September 15th, 2014: Catwalk Recreation Trail Fall Hours

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As summer thunderstorms wind down, the Glenwood Ranger District will open the Catwalk Recreation Trail from dawn to dusk effective immediately.

“We are experiencing pleasantly cool late summer afternoons now and want the public to be able to stay and enjoy the picnic area and historic trail as we transition into fall,” says District Ranger Debbie Cress.

District personnel will continue to monitor the potential for storms through National Weather Service outlooks. Temporary closures may be necessary throughout upcoming months if significant rainfall is predicted.

The public can expect to see district employees working to repair damage in the picnic area where water flowed outside the stream channel during summer thunderstorms and may occasionally encounter equipment clearing gravel and rocks from crossings on N.M. Highway 174.

Closures remain in effect for the universally accessible trail and for Whitewater Creek from the CCC steps to the junction of Gold Dust Trail #41.

Please contact the Glenwood Ranger District office for further information, (575) 539-2481.

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September 15th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation closed a portion of NM 152 from mile marker 22 north of San Lorenzo to mile marker 39 near Kingston on Saturday morning due to roadway erosion from the heavy overnight rainfall and flooding in the area.  The NMDOT will be clearing and repairing this section of roadway, and the closure will be lifted once the roadway is deemed safe.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area and proceed with extreme caution.  Updates will continue to be posted at www.nmroads.com.

According to New Mexico Veterans Affairs officials, the personal identifying information of thousands of New Mexico Veterans may have been compromised.  Officials are notifying over 2,600 veterans that a folder with their names and Social Security numbers was found in a women’s restroom at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque in July.  No reports of criminal activity has been made so far, but veterans whose information was in the folder will be offered free credit monitoring services for a year.  Any veterans with questions or concerns can contact the agency’s privacy office.

A project to replace the bridge over the West Fork of the Gila River started today, and is projected to end early in the spring of 2015.  The project will involve building a new bridge just downstream from the current one, demolishing the old bridge, and eventually rerouting traffic to use the new bridge.  The bridge provides the only road access to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and there are currently on-going costs associated with making repairs to the bridge abutments due to floods and stream bed shifts.

The Aldo Leopold Charter School has established the Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the three students who passed away tragically in a plane crash this summer: Ella Jaz Kirk, Ella Sala Myers, and Michael Sebastian Mahl.  The fund will provide selected graduationg Aldo Leopold Charter students the opportunity to reach their own potential.  Interested supporters can learn more by visiting the Aldo Leopold website:  http://www.edline.net/pages/ALHS.

The National Guard recently announced plans to close the armory in Santa Clara on the north side of US 180.  The National Guard is consolidating its armories in the state, and plans are being considered for future use of the building.  Current options include a youth center or a private school.  During last week’s regular monthly meeting of the Santa Clara Board of Trustees, the trustees voted to expand the roll of the village’s Beautification Committee to include the planning of community events and activities, similar to that of the Hurley Pride Committee.  The Board also amended a village ordinance pertaining to the “repair, closing, and demolition of structures found to be public nuisances.”  The new ordinance calls for property owners to have time to do repairs or clean-up, then the trustees will decide what action to take.

Residents and visitors alike turned out at Gough Park this weekend for the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Pickamania! 2014.  Despite cool cloudy weather, people continued to pour into the park.  Music played, park-goers danced, and good food and vendors filled the area.  At nearby Penny Park, children and adults alike turned out on Saturday for the Red Hot Children’s Fiesta.  The fiesta offered many activities, including the planting of the butterfly garden by local 4-H and FFA students, face-painting, games, crafts, and all-around fun for the whole family.

The Lions Club in Deming is one of many in the state taking part in Operation KidSight.  The goal is to screen children, ages 3 to 7, throughout the state for risk factors and to fund eye exams and treatment for referred children whose families cannot afford it.  The screening process is non-invasive, simple, and quick.  If the screening detects the possibility that the child may have a vision problem, the parent is notified by the school nurse or the screening Lions Club.  The New Mexico Lions expect to screen over 30,000 children during the 2014-15 school year.  The Deming Lions Club meets at noon on Tuesdays, and volunteers are needed to keep this valuable program in Deming.  Call 546-0775 for additional information.

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September 12th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Silver City Pool Study Group is conducting a survey to determine resident’s desires regarding a public swimming pool.  The project is not sponsored or associated with the Town of Silver City in any way.  If you would like more information on the survey, please contact the Silver Pool Study Group at 654-4116, or send an email to tim1937@gmail.com.  To take the survey please click the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Silver_Pool_Survey

Five notices of intent to sue have been sent to the US Department of Interior and US Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to produce a legally valid recovery plan for the Mexican Gray Wolf.  According to a local conservation advocate, the for the Center for Bioligical Diversity says the Fish and Wildlife Service has a recovery plan, but hasn’t released the plan to the public yet.  The groups and individuals that filed the lawsuits believe the Mexican Gray Wolf is “so close to the brink and screw-ups could lead to extinction.”

Grant County Commissioners approved the sale of $6.2 million in bonds during a recent meeting.  The money is intended to go toward a new substance abuse treatment center and the rehabilitation of the conference center and district courthouse.  The three-eighths percent gross receipts tax the commissioners approved in July will be used to repay the bond money.

The Gospel Mission is seeking volunteers who are willing to help at the men’s cold weather shelter.  The shelter gives men ages 18 and older a place to go for the night in the cold weather.  The Mission itself is used, and there are beds available for 15 men.  Currently, the Mission is anticipating the shelter being open November 1st through March 30th, depending on the weather.  Volunteer greeters are needed, and male overnight hosts are paid $20 per night.  If you are willing to volunteer your time, please contact the Gospel Mission at 388-5071.

Thursday night, two inmates escaped the Grant County Detention Center.  The inmates apparently removed a metal panel in the ceiling and followed the pipe channel in the roof before exiting the facility through a maintenance door.  Law enforcement agencies were immediately notified, and Border Patrol agents with canine units found clothing that had been discarded by the inmates.  Agencies are following all leads and a search is being conducted by the US Marshal’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and the assistance of New Mexico State Police and other agencies.  Adam Martinez and Tyler Cole are considered dangerous and law enforcement should be notified immediately if they are sighted.  Contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers with any information concerning the whereabouts of these inmates.

The Deming-Luna County Humane Society is planning an observance of National Pet Memorial Day on Sunday at 2 PM at the Louise Coffman Memorial Pet Cemetery, Luna County’s only public pet cemetery.  The Cemetery was founded in the early 1970’s, and has seen two large expansion projects over the last five years.  It now serves as the final resting place of over 1,000 cats and nearly 4,000 dogs.  Even if your pets are not buried at the cemetery, all former pet owners are invited to come and help decorate pet grave sites between 2 and 5 pm this Sunday.

Digital First Media, which owns the Deming Headlight and other papers across the country, announce that it will “evaluate and consider strategic alternatives” that could lead to the sale of all or part of the company.  In a statement the company said there are no assurances that the process will result in a transaction or transactions or on the timing of any decisions. The company also said that it will not disclose developments in the process until the board decides how it will proceed.  Digital First’s largest properties include the San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News, the New Haven Register, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

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September 11th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Marilyn Berry, one of the founding members of Literacy Link Leamos, retired recently after 13 years of service with the organization.  Her retirement celebration will take place on September 24th from 4 to 7 pm at the First United Methodist Church.  Community members who would like to attend should RSVP to 388-0892, or stop by Literacy Link Leamos, located at the Silver City Public Library.

The director of the Silver City Museum reported on Museum activities at the Tuesday evening Town Council Meeting.  According to the report, attendance this fiscal year has been over 17,000, up from both 2010 and 2011 attendance.  Also at the Council meeting, the Copper Country Cruizers announced scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 for local area high school students who plant to study the automotive disciplines.  The council approved a restaurant liquor license application for the El Gallo Pinto, and also received approval of the town’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

A search and rescue mission in the Gila National Forest ended happily on Tuesday when Volunteer Search and Rescue successfully found a missing hunter and reunited him with his family.  The 27 year-old from Portales was reported missing about 10 am on Tuesday.  The missing hunter also called for help and thanks to information from friends and family and GPS coordinates from his cell phone, a nine-man search team drove to the nearest trailhead and four men walked in and found him.  The Portales man sustained only a minor injury to his knee.

The Cliff FFA Officer Team traveled to Datil at the end of July for their Chapter Officer Retreat Experience.  During the camp, they competed in team-building activities, participated in multiple workshops about communication, leadership, and teamwork.  While at the camp, they also got a head start on the year by planning the chapter year.  It was a great opportunity for the Cliff Officers to get to know each other and spend time together as an officer team.  On the team, three students are involved in higher offices.  Heath Henderson is the District VI Treasurer, Lacy Garner is the District VI Vice President, and Kelsey Garner serves as the 2014-15 State FFA President.  Congratulations to these three students, as well as the rest of the Cliff FFA team.

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September 10th, 2014: Pickamania! this Weekend in Silver City

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It’s time again for the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Pickamania!  Starting this Friday night, head out to Gough Park for live music, vendors, food and more.  Pickamania begins Friday at 7 pm with a Kick-Off Dance featuring the Out of Kilters.  Saturday, music from Mountain Aire Folk Music, The Littlest Birds, Higher Ground, Bluegrass hoNEyhoUSe, Fishtank Ensemble, and Sarah Jarosz with special guest Aoife O’Donovan will fill the park and delight listeners.  Saturday Night, Steep Ravine will entertain visitors to the Beer Garden.  The fun continues on Sunday with the Lost Howlin’ Coyotes, Homemade Hoedown Kids, Steep Ravine, Run Boy Run, and the weekend finishes off with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys from 4:15 to 5:45.

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And, once again, the Arts Council will be raffling a Grand Prize Bill Bussman Old Wave Mandolin.  Raffle Tickets are $5 a piece and are available online at http://mimbresarts.org/raffle/ or the MRAC office.  To learn more about the artists who will perform at this weekend’s event, or for a full schedule of events, visit http://mimbresarts.org/6th-annual-pickamania/

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September 10th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Grant County Commissioners bid farewell to former County Manager Jon Saari at Tuesday’s Grant County workshop session and welcomed new manager Charlene Webb.  Webb is a Silver City native who has 12 years of experience as Ruidoso County Manager.  During the Grant County Commissioners Meeting, Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Cunningham reported improvement to the hospital’s revenue, announcing the bottom line profit for the month of July is up.

The transition of home health and hospice from GRMC continues to local community organizations.  Cunningham pointed out that GRMC wants to bring the hospital to the right size for the region and establish the core services that cannot be duplicated in the community, and pointed out that home health and hospice can be duplicated.  The hospital is also transitioning the emergency room to Innova, a regional smaller company, from EmCare.  The transition is expected to raise the bar of service.  Another change being made is to the air ambulance service, which will grant a right of first refusal agreement to Tri-State.

The Bayard City Council met Monday to discuss Hanover’s water situation.  The city of Bayard has been providing water to the Hanover Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association for the past few months due to the declaration of an emergency by the HMDWC, but last month planned to cease its supply because Hanover had not been paying the water bill due based on the agreement that had been made.  According to Hanover MDWCA board president Eddie Evatt, a well went dry last December, and the extra water from Bayard is truly helping out.  Bayard agreed to keep supplying the town with water on a month to month basis if the association agrees to pay its bill within 15 days from the beginning of each month.

Chief Davalos of the Deming Fire Department will sound the horns and sirens of the firefighting fleet at the approximate times the north and south towers collapsed during the September 11th, 2001 attack tomorrow morning.  The sirens will sound about 7:59 and 8:28 am.  The sounding of the fleet is, according to Davalos, “a tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters – the emergency responders, Port Authority, firefighters, police and ambulance.”  The Deming Firefighters will also be guests at Memorial Elementary School early Thursday morning as the school pays tribute to Deming and Luna County’s brave: the US Border Patrol, US Customs, Deming Police, Luna County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and the Deming Fire Department.

Luna County Sheriff’s Deputies on were led on a high-speed pursuit with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour on Saturday through Deming city and county streets.  The chase began a little after 10 pm when a deputy spotted the black pickup truck driving at an excessive rate of speed and failing to stop at a posted four-way stop.  The deputy took up pursuit and followed the truck through several alleyways and city streets.  Fortunately, the only damages reported during the chase were to several mailboxes, though the vehicle nearly collided with another at the intersection of Tin and Pear Streets.  Deming Police also eventually joined the chase, and after briefly losing officers in a mesquite field, the vehicle came to a stop in the 900 block of Solana Road.  The driver was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.  He is charged with aggravated fleeing from a law officer, reckless driving, and criminal damage to property.

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September 9th, 2014: 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial

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The Thirteenth Annual Honoring Our Heroes 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial is scheduled for this Thursday afternoon from 2 to 7 pm.  Memorial Boards listing every name of the 3,355 victims at the World Trade Center; the Pentagon; Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and Flight 93 will be available for view.  The memorial will also feature newspaper clippings from September 11th 2001 and a powerpoint presentation depicting over 150 images of the devastation.  The community is invited out to honor these men, women and children at Gough Park, once again from 2 to 7 pm.  Walk throughout the Park alongside friends, neighbors, and family to show your respect and support.

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September 9th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Three people were arrested in two separate shooting incidents over the weekend.  The first shots were fired early Saturday morning at the Memory Lane apartments.  A 15 year old boy was shot in the ankle and air-lifted to El Paso for treatment.  The owner of the apartment, Jessica Guerrero was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and selling or giving alcohol to a minor.  Josh Villa, a person of interest in the shooting, is still being sought.  In a separate incident, two other men were arrested after shooting at two vehicles as they drove by.  Phillip Ray reportedly told police he had been shot at by the drivers of the vehicles, and that he and his friend, Michael Salaiz, fired back.  The two were arrested, and police have issued a warrant for Corey Maldonado for shooting from a motor vehicle.

WNMU President Joseph Shepherd surprised students when he showed up as the instructor for a developmental math class this semester.  Dr. Shepherd noted he wants to “position himself in an active learning environment that allows him to view the university from an instructional perspective and step into the faculty’s shoes to better understand the challenges they have.”  He says it also gives him an opportunity to better understand the students’ experiences at WNMU.

The Silver Consolidated School Board met last Thursday to listen to and discuss employee grievances and review the 2014-15 school year budget.  Despite enrollment being the lowest it has been in the past four years at only 2,962 students, the school retained its approximately $24 million budget from last year.  Salaries for school employees take up $14 million of the budget, retirement funds add up to $1.8 million, medical insurance for employees is $1.4 million, and thousands of dollars are also distributed for dental, vision, medicare, and other costs.  Additional funding is also granted for training, school supplies, and service fees for career courses at WNMU.  A copy of the audit records is available for anyone who chooses to see them.

The Thirteenth Annual Honoring Our Heroes 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial is scheduled for this Thursday afternoon from 2 to 7 pm.  Memorial Boards listing every name of the 3,355 victims at the World Trade Center; the Pentagon; Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and Flight 93 will be available for view.  The memorial will also feature newspaper clippings from September 11th 2001 and a powerpoint presentation depicting over 150 images of the devastation.  The community is invited out to honor these men, women and children at Gough Park, once again from 2 to 7 pm.  Walk throughout the Park alongside friends, neighbors, and family to show your respect and support.

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September 8th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Beau Bassett, an Alaskan cyclist, will bike for 45 days and nearly 1,700 miles visiting schools and community youth organizations along the way in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.  Bassett will begin his 2014 Points of Light Bike Ride in Silver City on September 11th.  He is currently in Silver City to do community outreach for student volunteerism and leadership.  Bassett will be reaching out to youth serving programs and schools and recognizing excellent Silver City based youth volunteer services activities at the Aldo Leopold High School, Grant County 4-H, the Volunteer Center, and the Grant County Youth Volunteer Corps.

A new theatre troupe, the Silver City Community Theatre, is now open in Silver City.  The troupe promotes enriching, educating, and entertaining the Silver City and Grant County Community by providing a broad range of live theater experiences.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate for any number of theater jobs from acting to props, costumes to lighting specialist.  The first performance of the Silver City Community Theatre will be A Twilight Christmas, an original One-Act holiday comedy.  Open auditions for the play will be held in October.  To learn more about the new community theater, email Phyllis at phylmcq64@gmail.com or call 654-0196.

Tomorrow, September 9th, is Protect Your Groundwater Day. Started by the National Ground Water Association, Protect Your Groundwater Day is the perfect time for every household to act to protect this resource. The Protect Your Groundwater web page, www.NGWA.org/PYGWD, provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. Here are a few suggestions from the Office of the State Engineer:  When it comes to hazardous household substances, store them properly in a secure place and use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Dispose of them safely (if in doubt as to how, contact your local waste authority.)  When it comes to water conservation, modify your water use. Install a water-saving device like a water-efficient appliance or faucet and showerhead flow restrictors.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department announced today that the National Main Street Center has reaccredited and licensed the department to host and operate the New Mexico MainStreet Program for another two years. New Mexico MainStreet works to revitalize and redevelop the local traditional or historic town centers around the state. The state MainStreet program provides resources and services to local affiliate communities that establish a public-private community economic development partnership focused on their traditional commercial district.

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September 5th, 2014: Local Headlines

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A man who was diagnosed with throat cancer was arrested on Saturday on charges of attempted manslaughter, child abuse, tampering with evidence, aggravated assault, negligent use of a firearm, and concealing his identity after he allegedly attempted to shoot his sister.  The man had allegedly been drinking and told his sister to shoot him.  When she refused, he pointed his rifle at her.  She reportedly grabbed the rifle and pointed it upwards before he fired a shot, and a struggle over the gun began.  When police arrived, they found three bullet holes in the Motel room.

Silver City Police also arrested a man for child abuse after he reportedly tried to choke his daughter due to rumors that she is gay.  The victim met her father at the Wendy’s parking lot on Saturday.  According to the report, the two were seated in a silver jeep when the father allegedly reached over and grabbed the victim by the throat with both hands and began shaking her back and forth.  He later followed her home, where the victim’s mother reported the incident to police.  Emergency Medical Services were called out to evaluate the victim, but she reportedly refused further medical treatment.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) today announced that its Office of International Trade (OIT) was among a small group of awardees receiving US Small Business Administration (SBA) STEP Graft funds. The Office of International Trade will receive $197,500 in funding that will not require a cash match from NMEDD as the funding was matched by the department’s in-kind, salary contribution. The SBA Step Grant will allow OIT to continue its international trade efforts.  The Office on International Trade will utilize the Step Grant funds to offer support and assistance to New Mexico businesses seeking to expand their markets abroad through trade shows, trade missions and workshops focused on export basics, along with other international trade promotion efforts. New Mexico was part of a small group that was awarded funding as there is a competitive process to receive the US SBA Step Grant.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a Flash Flood Watch in effect through late Saturday night.  A moist tropical air mass has moved into the region, and numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday.  Thunderstorms will be capable of producing a lot of rainfall in a very short period of time, which would lead to excessive runoff. There is potential for flash flooding along drainages, small streams, and normally dry arroyos and low water crossings.  The Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southwest New Mexico and far west Texas, including Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo counties.  Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.  Please be careful, and have a safe weekend.

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