Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The Grant County Commission has renewed a contract with “Wildlife Services”, a program that is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The program is tasked with protecting resources from damage or threats posed by wildlife. Two amendments propose by Commissioner Harry Browne will require the service to provide timely quarterly reports on their activities and use of funding. The county’s contract is paid for with fees collected from grazing fees by area ranchers and then matched with an amount in federal funds.
The Silver City Museum will be hosting “The Salt of the Earth” Recovery Project in cooperation with staff from the University of New Mexico. The project is aimed to provide guidance about collecting, preserving and adding personal and family remembrances from the 1950 Empire Zinc Strike in Hanover, New Mexico. The strike, also known as the “Salt of the Earth Strike”, took place over a 15- month period to end discriminatory pay and housing practices by the Empire Zinc Company. A movie, titled “Salt of the Earth” was released in 1954 and in 1992 has since been added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry because of the cultural and historical significance of its depiction of the Empire Zinc Strike. Any individuals or descendants of the Local 890 that took part in the strike are encouraged to attend the event on Saturday, July 28th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the Silver City Museum courtyard located at 312 West Broadway. Participants are asked to bring any photos or objects from that time and staff will assist in organizing the materials to be a part of the project.
The City of Bayard is giving public notice of the intent to adopt an amendment to Ordinance 6-2011 Regional Wastewater System User Charge Ordinance. The amendment will establish the new user fees to be charged to each participating entity of the wastewater facility for the Capital Cost Recovery, Special Recovery Costs and Operational Cost Recovery. Any public comment must be submitted to the City Clerk by July 27th, at City of Bayard, located at 800 Central Avenue. Copies of the proposed ordinance may be obtained at the Bayard City Hall. Consideration is currently scheduled and will not take place prior to August 13th, for final adoption.