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The Tour of the Gila 2018 began this morning at Gough Park for stage 1, which had riders headed to Mogollon for a steep finish.

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[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series on the Silver City Arts and Cultural District Tourism Town Hall held on April 13, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first part of the presentation was given by New Mexico Tourism Department Deputy Secretary Audrey Herrera-Castillo introducing the various programs available to the public through the department.

The second portion featured two panels. They spoke about tourism and then answered questions.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – The 32nd edition of the Tour of the Gila is fast approaching and, as in years past, many diverse men’s and women’s UCI teams have signed on to take on the challenging five-day race.

“Myself and a number of folks in our community have put in ton of work preparing for this year's race,” Tour of the Gila Race Director Jack Brennan said. “The reward for all of us is to see all of the athletes who have decided to come to our community and race our event. I am so pleased with the quality of athletes from many parts of this country and from a number of foreign countries that will be participating in the 2018 Tour of the Gila.”

dem gc commiss 1 and 2 candidatesGrant County Commission District 1 and 2 Democratic Party candidates face off in forum. From left, are Donald "Jesse" Franklin-Owens, Luis Terrazas, Chris Ponce, Cythia Renee Provencio and Javier Salas.

Photo and article by Hallie Richwine

The Grant County Democratic Party held a candidate forum for County Commission Districts 1 and 2 on April 11, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. Before the panel state Senator Howie Morales addressed the crowd.

“It’s good to be home,” he said, and he reminded attendees to get out and vote. Morales also said that no matter what the results of the election bring, the Democratic party needs to come together on June 6, 2018 as one team.

Life Quest, Inc. (LQI), a non-profit located in Silver City, NM that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and children from birth to 3 with or at risk for developmental disabilities, is announcing its permanent closure. Life Quest has been a very important part of this community for 45 years, providing services for children and adults and had been the sole provider for Early Intervention (EI) services for Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties for the past 30 years. Over these years, Early Intervention services resulted in thousands of children who were prepared for the transition to school and also facilitated community inclusion and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

During the spring of 2017 a decision was made by the NM Department of Health to award an additional provider, who is for-profit provider in the area, the ability to provide contract services for the Early Intervention Program in the four county region. This particular provider had also been the sole therapy contractor for Life Quest for the previous two years. Life Quest was told by the state that this decision was based on population and the allowance of a “Freedom of Choice” for families. This decision did not account for the dwindling population of the rural areas we served nor did it account for the shortage of available therapists in the rural southwest. When the new provider was awarded the Early Intervention contract they ended their contract with Life Quest and subsequently all the therapists and many of Life Quest’s trained staff went with them.

photo 1 rsSen. John Arthur Smith is the speaker.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Spann.
By Danna Lopez

On Monday, April 9, the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 traveled to Deming to participate in the annual Bataan Death March Tribute presented by the Bataan Elementary School's fifth graders.

Mimbres, NM, April 16, 2018—For Immediate Release. The L-T West Prescribed Burn, on the Wilderness Ranger District, is staffed and in a monitor/patrol status. Currently, no further firing ignitions are planned.

Winds are variable, and the edges around the 17 mile perimeter are cooling. Turkey hunters are in the area and report that turkeys have been seen in the burn area. Smoke will continue to be seen for the next week and was drifting into the area of Sapillo Creek this morning.

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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