October 23rd, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

Gila Regional Medical Center is keeping the staff up-to-date with the revised guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, even though state officials believe we have a low risk of Ebola in the state.  GRMC has implemented training and ongoing education that meet the needs of the nurses, the staff, the providers, the patients, and the community.  According to CEO Brian Cunningham, the hospital is fully ready to deal with an infectious-disease incident if it arises.

Deming residents have recently been received a Telephone Jury Scam call.  Residents are asked to be advised the Sixth Judicial District Court will not telephone jurors, and threaten them to pay money in order to keep them out of jail time if they do not report for jury duty. This is a scam. Callers should immediately report these types of calls to the proper authorities (local police department or sheriff’s office).

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced nearly $17 million in federal funding to improve three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding comes in the form of nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low cost loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The projects will benefit three New Mexico communities: the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Doña Ana County, and the city of Truth or Consequences.

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October 22nd, 2014: Local Headlines

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The newest member to the Silver School Board, Mike McMillan, turned in his resignation recently.  Board President Trent Petty said McMillan wished to be released, as his wife wanted to apply for a position in the district – which would have resulted in a conflict of interest.  Now the board will start over again, taking its time to advertise the vacancy and set up the process of informing the public and selecting another member.    Regular Board elections will happen between December and February, when the usual elections are held.

According to recent reports from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the official unemployment rate decreased significantly in Grant County between August and September.  In September, 6.6 percent of the labor force were actively looking for jobs, down from 7.2 percent in August.  Nine New Mexico counties reported higher jobless rates last month, but in the southern portion of the state, only Luna County, reported at 10.9 percent and tied for the state’s highest rate., was worse than Grant County.  Hidalgo County’s rate fell from 6 percent in August to 5.3 percent in September.

Grant County Commissioners at their recent meeting heard from Rydeski and Company Insurance regarding the total amount they saved by not insuring with the state. According to his report, they saved an overall $435,000 in premiums from what they would have spent on the state plan.  In their Thursday meeting, the Commissioners will: consider transferring a Ford Taurus Station Wagon from Senior Services to Grant County DWI; Hear the Silver city Arts and Cultural District director present his quarterly report on tourism, the visitor center, and marketing; approve or disapprove a proclamation naming October 2014 as Dyslexia Awareness Month, discuss a memorandum of agreement between the NMDOT and Grant County concerning Corre Caminos; and consider a grant agreement which combines End Driving While Impaired, Buckle Up/Click it or Ticket, and 100 Days and Nights of Summer grants into one payment for the Sheriff’s Office.

According to a Luna County Sheriff’s Office report, two senior women foiled a burglary Monday morning.  A 71 year old woman noticed a suspicious car in her 79 year old neighbor’s driveway.  The neighbor approached the 19 year-old suspect, Rene Saenz, and threatened to call 911.  He reportedly grabbed her phone and fled.  The 71 year-old reportedly then fired five shots at the car as it drove away, and the two called law enforcement.  Luna County Undersheriff Arturo Baeza stated “We do not want residents taking the law into their own hands.  Luckily no one was hurt in this incident.”  However, thanks to a description of the suspect, his car, and license plate number, Luna County Sheriff’s Office found Saenz at his home, arrested him, and took him into custody without incident.

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October 21st, 2014: Local Headlines

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WNMU has a new initiative called The Center for Gender Equity.  It is the first center focusing on all genders on a college campus in New Mexico, and it’s opening marks another step in making the WNMU Campus an open and diverse community for students.  The Center will be the home of programs and initiatives celebrating gender and sexual identity diversity and inclusion for students at WNMU.  The new Center will have a ribbon cutting and open house on October 30th from 11 am to 2 pm at 1211 Mississippi Street.

The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands.  The 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System will guide the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.    By working together, the agencies and non-government partners have built a model of effectiveness and efficiency that will continue as they meet the goals of wilderness stewardship in the 21st century. To learn more visit www.wilderness.net.

The Silver City Police Department responded to a call from an Ace Hardware employee on Friday afternoon after an unnamed female told him about a device located on the hill behind the store.  According to the Silver City Police Department incident report, a 12 inch long object wrapped in black electrical tape and a black wire, and containing a small amount of powder and small steel BBs was observed.  Police notified Ace Hardware, the Business and Conference Center, and Corre Caminos and advised them to evacuate.  New Mexico State Police were also notified, and Sergeant Scott Merrill contacted the New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad in Albuquerque.  The device was then taken to Albuquerque to be forwarded to the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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October 21st, 2014: Gila National Forest Fall Colors Report

View of the fall colors in the McKnight area on the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Visitors to the forest should expect peak viewing at higher elevations during the last week of October.

Gila National Forest fall colors report 

SILVER CITY, N.M. — The leaves are starting to change on the Gila National Forest in the higher elevations, with peak viewing expected the last week of October for most of the forest.

In the Glenwood Ranger District aspens and oaks are in full color at the highest elevations and an abundance of wildflowers are blooming at lower elevations so some hillsides are currently a bright yellow color and are visible along U.S. Highway 180. The trees along the San Francisco River are just starting to turn; those will peak later in the month.

On New Mexico Highway 12 heading into the Reserve Ranger District, approximately 40 percent of the leaves have changed. This intimate state highway, winds around Largo Canyon and the San Francisco River, leading visitors up and into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Golden colors are beginning along the Mimbres Valley and along New Mexico Highway 35. The Gila River area around Forks and Grapevine campgrounds are also experiencing vivid colors. New Mexico Highway 15, accessed only from Silver City, New Mexico or from the east on New Mexico Highway 35, offers spectacular views of the Gila Wilderness and ends at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center.

New Mexico Highway 15 from Silver City can be very narrow at certain points and is not recommended for trailers over 20 feet in length. These visitors may take an alternate route on New Mexico Highway 35 that intersects with New Mexico Highway 15 leading up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Given the shear drop-offs along the way, it is well worth the ride for breathtaking views of the oldest, most celebrated Wilderness in the country.

Due to the extensive flood damage along New Mexico Highway 152, fall color viewing is not possible in the Black Range Ranger District.

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October 21st, 2014: Disabled American Veterans Eligibility

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DAV MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

Membership is open to anyone wounded, injured or disabled during honorable wartime service.  The following provides the dates of active duty service that are considered during “time of war”:

World War I ……………………………………. 04/06/17  -  07/02/21

World War II & Korea ………………… 09/16/40  -  01/31/55

Vietnam & Other Engagements ………… 01/31/55  -  10/14/76

Iranian Crisis, Lebanon Crisis

Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of

Panama and other engagements ………… 11/04/79  -  01/31/90

Persian Gulf Crisis  and

Subsequent Engagements ………………… 08/02/90  -  until terminated by Presidential Proclamation or Congressional Resolution

Included in these dates are the changes adopted by the delegates to the 1990 and 1991 National Conventions.  They reflect the military engagements that U.S. Forces have been involved in since Vietnam.

The requirement “during time of war” is also met if it is determined that the applicant’s wound, injury or disability, was incurred at any time (1) as a direct result of armed conflict, or (2) while engaged in extra-hazardous service under conditions simulating war, or (3) while the United States was engaged in any war.  A disability incurred or aggravated during service between September 16, 1940, and December 7, 1941, is included in the term “under conditions simulating war.”

Documentation of disability and/or military service is required with applications of those serving under conditions simulating war.

Contact National Headquarters if you have any questions.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

P.O. BOX 145550

CINCINNATI, OH 45250-5550

(859) 441-7300

(888) 236-8313

www.dav.org

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October 20th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Let’s Read, a book giveaway project presented by Literacy Link Leamos, distributed over 8,000 free books to children at Elementary schools in Grant County.  Students in the Cobre and Silver School Districts each received four books a piece and, thanks to a donation of three interesting poetry books, students will also be involved in poetry workshops after which the kids can take home their poetry books as well.  To date, Literacy Link Leamos has delivered nearly 165,000 books to local children.

Former Interstate Stream Commission Director Norman Guame filed a lawsuit against the current Gila Subcommittee citing its many alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act.  According to the lawsuit, the Gila Subcommittee has acted outside the Open Meetings act by allegedly making definitive decisions on topics that affect the state’s policies moving forward, and not getting its decisions approved by the Interstate Stream Commission, which is a violations of the Open Meetings Act.

The New Mexico National Guard Armory will cease operations at the end of the month, leaving the Armory void of National Guard Personnel.  However, according to the Mayor of Santa Clara, the final decision on whether it is closing forever or not has not been made. Should the National Guard install another mission, that would supersede the decision to close the Armory.

Hurley’s Municipal Judge David Ramos has agreed to accept discipline imposed by the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission for his alleged “willful misconduct.”  Ramos contacted Magistrate Judge Maurine Laney of Silver City, concerning a pending case in her court, “in an attempt to personally vouch for the character of the defendant and obtain special treatment for the defendant,” according to a petition from the commission that the state Supreme Court approved last week.  The document states that Ramos “admits that this admitted conduct violates (various) rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct” regarding “compliance with the law, promoting confidence in the judiciary, avoiding abuse of the prestige of judicial office, external influences on judicial conduct, ex parte communications, judicial statements on pending and impending cases, and testifying as a character witness.”  The agreement calls for Ramos to “receive a public censure from the Supreme Court, complete a formal mentorship and complete one year of unsupervised probation.”

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October 17th, 2014: Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra

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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

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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

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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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