Grant County Prospectors

The prospectors are 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.

Prospectors Timeline

Here is a timeline for our Prospector Legislative events:

  • Thursday, December 3rd – Grant County Prospectors Legislative Communications Forum – WNMU Light Hall – 8 am to 5:00.
  • Monday, December 7th – Set priorities for Issues of Concern brochure (CLAC).
  • Thursday, January 14th – Grant County Days Kickoff – Prospector Party – Little Toad Brewery – 5:00 to 7:00.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd – Grant County Days Logistics Meeting – La Fonda – Santa Fe Room 5:30 to 6:30.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd – Grant County Day at the Legislature – Roundhouse – 8 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd – Grant County Prospectors Reception – La Fonda North Ballroom – 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Any questions contact Kim Clark 575-538-2665 or Bruce Ashburn 575-590-2288.


Prospectors Forum Application

The Application Packet for the 2015 Grant County Prospector’s Legislative Communications Forum that will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at WNMU’s Light Hall has been sent to the 2014 presenters.

The Prospectors created this Legislative Communication Forum at the request of local Legislators for the purpose of creating an opportunity for you to have an open dialogue with them about community needs and projects. Your packet and presentation will be included in their notebooks for the 2016 Legislative Session.

The (PDF) packet is comprised of a cover letter, an application page and a topic questions page. The application page and the topic questions page have also been provided as a (Word) document you can use to fill out.

The cover letter will provide information regarding submission of the packet as well as pertinent dates and times. Thursday, November 12th is the application deadline to reserve a presentation time slot in the Forum

If you would like a application packet, or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 575-538-2665 or

Thank you,

Kim Clark

Grant County Prospectors

Community Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)

NM LESC met in Silver City

The New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee met in Silver City this morning, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at the Western New Mexico University J. Cloyd Miller Library. The sessions continued in the afternoon and will resume Friday morning.

Bruce Ashburn, Grant County Prospectors’ president, welcomed back those legislators who have attended prior committee meetings in Silver City and welcomed those for whom it was a first visit. “This is the third time we have hosted a legislative interim committee meeting this year. We hope you will take time to visit our downtown.” He explained the mission of the Prospectors.

“We thank you for choosing Silver City for your meeting,” Ashburn concluded.


Read more below…

Via Grant County Beat Online – By Mary Alice Murphy

ERDC Interim Committee Visit

Economic and Rural Development Committee – visited Silver City on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

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2015 Interim Committee Visits to Silver City

The Grant County Prospectors are pleased to announce that they, along with other entities in Silver City, will be hosting two New Mexico Legislative Interim Committees in 2015.

Economic and Rural Development Committee – will be in Silver City on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Representative Dianne Hamilton, Vice-Chair, Representative John Zimmerman, Member.

Water & Natural Resources Committee – will be in Silver City on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Legislative Education Study Committee – will be in Silver City on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, 2015 –Senator Howie Morales, Member.

These meetings will be held at Western New Mexico University in the Miller Library.

2015/2016 Prospector Slate of Officers

The proposed slate of officers for the upcoming 2015-2016 year will be put before the membership at our regular membership meeting this Thursday:

  • Bruce Ashburn- President
  • Dave Thomas- 1st Vice President
  • Mischa Larisch- 2nd Vice President
  • William Knuttinen- Treasurer
  • Jade Zamora- Secretary
  • Terry Anderson- Past President

Also –

Prospectors will be taking a little bit of a hiatus from meeting in June and July. We will have our next luncheon meeting on August 20th.

If we get a request to host a NM Legislative Interim Committee this Summer, CLAC (Community Legislative Action Committee) will do our preparations via email.

Also stay tuned!  Prospectors will be hosting an evening get together along with Dr. Shepard, at his home in July. More information at the meeting

ICIP Training Workshops in Silver City

On behalf of the NM Department of Finance/Local Government Division (DFA/LGD), it is my pleasure to announce that we will be conducting our annual Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan Training Workshops beginning April 8, 2015 through June 3, 2015. As there are changes to the ICIP database this year, it is highly encouraged that all entities attend a training workshop. The workshops will also include presentations from the DFA/LGD Budget & Finance Bureau, Community Development Bureau, and DFA Capital Outlay Bureau.

  • April 16th, 2015 – Southwest Council of Governments
  • May 18th, 2015 – Southwest Council of Governments

Carmen B. Morin
Program Manager – ICIP/TIF
407 Galisteo, Bataan Building, Room 202 Santa Fe NM 87501
Phone 505-827-4957 – Fax 505-827-4948

Media Coverage of 2015 Grant County Day

Silver City Daily Press:

Silver City Sun News:

The Grant County Beat:

Thank You to our Generous Reception SPONSORS!

Thank you to our Reception Sponsors:

Town of Silver City, First American Bank, 1st New Mexico Bank, Engineers Inc., Freeport McMoRan, PNM, Western New Mexico University, WNM Communications,

Gila Regional Medical Center, Lawley Toyota/Dodge/Ford, NM Gas Company, Rydeski & Co Insurance, WNMU Student Government,

Silver City Daily Press, Jon Saari – State Farm Insurance, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Linda Pecotte – Out West Real Estate, Prudential Silver City Properties, the Grant County Democratic Party, and anonymous angels.

Prospectors Legislative Reception Invite


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