August 21st, 2014: Nosotros to Perform at WNMU

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Award Winning Latin Ensemble Nosotros to Perform at WNMU

The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC), in partnership with Western New Mexico University, is extremely proud to announce their second concert at Old James Stadium.  Popular Albuquerque/Santa Fe Latin band, Nosotros, will perform in Silver City outside at WNMU’s Old James Stadium on Friday, August 22.  Gates open at 5pm with Nosotros playing from 7:30-9:00pm. Admission is $1 donation at the gate.  Students of all ages FREE. 

The nine-piece band Nosotros combines Latin rhythms with Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia. The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in Las Cruces. In 2001, now a six-piece band, Nosotros relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in New Mexico.

In 2006, Nosotros released their fourth album, “Llena La Alma” with Grammy award winning engineer Doug Geist and was recognized by the NM Music Awards with several awards. The song “Hermosa” was named as a finalist in the prestigious John Lennon Song Writing Competition. They recently released their highly anticipated self-produced, fifth album “Ver El Sol”.

The outdoor venue of old James Stadium will allow plenty of room for dancing as well as listening.  Local performers, The Illusion Band, will open the show beginning at 5:30pm.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the show.  The public is welcome to attend!

The Mimbres Region Arts Council has been providing quality visual, performing, and youth arts programs that serve and strengthen our community in the Silver City community for over twenty years.

This concert is sponsored by James Edd Hughs-Edward Jones Investments and the Murray Hotel.

For more information about this MRAC/WNMU concert, please contact Alexandra Tager at the MRAC office, 575-538-2505, email frontdesk@MimbresArts.org or visit our website at http://mimbresarts.org/end-summer-concert-nosotros/. For more information on Nosotros, see their website at: www.nosotrosmusic.net.

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August 21st, 2014: Local Headlines

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A memorial is being built behind Aldo Leopold Charter School in honor of the three students who perished in a plane crash in late May.  Students and staff of the school are planting a terraced amphitheater-shaped garden, a memory of the three environmentalists: Ella Jaz Kirk, Michael Mahl, and Ella Meyer.  According to Jim McIntosh, a teacher at Aldo Leopold, the school has been looking for a place of quiet contemplation to memorialize the kids, and found it in a rocky area behind the school.  Work is far from done on the memorial, but students and staff have been removing rocks and planting saplings and herbs in the area.

Hidalgo Medical Services recently held a health center day at their parking lot on Pope Street.  The event is the first Community Health Center Day and celebrates National Health Care Week.  Participants included Life Quest, the Gospel Mission, and Gila Regional Medical Center.  According to the HMS Director of Family Support Programs, HMS did this to “celebrate the great community partners, staff and patients that make HMS the great community health center it is today.”  The event was nationally coordinated, and National Health Care Week was issued by President Barack Obama in a proclamation on August 11th.

Western Resource Advocates released a detailed report today that shows the cheapest and fastest strategies to meet Southwestern New Mexico’s current and future community water needs are conservation and reuse. A proposed Gila River diversion plan, on the other hand, would likely cost water rate payers $710-900 a year. If taxpayers pay the costs of the proposed diversion this would be estimated at a cost of $145 for every man, woman and child in the state.  The report shows that the proposed Gila diversion project, despite a committed federal subsidy under the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA), would still burden ratepayers in SW New Mexico or state tax payers with $300 million needed to cover project costs, as well as additional annual operating costs of over $6 million.

In Wednesday’s Town Council Meeting, the council heard concerns to allow signs on Bullard for off-Bullard businesses, the town manager gave an update on the gravel-sweeping part of the chip-sealing project, and Kathy Anderson of the Silver City Neighborhood Alliance presented a report and the New Silver City Neighborhoods Award and Recognition Program.  Councilors also approved a bid of nearly $345,000 for the F Street Sewer Improvement Project.  The Council also approved special dispenser and public celebration permit applications for the Southwest Chicano Music Festival and public celebration permit applications for Pickamania.  The next Town Council Meeting will be held September 17th at 6 pm.

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August 21st, 2014: Lone Mountain 4-H Scholarship Awarded

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Former Lone Mountain 4-H member, Kinsey Fisher was awarded a $500 scholarship from the 4-H Club. While in the Lone Mountain 4-H Club, Kinsey held the office of President twice, attended numerous State and National 4-H competitions, and served on the Grant County 4-H Council and Advisory Committee.

Former members are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are in their second year of college and have been a member of the Lone Mountain 4-H in good standing.  Kinsey Fisher is a 2013 graduate of Silver High school and is enrolled at NMSU pursuing a degree in Ag Biology.

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August 20th, 2014: Local Headlines

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After a quarantine due to chickenpox, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has once again resumed deportation of illegal immigrants back to Central America.  Immigrants are given an opportunity to present their case in court, arguing whether they have any kind of reason to stay in the US, such as asylum, and the courts decide whether they get deported after hearing the case.  Around 600 women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had been held in Artesia under the quarantine, but it is currently unclear how many remain.

The August 12th deadline for air service in Grant County passed without an airline making a proposal.  Previously, Grant County had two to four flights per day to and from Albuquerque, but currently, Great Lakes Airlines, Grant County’s air service provider, offers only one flight daily to Phoenix.  Numerous people in Silver City have complaints about the flights offered to Phoenix, as opposed to Albuquerque, but without a proposal from an airline, the Grant County Airport could lose assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service Program.

Debbie Maldonado, Director of Adult Education Services for WNMU has been elected as president-elect for the New Mexico Adult Education Association.  The NMAEA supports the 26 adult education communities throughout the state.  As president-elect, Maldonado will work with members of NMAEA, assist in coordinating conferences, and provide advocacy for adult education programs to state and federal agencies.

According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the unemployment rate in Grant County stayed about the same, only going up from 7.7. percent in June to 7.8 percent in July.  Luna County reached 15 percent unemployment, and continues to top the jobless list in New Mexico.  6.9 percent of the work force were looking for jobs last month in Hidalgo County, up from 6.5 percent in June.  According to online job listings, multiple positions are available with the Town of Silver City, GRMC and HMS, and the new CVS Pharmacy, among others.

Former Lone Mountain 4-H member, Kinsey Fisher was awarded a $500 scholarship from the 4-H Club. While in the Lone Mountain 4-H Club, Kinsey held the office of President twice, attended numerous State and National 4-H competitions, and served on the Grant County 4-H Council and Advisory Committee.   Former members are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are in their second year of college and have been a member of the Lone Mountain 4-H in good standing.  Kinsey Fisher is a 2013 graduate of Silver High school and is enrolled at NMSU pursuing a degree in Ag Biology.

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August 20th, 2014: The Great American Duck Race

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The Great American Duck Race is Racing for the Gold this week in Deming.  Duck Race events will be held the 21st through the 24th.  Events include the Duck Royalty Pageant, Hot Air Balloon Rally, Tournament of Duck’s Parade, Tortilla Toss, A Kickoff Breakfast, Slow Pitch Tournament, Duck Dances, Entertainment, Carnivals and Vendors, and Live Duck Races on both Wet and Dry Tracks.  For more information, visit www.demingduckraces.com or call toll free, 1-888-345-1125.

Sponsors include: Luna Energy Facility, Deming Medical Community, PNM, the Deming Headlight, Solitaire Homes, Sisbarro Superstore, Wal-Mart, Silver Health Care, KNFT-FM, KSCQ-FM, Compass Manufacturing, Debra French- County Commissioner District Two, New Mexico Lottery, Wells Fargo Bank, Busy Bee Septic and Portable Toilets, Century Link, Lester’s Plumbing and Heating, Keep Luna County Beautiful, and Chino Federal Credit Union.

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August 19th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The 2014 New Mexico Veterans’ PTSD Wellness Conference that will be held in Albuquerque on September 13th, will focus on healing the battle-scarred veteran and his or her family.  Veterans, National Guard, Reserve, and active-duty personnel and their spouses, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend.  Sessions will include the Brothers at War Resiliency Workshop, which focuses on helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life, followed by an interactive Instruction and Workbook Session and open discussion following the movie screening of Brothers at War. Representatives from PMS’ Veteran and Family Support Services Program, the NMNG’s State Family/Yellow Ribbon Support Program, and the Access to Recovery program highlighting additional non-VA services and programs will be available for veterans and their families.  Call 505-841-5346 or email Theresa Zuni at theresa.zuni@state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is seeking continued public input on the future of transportation in New Mexico. The purpose is to help the department update its Statewide Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (SLRP). The plan will provide a framework to guide the expenditure of approximately $21 billion over a 25-year time period extending from 2016 to 2040.  Key themes that have emerged from the NMDOT outreach to New Mexico residents include: find sustainable sources of revenue and spend funds more strategically, address traveler safety needs, improve public transportation, support economic development, provide access and mobility for everyone, support movement of freight by all modes, protect and preserve was makes New Mexico unique, make decisions transparent, and improve the quality of data and information to help managers make better decisions.

Santa Clara recently completed an upgrade so that every residence in the town is now connected to the village’s sewage treatment system.  Work on the project began in 2008 and was funded primarily by grants from the US Department of Agriculture.  The USDA’s state director is scheduled to take part in a grant-closure ceremony at the Village Hall on Thursday with a presentation of a plaque of completion to the Board of Trustees.

After over a year of hard work, the Hurley Animal Shelter opened up to accept animals last Wednesday.  So far, the shelter is housing four dogs and a kitten looking for their forever homes.  The animal shelter used to be located on Freeport McMoran property, but has been moved to property owned by the town.  Each kennel has an individual doggie door, and thanks to a grant from Petco and individual donors, the shelter was able to purchase sanitizing equipment, a water heater, and cat cages.  While the shelter is operational, work still needs to be done: including an exterior fence, dog runs, and volunteers are still needed to help out.

Community Health Systems Inc., which operates six New Mexico Hospitals including MoutainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces and Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming, reported a cyber attack in April and June.  Officials said no credit card or medical information was accessed by the hackers, but they did obtain names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers.  Affected patients are being notified by letter.  Community Health Systems has been working with federal authorities in the investigation and according to the company, “the intruder has been eradicated and applications have been deployed to protect against future attacks.”

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August 18th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Susana Martinez is scheduled to announce the New Mexico Certified Chile Trademark Program tomorrow in Bernalillo.  With the creation of this program, New Mexico Certified Chile will join other well-known branded products such as Vidalia Onions, 100% Pure Florida, California Olive Oil and Idaho Potatoes that support signature crops of a state or region.  In April 2011, Martinez signed into law the New Mexico Chile Advertising Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any product as New Mexico Chile unless it is actually grown here.  The New Mexico Certified Chile program builds on this legislation, giving consumers across the country the confidence that they are using only the finest New Mexico Chile.

Dr. Joseph Shepherd gave his State of the University Address at the Silver City Museum Annex this Saturday after being rained out of the Museum courtyard.  In the address, he announced that WNMU has completed a master plan, which sets goals for the university for 5, 10, and 20 years out.  Dr. Shepherd also outlined capital expenditures being undertaken and his hopes for the years to come.  The projects include renovations of Light Hall: including classrooms, the theater, and a patio entertainment space; paint, security and fire alarm systems for the WNMU Museum; renovation of the 50-year old Harlan Hall science building; expansion of the lobby and restrooms in the Fine Arts Center Theater, and upgraded exterior lighting across campus.

Four people were injured on Rockhound Road in Luna County last Wednesday in a T-bone collision between a 2011 Chevy truck and a 1992 Chevy truck.  Three of the injured were treated at Mimbres Memorial for neck pains, but one woman was airlifted to El Paso after being extracted from the wreckage.  According to Luna County Sheriff’s report, the driver of the 2011 Chevy truck failed to yield at an intersection and struck the 1992 vehicle.

Powerful winds from this weekend’s storms ripped a tree out of the ground in Santa Clara early Sunday morning.  According to reports, the winds knocked two large trees over in one man’s yard and damaged two of his neighbor’s Hummer SUVs.  One hummer was believed to be totaled.  Meanwhile, huge roots stuck out of his yard where the trees had fallen over.  According to the National Weather Service, there was no report of a wind storm in Grant County on Saturday night, but the strong winds could have been caused by the overnight storms that had much of Grant County in a Flash Flood Warning Saturday afternoon into the evening.

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August 15th, 2014: Local Headlines

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WNMU held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss exterior lighting on campus.  The university plans to replace all of its exterior lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures.  The project will cost an estimated $200,000, but could save the university $12,000 to $13,000 annually.  One of the concerns voiced by public attendees was the brightness of the LED lights affecting nearby homes.  However, a spokesperson assured listeners that the designs will be focused toward the ground and many of the lights will be have dimming timers so at a certain time of night they will be less bright.

Grant County Commissioners recently approved an ordinance  to issue a bond of $6.6 million to pay for three county capital projects.  The projects will include the building of a substance abuse treatment center, internal remodeling of the conference center and improvements to the District Courthouse.  Commissioners also approved a cost-of-living adjustment, a half-percent increase, for county employees, excluding the Sheriff’s office, department heads and chief deputies.

Lab tests have confirmed the first case of equine West Nile Virus in New Mexico this year after a horse had to be euthanized last week in central New Mexico.  State officials recommend mosquito control measures to protect both humans and horses due to New Mexico’s monsoon season, which has given rise to mosquito populations that can carry the virus.  According to a veterinarian for the New Mexico Department of Health, we should expect West Nile Virus activity throughout the state.  Annual vaccination of horses for West Nile Virus, conscientious mosquito control, application of mosquito repellant, and minimizing horse exposure during peak mosquito feeding periods will all decrease the risk of infection.

Senator Morales set up a meeting with Board President Trent Petty and the superintendent last Friday, August 8, to talk about career pathways and what we are doing in the Silver Consolidated School District to start up a process by which students and families who feel a career in welding, building trades, child care, and auto might discover a better path to go, than a standard four-year college degree when they finish high school.  Former Superintendent Dick Pool had the idea before and had initiated talks with Cobre Schools to serve the students in Grant County.  According to Board President Trent Petty, it is one of Silver Consolidated Schools goals to offer more choices to the students.

According to the National Weather Service, the Flood watch continues in southwestern New Mexico for today.  A moist and unstable atmosphere, much like yesterday, will persist through this evening.  Excessive runoff from these rains may lead to flash flooding along Arroyos and in urban areas.  The heavy rainfall and flooding potential should diminish late this evening.

The “I Hope you Dance Ball” hosted by the Deming cancer support group will be held in September to raise funds during cancer awareness month.  September brings attention to six cancers, including childhood cancer, gynecological cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer.  Tickets will be $40 per person and proceeds go to the cancer support program.  The Cancer Support Group of Deming and Luna County Inc. is an organization that assists and educates local residents affected by cancer.  It also creates awareness and educates the community and neighboring communities in regards to preventative measures in the fight against cancer.

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August 14, 2014: Local Headlines

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A crop-dusting pilot based out of Texas went down in his single engine plane near Columbus yesterday morning.  According to the report, the pilot was working a field east of Columbus, 30 miles south of Deming.  The investigation revealed that the door to release the pesticide would not open while airborne, so the pilot tried to land at the private airstrip outside of Columbus.  The plane was bouncing, so he tried to take off again and ran out of tarmac.  The plane did a nosedive at the end of the airstrip.  The pilot refused medical treatment, but appeared only to have suffered scratches from nearby mesquite bushes.

Two semi-trailer rigs collided Tuesday afternoon near Akela Flats 20 miles east of Deming.  Traffic was stopped for an accident further east on I-10, and a semi had stopped while the second did not see that traffic had stopped and rear-ended the other truck, causing to go over onto the frontage road. The driver of the first truck seemed to be uninjured, but according to an EMT on scene, the driver of the second truck was in “rough shape.”  The driver was airlifted to a trauma unit.

The Silver City Town Council recently approved contract adjustments for union employees of the city.  Adjustments included the removal of a provided meal when a union employee worked over four hours of overtime, but increased longevity pay, or a quarterly cash bonus the employees receive after at least 5 years of service.  Contract changes will effect maintenance workers, parks and recreation and utility employees, and clerical staff.  The council also rejected a bid proposal for Silco Theater renovations.  The Silver City MainStreet Project was unable to locate additional funding, but will continue to focus on the smaller renovation work until more funding sources can be found.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of adults in New Mexico and a quarter of youth meet aerobic physical activity guidelines.  52.5 percent of adults get the 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, and 26.3 percent of children and adolescents meet the 60 minutes per day guidelines.  Physical activity is one of the most important steps New Mexicans can take to improve their health, according to the Department of Health Secretary.  People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some cancers, and obesity.

A Flash Flood watch is in effect for much of the area tonight, including the upper Gila River Valley, the Southern Gila Highlands and Black Range, the Mimbres Valley, the Southwest Desert, Northern and Southern Dona Ana County, as well as the cities of Gila, Hot Springs, Buckhorn Mule Creek, Cliff, Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Lordsburg, Deming, and surrounding areas in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, Sierra, and Dona Ana Counties.  Heavy rainfall may lead to areas of flooding through 12 o’clock midnight tonight.  Excessive runoff from the rain may lead to flash flooding along drainages, arroyos, small streams, and low water crossings.  Ponding of water will occur in poorly drained low-lying areas and roadways.

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August 13th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Hurley Police officer who was wounded in a motorcycle accident at the end of July is recovering from his head injury, according to Hurley Police Chief Pete Ordonez.  Officer White was airlifted to El Paso on July 23rd due to the severity of his injuries, and had been in an induced coma.  Since then, he has been brought out of the coma, and is now able to say a few words and take some steps, with assistance.  White’s family is looking to move him to a rehabilitation center, and he should be released from the hospital soon.

Thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their insurance due to unresolved questions of citizenship or immigration status.  The government warns that still hundreds of thousands of cases still have some sort of discrepancy.  People living in the country illegally are not allowed to get coverage.  Letters have been sent out in both English and Spanish to notify enrollees with unresolved issues that they still need to upload their documents to the HealthCare.gov website by September 5th or mail them in.  Otherwise, health care coverage will end on September 30th.

The Gila National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team announced the completion of emergency treatment and stabilization of areas burned as the result the Signal Fire, which started May 11, 10 miles north of Silver City.  The BAER Team has completed installing water erosion bars on Signal Peak Road and Lockney Road to provide drainage, have finished cleaning and clearing road ditches, removed drainage culverts and replaced them with low water crossings, installed a closer gate on Signal Peak Road and Meadow Creek Road for public safety during monsoon rains, installed warning and hazard signs at entry points and completed aerial seeding of high severity burn areas.  Visitors are reminded that an Emergency Area Closure for public safety remains in place for the Signal Fire area.

The Bayard City Council on Monday approved its 2016 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan, which identifies projects for which officials will seek funding.  The Plan is a list of projects that city councilors consider their top priorites.  Currently, the list includes completion of the town cemetery, to erect a “Welcome to Bayard” sign on Highway 180, and improve drainage of city streets.  The cemetery is expected to be completed in September, but additional work still needs to be done to prepare the site for use.  Also on the agenda included the need for additional lighting in a residential area, the proclamation of Walk for the Heroes Appreciation Day, web-training expenses for City Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Ortiz, and the city’s Beautification Committee.

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