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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center hosted its 13th annual Light Up a Life ceremony near the front entrance to the hospital Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2018.

By Roger Lanse

At the Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, Silver City Town Meeting, District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison and District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. declared they will be running for re-election in the March 5, 2019 municipal election.

Photos by Alexis Rico

The annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade, held the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving, brought people to the downtown streets to watch the colorful floats, vehicles and a few walkers.

billingsawardPictured is John Merino, Chairman of the Grant District awarding Justin his check. (Courtesy Photo)Justin Billings competed last July at the State 4-H Contest held  in Las Cruces. He took 1st place in the Land Judging Division. He was invited to the recently held meeting of the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District where he gave a short summary of his program and was awarded $100 by the District. Justin is the grandson of Grant County Commissioner, Billy Billings and the son of Lucinda and Wayne Billings.

By Roger Lanse

At the Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, Silver City Town Meeting, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. addressed the issue of a Confederate flag being displayed on a side-by-side at the recent Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade. Ray was the sponsor of proposed ordinances to allow side-by-sides on town streets which council twice failed to approve.

Ray said, “I don’t want to offend anybody, but we had an incident. Somebody took a flag and I didn’t know anything about it. I got called on Sunday morning and they expected me to know what went down. My response to it was I’m going to take responsibility for it because I didn’t know what was happening. If I offended anybody, or if our group offended anybody, please accept my apologies. Because we had no idea what was going on. On the other side of the thing is – this is part of history. It’s history maybe we don’t want to remember, but it’s part of history.

“Every civilization,” Ray continued, “Including Mexicans, Americans – you name it – Indians, we have all suffered some sort of retaliation by each other. We live in a society now that we want to cutthroat everybody, and we do. If I would’a known that this person was going to be doing this I would have said something. I don’t think I would have said you can’t allow it. I’m in no position to tell them what’s right and what’s wrong. That’s up to the individual. This flag may offend somebody. To me it does not offend – it’s just a flag. We complain about a lot of things, but yet there’s people out in America that burn the American flag and nothing is ever said about it. Nothing. Now would people be offended if we were to fly a Mexican flag, or a Japanese flag, or any other flag?

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective held its Holiday Market on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, 2018, at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Pam Archibald, who has worked at Western Bank for 17 years, will retire at the end of this calendar year. Bob Martin, past president and chief executive officer of the bank, got emotional when he was saying how much the bank appreciates her and "we're going to miss you."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

It's a great big community family affair put on every year on a Sunday afternoon, a week or so prior to Thanksgiving, by Jim and Debbie Nennich..

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