November 30th, 2015: Local Headlines

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High School students from Silver High School and Aldo Leopold High are invited to attend Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Silver High’s Little Theater.  Hosted by Western New Mexico University, the event will inform students and their families about financial aid opportunities including scholarships, grants and work-study jobs. Students are encouraged to bring their transcripts and test scores as scholarships for housing and tuition will be awarded.  WNMU recently introduced a Tuition Guarantee program, the first university in the state to do so, allowing students to pay the same tuition rate for four years.

The 25th annual Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade announced their float winners for 2015.  Winners in commercial include: Performance Breaking, Wells Fargo Bank, and Freeport McMoRan.  In the Civic category: Gila National Forest and Silver City for Bernie.  In the Individual, Bonito Salas.  In Non-Profit: Hidalgo Medical Services, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  In the Schools Category, El Grito Headstart, Guadalupe Montessori School and the Silver High School Choir.  The winner of the Spectacular Giveaway – Winner take all, was Anthony Gutierrez.

The Western New Mexico University football team again finished high in the nation in several statistical categories. Here is where the Mustangs finished in terms of national and in the RMAC.  In terms of being nationally ranked in the top-50 the Mustangs finished that high in: tied for first in blocked punts allowed (0), 47th in defensive touchdowns (2), 14th in first downs (265), 50th in fumbles recovered (10), 22nd in net punting per game (36.23), third in passing offense per game (354.3), 40th in passing yards per completion (13.72), 44th in time of possession (31:18) and seventh in total offense per game (489). Senior quarterback Mitch Glassman finished third in completions per game (25.60), 33rd in passing touchdowns (23), sixth in passing yards (3,444), third in passing yards per game (344.4), 43rd in passing yards per completion (13.45), 45th in points responsible for (15), 40th in points responsible for per game (15.4) and seventh in total offense (341.1). Rhakeem Holland had a punt return in the first game of the season and tied for 11th. Josh McIntire was 12th in punting average per game (42).  WNMU finished high is several RMAC categories as well, and other players finished near the top in individual categories.

The UNM Cancer Center has a new device for examining breast cancer that is efficient while also offering patients an easier transition to surgery.

New Mexico House Minority Leader Brian Egolf says he’s not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a “two-tier” driver’s license system modeled after Utah.

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November 27th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The Bayard City Council during an open meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015 passed and approved Ordinance 3-2015.  Ordinance 3-2015 is an ordinance adopting the New Mexico Uniform Traffice Ordinance by reference, be it ordained by the governing body of the City of Bayard.  According to Section 1: This ordinance hereby amends the Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance by reference for the addition of Sections 12-1-5.1, 12-1-37, 12-7-6, 12-7-8.1 pertaining to “Autocycles”.  The Effective date is December 1st, 2015.  Copies of the Ordinance may be picked up at Bayard City Hall, 800 Central Avenue.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Lemitar this week to present a certificate of obligation to the owners of the Southwestern Seas, LLC shrimp farm.  During the event, Brunner said, “The Obama administration is making good on its promise to provide the tools to help small rural businesses expand and be successful.” Brunner added, “And that’s what this funding is all about.  This small shrimp farm needed financial help to market its product to various farmers markets and other stores and this funding will help them find new customers.”  USDA Rural Development provided a $49,500 grant through its Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) to help the shrimp farm with its marketing of the shrimp throughout New Mexico.

Reinstating a tax on the sale of food for consumption at home could harm the health of New Mexicans who are already food insecure—meaning they don’t always have enough to eat. And while the revenue generated from a tax on food could be used to mitigate some of the damage the tax would do, the report finds that it is unlikely governments would spend the new revenue toward that end.  It is likely that legislators will consider taxing food during the upcoming 2016 legislative session. A food tax has been discussed as a way to allow cities and counties to recoup some of the revenue they are losing since the hold harmless payments from the state were changed in an omnibus tax bill enacted in 2013. A food tax has also been discussed as part of a tax system overhaul that would result in a lower gross receipt tax rate overall.

Tuesday, Governor Susana Martinez announced a $1 million expansion of the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Family Support Worker program, which she initiated as a pilot program in Bernalillo County in April of 2014. The program will now serve six New Mexico counties and provides specifically high-risk families with service and support aimed at preventing child maltreatment. The Governor also urged legislators to enact stiffer penalties for those who assault child abuse caseworkers in New Mexico.

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November 26th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Notice is given that the Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education will hold a Work Session in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 2810 North Swan on Monday, December 7th at 6 pm.  An agenda for the meeting may be obtained from the Superintendent’s Office 72 hours prior to the meeting, or online at  No action will be taken.  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, call 956-2000 as soon as possible.

The Aldo Leopold Charter School’s Internship Showcase will be held Wednesday, December 2nd from 4:30 to 6 pm.  The event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  The Internship Showcase displays the efforts of 56 students in grades 10 through 12 who have been spending every Friday this semester working with local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.  Aldo Leopold Charted School’s mission is to provide an engaging and challenging educational program emphasizing direct experience, inquiry learning, stimulation of the creative process, and stewardship of our community and natural environment.

Free tastings of a New Mexico grown organic balsamic vinegar will be held on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at the Market Café.  The Darland Company in Monticello, New Mexico makes America’s only traditional-style, organic, aged balsamic vinegar.  It is the Edible magazine 2011 “Artisan Product of the Year” for New Mexico, and was called one of the “best artisanal Italian pantry staples in the US.”  Both the traditional vinegar and a condimento vinegar will be available to taste.

Santa Claus will be at Tractor Supply Company, 2707 Highway 180 East, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Please bring a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network and your camera or smart phone for pictures with Santa.  Santa will also make an appearance at the Southwest Home Business Group festival on December 6th, Millie’s Bake House on the 12th, and Ace Hardware on the 19th.

The first pour of concrete to the northbound lanes on the east side of the Highway 90/Hudson Street Bridge has been rescheduled for December 1st, due to a “glitch” – according to Johnny Macias, Interstate Highway Construction project superintendent.  Macias brought in additional workers to fix the problem, but due to the work, the concrete could not be poured until the 1st.  The second pouring is still scheduled for the 8th, and the company should still be on schedule to open at least two lanes to traffic before Christmas.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at Silver City Radio!

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November 25th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The Gospel Mission will hold their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner this Thursday between 11 am and 1 pm for those in need.  If you know of someone who is homebound and needs a meal, please contact the Mission in advance.

Wilderness Ranger District fire managers are planning to conduct various prescribed fires beginning December 1st and continuing through December 18th as conditions allow.  The projects include broadcast burning and pile burning.  Pile burns are planned in the following locations: off Highway 35 and Elkhorn Road behind Desert West Auction, Lake Roberts of Forest Drive and FSR 4206M, Near Cooney off FSR 150A and 4080T, and near the Gila National Monument Visitor Center.  Broadcast burns will occur in the following locations: Gattons Park by the Old GOS Ranch and T-Bird off Elks Pasture Road west of Camp Thunderbird.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement following the Department of the Interior’s approval of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) Unit.  “Today is a great day for Grant, Luna, and Hildago counties. I want to congratulate the New Mexico Entity and the Interstate Stream Commission for all their fine efforts that preceded today’s approval. Without their collaboration and negotiation this Agreement would not be possible.”

iCandy Productions, an Australian based film production company, launches production of  “Sailboat”- a film about a boy with an unlikely name, who does the most unlikely thing…  The story takes place in a small town fraught with drought, where morale is at an all-time low. A miracle of hope and life lies in an unlikely source: a small Mexican boy mysteriously named Sailboat.  The Australian crew will have a meet and greet at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd in Silver City, New Mexico on Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm. The public is invited to the discussion about the production, needs for props and talent, and of course, casting calls for extras. Children, teens and adults are needed.


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November 24th, 2015: Local Headlines

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In cooperation with the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 and donations from the public, the Silver City Police Department have prepared five turkey baskets to present to needy families in the community.  Baskets include turkey and all the trimmings, and the receiving families were recommended by schools and others who thought families were in need of help.  The Silver City Police Department will partner with the American Legion again for more baskets at Christmas.  Donations for the Christmas baskets are welcome at the Police Station, 1011 North Hudson Street.

In sports action, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team gave Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all they could handle Monday night. The Lady Mustangs had a lead after the first quarter and were down just two at halftime before the Islanders came back to take the 57-42 victory in exhibition action.  The Lady Mustangs will be off for Thanksgiving and return to action at home Monday, November 30th, against Eastern New Mexico University.

Junior Deandra Williams posted back-to-back double-doubles and thus collected Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday.  Williams posted a pair of double-doubles against University of the Southwest and Angelo State. She led the team in scoring and rebounding in both games. For the week she averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also tallying two assists and eight steals in 30 minutes per contest.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity (CAP Entity) that initiates a process to thoroughly evaluate the full range of proposed water management alternatives for the upper region of the Gila River and examine their impacts and costs.  “Today’s announcement sets out the framework for the evaluation of the Gila River Water Project and important related considerations, like the exorbitant cost to New Mexico taxpayers. However, based on all the analysis to date, it is hard to imagine a dam or diversion project on the Gila River that is not irresponsibly expensive as well as destructive to other economic and resource values. In addition, serious engineering questions continue to dog this proposal.  I encourage the public and all stakeholders to stay engaged on this issue and continue to share their opinions, concerns, and additional information with my office.”


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November 24th, 2015: Luke Bryan Coming to Las Cruces



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November 23rd, 2015: Local Headlines

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The Village of Santa Clara will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 24th at 3 on at the Santa Clara Municipal Building.  Agenda items include approval of the Election Resolution, possible action on hiring, raises, cutbacks terminations, and the like.  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the office of the Clerk/Treasurer at 537-2443 as soon as possible.

On Sunday afternoon, November 22nd, W & N Enterprises hosted their 12th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community.  1486 people attended the meal at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  W & N Enterprises roasted 24 turkeys, baked 22 hams, made 28 pans of stuffing, cooked about 300 pounds of potatoes, and bakes seven full sheet cakes and various other snacks, desserts and sides.  They also donate over 100 toys to children that come with the families to dinner.

In sports action, WNMU Mustang Basketball lost a close game to Benedictine University at Mesa, 73-65, Friday night.  WNMU is currently 0 and 4 for the season.  Basketball will be off for Thanksgiving Break, and return to action Tuesday, December 1st at 7 pm – a rematch with Benedictine University at Mesa, but this time on home soil.

The Women’s Basketball team fell to Angelo State University 85-47 on Saturday afternoon.  The girls are playing 2 and 2 for the season so far.  The Lady ‘Stangs will remain in Texas as they will face Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on today at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time for an exhibition contest.

Spaceport America will be hosting a drone summit next spring. Officials with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority say the three-day event in March is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, from drone pilots and enthusiasts to film professionals.

Authorities say hundreds of New Mexico residents who were students of a for-profit college chain will receive $632,000 in student-loan forgiveness as a result of a settlement of a multistate investigation into consumer complaints.

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November 20th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Interstate Highway Construction held a meeting Wednesday night to update residents about the NM90 Bridge Construction Project.  According to Johnny Macias, project superintendent for the contractor, the Interstate Highway Construction will be placing concrete on the first half of the full length of the bridge next week –weather permitting.  Macias said they hope to have the bridge at least partially open by December 24th.

PNM recently recognized six local businesses that went above and beyond in saving energy in 2014 by participating in PNM Business Energy Efficiency Programs. The Silver City and Bayard Business Energy Efficiency Stars are: Shell Food Mart – highest energy savings in the Small Business category, the Town of Silver City – highest energy savings in the Nonprofit/Government Organization category, Western New Mexico University – highest energy savings in the Most Innovative category, CVS Pharmacy – honorable mention in the Large Business category, Home Furniture – honorable mention in the Small Business category, and W & N Enterprises – highest energy multi-location savings in the Small Business Category.

The New Mexico Department of Health has seen an increase in clusters of gastrointestinal illness. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been increased activity seen in Bernalillo County, particularly in schools. Investigations so far suggest that the illnesses may be caused by norovirus.  Norovirus is highly contagious and causes more than 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastrointestinal illness and foodborne-related illness in the U.S.

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands. The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre. The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95% of the money collected by the Land Office.


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November 19th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The PNM Resources Foundation today recognized the Silver City recipients of the 2015 PNM Reduce Your Use Grant Program. Grants were awarded to 54 nonprofit organizations throughout New Mexico, three of them in Silver City. The Silver City recipients of the 2015 PNM Reduce Your Use Grant Program are the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, Life Quest, and the Silver City Gospel Mission.  The PNM Reduce Your Use Grant Program awards $250,000 annually to help nonprofit organizations statewide complete projects that reduce their energy use and lower their utility bills, allowing them to spend more on providing essential services to clients.

Making the usual November trek to Cliff, the Silver school board opened the meeting at 6:07 p.m. with all board members present. Cliff principal Dean Spurgeon informed the board of recent happenings at this elementary and secondary unit of the district. He gave the board a handout created for last spring’s PARCC test, showing math and English scores at high school levels. Some other test results were still not back, months later, he said, but he shared what he had.

National Rural Health Day is celebrated the third Thursday in November every year.  The New Mexico Department of Health is recognizing rural hospitals and emergency responders on National Rural Health Day, which is Nov. 19, for their work to keep New Mexicans healthy and safe. About 30 percent of New Mexico’s population lives in a rural area. The Department issued certificates to almost 600 people in 16 counties.  New Mexico has 29 rural hospitals, many of which are involved in projects to improve the quality of life in their communities.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s (D-N.M.) Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today with bipartisan support. Senator Heinrich introduced the bill in February with Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  The Sportsman’s Act includes the text of Senator Heinrich’s Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act to improve access to public lands where hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are permitted. Additional measures Senator Heinrich championed for New Mexico include reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), and giving small media groups and individuals easier access to film and photograph on public lands.


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November 18th, 2015: Local Headlines

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In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, all schools in the Silver Consolidated School District, except for the Cliff Schools will be closed from Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27.  The Cliff Schools and Administration Offices will be closed from Wednesday, November 25, through Friday, November 27, 2015.  Regular class schedules and business hours will resume on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that Kasey Brown of Silver City, NM is a member of the Mesalands Rodeo Team for the 2015-2016 season. Brown is a recipient of the Stampede Rodeo Scholarship and competes in the following event(s): breakaway roping and team roping. She is currently ranked in 10th place in team roping in the Grand Canyon Region. Brown is majoring in Animal Science at Mesalands.

The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout® on Thursday, November 19, 2015 is a day when smokers across the nation make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day.  The Department of Health wants to encourage New Mexicans who smoke or use tobacco products to utilize free services available that provide helpful tools to quit and remain smoke and tobacco free.

Fences, dams, roads, and other developments are among the leading causes of wildlife habitat fragmentation, according to a new report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity and Corridors, highlights ten rare or endangered species that lack safe, navigable corridors to connect them to important habitat or other populations.  The report includes the rare Mexican gray wolf, whose migrations are impeded by restrictive recovery boundaries that ignore its historic range to the north of the established Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA) and by extensive U.S.-Mexico border security infrastructure preventing movement to the south of the BRWRA. The full report, along with a slideshow, links to photos and species-specific info can be viewed and downloaded from the Coalition’s website:

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