October 17th, 2014: Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra

LCSO 2014

Don’t miss this very special performance of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, featuring Maestro Lonnie Klein on Friday, October 17th at 7:30 pm at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater.  Special guest violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, will be the highlight of the performance.  This outstanding program is brought to you by Western New Mexico University, the Mimbres Region Arts Council, and the Grant County Community Concert Association.  For tickets and information, contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council at 538-2505 or online at www.mimbresarts.org.

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October 17th, 2014: MRAC Presents David Francey


The Mimbres Region Arts Council Presents David Francey to Launch 2014-15 Folk Series


The Mimbres Region Arts Council, in conjunction with premier sponsor Cissy McAndrew/

United County Mimbres Realty, is pleased to announce the first of four exceptional performances in the 2014-2015 Folk Series. David Francey will perform on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Opera House in the scenic mountain town of Pinos Altos – 10 short minutes outside of Silver City.

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. In his 40s, his wife encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999, and since then, he has released ten albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs widely covered. David is a singer and a storyteller who in concert combines wry humor, astute observations and an openhearted singing style.

Francey also had the honor of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

“David’s poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.” Shelter Valley Folk Festival

MRAC members can purchase tickets for $15, non-member tickets are $20, available online (www.mimbresarts.org) and at the MRAC office in the Wells Fargo Bank building. Members may also purchase a season pass to all Folk Series events for $50. Single ticket outlets: Alotta Gelato, Gila Hike & Bike, and L&I Arts (available10 days before each show). Tickets may be available at the door.

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October 17th, 2014: Run for Hope

run for hope 2014

The following is a letter from Rosie Gomez, Event Coordinator for the Run for Hope.

The Brown Derby Nite Club cordially invites you to join us for, “A Run for Hope”, 4th Annual Benefit Bike Run, on October 18, 2014, in Grant County New Mexico. Our mission is to give hope to children and their family’s, who are in need of additional assistance to receive services and treatment from the UNMH Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nephrology Clinic in Albuquerque, NM. My daughter was born with kidney disease and she went into kidney failure twice within the first 6 months of her life. The Pediatric Nephrology Clinic at UNMH Children’s Hospital saved her life; she is a survivor and now functions at 100% with only one kidney. Without the Pediatric Nephrology Clinic, its dedicated doctors and their state of the art services, I could not say we might have had the same outcome. Because of her, she has inspired us to help others. So in 2010 we started hosting benefit bike runs for children who were most in need and went on to establish our “Run for Hope”. Despite today’s tough economic conditions, we have made it possible for 5 families to receive relief of some financial burden for; out of town services, treatment and saddly, funeral costs.  In order to meet those needs, we need help from people like you. I am writing to invite your business to Sponsor our “benefit bike run” in the means of advertising to bring awareness to support our mission and benefit “A Run for Hope”. The children of today are, our hope and future of tomorrow.  Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!

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October 17th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Grant County DWI Program recently presented New Mexico State Police with a video camera.  The camera was purchased to be used during the drug recognition evaluation process, for evidentiary collection on individuals suspected of driving under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs.  The camera was presented to NM State Police Lieutenant Robert McDonald by Cindy McClean, Grant County DWI Prevention Program Coordinator, Heidi Ogas, DWI Planning Council Chairwoman, and Kathie Hunt, DWI Planning Council Member.

The Small Business Development Center is offering Free Breakfast and Business Counseling for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs this Sunday at Watts Hall.  A veterans’ benefit counselor will also be on hand for veterans and their families.  To register, or for more information, call 538-6342, or email Linda.McArthur@wnmu.edu.

This week, the US Department of Agriculture announced several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way.  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) service will offer financial assistance for herbicide resistant weed control practices that utilize Integrated Pest Management plans and practices.  Later this year, The NRCS will be soliciting proposals under the Conservation Innovations Grants program for innovative conservation systems that address herbicide resistant weeds.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will actively promote use of best management practices in design protocols for regulated authorized releases of genetically engineered crops.  And the USDA is partnering with the Weed Science Society of America and is providing funds to develop education and outreach materials for various stakeholders on managing herbicide-resistant weeds.

The Silver City Arts and Cultural District distributed hundreds of Silver City branded balloons during the 43rd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The Balloon Fiesta attracts nearly 900,000 attendees annually.  With help from the New Mexico Tourism Department, the Arts and Cultural District was able to hand out 500 balloons, in hopes of drawing visitors to the area.  In addition, a vacation prize drawing was held which offered the lucky winner a two-night stay at the historic Murray Hotel and meals at Millie’s Bakehouse, Dianne’s Restaurant and Parlor, and Shevek & Company Restaurant.  Future Silver City Tourism promotional efforts include events and festivals in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona throughout the year.

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October 16th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Gila Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen recently completed roughly 80 miles of trail clearing both inside and outside of the Gila Wilderness, including 32 miles of the Continental Divide Trail.  The Back Country Horsemen of America has chapters in more than 25 states, and has 8 chapters in New Mexico.  The purpose of the Back Country Horsemen is to perpetuate the commonsense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s wilderness, to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, to assist in maintenance and management of public lands, to educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country by horsemen and the general public, and to foster and encourage the formation of new Back Country Horsemen’s organizations.

The Silver Consolidated School Board Met on Tuesday evening.  After a closed session to receive an audit exit report, the public session began a little after 6 pm.  James Sherwood, the new president of the Silver City Education Association, pointed out that there were still three outstanding grievances to be resolved, and said the union would continue to listen and resolve issues. Superintendent Lon Streib informed the board that Literacy First had been in each school during the past week.  Other topics included Common Core, problem solving with students, and displaying of student work in the halls.

Topics of discussion at the Bayard City Council meeting involved plans to improve drainage structures along a portion of McKee Street which repeatedly sustains water damage.  Councilors also approved amendments to a city ordinance governing the newly created municipal cemetery.  Construction of the cemetery is nearing completion, with only an entry gate and signage needing to be installed.

The WNMU Board of Regents voted on Tuesday to approve a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard.  The contract extends his tenure through June of 2018.  In other business, Regents voted to begin the process of introducing a new Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership.  Administered by the School of Nursing, the new graduate program will be the first program of it’s kind in the State of New Mexico.  Courses will be administered through a partnership with NMSU and UNM.

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October 15th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks thanks to the late summer rains.  According to reports, the volume at Elephant Butte is up nearly 25%.  Lakes around the state have dropped to record lows, and despite rains this summer, 60% of the state is still dealing with some level of drought.  Drought conditions have improved, however, from just three months ago when nearly the entire state was experiencing higher levels of drought.

Next Wednesday at the Grant County Community Health Council Building, Dr. Elizabeth Lilliot will be in Grant County to conduct  follow up research needed for the NIDA program. This is an opportunity for anyone in Southwest New Mexico who implements Evidence Based Practices in either the realm of Prevention or Treatment to express their concerns with these practices. Please take Dr. Lilliot’s survey and provide feedback to the state about the challenges we face in Southwest New Mexico. This input will benefit our communities.

Guadalupe Montessori School is presenting the Festival of Trees again this holiday season, and is looking for volunteers to decorate a live tree to be sold at the annual winter festival.  Local artists, craftspeople, businesses and organizations can sign up to decorate a tree – decorators are asked to provide a $10 donation and decorations for their tree.  Trees will be decorated in late November and ready for sale at the Grand Opening of the Festival of Trees on November 28th.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved an ordinance to the Uniform Traffic Code in reference to penalties assessed to motorists caught driving while texting.  Rather than giving the judge discretion to fine a person from $0 to $500 with increasing penalties, the new ordinance provides a penalty of a $100 fine for the first and any subsequent offenses.  The new ordinance is simpler for police officers to enforce, since they don’t have to determine if the offence is the first, since the fine is the same no matter the number of offenses.

The Cobre Consolidated School District Board met on Monday evening to discuss and approve unfinished business under the Body-Mass-Index Letter draft that would inform parents of the children in the grades assessed of possible needs and practices to improve the health of some students.  Superintendent Robert Mendoza asked the board to approve a use-of-facilities request from the Grant County Grapplers to use the high school and elementary school gyms in Santa Clara, as well as making a Budget Adjustment Request to pay for textbooks used by students taking dual-credit classes at WNMU.

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October 14th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Planning is underway for the Wreaths Across America Ceremony that will be held at Fort Bayard National Cemetery on December 13th.  The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve including their families who sacrifice, and Teach our children the cost of the freedoms we enjoy each day.  This year, an estimated 550,000 wreaths are expected to be placed at over 950 participating locations all across the US, including Arlington National Cemetery.  The cost to sponsor a wreath is just $15, and for every two wreaths purchased, an additional third wreath will be donated to the Fort Bayard Cemetery.

With the threat of Ebola reaching into nearby Texas, Gila Regional Medical Center has plans in place to deal with the disease and other infections diseases that may appear at the hospital.  The procedures, based on CDC guidelines, are being reviewed as new information becomes available.  The procedures will be tested and the staff trained to care for patients in a safe manner.  These procedures are meant to ensure the caregivers and community is well cared for and, according to CEO Brian Cunningham, the staff is “working with extreme diligence to ensure clear protocols are communicated, tested, and followed by the staff and providers.”

The Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment of the Marine Corps League is gearing up for the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which is scheduled for November 10th.  The celebration will commemorate the 239th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps.  The event offers an opportunity for Marines to get together and talk about old times, and for new recruits to see and learn the traditions of the Corps.  Reservations to attend the Marine Corps Birthday Ball are encouraged.  Contact the Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment to learn more.

Yesterday is officially known as Columbus Day in accordance with federal and state law, but there is a push in many US cities to change the holiday to honor Native Americans instead.  New Mexico state lawmakers failed to change the name of Columbus Day once before, but after progress in renaming the holiday in Seattle and Minneapolis, local officials believe there is a good chance New Mexico could follow suit.

According to the head of Arizona’s Game and Fish Commission, a recent proposal that would change the way the federal government manages endangered Mexican Gray Wolves throughout the Southwest would be a disaster unless changes are made.  The current proposal fails to define a cap on the number of wolves allowed in the Southwest.  It also doesn’t focus wolf management in areas that include suitable habitat and prey, and fails to establish circumstances that would constitute unacceptable impacts to wildlife.  The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has also submitted comments, and a final decision on the issue is expected in January.

A New Mexico woman is suing the parent company of the Mimbres Memorial Hospital after hackers accessed personal information belonging to her and more than 4 million other patients.  According to the lawsuit, the Tennessee-based Community Health Systems didn’t notify patients in a timely manner.  The suit is requesting a judge order the company pay restitution for any losses from identity theft, consumer credit protection, and insurance.  During April and June, hackers from China managed to bypass security systems and take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security Numbers.

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October 13th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held a final review of a contract last Thursday morning.  The board members approved the contract with the new emergency room provider, Innova Emergency Medical Associates.  Innova will begin offering services to the ER at Gila Regional at 12:01 am January 1st, 2015.  Innova replaces the current emergency room provider, EmCare.

The Santa Clara Board of Trustees has entered into a grant agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department to upgrade the village’s water system.  Officials will use a $174,000 capital outlay, allocated by the state Legislature earlier this year, to rewire the community’s wells and install a system to automatically turn pumps off when the tanks are full. The pumps are to be converted to solar power.  In other business during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, the trustees heard a report by the village’s newly formed Action Committee. Formerly called the Beautification Committee, it was renamed because the volunteer members will plan community events, as well as coordinate beautification activities.

Students of all ages in the Grant County, Luna County and Hidalgo County school districts are invited to participate in an essay contest titled “The Dream: What It Means To Me”.  Essay participants will be celebrated along with other special guests at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration on Monday, January 19 on the Western New Mexico University campus.  For the high school division, a panel of submission readers will select one student participant to receive a paid semester of tuition to WNMU. High school entries should be a minimum of three paragraphs in length. Essays should address what the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. means to the student.  Essay writers from the elementary and middle school levels should submit essays that are a minimum of one paragraph in length. These essays should also address the meaning of the Martin Luther King Jr legacy to each writer.  Essays can be written in any language. Entry deadline is December 1. All entries will be displayed prominently in a public setting on the WNMU campus throughout January and February.

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October 10th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Gila Regional Medical Sleep Team earned a 5-year accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  The Sleep Lab at GRMC met or exceeded standards for professional health care.  Standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  The GRMC Sleep Lab provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment for a variety of sleep disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and shift work disorder.

This fall teachers can apply for several different transportation grants for fieldtrips to NM State Parks. NM State Parks invites schools and teachers to apply for transportation grants to take school children to State Parks during the 2014-15 school year. The State Parks Division has formed lasting partnerships with schools and teachers. Previous grant recipients are encouraged to apply again, and State Parks is also seeking first-time applicants who are willing to commit to participate in the Outdoor Classroom Program.  Outdoor Classroom Program trips must be to a New Mexico State Park and a list of parks is available at www.nmparks.com. The applicant must be a teacher or representative of a public or public-charter school within a New Mexico school district. The strongest applications are those that most clearly link classroom study with the proposed field trip. Teachers may plan one or more field trips, but cost will be a selection consideration.

The City of Deming will be conducting city-wide sweeps looking for overgrown weeds as part of the city’s beautification and maintenance activities.  Thanks to an average of six inches of rainfall during the month of September, the city has had several problem areas that have required workers to go and cut down large weeds.  Residents are encouraged to do some lawn maintenance.  City code enforcement officers will be out searching the city, and residents who receive a notice from the city code enforcers will have 10 days from the date on the notice to comply with the notice.

New Mexico was recognized last week for outstanding achievement for the Unemployment Insurance Tax and Claims System.  The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has awarded New Mexico a 2014 Outstanding Information Technology Achievement Award in Digital Government.  New Mexico is the first state in the nation to integrate and launch both the tax and claims systems simultaneously.  According to Governor Susana Martinez, the system is “a critical tool to offer better customer service to employers and those seeking unemployment assistance.  The award helps recognize the dozens of people who have worked so hard to make this new system a success.”  The New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Program is now ranked among the top ten performing states for timeliness and quality measures.

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October 9th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Gila National Forest Ranger District is planning district wide burns, wind and fire conditions permitting.  Prescribed broadcast burning in the area of Terry Canyon, also known as North Star or Wall Lake Road may take place between late October and mid-December 2014.  With the onset of winter approaching the district is also preparing to burn piles at various locations throughout the winter as conditions are conducive to burning.  The objectives of these burns are to reduce wildfire threat by removing fuels created from past and ongoing thinning projects.  Visit our website at Silver City Radio dot com for a list of prescribed burns in the Gila National Forest Ranger District.  The pile burns will be conducted on Elkhorn Road behind Desert West Auction, Powerhorn Ridge Road, the north side of McKnight Road, the Wilderness Ranger District Administrative Site, and near the Gila National Monument Visitors Center.

October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  In honor of National Coming-Out Day, WNMU will host an event this evening at 6 pm at the Student Memorial Building Patio to simply support the LGBT community and to discuss the unveiling of their new Gender Equality Center, opening October 30th.  Everyone is invited to come out to the Student Memorial Building and show their support.

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded over $15 million to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations. The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center. The award will support the Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services initiative and help to provide improved emergency care at lower costs to rural communities throughout New Mexico.

The 24th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Silver City at 7:00 pm.  The deadline for parade entry applications is November 7. Parade Entry Applications and fees should be taken to the Silver City MainStreet Project.  The theme “Silver City for the Holidays” celebrates our unique community with a focus on what makes Silver City special. You may choose to portray a favorite holiday tradition, but please remember we will have only one Santa in the parade. Be creative; remember that lighting is crucial and decorations should focus on the holiday season. Not all entries need to be a float. Walking, dancing, or biking entries, as well as classic cars, fire trucks, or other utility vehicles are encouraged, as long as they are well lit.

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