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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.

Silver City, NM, December 19, 2019— The National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service – Gila National Forest are hosting a celebration of the life and achievements of Aldo Leopold on the anniversary of his birthday, Saturday, January 11, 2020. Join us at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in the heart of America's first Wilderness to pay homage to the man who made it possible. There will be activities for kids, readings of Leopold's most influential essays and information booths. Don't miss out on the family fun!

The Gila Visitor Center will be open from 9:30 am until 4 pm, with event activities taking place from 10 am until 4 pm. NPS and USFS booths will be setup in front of the Visitor Center offering information and activities, while readings of Leopold’s essay, Thinking Like a Mountain will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm in the Visitor Center theater or amphitheater, depending on the weather. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will also be open at 10 am and accessible to visitors until 3 pm, with the gates closing at 4 pm.

Two major productions, three workshops, and a variety of other productions are scheduled for 2020, according to Thomas Leeper, Silver City Community Theater  (SCCT) Board President. “In March and April, we’ll do “Exit Laughing,” by Paul Elliott. It’s a comedy featuring three longtime, bridge-playing friends dealing with a crisis that turns humorously uplifting. And, in August, it’s “Twelve Angry Jurors,” a classic exploration of bias based on class, race, and all sort of otherness adapted for the 21st century, by Reginald Rose,” Leeper said. He announced the following SCCT schedule for 2020:

January starts with a workshop: “Theater 101,” presented by Joe Navon, at the Silco Theater, Tuesday, January 14, 6-8 pm. The workshop will introduce the participants to the jobs, etiquette, and traditions of the various roles of the theater, according to Navon who has presented this workshop for many years to theater groups in Arizona. He now manages The Silco for Silver City Mainstreet Project.

Silver City, NM, December 17, 2019--The Gila National Forest wishes to remind all fuelwood cutters that your tags and permits that were purchased during the 2019 calendar year expire on December 31, 2019. 

2020 firewood wood permits will be available for purchase on January 2, 2019 at $2.00/cord with a $20.00 minimum purchase. New firewood guides and tags will be available at that time.

Know Before You Go and remember the following tips as you prepare to go out and cut your firewood:

  • Check weather conditions and road conditions. This will help avoid resource damage and keep you from getting stuck. Getting stuck is no fun!
  • Pick up your free Motor Vehicle Use Maps from any of our six ranger stations.
  • Make sure to pack your personal safety supplies – such as water, snacks, dry clothing, warm coats, etc.

Stock up on Seasonal, Local Produce and Handmade Gifts Just in Time for the Holidays

Silver City -- Just in time for the holidays! This Saturday, December 21, the Silver City Farmers' Market will have food and crafts for sale by local vendors from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of the former Life Quest offices at the northwest corner of Pope Street and College Avenue.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Dec. 13

Reckless driver
314 Tom Foy Blvd.
Caller advised a late 80s Ford Taurus left the scene with the fuel hose still attached. Second caller advised male driver is at McDonald’s. Officer advised that clerk said it was accidental/out with vehicle at McDonald’s.

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Make Your Own Victorian Ornaments: 

Saturday, December 21, 1pm-3pm, Museum Annex 

american picker flyerMike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to New Mexico! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in February 2020. 

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. 

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