April 24, 2015: Local Headlines

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The 6th Annual Kiwanis/Rotary Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, in cooperation with the Bike Works, Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Silver City Police, will be held this Saturday from 9 am to noon at the corner of College and Bullard in Downtown Silver City.  Kids can ride the monitored safety course, and receive free bike inspections.  Plus, there will be an arts and crafts table set up for kids, free helmets for any child with an adult present, and a chance to win a free bicycle donated by the Bike Works!

The American Legion Auxiliary present their Spring Bazaar Rummage Sale at the American Legion Hall this weekend.  Set up will be held until 8 pm tonight, and the sale will be tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm.  Contact Sharon at 575-494-2496 for more information or to reserve tables.  All proceeds go to benefit local veterans and their families.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, a bill to make it easier for kids to connect with the outdoors and realize the many physical and mental health benefits associated with a more active, outdoor lifestyle. Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) In the House of Representatives.  Specifically the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act would: Authorize federal financial assistance to eligible entities for development of state-level strategic plans designed to support outdoor recreation; Direct the President to develop a national plan to promote outdoor activity; and Give the Secretary of the Interior the resources to conduct a study of the health impacts of the state-level strategies, provide technical assistance to eligible entities that receive funds, and disseminate best practices learned from the state-level strategies.

Mark Valenzuela and Neal Skiver from the Santa Fe investment banking firm of George K. Baum & Company explained how the town could invest in renewable energy financing in reference to implementing a Green Community Program and other qualified conservation projects. Valenzuela told the council that “we can get financing for you for 20 years at 1 percent.” He and Skiver went on to say that New Mexico has been allotted $20 million for energy conservation projects and the money is available from the federal government by applying for qualified energy conservation bonds.  Town Manager Alex Brown said that this application, if approved, would allow the town to present any program for financing that will qualify.

A team of University of Utah seismologists has discovered a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock hidden 12 to 28 miles beneath Yellowstone`s supervolcano–enough to fill the 1000 cubic-mile-Grand Canyon more than 11 times. The pool is over four times larger than a shallower, long-known magma chamber.

New Mexico is feeling more and more earthquakes, and scientists say people are causing them. A new federal report by the U.S. Geological Survey said oil and gas drilling is the reason for the increase in small quakes.

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April 24th, 2015: Cobre Pre-K and Kinder Registration

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for the Cobre Schools will be held from 8:15 to 11 and 11:30 to 2:45 at San Lorenzo on Monday, April 27th, At Hurley on Tuesday, at Bayard on Wednesday, and Central on Thursday.  Please bring your child’s official state birth certificate, Immunization records, and proof of residency.  Incoming Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age, and Pre-K must be 4 years of age prior to September 1, 2015.

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April 24th, 2015: Cobre Schools Child Find

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The Cobre Consolidated Schools will be hosting several days of Child Find screenings to assess children ages 3-5 years old.  If you have a concern about your child’s development, through early intervention your child will have an opportunity to build cognitive development, language development, fine and gross motor development, adaptive behavior, social skills and school readiness.  The Child Find will be held during Pre-K and Kindergarten registration from 9 am to 2 pm on Monday, April 27th at San Lorenzo Elementary, Tuesday at Hurley Elementary, Wednesday at Bayard Elementary, and Thursday at Central Elementary.  Call 537-4017.

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April 20th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Fire crews battled a wildfire 23 miles east of Reserve near Wine Canyon over the weekend.  The Wine Fire reached 21 acres before Gila National Forest personnel were able to complete fireline around the perimeter Saturday night.  Fire crews reinforced firelines and mopped up yesterday.  The wildfire was human-caused.

WNMU hosted the annual Great Race this past Saturday.  The race started in 1967 when Jim Smith was dean of students. Two students, who were tired of studying for finals, took two beds out of Bowden Hall and raced them down College Avenue.  This year, the students took over organization of the Race.

A Kenyan national who lives and trains in Santa Fe won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon Monday.  Caroline Rotich finished with the unofficial time of 2:24:55. It’s the first Boston victory for the 30-year-old, who finished fourth in 2011, according to the Associated Press.  Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the 119th Boston Marathon men’s race with an unofficial time of 2:09:17.

The U.S. Forest Service is announcing new Youth Conservation Corps job opportunities on national forests throughout the country. Young people from across the United States are encouraged to apply for these jobs at a local forest or with a partner organization. Some residential YCC opportunities are also available for selected applicants.

Governor Susana Martinez announced appointments to the Aging and Long-Term Services Department Advisory Committee, the Construction Industries Commission, the Land Grant Council, the New Mexico State Library Commission, the New Mexico Medical Board, the Board of Trustees of the Miners’ Hospital of New Mexico, the State Personnel Board, the Real Estate Appraisers Board, and the State Workforce Development Board.

Four of six hikers, five of whom are veterans, called warrior hikers, gathered at VFW Commander Jim Zawacki’s home in Silver City, the afternoon before they began the hike from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the Continental Divide Trail.  Warrior Hike has created the “Walk Off The War” Program, which is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by through-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails.  Warrior Hike provides all the necessary gear for the hikers.  For more information on the program, visit warriorhike.org.

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April 20th, 2015: New Mexico Senior Olympics



Local Coordinators Advocating Health as a Lifestyle – not a Fad

New Mexico Senior Olympics oversees health promotion activities statewide year-round; as well as annually hosting the State Games; which will be this year, June 3rd – 6th in Roswell.

NM Senior Olympics Board and Local Coordinators have long held the belief that being healthy must become a year-round lifestyle, especially as we age.  From 2000 to 2025, New Mexico’s population of persons age 65 and older is projected to double from 206,000 to 441,000. By the year 2030, New Mexico will rank fourth in the nation in percentage of population age 65 and older; currently New Mexico is thirty-ninth.


In Silver City, Mario Quintana is more than a NMSO local coordinator; at the 2014 State Games, Quintana was named outstanding Golden Male Athlete.  Golden athletes are selected for their contribution to their fellow seniors and personal accomplishments in their respective community; being nominated by their peers.  Quintana has been a lifelong resident of Silver City, participating in softball/baseball leagues for the past ten years.  Quintana has been a dedicated and inspiring coach for over 20 years as well as a community volunteer in the softball/baseball leagues.  His dedication to encouraging seniors to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, lead Quintana to volunteer as the local coordinator for the past 4 years.

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New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is funded in part by the N M Aging and Long Term Services Department for health promotion activities.  NMSO is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico and Cecilia Acosta is the Executive Director.   Contributing partners include City of Roswell,  Amerigroup, Chaves County RSVP, Roswell Daily Record, and SONIC.

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April 20th, 2015: New Mexico Lottery BINGO!


Have you been listening to the radio?  Right now on KSCQ 92.9, KNFT-FM 102.9, and KNFT-AM 950 (also broadcast on FM 96.5) Silver City Radio is having a New Mexico Lottery BINGO giveaway!  Keep listening to your favorite station for your chance to win!

The New Mexico Lottery has raised over $641 million dollars for public education.  More than 97,000 students have received their in-state college tuition paid by Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.  The Legislative Lottery Scholarship opens the door to new generations of New Mexicans to obtain a college education.  100% of net proceeds benefit education.

For more information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships, contact www.nmlottery.com, your high school councilor, college or university financial aid office, or the New Mexico Department of Higher Education.

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Legislative Lottery Scholarships can be used to attend 25 public colleges and universities statewide.  Check back later this week to see at which New Mexico colleges the Lottery helps to cover tuition, and be sure to tune in every day this week for your chance to win!

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April 17th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The first order of business for the Grant County Water Commission was to appoint the chairman and vice chairman. Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown was approved to remain as chairman and Hurley Mayor Edward Encinas will serve as vice chairman.  As this was the first meeting of the year for the group, the members approved the Open Meetings Act resolution.  The main topic for the meeting was to discuss further funding for the regional water project.  This week, surveyors are delineating the well field, which will take water to Hurley.  The project received $2.1 million from the Interstate Stream Commission’s New Mexico Unit Fund,” which the state is receiving from the Arizona Water Settlements Act allocation.

Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch signed an agreement with the state of New Mexico at a special village council meeting yesterday.  The agreement is for the village to do emergency weed abatement and pothole repairs to improve the site for safety and aesthetically.  The village will be working with volunteer groups and city crews to keep Fort Bayard from deteriorating further.

The New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been selected to continue participating in a $3.8 million federal grant program from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for connecting veterans with knowledge and resources needed to succeed as small business owners.  The funding enables NMVBOC to counsel, train, and provide assistance, comprehensive business assessments and mentoring to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs as well Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty service members. The New Mexico VBOC is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, which helped create the center in 2012 to help veterans with their small business needs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared April National Garden Month. Throughout the month, USDA will celebrate the contributions of home, school and community gardens in providing healthy food for the table; pleasant surroundings and recreational benefits for people; and beneficial habitat for wildlife across the Nation.

Deming High School FFA team recently traveled to Las Cruces for the State FFA Career Development Events.  31 students on 10 teams qualified to competed, and the Agronomy Team brought home the state championship for the second year in a row.  Congratulations to these students.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 in Deming has reorganized the “Kick for Nick” campaign in honor of US Army Private First Class Nick Madaras.  Madaras was killed in action in Iraq in 2006, and “Kick for Nick” is a memorial campaign to keep his soccer legacy in the hearts of young people.  The Auxilliary provided soccer balls to Bell Elementary School students after the balls were donated through various businesses and organizations.

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April 16th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Silver City MainStreet is coordinating a program to commemorate the Train Depot that was built in 1915 and demolished in 1975. Though we do not currently have any rail service in Silver City, there is significant interest in the contribution that the railroad in Silver City made to the development of the community. By remembering what we no longer have, we can learn about preserving our heritage and the buildings that are significant to our community before the structures are lost.

The Gila Economic Development Alliance is partnering with Western New Mexico University to host a special roundtable presentation educating the public of the services offered by Boutique Air. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Light Hall Auditorium.  The airline service is new to Grant County, recently replacing Great Lakes Airlines, as the sole airline provider at the Grant County Airport. Mat Butcher, Director of Operations for Boutique Air will be available for a presentation about the service followed by a Q&A period with attendees.  Boutique Air offers daily flights from Silver City to Albuquerque.

Gov. Susana Martinez says more investment in water infrastructure will ensure New Mexico can capitalize on economic development opportunities.  According to the Associated Press, without sustainable sources of clean water, she says companies won’t be interested in investing in New Mexico. State officials estimate New Mexico has more than $1 billion in water infrastructure needs.  Martinez says legislation she recently signed into law will help by making smaller municipal water associations eligible for state loans. The legislation also extends the loan payback period to 30 years.

An official with Arizona-based La Frontera said Monday the organization will pull out of southern New Mexico entirely as a Medicaid-funded behavioral health provider.  That’s after recent talks didn’t pan out among La Frontera, the state and major health plans that administer Medicaid dollars for mental health care and substance abuse treatment.  Part of La Frontera’s decision to leave is tied to an analysis of its operations from an outside consultant.  La Frontera’s extended departure time line, which is not finalized, means La Frontera won’t halt all its services by May 31, a time line specified in an official departure notice filed two months ago with the health plans.

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April 15th, 2015: Local Headlines

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Gila National Forest officials are notifying the public of changes to the special use permit administration process that will go into effect this year and remain in place until withdrawn.  Two forest-wide outfitter and guide changes are: The deadline to submit outfitter and guide proposals for the 2014 operating season is June 1st, 2015.  All permitted outfitters and their guides on the Gila National Forest must carry a copy of their special use permit and their operating plan when operating on National Forest System Lands.

Mayor Michael Morones at their recent meeting recommended to staff that they continue working with the Bridge Community Board on their project to construct a senior care facility offering all levels of care due to a current lack of this care in Silver City.  Also at the meeting, the Silver City Arts and Cultural District reported an increase in tourism this year, and the Silver City MainStreet Project stated that only 12 percent of downtown buildings are vacant despite the perception the number is higher.  The Silver City Public Library Director described a survey that will soon be released to the public and asked that people complete the survey so the staff can meet better the needs of the community.

The Cobre School Board at their meeting Monday evening heard plans from the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for increasing the youth council members to three from each high school and middle school in the county.  Superintendant Mendoza notified the board that Freeport McMoRan had awarded a grant of $50,000 to upgrade technical needs.  He also had a list of student fundraisers for the board to look over.  Student representative Jose Rubio reported on recent student affairs, and ended his presentation with the announcement that Cobre’s Softball team had won the sportsmanship distinction of “Compete with Class” for the month of March.

US Senator Martin Heinrich marked National Equal Pay Day and called for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill aimed at combatting wage discrimination on the basis of gender.  Senator Heinrich is a staunch proponent of equal pay for equal work.  In the state of New Mexico, women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man makes, and nationwide women earn 78 centers per dollar.  Equal Pay Day, which this year is April 14th, marks how far into 2015 a woman must work in order to catch up to what a man earned in 2014.

US Senator Tom Udall express support for the administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.  Udall is a longtime advocate for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba and supports legislation permitting US citizens to freely travel to Cuba, efforts to open the Internet, and end the embargo blocking US trade with Cuba.

The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a Red Flag Warning through 9 o’clock tonight for the southwest deserts and lowlands, south central lowlands, and the southern Rio Grande Valley.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire growth potential.  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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April 14th, 2015: Local Headlines

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The 13th Annual Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook-off was held this Saturday in Glenwood and in honor of Gale Moore, found of the Glenwood Gazette.  The first place winners included: 1 pot Fancy Fixer – Brooke Pybus; 1 pot Camp Cookie – Don and Dayana Patterson in; 3 pot Camp Cookie – Ralph Hensley, Mary Hensley and Chris Bunts; 1 pot Tenderfoot – Steve Amika; 3 pot Tenderfoot – Darryl and Zachary Cases.  Special awards included oldest cook, cook who came the farthest, hard luck award, and best beef dish.

Reserve Ranger District fire managers have started the Sheep Basin Prescribed Fire on the Gila National Forest. The Sheep Basin project is approximately 3,000 acres ten miles southeast of Reserve, NM off Forest Road 141.  Objectives of the prescribed fire are to improve forest health and reduce wildfire threat by removing hazardous fuels. Smoke may be noticeable from various areas on the district as operations continue over the coming days. All areas where prescribed fires are planned will be signed and posted for public awareness and safety.

Dave Warnack is the Acting Forest Supervisor on the Gila National Forest until the permanent position is filled. His regular job is District Ranger on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest, stationed in Ruidoso, NM.  Prior to this position, Warnack worked on the Gila National Forest in Recreation and Wilderness programs and the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program.  Warnack says, “I’m happy and honored to once again work in this great corner of New Mexico.”

Senator Martin Heinrich’s staff will hold Mobile Office Hours this Thursday, April 16th, from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Deming Senior Center.  The staff will be able to help with things like Social Security benefits, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, student loans, immigration, and other federal programs.  Everyone is welcome.  Questions may be directed to Senator Heinrich’s Las Cruces office at 523-6561.

What started as a job fair featuring trucking industry jobs has now expanded to include companies outside of the trucking industry looking to hire military veterans.  Veterans, Guard/Reserve and transitioning military personnel are invited to attend the 2015 New Mexico Trucking Association Job Fair for Military Veterans– a free job fair presented by the New Mexico Trucking Association and the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services on May 1 for veterans, Guard/Reserve and transitioning active-duty members.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will begin their chip seal maintenance operation on various roadways in Grant and Luna County.  The NMDOT chip seal crew will begin work on Monday, April 20 along NM 35 in Grant County before mobilizing over to Luna County. The following routes have been identified for Luna County, which are; FR 1014, FR 1017, FR 1016, NM 9, NM11, NM 418, FR 1019, FR 1020, NM 377, NM 143, NM 198, NM 549, FR 1024 and FR 1026.

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