May 27th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Aldo Leopold Charter School’s “Grant County Summer of Science” program is starting June 1. This community wide program supports several organizations, schools, libraries and businesses in their efforts to expand opportunities for Informal STEM Education programming for students in Grant County.

The City of Bayard will be constructing chip seal street improvements beginning on Monday, June 8, 2015. The project may continue through July 31, 2015. Please make sure all vehicles parked on the streets are relocated to your properties. Should any vehicle be parked on the street during the construction time, the vehicle will be towed at the expense of the owner.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is conducting statewide public meetings about proposed changes to bear and cougar hunting rules.  The department reviews rules for hunting bears and cougars every four years and encourages public involvement as the State Game Commission considers new regulations.  A meeting will be held in Silver City Thursday at 6 pm at the Grant County Administration Center, County Commissioner Meeting Room.

The Associated Press is reporting that, thanks in part to a combination of back-to-back spring showers, less wind, and late-season snowfall, drought conditions have been eased in most parts of the state – and nearly one-third of the state is drought-free.  Reservoir levels around the state have improved.  Elephant Butte has about 30,000 acre-feet more water than this time last year.  Recent rains have also boosted soil moisture levels, but New Mexico is still trailing the levels recorded before the multiyear drought took shape.

New Mexico communities, schools, civic organizations and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit applications for grants to plant trees. The New Mexico Forest Re-Leaf Program is an environmental education and tree-planting grant program that provides up to $6,000 for tree planting projects on public lands.  More information is available at www.nmforestry.com.

 

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May 27th, 2015: Red Roof Inn

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Looking for a reason to travel?  Red Roof Inn can give you four:

One – Getting Physical: More Travelers are adopting “wellness” into their getaways, going out of their way to nurture mind and body on their vacations from yoga retreats to cycling tours.

Two – Celebrating Food: Dining is consistently one of the top 3 favorite tourist activities.  Travel has become a way to celebrate cuisine with culinary tours, food and wine events, and foodie competitions.

Three – We are Family: Rather than traveling for a special occasion, today’s family is looking for transformative experiences that everyone can share.  Multigenerational travel is booming with 55% of baby boomers traveling to spend time with family and create lasting memories.

Four – Young Globetrotters: Always ahead of the game, Millennials continue travel based on their interests such as music festivals and exploring budget-friendly destinations to get more bang for the buck to enjoy the activities they love.

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At Red Roof Inn it’s not about the destination, but the journey.  Red Roof celebrates those journeys with its Go More, Go Better campaign.  With the Go More, Go Better Memory Maker Contest, and the Go More, Go Better Story Tellers Contests, guests are encouraged to submit their travel stories through gomoregobetter.com.  Winning Memory Maker submissions could win a Go Pro Camera, two free nights at any Red Roof, and a $100 gas card to help you get there.  Red Roof will select up to four guest stories from the Story Teller Contest for production.

In addition, join in on the Go More, Go Better Instagram Contest where guests will be asked to follow @redroofinn on Instagram and share their travel photos with #GoMoreGoBetter in the caption.

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And how does all of this apply to you, our listeners?  Tune in to your favorite stations, KNFT-FM 102.9, AM-950, and KSCQ 92.9, all week for your chance to win a free VIP Pass that entitles you to one free night at any Red Roof nationwide.  Listen for the cue to call, dial 538-3396, and enter for your chance to be a winner!

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May 26th, 2015: Local Headlines

  • Yesterday was a significant day of remembrance as it was Memorial Day. Special tributes were held all over the country. At Fort Bayard National cemetery more than 4000 small flags were placed on gravesites and on Monday morning, an event hosted by the American Legion Post 18, paid tribute to veterans and active military who have made possible the lives and freedoms we enjoy. Andrew Welch, administrator of the Albuquerque Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, was the key note speaker.

 

  • You may have noticed the sidewalk blocked off in front of the historic Buffalo bar location in downtown Silver City. The reason for the sidewalk closure is to address safety concerns of the Buffalo Bar sign and building front stability.   Owners, the Trujillo’s, were given a 10 day action notice by the city, which has now passed. An engineer was hired to examine the structural problems, whose recommendation involves a complete reconstruction plan to stabilize the area, wrapping the damaged brink in metal mesh.

 

  • The Blues and Bike festival was a huge success this past weekend. Headliner, Blues Hall of Fame member, Charlie Musselwhite showcased his music Saturday evening.

 

  • In Deming news, the Deming Elks Lodge recently made a donation of $1000 to the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association. The money will be used to help with the group’s third annual Vets Helping Vets Motorcycle Run on June 13th.

 

  • In other Deming news, the 36th Great American Duck Race plans are well underway. The theme for this year’s event is “Jungle Duck.” The date will be August 20-23.

 

  • Also, for Deming area, Deming High School has named its music director, Bernie Chavez, as the new Deming High School athletic and activities director.

 

  • Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual 2015 Jump into Summer event sponsored by HMS. Jump into Summer will be June 13th at Gough Park from 11am – 3pm.

 

  • On the Town of Silver City webpage, interested persons can follow the Hudson Street Bridge project as there is a link there to information concerning the project. The next Public Involvement meeting will be Wednesday, June 10th, from 6-7:30pm at the Grant County Convention Center.

 

  • Also, for interested persons, there is a Silver City Town Council meeting tonight at 6pm at the Grant County Administration Center.
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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 20th, 2015: Triple Tripler Scratchers Giveaway

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Have you been listening to Silver City Radio?  This week, we are giving away Lottery Bucks so you, the listener, can play new Super Tuesday Scratchers: Lucky Horseshoe Trippler, Triple Winning 777, and Triple Red 7s!  Listen to your favorite stations, KNFT-FM 102.9, KSCQ 92.9, and AM 950 for your chance to win.  Just be the first caller at the cue to complete the tongue twister.  Tune in to Silver City Radio today, and you could be our next winner!

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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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