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.

2018 Capital Outlay Workshop


Debbie Romero, Bureau Chief
Capital Outlay Bureau, Dept of Finance & Administration

October 17, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

3031 US 180, Silver City, NM

Capital Outlay Bureau (COB) is responsible for coordinating the funding and administration of capital projects under the Statutory Authority of the State Budget Division, Department of Finance and Administration. COB works closely with Executive Agencies and Governor to prepare the Executive Capital Budget. COB is responsible for administering the capital budgeting process, this includes:

Processing of the Capital Appropriations Bill
Maintaining the State Capital Projects Monitoring System
Monitoring the expiration dates of all capital appropriations
Ensuring timely reversions of expired appropriation balances

In addition, COB provides training assistance and oversight to agencies on the planning, project management, and administration of capital projects appropriations.

Please RSVP to Priscilla Lucero at or you may call 575.388.1509.

This workshop is highly recommended if you will be presenting at the Grant County Prospectors Legislative Communications Forum.


Candidate Forum Recap

Thank you to all that participated in the 2018 Grant County Candidate Forum.

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Legislative Finance Committee Visit

The Legislative Finance Committee held their September 24 and 25 meeting in Silver City at Western New Mexico University before traveling to Deming for the last part of their visit.  The Prospectors along with Western New Mexico University hosted the committee for the visit in the WNMU Miller Library. Co-sponsors were HMS, Border Area, Grant County Democratic Party, PNM and Southwest Council of Governments. The coordinator for this event was Prospector Evangeline Zamora, along with Bruce Ashburn. Prospector President Mischa Larisch participated in giving welcoming remarks to the members of the committee. Local Legislators in attendance were Senator Howie Morales, Representative Rudy Martinez and Representative Rebecca Dow.

National History Day Students from Silver High School made a special appearance at the meeting on Wednesday.

Thank you to Grant County Assessor Raul Turrieta for use of several photos.

Timeline for Candidate Forum

Candidate Segments for the Forum tomorrow evening:

5:00 – Opening Statements
5:20 – 6th Judicial District Judge
5:40 – Commissioner District 1
6:00 – Commissioner District 2
6:20 20-minute break
6:40 – Grant County Sheriff
7:00 – NM State Representative District 38
7:20 – NM State Representative District 39
7:50 – Closing Remarks

Legislative Health & Human Services Committee Visit

The Legislative Health & Human Services Committee meeting was held July 10 and 11, 2018 in Silver City. The Prospectors hosted the committee along with Hidalgo Medical Services, Grant County and Southwest Center for Health Innovation. Boutique Air and Gila Regional Medical Center were also meal sponsors. Prospector Kim Clark was the event coordinator, Prospector Dan Otero was the location host, Prospectors Charlene Webb and Charlie Alfero welcomed the committee as sponsors. Local Legislators Rudy Martinez, Dist 39 and Rebecca Dow, Dist 38 were in attendance for the meeting.

Grant County Candidate Forum

The Grant County Prospectors and the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors will be holding a Candidate Forum September 18.

These groups held a successful forum on the 2016 general election and have come together to host candidates for the District 6 Judicial, Grant County Commission, Grant County Sheriff and New Mexico State Representative races.

The Forum will be hosted at Western New Mexico University in the Besse Forward Global Resource Center.


Save the Date

2018 Prospectors save the date

Thank You!

2018 Grant County Day could not have happened without the generous support of our many sponsors! Many of you have sponsored year after year. Several are new sponsors this year, and we hope that you were able to join us at the Roundhouse.

Thank you!

Evangeline Zamora, Prospector President


Grant County Day helps progress local goals

Written by Benjamin Fisher on January 26, 2018 | Silver City Daily Press

Another Grant County Day in Santa Fe has come and gone. And while plenty of groups came home having heard good news, this year’s Grant County Day was a roller coaster ride through hopeful highs and dips of despair for the village of Santa Clara, which continued their struggle to secure ownership of the historic Fort Bayard property.

Grant County Day, having celebrated 43 years on Wednesday, is an annual chance for Grant County governments, schools, nonprofits, health care institutions and more to sit down face to face with state government department heads, legislators and even the governor to share their needs and concerns. Organized by the Grant County Prospectors — a non-partisan group of local leaders in various fields — Grant County Day has become a well-respected tradition at the Roundhouse. Just in recent years, local governments have managed to bring home hundreds of thousands of dollars in long-delayed reimbursements and save planned and funded projects from being picked clean as the cash-strapped state government looked to fill its own budget deficit.

“I think this may have been the best one yet,” Sen. Morales said Thursday. “In terms of the reach, the great advocacy, the enthusiasm and the results, it made me so proud to let everyone know that Grant County was in the house.”

This year, with oil revenues — on which nearly everyone agrees the state is overly reliant — approaching normal, state officials were far less concerned about this year at least. Each legislator will even have a couple hundred thousand dollars to spread between projects in their districts, something which has been out of the question for the most part in recent years.

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About Grant County Day

Grant County Day at the Roundhouse will be held Wednesday, January 24.

Attendees include community members representing local governments, education, health care, non-profits, business and interested residents of Grant County. Our average attendance is around 50-75 people that make the 6-hour drive to Santa Fe from Grant County.

In the morning we are scheduled to have our local Legislators, Senator Howie Morales, Representatives Rudy Martinez, Rebecca Dow and Candi Sweetser, talk about the issues they see coming in this year’s 30-day legislative session that might impact Grant County. We will then have invited leaders of both the Senate and House do the same.

Next, everyone from Grant County that is in attendance will go to the opening ceremonies of both houses. We have local residents who give the opening prayer, sing the national anthem, present the color guard, and even a local group of line dancers do a couple of dances. The Legislators love the Silver Stompers.

In the afternoon we have meetings with the Governor and Lt. Governor scheduled for 12:30. At 1:15 we start meeting with various Cabinet Secretaries about Grant County priorities. This year we are meeting with Economic Development, NM Taxation and Revenue, Department of Health, Higher Education and Children Youth and Families.

The day ends with the Grant County Prospectors Legislative Reception. The entire membership of the NM House and NM Senate are invited, the Governor and Lt. Governor, Cabinet Secretaries, Department heads, as well as other Legislative leaders. The Reception is held in the North Ballroom at the La Fonda Hotel and it is always a full room.

This event allows Grant County residents the opportunity to thank and honor those that we have met with during the day, as well as those who work with us throughout the year to make Grant County great!

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