May 25th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Demolition has begun on the NM 90 Hudson Street Bridge.  The NMDOT and Interstate Highway Construction have CLOSED all access over the bridge.  The contractor has installed various notifications alerting motorists of the closures.  In addition, the NMDOT will have traffic control advising motorists that the county Truck Bypass route will be available.  San Vicente Trail will be closed at Corbin Street along with South Mill Road, and under the bridge.

At its annual spring commencement meeting on May 14, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met at the Silver City campus and approved several new business items including the recognition of professors for promotion and tenure.  Four professors were awarded tenure including Dr. Scott Fritz, Dr. Alexandra Neves, Dr. Margarita Wulftange and Dr. Sherry Bassi. Five professors were recognized with promotions including Fritz, Neves, Wulftange, Dr. Miguel Narvaez and Dr. Andy Warren.  The board elected new officers, reelecting Janice Baca-Argabright as Board Chair, Jerry Walz as Vice-Chair and Gabby Begay as Secretary-Treasurer.

The Grant County Board of Commissioners is in the process of appointing two (2) Board Members to the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Interested individuals must submit a letter of interest to: Office of the Grant County Commissioners c/o Denisha Lucero, Administrative Assistant, P.O. Box 898, Silver City, NM 88062. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015 at 5 p.m. For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of a Trustee, please contact the Gila Regional Medical Center Administrative Office at 575-538-4090.

 

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May 22nd, 2015: Local Headlines

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Demolition has begun on the NM 90 Hudson Street Bridge.  The NMDOT and Interstate Highway Construction have CLOSED all access over the bridge.  The contractor has installed various notifications alerting motorists of the closures.  In addition, the NMDOT will have traffic control advising motorists that the county Truck Bypass route will be available.  San Vicente Trail will be closed at Corbin Street along with South Mill Road, and under the bridge.

The Silver City Public Library is well on their way to a goal of 1,000 responses to a community survey.  The survey is available both online and in print, and is a chance for residents to shape the future of Grant County’s largest public library.  “We would really love to hear from everyone in the community – even people who don’t use the library.  We want to be sure we’re meeting the needs of all community members,” said library director Eileen Sullivan.  The survey will be available through June 1st.

The National Weather Service will be presenting two Skywarn Spotter classes in Grant County in June.  Skywarn storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather.  Anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication is encouraged to join the Skywarn program.  Classes are held June 2nd and 9th and are free to the public.  Check out today’s news on our website at Silver City Radio dot com to find out how you can learn more.  For more information, please contact Jason Laney with the National Weather Service at jason.laney@noaa.gov or Marc Levesque with the Grant County ARES-Skywarn at marc@acadiagis.com.

The Gila National Forest is notifying the public of the initiation of the Assessment Phase of the Gila National Forest Land Management Plan Revision.  The Gila National Forest is inviting the public to engage in a collaborative process to identify relevant information and local knowledge to be considered for the assessment. The trends and conditions identified in the assessment will help determine the current plan’s need for change and aid in the development of plan components. Public participation opportunities are coming in the future to discuss the assessment process.

This year’s Memorial Day event in Grant County is hosted by the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18.  IT will begin at 9:45 am on Monday, May 25th, at the Ford Bayard National Cemetery.  The featured speaker is the director of the Albuquerque Veterans’ Administration Hospital.  The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

Please join us on Monday, May 25th at 3 pm in a moment of silence to honor our veterans.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 21st, 2015: Local Headlines

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) is in the first phase as they move towards the demo of the bridge on NM90/Hudson Street.  The contractor is currently removing the aged utility line from under the bridge and disposing of all material in order to provide a safe environment as they prepare for the bridge demo on Friday May 22, 2015. Motorists will no longer have access over the bridge starting Friday May 22 at 4:30 am.  Full traffic control will be staged throughout the project where motorists will be advised to seek an alternate route. Signage will be posted informing the public of the work zone.

The US Department of Agriculture reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification Form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1.  The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.

The Sierra House Advisory Board is exploring options for a full-time homeless shelter or other solution for men, women, families and teens in the Silver City area.  Currently, the Silver City Gospel Mission provides a men’s cold weather shelter during the winter months and has space for a few women at it’s Sierra House transitional home.  And the El Refugio battered women’s shelter has space for 32 women who are victims of domestic violence.  Left in the cold are many teenagers who are couch surfing from one family to the next, young men between 12 and 17 years of age, families and adult males during the summer months.  The next meeting of the advisory board will be Wednesday, 27th at 1 pm in the Gospel Mission Lunch Room and anyone interested in seeking solutions for the homeless is invited to attend.

Today, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement announcing the introduction of H.R. 2467, legislation that will help protect New Mexico’s local communities, secure its southern border and strengthen national security. “It has been one year since the President misused the Antiquities Act to unilaterally seize 500,000 acres in southern New Mexico,” said Pearce. “Not only did this monument designation disregard the concerns of the people in southern New Mexico, it also has prevented proper border security measures from being carried out. We have seen this issue play out in Arizona at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which has become a human and drug smuggling corridor.”

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May 20th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced yesterday that a rabid fox from Lincoln County that bit a woman last month had a strain of rabies that has never before been identified.  The genetic sequencing of the virus was done in the Rabies Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  The woman received a series of rabies vaccinations that has prevented her from developing the disease, which is usually fatal.

Fire crews on the Reserve Ranger District report that the Kelly Fire has grown to 11 acres despite intermittent rain and snow showers over the weekend. The fire shows very little potential for growth while some logs and litter continue to burn within the perimeter. Due to the remote nature of the fire and firefighter safety, minimal suppression actions will be taken. The fire was detected May 14 approximately 11 miles south of Reserve, New Mexico on the Gila National Forest. The fire is being managed under a confinement suppression strategy.

As the chance for a special legislative session continues to dwindle, Senate Democrats refused to support a bipartisan tax package which included proposals from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers.  Many of these proposals were designed to level the playing field for local “mom and pop” shops across New Mexico as well as attract new small business to the state. This set of proposals was an example of Democrats and Republicans working together with solutions everyone can agree on. However, the deal fell through and will likely not be revived.  One important proposal was extending a tax deduction specifically designed to benefit working families and the elderly who seek expensive medical care, and would have allowed the costs of some medical expenses to be deducted from one’s taxes.

A media mogul’s ranch is a big part of the Mexican Gray wolf debate in New Mexico. Ted Turner owns Ladder Ranch in the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico. It’s held gray wolves for decades as part of a plan to re-introduce them, but Game and Fish Department officials said they don`t know what the ranch is up to and how it fits into the recovery program.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country. The Strong Start for America’s Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.

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May 19th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The Grant County Board of Commissioners is seeking nominees to serve on the Grant County Lodger’s Tax Committee. This position is for the At-Large Member. Interested individuals must reside in the unincorporated area of Grant County.    The Board is also in the process of appointing two Board Members to Gila Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.  Deadline for submissions in Monday, June 15th.  For information visit www.grantcountynm.comor contact the County Manager’s Office at 575-574-0006.

Two Silver City residents, Kaitlynn Marshall and Justin Benavidez were arrested on Friday in connection with three counts of child abuse.  The children were put into the custody of CYFD. Bond was set for $30,000 for the two suspects.

Gila Regional Medical Center board of trustees approved a 2016 budget this past Friday.   The budget anticipates a growth of $7.6 million, with a $73.7 million total. Wages and salaries are factored into the budget with increases.

The Small Business Development Center selects new director, Jane Janson. Her career has involved financial operation clean up in San Francisco. She has a master’s degree from UNM in accounting.  She has served on staff at WNMU as coordinator of the Student Success Seminar. The goal of SBDC is to help businesses start and help existing businesses grow.

The US Forest and Wildlife Service along with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of individuals responsible for the shooting deaths of Mexican wolves.  Individuals with information they believe may be helpful are urged to call the local Forest Service Office, or the Department of Game and Fish.  Killing a Mexican wolf is a violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act and can result in criminal or civil penalties and not more than one year in jail.

In Deming news, the Deming-Luna County Commission on Aging recognize volunteer support staff during awards dinner. Volunteers were recognized with special honors extended to those serving over 24 years. Six volunteers logged the most hours in the center’s RSVP Program. They were: Carmen Spataro, 1,710; Robert Brown, 1,159; Anna Marie Bencomo, 1,020.5; Pabla Esparza, 1,002; Rick Peach, 933; and Barbara Jimerson, 913.5.  Thanks to all of these volunteers for their service to their communities.

Compass Manufacturing, of Deming, presented the American Legion Bataan Post 4 Commander Nick Kirchen with a check for $1,000 to help the post with its Veterans Outreach program. This money will be used to help local veterans in the community and expand on the outreach’s future projects. The Bataan Post 4 is also hosting a fund-raising golf tournament Saturday at the Rio Mimbres Golf Course and a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Mondayat the Mountain View Cemetery flag pole.

Silver Consolidated School District central office administrators, board members and principals met on Monday evening to discuss next year’s district goals and reflect on the past year. Four main goals were discussed. These include 95 percent attendance rates, increases to technological capacity, fewer district-wide disciplinary problems, and curriculum being on target.

The Hudson bridge closure will probably not happen now until Friday late afternoon. Removal of the asbestos covered utility line found under the bridge has taken longer than anticipated.

The Blues Festival will see Charlie Musselwhite instead of Taj Mahal for the Blues Festival this weekend.  Musselwhite is a Blues Hall of Fame star. Expect a fun filled music weekend in Silver City.

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May 15th, 2015: Local Headlines

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All five members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted to reject PNM’s application to increase electrical rates for the company’s residential customers during the Commission’s case management meeting held Wednesday afternoon.  According to a news release, the Commission collectively agreed with PRC staff assertions that the application submitted by PNM was incomplete and the state’s largest utility company failed to provide adequate information pertaining to how PNM calculated their estimated costs and neglected to provide the PRC and interveners with electronic accessibility to many documents.

In advance of a Senate debate on whether to reauthorize several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Trey Gowdy and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden to reintroduce their bipartisan, bicameral bill to strengthen the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The bill would significantly improve the oversight and accountability of the nation’s intelligence community to protect Americans’ constitutional rights

Yesterday, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans’ privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records. The Patriot Act provisions – including Section 215, which has been used to justify bulk collection of Americans’ phone records – expire at the end of the month, and Congress is currently debating reforms that would require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance.

The Chair of the Grant County Democratic Party, Frances Vasquez, today announced that Grant Democrats had unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the expansion of the Grant County Commission from three to five commissioners. The Commission is holding a series of public meetings to allow public input on the proposed expansion, including during their Thursday, May 14 meeting starting at 9:00 am at the county administration building.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on the report of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receiving the death penalty: “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals: Krystle Marie Campbell, a 29-year-old native of Medford; Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; and Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester who was watching the marathon with his family just a few feet from the second bomb. In the aftermath of the attack, Tsarnaev and his brother murdered Sean Collier, a 27- year-old patrol officer on the MIT campus, extinguishing a life dedicated to family and service. “We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack. But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families. We thank the jurors for their service, the people of Boston for their vigilance, resilience and support and the law enforcement community in Boston and throughout the country for their important work.”

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May 14th, 2015: Local Headlines

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At the recent Cobre School Board meeting, Tony Sosa, truancy specialist and Bianca Padilla of the JPO program reported on past activities with Cobre students under the JPO work for the year. Their total truancy referrals this semester were 469 with 244 from Cobre High; 63, Snell; 74, Bayard; 54, Central; 64, Hurley; 4, San Lorenzo; and 14 from other sources. Truancy figures were checked for cause, and some were illnesses. Others were unexcused and the first one prosecuted, said Sosa, for the first time.  Alma Grijalva, food service coordinator, told the board how Cobre was trying to work with Fort Bayard on a transfer to move its food services temporarily to Snell. This is happening as soon as school is out, the end of May. Mr. Rottman, Snell principal, will be moving all the school’s equipment out and will store it so the hospital’s equipment can be moved in.

The Bayard City Council at its Monday, May 11 meeting approved a free summer lunch program for ages 1-18. Adults can also participate but will be charged. The program will run from June 8 through July 31, Monday through Thursday, at the Fire Station Park. The annual program is funded through the New Mexico Department of Education.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Troup 54370 spent time going green and doing a cleanup for their local school and baseball field where most play and attend.  Girl Scouts has several activities scheduled for this summer’s fun. The annual camp will be held at the Southwest Christian Center just outside of Cliff, NM. This year’s camp is called “Wild Wild West” from June 9-June 11 for girls entering 2nd grade and above. They must be registered by May 25 for camp. For $50 girls will receive 3 days of fun, making new friends and meeting up with old friends, all meals and snacks, souvenir T-Shirt and many crafts to be taken home. . For more information on Girl Scouts call Annette Toney 538-2481.

At Wednesday evening’s monthly meeting on the New Mexico 90-Hudson Street Bridge project, Brian Torres, New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager, said on Monday, May 18, crews will begin taking down the asbestos-covered water line. The process should take three to four days. Friday, May 22, demolition of the bridge deck will begin. That should take about 10 days. To a question about the 210-day project timeline and when it would start, Torres said: “As soon as the bridge closes to traffic, the clock starts, and we will be working seven days a week. We are shooting for a December re-opening of the bridge.”

El Paso Electric, a Texas-based utility that serves electric customers throughout southern New Mexico wants to raise rates to cover the costs of a new power plant and transmission lines.

What do you get when you add a keen sense of smell to a dinosaur with large teeth and sharp claws? Answer: a hunting and killing machine. A new species of carnivorous dinosaur whose remains were recently discovered in the New Mexico wilderness had a powerful nose for tracking down its prey — an important trait for an animal that measured just six feet in length, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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May 1st, 2015: Local Headlines

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The Tour of the Gila continued yesterday with the stage two Inner Loop Road Race.  Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies, uniquely set up with both a dedicated women’s and men’s team, earned victories with Canadian, Annie Ewart, and Boulder, Colorado-based, Eric Young.  Young showed he could maintain position on the climbs despite being known as one of the U.S.’s top sprinters. Young took the race victory with Travis McCabe (Team Smartstop) in second and Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) in third.The women’s overall top 3 remains unchanged after today’s race with Abbott still leading overall, Abigail Mickey (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) in second and Jasmin Glaesser (Optum) in third.  The men’s overall top 3 also remained unchanged Rafael Montiel in first place, Boivin in second place and Montiel’s teammate Cristhian Montoya Giraldo in third place.

In a crash on a descent around Pinos Altos, at least two cyclists received injuries. Anthony Canevari of Canyon Bicycles Shimano was airlifted to El Paso with a broken pelvis.  Julian Kyer of Team Smartstop had a possible broken collarbone, although Rebecca Reza, public relations, could not confirm the injury.  Reza did confirm that Nicolas Masbourian, a Canadian riding for Silver Pro Cycling, dropped out of the race. He was one of the badly injured last year, receiving a broken jaw in the Tour of the Gila crash near Glenwood that took out several racers. Masbourian was trying to make a comeback, but this was only his second race since the injury, and he made the decision to stop.  Sixteen racers have dropped out for various reasons.

Two large lottery prizes join a long string of big winning tickets sold at Shell Foodmart at 2045 E. U.S. Highway 180. On April 28, a $250,000 winning Emerald 7s Ruby 7s Scratcher™ ticket sold at Shell Foodmart was redeemed by Silver City resident, Anndrea Arsola. And, on April 16, four Grant County co-workers redeemed a $30,000 Hot Lotto ticket that was also sold at the same location.

The New Mexico Senior Olympics Summer Games will take place in Roswell from June 3rd through the 6th.  Spectators are free to watch as seniors 50 and older compete in a variety of athletics, including Tennis, Cycling, Badminton, Swimming, Bowling, Frisbee, Archery, and Pickleball.  A full spectator schedule is available and nmseniorolympics.org or on our website at SilverCityRadio.com.

Western New Mexico University will join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) as a full member beginning the fall of 2016.  The Mustangs have participated with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 2007. During that time, several programs including golf and tennis have earned conference titles and made post-season appearances.  The Mustangs currently participate in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, football, softball and volleyball. All programs would continue to participate under the new conference. Additional programs that participate in the conference include soccer, baseball, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Calum Hill, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year, can add All-RMAC Academic Golfer of the Year to that list. Hill, along with Harry Wetton were named to the First-Team, while Thomas Neve, Ben Skinner and Daniel Young made honor roll as the academic teams were released Thursday.

The Juniper and Pinon Campgrounds at Quemado Lake on the Gila National Forest will open for the summer season Friday, May 1. Camp hosts are in place and the potable water and dumping station will also be available. The El Caso #2 camping area will remain closed to the public until May 18, 2015. Employees held their annual clean-up day at Quemado Lake last week in preparation for the opening. The campgrounds will remain open until September 30.

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April 29th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Give Grandly-Give Local is an opportunity to create a culture of giving by focusing donations to local non-profits in a short 24-hour window. The Grant County Community Foundation sponsors the event locally.  Last year Grant County raised $56,852 for 37 non-profits in 24 hours. This year in addition to the online giving non-profits will provide information on their work and entertainment in Gough Park on May 5 from 11 to 6.  Freeport McMoRan is offering $1,000 matching grants to the following participating: First Born, Friends of the Library, WILL, The Learning Center for Dyslexia and Academic Success, Literacy Link – Leamos, Guadalupe Montessori, Gila Valley Library, and the Southwest Festival of the Written Word.  Freeport is also contributing $1,000 to Imagination Library even though they are not participating in Give Grandly!  KURU has an additional $500 matching grant, and the Gila Valley Library another $1,000 matching grant.

A 29 year-old Silver City man was arrested Monday night after leading Silver City Police in a car chase through Silver City.  The suspect threatened a female passenger in his car with a gun, ran into a residence after being tasered by police and after being cornered in the residence, told police he was going to “kill himself” or shoot the police.  A Silver City Police Captain was able to talk him out of the residence and he was placed in custody and booked at the Grant County Detention Center.

US Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to move his bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to the full Senate:  “I want to thank all of the members of the committee for their thoughtful consideration of our legislation to finally overhaul the failed 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act [and] their work to improve key protections for consumers and to give states greater power to restrict chemicals and enforce laws,” Udall said.  The bill ensures the Environmental Protection Agency has the ability to regulate and ban dangerous chemicals for the first time since 1991, when a court ruled that the EPA could not even ban asbestos.  The Udall-Vitter bill dramatically improves current law by requiring EPA to consider only the health and safety impacts of a chemical — never the cost or burden to manufacturers — when assessing chemicals for safety. It ensures special protections for those most vulnerable from chemicals — defined in the bill as pregnant women, infants, the elderly and chemical workers.

US Senator Martin Heinrich yesterday received the National Park Heritage Award from the National Parks Conservation Association for his efforts to secure major public lands bills in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the largest expansion of the National Park System in nearly three decades.  Senator Heinrich was recognized for his recent work to pass into law provisions to transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve to new management to increase public access and establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos.

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