Here’s a look at some local news:
Joe Martinez, the field representative for Congressman Steve Pearce, presented four World War II veterans with an American flag and a certificate of appreciation for their service at the American Legion Post 18 this week. An American flag is usually given to a family member when a veteran passes away, but it was decided that veterans should be honored when he or she is still alive. The veterans honored in Silver City this week were: Leonard Pritikin, William “Bill” Harrison, Dan McBride, and Eugene Lewis. So far, 125 veterans have been honored with the flags that have previously been flown over the United States Capitol.
The Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation held a golf tournament fundraiser at the University Course at Scott Park, and successfully raised around $17,000 that will be used to provide nursing scholarships and upgraded hospital equipment. This year, 21 teams participated and enjoyed additional on-course competitions that included longest drive and closest to the hole.
A Notice of Intent sponsored by Town of Silver City Councilor, Jose Ray was brought before the town council meeting this week in support of an ordinance allowing side-by-sides or Off-Road vehicles on city streets. Local residents turned out in support of the measure, along with several individuals that voiced concerns and are opposed to the passage of the ordinance. There will be a public meeting on the issue at 6:00 P.M. on June 20th at the Grant County Administration Building located at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City. The town council is scheduled to conduct a final vote next month.
Developers for SunZia, a $2 billion renewable energy project running through New Mexico and Arizona, are trying to complete one more regulatory obstacle as they seek state permission for the project. Concerned ranchers and consultants for SunZia, are testifying this week before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. SunZia submitted its application in March for approval of transmission lines and right-of-ways. The proposed locations of the transmission lines will cross 520 miles that include federal, state and private lands in New Mexico and Arizona. In addition, the SunZia line will cross into Luna County and include a midpoint substation located 10 miles north of Deming, off the Hatch Highway.