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Above, Patrick Crabb trades professor war stories while teach­ing a course on “Raku: A Deconstructive Approach' at the Western New Mexico University McCray Clay Studio as part of the Silver City CLAY Festival. Wednesday’s class was the first of a three-part workshop, one of the few at the festival for which participants are charged. At right is an animal created during Kate Brown’s Wednesday “CLAY Play: Exploring our Wilderness' workshop at the Silver City Public Library. Participating children learned about, then molded, animals and their tracks out of clay from the Gila River.

(Press Staff Photos by Benjamin Fisher)


Grant County Sheriff Raul Villanueva was presented with the New Mexico DARE Officers Association President’s Award on Wednesday during the opening ceremonies of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officers Association In- service Training Conference at the Grant County Veterans’ Memorial Business andConference Center.

Villanueva said he had no idea he would be receiving the award, which was given for his service with the program.

“( The program) benefits our community and...



By BENJAMIN FISHER

Daily Press Staff

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed new revisionsto the Mexican gray wolf initiative that would expand both the scope of the animals’ reintroduction and the freedom to kill themin certain circumstances.

On July 24, the USFWS released a press release announcing that it has proposed a revision to its June 2013 revision that would extend the wolf’s population area from Interstate 40 to the U. S./ Mexico border. This would allow...




By STEWART McCLINTIC

Daily Press Staff

Among the many CLAY Festival events, Syzygy Tile, a company started by Lee Gruber and David del Junco in 1993, is offering tours of its factory, which makes hand- crafted tile with a distinctly local flavor.

All- access visits to the factory floor and showroom were conducted by Patrick Hoskins, Syzygy Tile showroom manager. The group tours were at 9 a.m. and 3 p. m. on Wednesday and 9 and 11 a.m. Friday.

At the beginning of the tour Hoskins showed...