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By Mary Alice Murphy

The Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee met Oct. 17, 2019 at Western New Mexico University's Miller Library. WNMU Vice President of Student Affairs Isaac Brundage welcomed the legislators on behalf of President Joseph Shepard.

Brundage:
One of our areas of distinction here is the Gila Wilderness. We hope you also get to see more of our campus and have time to engage with our students. They are why we are here.

Prospectors President Evangeline Zamora:
Welcome from the Prospectors. We bring forth the issues from the community to you legislators. I would like to invite Prospectors to stand up. Our sponsors include Dr. Shepard for use of the room, Advanced Airlines for the continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors and Prospectors.

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The Beat reminds you to set your clocks back Saturday evening, so you get an extra hour of sleep, and don't show up too early on Sunday, Nov. 3, to church or to work or wherever you're headed Sunday. Daylight Saving time disappears at 2 a.m. on Nov. 3. You won't see it back until March 8, 2020.

By Roger Lanse

On Friday, Oct. 25, at about 12:24 a.m., Grant County sheriff’s deputies responded to 107 Clove Street
In Santa Clara in reference to a shooting call. The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised that a female advised that her son, Denver Roberts, 29, of Santa Clara, had been shot and that she had been in a physical altercation with her son when he discovered her calling 911. According to an offense report, the mother suffered slight bruising to her face and a ruptured blood vessel near her left eye, where she said her son had grabbed her face and squeezed with his hand. The mother stated that her son then left running. She also refused medical treatment, the report said.

This is the second half of the forum, for the first part, go here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54027-first-part-of-grant-soil-and-water-conservation-district-candidate-forum-on-oct-18-2019

The sixth question came from the audience about the lack of awareness about elections.

Athena Bailey-Wolf, challenger for position 2, responded first. “I didn’t hear about the elections before this one, there was a district-wide election of supervisors as required, but the positions were uncontested so there were not elections even though they did the necessary procedure.”

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Water Commission met to hear a presentation, but when members gave their reports, the news and discussion replaced the presentation.

Alex Brown, Silver City manager, serves as chairman of the commission. A bare quorum was at the meeting, with Hurley Mayor Ed Stevens and Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch making up the second and third members of the quorum. The commission usually has a representative from the county, but Commission Chairman Chris Ponce had an emergency and Bayard Mayor Chon Fierro was not present.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

In the Walmart parking lot next to Del Taco, fire trucks and personnel from the Silver City Fire Department and from volunteer fire departments from Whiskey Creek, Pinos Altos, Fort Bayard, Tyrone, Lower Mimbres and Santa Rita welcomed guests. Sparky, the fire dog, was on hand to interact with the kids and adults. Del Taco sponsored the  event ending Fire Prevention Week with food and treats for all.

By Roger Lanse

At approximately 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2019, a firearm was accidentally discharged in the parking lot of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. According to a GCSO press release, one deputy sustained a non-life threatening injury. A GCSO spokesperson confirmed to the Beat it was a handgun, but information as to whether it was a duty or personal weapon or its caliber was not made available. The deputy was treated at Gila Regional Medical Center shortly after, and released.

The incident remains under investigation.

[Editor's Note: This second and final portion includes the business part of the meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting, commissioners addressed business agenda items after hearing the monthly update from Gila Regional Medical Center and county reports. The article can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54026-grant-county-commission-held-a-combined-work-session-and-regular-meeting-on-oct-10-2019

Commissioners approved the Santa Rita Volunteer Fire Department and Tyrone VFD applications for fire protection funding for fiscal year 2020.

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