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Grant County Commission part 6

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a multi-part series on the work and regular commission meetings of April 16 and 18, 2019. It begins to address the regular agenda. Most of both meetings were covered, although not everything, but the commission has met since, and the Beat will try to catch up and keep you informed. Sorry for the author's absence unexpectedly.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After presentations at the work session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report. The expenditures for the past month totaled $1,683,131.24, which included two payroll periods totaling $417,176.22. The following chart shows the expenditures that each exceeded $10,000:

Susan Beck, US Air Force Colonel (retired), let The Grant County Beat know that she received word late yesterday from Colonel Patterson, the 49th Wing Vice Commander at Holloman AFB, that Headquarters Air Force (HAF) has further delayed release of the draft environmental impact statement for airspace optimization.

"It now appears that they're targeting late summer or early fall for the release," Beck said. "The leaders at Holloman believe this means that the Air Force is taking its time and addressing the inputs they received from all affected communities."

 Updated: Deming has declared an emergency

Editor's Note: For the full article please visit http://www.grantcountybeat.com/editorial/51103-deming-inundated-is-grant-county-next. This version has been slightly edited to take out opinion.

By Leslie Bronken

(DEMING, NM) On May 14, 2019 a meeting was held at the Deming Fairgrounds to discuss the status of the fair and the asylum seekers who had been transported to Deming by US Customs and Border Patrol. Approximately 150 people from the community arrived to listen to what government officials had to say and to ask questions.

By Lorie Hildebrand

At Tuesday’s Hurley Town Council meeting, Mayor Ed Stevens and all of the Trustees were present for session that was called to order at 5:00 p.m. Two town residents had questions for the Council, one pertaining to dead trees and weeds and if something could be done about the elm tree seedlings showing up everywhere. The Mayor said maintenance would begin tackling the weeds soon and the Town was trying to work with PNM about taking down some of the dead trees. He said he would keep town residents updated at to the progress they make. Another resident was concerned about why three small dogs, inside animals most of the time, required owner to have a kennel license. The Mayor said that was the ordinance in effect now but the Town will be working soon on new animal ordinances and the town residents should come to those meetings to help make reasonable new ordinances.

By Roger Lanse

Council, at its May 14, 2019, meeting approved a restaurant beer and wine license with on premises consumption only with Sunday sales by the drink and patio service for Adobe Springs Café at 614 N. Bullard Street.

Council also approved 12 public celebration permit applications for the 2nd Annual Silver City Wine Festival to be held in Gough Park on July 13-14, 2019, sponsored by the New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers Association. License holders included; Black’s Smuggler Winery of Bosque, NM; Jaramillo Vineyards of Belen, NM; La Esperanza Vineyard of San Lorenzo, NM; Las Nueve Ninas Winery of Mora, NM; Luna Rossi Winery of Deming, NM; Noisy Water Winery of Ruidoso, NM; Shattuck Vineyard of T 0r C, NM; Sheehan Winery of Albuquerque, NM; Sombra Antigua Winery of Chamberino, NM; St. Clair Winery of Deming, NM; Wicked Kreations Winery of Albuquerque, NM; and, Wines of the San Juan of Blanco, NM.

Photos by Michael A. Barragree

The Hurley Pride Car Show took place Saturday, May 11, 2019 despite inclement weather. With 35 entrants, food, and vendors, the event was a success.

Photos and story by Sandra Michaud

Students at Aldo Leopold Charter School invited the public to see what they have learned from their community internships this semester. They participated in 14 individual internships and in the Youth Conservation Corps, which was divided into five crews: Archaeology, Garden, Eco Monitoring, Murals and Trails. The crews each gave a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation, and the participants in the individual internships each presented a poster-board summary of what they had learned.

Cheryl Head, counselor at the school, said that the internships give the students an opportunity to explore the world of work and refine their career selections. “They can learn about what an actual job entails as opposed to what they think it is.”

RATON- The 2019 State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships were held May 2-5 in Raton, NM. Grant County had 30 4-H members in attendance. The state competition had a record number of youth in attendance. One of the biggest counties in attendance was Grant County.

Once again Grant County did very well. Team 1 for archery placed second in the state. The team was made up of Julian Garcia, Bristan Lockett, Mason Lockett and Brye Baptiste. Hunting Team 2, Matthew Garrison, Matthew Tavizon, Connor McDaniel and Ty Holman placed second. Bristan Lockett, Mason Lockett, Levi Dalton and Luke Bower placed fifth on the second Hunting Team. Team 1 for Air Rifle placed third in the state. Clay Lewis, Seth Neal, Ariel Hanson and Sophia Egge-Ogas were the members of that team. Rachel Bobo competed as an individual in Air Rifle as well. The Pistol Team, Julian Garcia, Luke Bower, Xander O’Loughlin and Jacob Marciel placed fifth. Smallbore .22 Rifle Team 1, placed seventh with members Seth Neal, Clay Lewis, Laura Grabbe, and Sophia Egge-Ogas. Seth Neal was fifth high individual in the state. Shotgun Team 1, Ty Dalton, Levi Dalton, Chris Morgan and Jacobi Lockett placed
sixth in the state.

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Editor's Note

Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let editor@grantcountybeat.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.

Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it

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