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By Hallie Richwine

The Grant County Sheriff candidate forum happened Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. The forum was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent and SCDP Publisher Nick Seibel acted as moderator.

Candidates for sheriff are Frank Gomez, Democrat, and Ray Tavizon, Jr., Republican.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Music, food, a car show, booths and vendors, filled the street at the Santa Clara 150th birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Village residents and community members from all over the county gathered and visited with friends in Santa Clara on Saturday. History was also part of the day.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Old Hurley Store hosted Hurley Pride's annual pumpkin patch, which is a fundraiser for the Pride. A bake sale, games, pony cart rides and hayrides, plus the always popular pumpkin patch drew families to the event. Inside the store was another bake sale, the model train set ups and a new display of model airplanes, 90 of them, were ready for viewing. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise marked.

A ribbon-cutting and celebration were held Friday about lunchtime at the Centro de Amistad senior center in Santa Clara. The solar panels were installed in the preceding days and the event took place on a rainy morning.

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at approximately 3 a.m. officers responded to a weapons fired call in the area of 1223 Glenda Circle. Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority communications personnel told officers there were several callers reporting 4-8 gun shots. Officers initially had contact on scene with Billy Barragan, 26, of Silver City, and Natasha Maldonado, 25, also of Silver City, who were exiting a 1219 Glenda Circle residence.

According to police reports, several cartridge cases were observed on the ground of a driveway on 1219 Glenda Circle and one case was discovered across the street from this address.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Sixth Judicial Judge Jared Hofacket moderated the event. "Will Perkins is a well-respected attorney and will be a well-respected judge."

County Commissioner Billy Billings gave the invocation thanking God for this day and life in "our free and prosperous country. Today is a good day for those who work in law. May they continue to interpret the law fairly and impartially. Bless his family and bless all of us."

Sixth Judicial District Judge J.C. Robinson said it was a pleasure for him to know Will. "I know he will do a good job. This is an important day for him and his family."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Joel Miller of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, District 1, and Greg Meyers, superintendent of road reconstruction contractor TLC, gave updates on the progress along the stretch of NM 15 between U.S. Highway 180 and 32nd Street in Silver City.

Construction of curb and gutter along Kimberly is continuing. Meyers said there would be no curb and gutter on Pinos Altos Roads southbound between Kimberly and U.S. 180, because of all the business dry pads along the route. "Everywhere else, we will have curb and gutter."

Three hundred feet up on Pine and 600 feet north on 32nd Street, additional turning lanes are being installed, as well as southbound from 32nd Street.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent Audie Brown opened the meeting for community members at the Community Dialogue on Oct. 9, 2018.

"I had a business and because of a situation with an employee, I decided to become an educator," Brown said. "There are primary and necessary criteria before a community can bring in outside businesses. As Senator Mimi Stewart said: 'The state cannot bring in businesses without an excellent education system.'

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