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By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, meeting the Silver City Town Council heard from Karl Pennock of the Rural Community Assistance Corporation in Las Cruces. Pennock, in this preliminary analysis, pointed out the GCRWP (regional water project) when completed would serve Hurley, Santa Clara, Bayard, Arenas Valley, and Silver City. Cost of the project was estimated at $18 million in 2014, and the 2018 estimate is $18.3 million. Pennock stated the first phase involving connections in Hurley has been funded. When the entire project is completed, sometime in the future, all communities between Hurley and Racetrack Road will have the opportunity to be connected, including Silver City, as its water line extends to Racetrack Road to service Arenas Valley.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the Dec. 3, 2018 NM CAP Entity meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next topic of discussion was a draft to make the New Mexico CAP Entity a political subdivision. A draft was presented that was modeled after the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority. NM CAP Entity Counsel Pete Domenici Jr. said he received a request to provide written comments. "Most of my comments are not particularly substantive," he said. "They mostly addressed the difference between the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority and the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity. There are structural differences between the entities. I left the draft with the ISC and requested a follow up meeting, and then a proposal to bring it back to the board for approval."

waa2k13A beautiful remembrance for our local deceased veterans will be provided this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. when 4,485 wreaths with bright red bows can be viewed on markers at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Every marker, every grave there will have a wreath this year, a fantastic tribute to our veterans!

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the NM CAP entity meeting held on Dec. 3, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

In public input at the beginning of the Dec. 3, 2018 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, Gerald Schultz, representing the Coronado Resource Conservation and Development District out of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, said he has contact information for the RC & D for anyone interested. He also announced an upcoming annual forum in Thatcher, Arizona. The meeting will have as its topic, Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Climate. He also encouraged entity members to read the recent United National Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Each report is worse than the previous one. They do no original research. They are using date that is already gathered."

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Hanover Outpost was full to bursting the first weekend in December, when a large variety of vendors offered their arts, crafts and products to shoppers eager to find that special Christmas gift. And of course, Santa was there for pictures with youngsters. Santa, who would make an appearance later in the week at Our Paws’ Cause, told Grant County Beat that the Hanover Market was in part a fundraiser for Grant County Foster Children, with vendor fees and donations going to that cause.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and Sandra Michaud

On a chilly, windy day with intermittent bursts of sunshine, the Tamal Fiesta, which did not take place last year, was transferred from Silver City to Santa Clara with the passing of the tamal and its fiesta from Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner to Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Talented artisans gathered for a holiday market at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. About 30 booths offered everything from baked goods to woven and knitted wearables, jewelry to decorations and artwork, all in one place. From the number of people browsing the wares and carrying bags, the event, organized by Lynnae McConaha and others, made everyone happy.

NM 15 Pinos Altos Rd, Public Information Meeting, Silver City, NM

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with TLC Company (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of NM 15 Pinos Altos Road Reconstruction Project.

  • When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 12, 2018
  • Where: Silver City Chamber of Commerce, 3031 US-180, Silver City, New Mexico 88061
  • Purpose: To provide project information regarding construction, detailing project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project in Silver City, NM.

ADA: To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related accommodations for this meeting, contact Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, NMDOT – District One at (575) 640-5981 at least two days before the meeting. 

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