Local News Releases

These releases come from other sources than the Grant County Beat. This category will include events in and news releases from Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

Monday, Dec. 7

Mimbres Quail Lane – Upper Mimbres
Caller advised his soon-to-be ex-wife keeps calling threatening to kill his mother/he has her on recording. Deputy on scene.

Suspicious vehicle
Highway 180 – MM 120 (between Uncle Woody’s Flea Market and Highway 152 junction)
Vehicle secure/blown out tire/clear.

Monday, Jan. 7

Bluejay Lane
Caller advised his neighbors are making a lot of noise and possibly fighting/can hear someone breaking windows out of a car. Officers on scene.

Domestic disturbance
S. Pinos Altos and San Vicente streets
Male and female in the street yelling at each other. Officer advised out on PA Street/negative contact.

Grant County Federated Republican Women will meet on Wednesday, January 16, at 11:30 a.m. at WNMU Cafeteria on College Avenue in Silver City. A hot buffet lunch will be served for $10. Scott Terry, President/CEO of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, will speak on the State of Grant County - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Republicans are invited and encouraged to bring their spouses or guests.

Each year, the Silver City Rotary Club offers two $1,500 college scholarships to qualified graduating seniors from Grant County high schools. The 2019 scholarship competition is now open. The application is available online by going to the Rotary Club website here and clicking on the College Scholarship Application link on the home page.

This year’s application deadline is March 15, 2019. By that time, the online application and all supporting materials must have been submitted to the club.

For questions about or requests for help with the application process, please contact Peter Falley at (575) 388-2004.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is the world’s oldest and largest service organization, with more than 1.2 million members in more than 168 countries. Since its founding in 1923, the Silver City Rotary Club has provided support and service to numerous non-profit organizations and civic causes in Silver City and Grant County as well as supporting and participating in humanitarian projects sponsored by Rotary International.

fraxinus velutina bundle scarVelvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) (Photo courtesy of Dale A. Zimmerman Herbarium, WNMU)The Gila Native Plant Society will hold its first evening meeting of 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, in Harlan Hall, Room 219, on the WNMU campus. Harlan Hall is at the corner of 12th and Alabama Streets in Silver City.

The meeting will feature a hands-on workshop by Richard Felger and William (Bill) Norris entitled “Know the Trees II: Twigs, Cones and Fruit,” a follow-up to the first workshop on tree identification given at the October meeting. This session will tackle the somewhat trickier problem of identifying our native trees in winter by examining twig structures, persistent fruit and cones. If you have one, please bring a 10X hand-lens with you.

Here is a little information about our workshop leaders:

pseudotsuga menziesii coneDouglas Fir (Pseudotsuga mensiesii) (Photo courtesy of Dale A. Zimmerman Herbarium, WNMU)Richard Felger: We lived summers by the beach so I was first a marine biologist and got into cactus, orchids, and lizards after eight years of age. It is always a privilege to study and write about new aridland food crops, botany, and ethnobiology—here in the upper Gila Region, the Sonoran Desert, and deserts worldwide. I am a researcher with the University of Arizona Herbarium and live in Silver City with my wife Silke Schneider and our animals and plants. For more information please look at here

William (Bill) Norris is Professor of Biology at Western New Mexico University (since 2001), where he teaches numerous botany courses, as well as ecology and ornithology. Bill enjoys collaborating with other botanists on research projects that include monographic studies of sedges (Carex), forest monitoring in Iowa's Paleozoic Plateau, and floristic studies of native vegetation remnants in both Iowa and New Mexico.

Widowed and Single Persons of Grant County monthly meeting is Monday, February 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Cross Point Assembly of God Church, 11600 Hwy 180 E. Our presenter is Linda Locklar, Cowboy Poetry with original poems. Cost for lunch is $12. All singles are welcome. For information call 575-537-3643. 

img 4125 by tom vThe Grant County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony this Friday, January 11 at 4:00 for the newly opened downtown Gallery of the Grant County Art Guild. The public is invited to join the Guild members and Chamber representatives. Refreshments will be served to all to mark the occasion. The address is 316 N. Bullard St., Silver City.

The Art Guild Gallery represents the fine art and fine crafts of 35 local artists and artisans who create original paintings, photography, prints, greeting cards, ceramics, sculpture, clayworks, fiber arts, jewelry, metalworks, home décor, Japanese gyotaku, and more. 

GCAGG is open every day except holidays. Regular hours are:  Monday through Saturday – 10:00-5:00, and Sunday – 12:00-4:00. The Gallery is located in the purple building that formerly held Hester House gifts and candy at the intersection of N. Bullard and Market Streets. 

For more information, you may email Karen Stephenson at karenphotoarts@gmail.com

Thursday, January 10, 2019; Silver City, NM:  Backyard gardeners and small-scale farmers can band together to reach larger markets and increase their sales revenue by “Building a Micro-Farming Network in Southwest New Mexico” on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Commons, located at 501 E. 13th St. in Silver City. The event is free and open to any and all aspiring and current growers and food producers.  

The workshop is sponsored by the Southwest New Mexico Food Hub, a program of the National Center for Frontier Communities and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural’ s Local Food Promotion Program. 

The SWNM Food Hub is entering its second year of operations. During its first year, the Food Hub distributed and sold over 10,000 pounds of locally grown produce throughout the state with the money from the sales returning to fill the pockets of regional food producers.

The Food Hub’s project specialist, Ben Rasmussen says, “A majority of our sales have been to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but we reach local markets in the southwest including retail, restaurants, schools, caterers, and churches.” 

With the acquisition this winter of a new van, the Food Hub plans to expand qualities of produce it can distribute and transport to larger and more diverse markets.

Last year, the Food Hub sold southwest regionally grown produce to 17 different market venues. The Hub has saved its participating 13 small-scale growers over 25,000 miles of travel by consolidating transportation costs, thus saving producers travel time and costs while increasing the growers’ profits. 

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