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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Silver City Public Library was full of parents, kids and other adults taking part in the crafts, the information  tables, the raffle, listening to music or simply choosing which free books to take home. More than 250 raffle tickets had been handed out by noon.

Volunteer Linda Ferrara said she emails book publishers asking for donations of books to give away. So far this year, about 1,300 have been received. She reported the library gave away close to 4,000 last year.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday, April 13, members of volunteer fire departments and municipal fire departments as well as other emergency services joined together to host an event at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center parking lot to bring public awareness to what they do to protect life and property. They also provided information on how to protect one's own property.

One member said the departments, both the volunteer ones and the paid ones, are "desperate for volunteers and paid firefighters. Every fire department in the area needs more help. If we don't get the younger folks trained to get experience, who will take over when we retire?" He noted the average age of volunteer firefighters is 60 years, with some in their 80s still volunteering.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Toward the beginning of the Grant County Commission special meeting, commissioners gave reports.

Commissioner Javier Salas asked a "general question. Can I bring up any topic?" When told he could, he said: "This is food for thought. I would like to see the county for new hires or for upward movement go in house first for applicants."

By Roger Lanse

A January 2019 news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office states that on Jan. 8, 2019, a GCSO deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 180 in Bayard as subjects had earlier been reported loading firearms into the vehicle’s trunk. After gaining consent from the driver for a search, two firearms were located in the trunk of the vehicle. Those firearms were traced back to Steven Escobar, 30, of Hurley. Escobar was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies. An arrest warrant was then issued by Magistrate Court Judge Maurine Laney.

By Roger Lanse

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019, marks the seventh anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Roberto Armando Benavides Garcia. Roberto was brutally beaten to death by an assailant(s) and left lying in the middle of the street in the 300 block of Hurley’s Aztec Avenue. The case remains unsolved.

Roberto was a Western New Mexico University student, an aspiring artist, and a joy to his mother, Kathy Benavides, and father, Peter Garcia.

Sabrina Pack, who was elected as chairman of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, introduced the speaker for the monthly luncheon on April 4, 2019.

Curtis Clough, Silver Consolidated Schools associate superintendent, said he has been in the job for about nine months. "I began working on a project almost as soon as I arrived. We could not have done it without chamber support and the hosting of our Community Dialogue groups at the (Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and) Conference Center."

SILVER CITY-Each year New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science along with several organizations puts on the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp. This camp is an intensive five-day hands-on camp all about cattle ranching. Youth from around the state of New Mexico and the nation compete for limited positions at the camp. The camp is held on CS Ranch in Cimarron, NM June 9-14, 2019.

Grant County 4-H Council President, Justin Billings is among the top youth that will be attending this year’s camp. Youth will be learning everything about the cattle industry and cattle ranching from standard cuts of beef, to cattle reproduction, genetics, nutrition, animal welfare as well as get practice on preparing and presenting a loan proposal to a panel of judges as if they were submitting the proposal to a banker.

Spirit Awardees to be recognized at June “First Forum.”

Albuquerque, NM – The nonpartisan, public-policy organization New Mexico First will recognize public officials, journalists, and civic leaders who make a positive impact on New Mexico.

The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

Awardees were selected for addressing serious problems, advancing critical programs, or raising awareness around major issues facing New Mexicans.

The Spirit Awards will be presented as part of the 2019 First Forum Lecture Series in Albuquerque.

“New Mexico First is proud to recognize lawmakers, journalists and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” said former state senator Cynthia Nava, selection committee chair.  “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy or fair coverage above partisan politics.”

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