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img 9067Linda Pecotte is named Grant County Republican of the Year, awarded by Rhonda Billings of the Grant County Federated Republican Women.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Republican Party of Grant County hosted a Make America Great Again dinner at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Oct. 6, 2018.

Silver City Named One of the Best Places to Retire in New Mexico

Silver City, NM – October 17, 2018 – Silver City, New Mexico—known for its outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and history—was recently named one of the best places to retire in the state of New Mexico by SmartAssets. According to SmartAssets, Silver City earned its ranking due to the availability of medical centers, as well as the vast opportunities for recreation and arts and culture.

“It’s an honor to have made such a list, as we pride ourselves on offering unique experiences to people of all ages,” said Alex Brown, Town of Silver City Manager. “Silver City is an affordable and exciting place to retire. Whether you’re interested in outdoor recreation, history, or arts and culture, there’s something for everyone in Silver City. As an added bonus, our community of 10,000 is welcoming and we have special events nearly every week.”

Photos and videos by Sandra Michaud

The most attended events of the Mimbres Region Arts Council annual Southwest Print Fiesta are the Vendors’ Market and the Steamroller Printing. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, people from all over the Southwest strolled among the more than 30 vendors who were showing and selling their work.

Market Street, from Texas Street to the Big Ditch was filled with booths showcasing the works of print artists from throughout the region. Lithographs, cards, clothing, lamps, and all types of printed work were available.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

In conjunction with the Southwest Print Fiesta, the Silver City Art Association held a Weekend at the Galleries on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Galleries all over town hosted residents and visitors with music, munchies and, of course, artwork by featured artists. There were quite a few “pop-up” shows as well as regular gallery offerings. Here is a sampling of what was being offered.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

This year's blessing of the animals occurred on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Gough Park.At the annual blessing of animals on the Saturday closest to the liturgical day honoring St. Francis of Assisi, pastors and animal lovers with their pets, meet for the blessing of their pets. Truly an ecumenical gathering, a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Oliver Obele of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church; and a nun, Sister Rita, Gila Regional Medical Center chaplain; the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Rev. Paul Moore, Rector, who organized the event, and Pastor Sarah Guck; and First Presbyterian Pastor John Cheek participated in the blessings of dogs, and at least one turtle. 

Two sets of photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, as part of the annual Homecoming festivities at Western New Mexico University, cars, floats, walkers, dancers and even a dog or two, took to the streets of Silver City to parade from the Grant County courthouse back to the university.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The regular September meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees was moved to Oct. 5, 2018.

It opened with a safety moment, when Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said she and other staff members are aggressively looking at processes in the Emergency Department to implement Fast Track to speed up less urgent cases that come into the ER for care.

By Hallie Richwine

The Grant County Commissioner District 2 Candidate Forum was held at the Bayard Community Center Friday, October 5, 2018. The event was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. District 2 candidates are Republican Tyson “Ty” Bays and Democrat Javier Salas. SCDP Publisher Nick Seibel acted as moderator.

Bays was first to introduce himself. “I know what it is like to work for someone, I know what it is like to be in business, and I know the consequences of government on small businesses,” he said. Bays is passionate about his community and plans to use the seat of county commissioner to make positive changes. He aims to bring focus back to the county commission rather than wasting time on issues that do not benefit the county.

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