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[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-series of articles covering the Grant County Commission work sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday, Aug. 14, work session, commissioners heard a presentation from U.S. Air Force Col. (retired) Susan Beck, who now lives in Grant County.

She said she had heard so much confusion and misleading information on the proposal by U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to train pilots by flying over the Gila National Forest and Wilderness, that she took it upon herself to talk to Air Force officials to get correct information.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Fish and Gun Club held its annual show at the Hanover Outpost on Saturday, Aug. 11. George Shepard, organizer of the event, said about 30 to 40 vendors were taking part in the show.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila National Forest hosted a birthday party for Smokey Bear on his 74th birthday on Aug. 9, 2018. Ellen Brown, GNF fire prevention specialist, said each child received an activity book, pencils, a Smokey coloring book and crayons and an antenna ball. Plus the colorful cupcakes that the Forest Service served to children and adults. Brown said next year on Smokey's 75th birthday, a national celebration will take place.

"We're trying to shift the message to be safe with fire," Brown said. "The new message is 'Watch your flame.'"

By Mary Alice Murphy

Joel Miller, assistant to contractor TLC superintendent Greg Meyers, led the meeting.

"The concrete scheduling for the next 30 days includes finishing the retaining walls now until the end of August on the southbound side," Miller said. "The next thing is to finish the grade work to add the concrete curbs and gutter on the southbound side from 32nd Street back to Pine Street. Then we start the flat work."

Work is ongoing on the existing utilities with the storm sewer trunk lines being installed. Miller said the existing water line is in conflict with the storm drains, so they are having to isolate the water lines. Concrete barriers are being placed along the storm sewer. After the water lines are installed, the next step is to install the service lines to the homes and businesses.

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Chairwoman Darr Shannon opened the meeting by announcing it was Purple Heart Day.

Allyson Siwik gave the only public comment. "Now that the NEPA scoping process is over, I want to comment from the public perspective. The public found it difficult to comment. People got conflicting information at the open scoping meetings. New information was released during the scoping. The project seems to be a moving target."

In old business, members addressed the second amendment to the joint powers agreement. On the telephone, Interstate Stream Commission Attorney Dominique Work said the CAP Entity approved the amendment before the ISC July meeting, which was cancelled by the ISC. "The amendment will be presented to the ISC at its meeting on Aug. 16."

dsc 0071The first haul truck carrying ore from the Cobre mining district crosses State Highway 152 headed for the Chino mine.

Silver City, NM, August 15, 2018 — A haul truck extended the life of Freeport-McMoRan’s Chino mine over State Highway 152 on August 8 when the first load of copper ore from Hanover Mountain was delivered to Chino operations.
That truck represented the culmination of a $60 million project to connect the historic mining district of Cobre to the concentrator and leach piles of the adjacent Chino mine, ensuring the near-term future of both properties.

img 1953From left are David Van Auker, Buck Burns, U of A Museum Interim Director Meg Hagyard, Curator Olivia Miller, Registrar Kristen Schmidt and Gina Compitello-Moore

img 1978The whole gang: Back row, from left Buck Burns and Rick Johnson; middle row, U of A archivist Jill McCleary, Van Auker, U of A curator Olivia Miller, registrar Kristen Schmidt, Interim museum director Meg Hagyard and Gina Compitello-Moore; front row, all U of A, Exhibit designer Nathan Saxton, former curator Lauren Rabb, curator of community engagement Chelsea Farrar, project coordinator Willa Ahlschwede, marketing and development program coordinator Christine Weir, and membership coordinator Brittney Palomarez.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, a contingent of personnel from the University of Arizona Museum of Art celebrated the return of the stolen Willem de Kooning "Woman-Ochre" to their museum in Tucson. They came to Silver City to again thank the owners of Manzanita Ridge second-hand furniture store for returning the painting, which had been stolen from the museum the day after Thanksgiving in November 1985.

By Roger Lanse

District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. brought his proposed ordinance allowing recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs), better known as side-by-sides, on town streets to the Silver City Town Council’s Tuesday, Aug. 14, meeting hoping to receive approval. And, judging from the size of the crowd in the auditorium, passage of the measure looked promising. In fact, of the 12 residents who showed up to speak on the issue, 10 were in favor of the ordinance. Many who spoke in favor asked, “Give us a chance.”

Ray stated “We have come down to what will be the final vote. We have tried to satisfy what people wanted. I had a conversation with Chief Portillo this morning and he’s against it. But, he also told me that, if this is to pass, we would be able to have some sort of training.”

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