Jul 19, 2007
For some time now I have been nagging civic leaders to institute regular foot patrols in the downtown area. Aside from the perception/public relations advantages inherent in doing so, the cops actually stand a good chance of catching someone in a criminal act. (Jan 3, 2013 | post #1)
Admit it-- you want to run off at the mouth, do it anonymously, and really resent it that the Sun-News is asking you to put your money where your mouth is so that they can stay solvent. Talk about total denial-- look around and see how many newspapers are in financial trouble or folding entirely... and you're too cheap to kick in a couple of bucks so you can continue to bloviate to your heart's content. Good luck with that; I'm out of here, so you can talk to yourself (and I've got a hunch that you have plenty of experience at that). (Sep 23, 2011 | post #7)
I don't follow your reasoning on this. It costs no more to post on Facebook than it does to post it here, so your comment about 'the monetary means' is inaccurate... and I have no idea why you brought up California and Colorado, let alone Texas. The reason the Sun-News moved the commenting system off of Topix is simple: any system that a) allows anonymous posts and b) allows people to masquerade as other posters inevitably results in posts that are rude, defamatory, and often untrue-- not to mention libelous. As Lorina complaining about freedom of speech: the First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees us that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press"-- which has nothing to do with a private entity (the Sun-News) imposing restrictions in how their service is to be used. In short: all the trolls spoiled things for the few of us willing to use our real names and behave like responsible adults; now they get to play all by themselves. (Sep 19, 2011 | post #4)
The short answer is: $$$$. The director was expecting to spend $250M or so, but managed to trim it down to $230M...but Disney wanted it to come in at $200M or less. Part of the problem is that Westerns don't always do well at the box office. (Aug 17, 2011 | post #3)
A few years back, some or all of that land was owned by a company called Trans-Lux. They were considering the construction of a theater complex there, but sometime in 2007 they decided to exit the theater business entirely (their main line of business is those red LED signs that are in many modern theaters indicating what is playing and the show times, etc.). They sold off all of their existing theaters and offered that property up for sale, but I don't know if it was purchased, and if so, by whom. BTW: there is a persistent false rumor that because the Silver City Town Council wouldn't give Trans-Lux some tax breaks, they opened up Starmax in Deming instead. The truth is that the Grant County Commissioners were willing to provide the tax breaks that the town was not, but Trans-Lux got out of the theater business, as mentioned above...and Starmax was set up by an entirely different company entirely unrelated to Trans-Lux. (Aug 13, 2011 | post #2)
You'd lose that bet. First, the Tour of the Gila runs for 5 days whereas the Blues Fest runs for 2. Second, the Tour of the Gila consistently fills every available lodging; the Blues Fest does a good job of putting heads in beds, but I noticed that the Copper Manor had VACANCY on their signboard all weekend. The dining situation is a bit more complicated. The Mimbres Region Arts Council has been working hard in recent years to make sure that Blues Fest attendees are aware of the Downtown area and what it offers, but let's face it: the average blues fan plunks down his/her lawn chair in the park and hardly gets up for anything but beer and bathroom. Add to that the fact that the majority of food vendors in the park are from out-of-town and make their living by going from event to event, whereas local restaurants, etc. have higher overhead for the brick-and-mortar businesses they are tied to-- so they are somewhat less likely to set up at the park; all this means that a chunk of the $$$ spent on food during the Blues Fest doesn't stay in the local economy. Don't get me wrong-- the Blues Fest is an important event that brings lots of people and money to Silver City, and as a business owner I'm happy so see it so successful... but the Tour of the Gila brings in more bucks. (Jun 2, 2011 | post #2)
They are at 101 N. Cooper St. (near Broadway), inside the same building as Cienega Spa. (May 20, 2011 | post #2)
Golly gee-- don't hold back; tell us how you *really* feel. (Apr 30, 2011 | post #16)
You and your friends *do* in fact benefit; as I said above: "Just remember: every penny this town gets from visitors in Lodgers Tax and GRT is one less that we residents have to shell out." Now, of course if you'd _prefer_ to pay more taxes, be my guest. (Apr 28, 2011 | post #13)
I don't know if you're missing anything, but what *I'm* missing is your point. Are you saying that the only measure of success is filled hotels? If so, why should we bother with marketing at all? We can just beg Freeport McMoRan to bring in more workers and put them up in our motels, since *they're* the ones that often fill the rooms. Or maybe we can have the government create some more national holidays, because that's another time that the rooms are filled. Sounds silly, doesn't it? Yes, I agree that year-round marketing is important, and this past year the members of the Lodger's Tax advisory committee made a point of highlighting those organizations that work toward marketing that is *not* event-based-- but as I said, the Tour is getting plenty of people here above and beyond the five days each year that it is held. I also think you're wrong about this year's attendance; Lance Armstrong's participation in 2009 and 2010 literally put Silver City on the map, and as a result the Tour has gained credibility and a higher profile in the bicycle racing world-- and that will not change just because Lance won't be here this year. As long as the weather is decent on Saturday, attendance will be high and business will be booming. (Apr 26, 2011 | post #10)
I hate to burst your bubble Mr. Bull Pucky, but Ralph is right. The Tour provides benefits to the community all year round. For example: teams come here to train in the off-season-- Team Garmin comes here every winter, and there are others. Also, there is a tour company that runs bicycle vacations; people bike from San Diego to St. Augustine (or vice versa), and they always stop in Silver overnight. Silver City is getting a reputation as a bike-friendly town... in spite of a few people who bitch and moan about it. Just remember: every penny this town gets from visitors in Lodgers Tax and GRT is one less that we residents have to shell out. (Apr 25, 2011 | post #7)
The event was held at WNMU, but was not "hosted by" WNMU. The Pow Wow had to pay for the use of the facility, and they had pretty much outgrown the space after the first year it was held there. (Jan 22, 2011 | post #6)
They are not golf carts; if I recall correctly, at least one is a pickup truck. (Dec 20, 2010 | post #4)
And I have plenty to tell you. Stop in my store and you'll see thank-you notes from almost every charity and non-profit in this town tacked to my bulletin board-- stacked an inch deep in some spots; I given more cash and in-kind donations than I have taken from this business in profits. Three of my store windows are covered with flyers for events, local businesses, yard sales, etc. that I post at no charge and with no regard to race, religion or political affiliation. I also sell tickets for events held by the Mimbres Region Arts Council, Grant Co. Community Concert Assn., Silver City MainStreet Project and others-- all without taking a commission. I make my store's back room available to anybody who wants to use it for a meeting or party at no charge. I created and periodically distribute a Dining Guide that lists every restaurant in Grant County with address, phone, hours, type of food served, etc., and have recently updated a similar guide to lodgings in the area (that used to be published by the Chamber of Commerce but hasn't been updated in years). I serve on the Lodgers Tax Advisory Board and the advisory board for the Small Business Development Center. All of the above, while still working an average of 65 hours a week running my store. Thanks for asking. How about you? (Nov 30, 2010 | post #5)
Q & A with MitchHellman
Silver City's Topix Editor
Silver City, NM
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