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Photos and article by Sandra Michaud

Saturday night, March 2, 2019, was the Silver City premiere of the independent movie, “A Boy Called Sailboat” which was filmed in Silver City with a cast of young locals.

The first of three sold-out screenings saw the young actors posing on a red carpet, with director Cameron Nugent, who flew in from Los Angeles to attend the event.


By Algernon D'Ammassa, Las Cruces Sun-News

Published 3:30 p.m. MT March 10, 2019

Tension over crime, suspicion of government prevail at 3-hour town hall

Meeting was organized by Luna County Republican Chairwoman
Speakers include GOP U.S. House candidate Yvette Herrell
Luna County commissioners back President Trump's emergency declaration

[Editor's Note: This is a continuation and completion of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of Feb. 19, and regular meeting on Feb. 21. It will address the presentations for and against the gun laws at the legislative session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Late in the afternoon of the Grant County Commission regular session on Feb. 21, 2019, presentations began on the pros and cons of the gun legislation under consideration at the New Mexico 60-day legislative session, which will end March 15, and the resolutions on the commissioners' agenda on the issues.

Undersheriff Jess Watkins presented a statement from Sheriff Frank Gomez, who was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

[Editor's Note: This is a continuation of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of Feb. 19, and regular meeting on Feb. 21. It will begin the presentations for and against HB 220 and HB 255.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After four hours of public input, the Grant County Commission gave everyone a short break at about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at the regular meeting.

After the break, Commissioner Javier Salas moved to adjust the agenda, so that the presentations for and against the resolutions, as well as the resolutions themselves would be heard and then voted on before everything else on the agenda, so that audience members could leave when the decisions they came to hear were completed.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed two local residents to posts recently:

James Foy, long-time Silver City attorney, was named to fill the Sixth Judicial District position vacated by the recently retired Judge J.C. Robinson.

Mary Hotvedt has been appointed to fill a six-term term on the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents. She fills a position vacated by the completion of the term of Dan Salzwedel.

ROAD ADVISORY  The road has reopened after fire was extinguished.

ROADWAY CLOSURE – Silver City Area
US180 from mile post 103 to 105 is closed due to a brush fire. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, use extreme caution. Please expect delays.

The 58th Public Forum presented by WNMU’s Miller Library, the Grant County Democratic Party, and MEChA happened on February 21, 2019. Democratic Party Chair Frances Vasquez opened the meeting and turned it over to moderator Siah Hemphill.

Hemphill announced the topic, Social Justice and Criminal Justice in New Mexico: A new day in Court, legal changes in the new administration. She asked the panelists to briefly introduce themselves.

[Editor's Note: This is a continuation of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of Feb. 19, and regular meeting on Feb. 21. It will include more of the four hours of public input but will require additional articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

In the continuation of the Grant County Commission regular meeting held on Feb. 21, 2019, Glenn Griffin said to the audience: "What you did to that woman was just wrong," referring to the booing and heckling of a previous speaker, Luanne Brooten, which can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/49586-grant-county-commission-regular-session-022119-part-6-more-public-input 

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