influence her grandfather had on her interest in Grant County history and discrimination. Through her graduate research she learned about trauma, triumphs, and overcoming barriers associated with discrimination and segregation. Provencio vowed to listen to the stories of Grant County residents.

Salas was born and raised in Grant County and received his degree in Psychology and criminal justice. He went on to get a Masters’ degree in Psychology and Counseling and Educational Leadership. He worked in the Cobre Consolidated School District as the Director of Special Education. The culmination of this education and experience shows his understanding of business, budgets, and making leadership decisions.

wnmu regents rsThe Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met on campus in Silver City on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Pictured from left to right are the regents: Dr. Dan Salzwedel, Arlean Murillo, Jerry A. Walz, Janice Baca-Argabright and Dr. Carl Foster.Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents debated the methodology behind salary studies, approved a number of changes to policy, promoted 20 faculty members, approved tenure for six faculty members, granted emeritus status to six faculty and staff members, and also elected new officers during their meeting on campus Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Regent Chair Jerry Walz; Regent Vice Chair Janice Baca-Argabright; Regents Dr. Dan Salzwedel and Dr. Carl Foster; and Student Regent Arlean Murillo met in the seminar room of WNMU's Student Memorial Building.

Early voting has begun at the County Clerk's officer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Saturday, June 2, same hours. At the Bayard Community Center, early voting will begin from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 19 and run from Tuesday through Saturday starting again on May 22 through June 2 at the same hours. 

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