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Each year business leaders, local governments and non-profits make the trek to Santa Fe to participate in Grant County Day at the Roundhouse. The Grant County Prospectors, with the help of local Legislators, create an “issues of concern brochure” highlighting the priorities that are a result of the Legislative Communications Forum. GCD participants meet with state legislative leadership and cabinet secretaries throughout the day. The day is capped by the annual reception held to honor New Mexico Legislators. This year’s Grant County Day is January 24th starting at 8:00 A.M. and finishing with a reception hosted by Senator Howie Morales and Representatives Rudy Martinez, Rebecca Dow, and Candie Sweetser. The Grant County Prospectors is a civic-league organization comprised of a group of business leaders whose purpose is to educate policy makers and community members about the economic, community development and legislative needs in Grant County.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging Americans to make sure our homes are radon-free. Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer, can build up to unsafe levels in any home at any time of year. Millions of homes in the United States have elevated levels of radon. Inhalation of radon damages lung cells and kills approximately 21,000 people annually, making radon the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Although testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, only one in five homeowners have tested their homes for radon. Radon test kits are available at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and online. Kits usually cost around $20 and come with easy-to-use testing and mailing instructions. Qualified radon professionals can also perform tests and fix elevated levels. January has been designated as National Radon Action Month.
In Deming news, Joe Bill Nunn, has been named as 2018 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, during the recent Joint Stockman’s Convention in Albuquerque. Each year since 1952, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has honored one of its’ own for their selfless generosity to the Association, the industry, families, the state, the region and often the nation. The winner is nominated and selected by the Board of Directors. Mr. Nunn was recently named the Ag Business Man of the Year by the Deming Chamber of Commerce.
The Grant County Commission heard a report from Aaron Sussman, of Bohannan Huston, Inc., a firm specializing in engineering spatial data. The report consisted of information to create an “Asset Management Plan” for Grant County roads, that include evaluating the transportation assets of the county and the future cost of infrastructure. A final report is expected to be completed this Spring.
The Administrative offices of the Town of Silver City will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In case of emergency, please call Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840. Have a safe holiday!
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