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Quemado Lake Recreation Area – Potable Water Available

 QUEMADO, NM; August 25, 2016 For Immediate Release – Campgrounds in the Quemado Lake Recreation Area including; Juniper, Pinon, El Caso, and the Cove boat ramp all have potable water available to visitors.  The well pump that services these facilities was struck by lightning and electrical repairs were necessary.  These repairs are complete.  Juniper and Pinon Campgrounds will remain open through the end of September.

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August 26th, 2016: Local Headlines

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Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is pleased to announce the fourth annual Women of Distinction luncheon honoring Southern New Mexico women for their achievements and contributions.  Honorees receiving this year’s awards include Representative Diane Hamilton and Priscilla Lucero of Silver City, and Arianna Parsons, Olivia Lerma McDonald, LaJune Smith, Renay Scott, Ann Palormo, Lori English, and Barbara Hubbard of Las Cruces.

The National Park Service was founded 100 years ago yesterday, August 25th.  In celebration of this historic landmark, all parks are free this weekend.  National Parks close to our area include Carlsbad Caverns National Park near Carlsbad, NM; Guadalupe Mountains National Park near Salt Flat, TX; Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson, AZ; and Petrified Forest National Park near Sun Valley, AZ.  New Mexico is also home to numerous National Monuments, including the Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands, Bandelier, and Petroglyph National Monument.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the first forecast for US agricultural exports for fiscal year 2017.  Vilsack said, “these numbers once again demonstrate the resiliency and reliability of US farmers and ranchers in the face of continued challenges.  The projected $133 billion in total exports is up $6 billion from last forecast and would be the sixth-highest total on record.  The United States has continued to post an agricultural trade surplus since recordkeeping began in the 1960s,” said Vilsack.

The Grant County 4-H would like to extend a Thank You to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support the 4-H Hunting Team’s trip to Grand Island, NE to compete in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships.  Congratulations to Shawn Brabson, who won first place in the Grant County 4-H Hunting Team Raffle – winning a Remington 700ADL BA SYN; Bill Marek won the 45 Quart YETI cooler from Ace Hardware; Lita Perez won the jewelry gift basket donated by Renae Calloway with Tailgate Gypsy Bling as well as a massage donated by Jolene Jones from The Massage Place.  A list of sponsors is available on our website, and the 4-H Hunting Team extends a big thank you to everyone who dated and sponsored the team.

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4-H Sponsor and Donor Thanks!

Hunting Team Sponsorships:

PTI

LWP Trucking (Wesley Peterson)

NM Gas Company

James Hamilton Construction

AAA Trailers

Circle Heart

Griffin’s Propane

Gila Valley Electric

United Archers

Rockin R Archery

W & N Enterprises (Snappy Mart)

Robert Rydeski

H & S Electric

Copper Cowbelles

Tharp Flowers

Cliff McDougal

Gila Regional Medical Center

Brett Kasten

Joe S. Ramirez

Ken Griffith Jr. Corporation

Leavitt Group

Jeb W. Fowler Investment Accountant

R & L Service Center

Kevin and Tanya Thompson

Stacy and Frank Baptiste

Oldham’s Feed and Supply

Tim and Terry Summers

Amy A. Burns

Gaylan Clark

Clay and Julie Means

Country Girls Nursery

Fawn and Time Heidrick

Steward and Connie Rooks

Junior and Kay Lewis

William and Terri McCauley

Rose Shoemaker

Louise Cash

John M. Munoz

Robert and Gaylene Agnew

Paula Quesada

Jenna Peek-Fowler

Stephen and Sheree Richins

No Excuses Gym

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED AND SPONSORED THE TEAM!

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August 25th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The Silver School Board attended a special session with Dr. Dan Patterson from the New Mexico School Board Association.  Dr. Patterson was selected to help the Board with the superintendent search, and in the most recent session he helped the board consider the time schedules needed to bring the proposed search to a successful hiring.  Patterson recommended the board begin advertising on September 4th and to consider a community forum to introduce about six finalists by the end of October, with interviews to follow immediately after.

Luna County voters responded in one of the best turnouts in recent history to approve the special hospital gross receipts tax to fund emergency ambulance services.  Once the results are approved by New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, the one-eighth of one percent tax will resume being collected on January 1, 2017.  All the funds generated by the tax are passed along to the emergency response agencies through agreements for service.

Justin Henwood, project manager for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, recently gave the presentation on new Catwalk Access options.  The options include building a new road from Hwy 159 at Whitewater Mesa down to the Catwalk parking lot; improving Catwalk Road 174, with widening and other improvements beginning past Circle Drive; or do nothing except possibly repave 174 as it is.  The project will be funded by the Federal Lands Access Program.

US Senator Martin Heinrich visited Las Cruces yesterday to learn more about how Las Cruces became the first community in New Mexico to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness and discuss ways to build on that success across New Mexico.

A recent survey by the state Public Education Department shows a 7 percent jump in the number of schools earning an A or B grade in the state, while D or F schools dropped 2 percent.  In New Mexico, 38 percent of the 849 public schools earned an A or B while 37 percent of schools earned a D or F.  The grades come a week after the state released results from its latest student tests. Those results showed that scores were up across the state, but less than a third of students remained proficient or better in reading and math.

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Open for Keith Urban!

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KEITH URBAN’S OCTOBER 18 CONCERT IN LAS CRUCES OFFERS UNIQUE TWIST THROUGH LOCAL CONTEST

 

L A S   C R U C E S,  N M. . .Keith Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” concert, scheduled for October 18 at NMSU’s Pan American Center, will feature something markedly different than any other show on Urban’s current tour—a local opening act.

ACTS (American Collegiate Talent Showcase), in conjunction with the Department of Special Events at New Mexico State University, is sponsoring a contest open to country music performers in southern New Mexico and northwest Texas. The winner, determined by a panel of judges associated with the Las Cruces concert, will play a 20-minute set prior to Urban’s performance at the Pan American Center.

Entrants–which can be solo acts, duos, trios, bands or groups–are invited to submit live performance videos that will be seen and heard by the panel of judges. Semifinalists will play before a live audience and the judges at Whiskey Dick’s in Las Cruces on Wednesday, September 14. The grand prize winner will be selected and notified soon after the semifinal event takes place.

“We are excited to offer this contest to local musicians,” stated Barbara Hubbard, founder of ACTS and a longtime fixture of New Mexico’s entertainment community. “Performing on Keith Urban’s stage, in front of his many fans, will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Hubbard said.

Details on how to enter, as well as contest rules, have been posted at PanAmCenter.com. Deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, September 2.

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August 24th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday meeting approved a resolution adopting the Town of Silver City Bicycle Master Plan.  Also at the meeting, Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds stated that 35 citations have been issued for the new hands-free mobile device regulation, which went into effect July 23rd.  Council approved two public celebration permit applications and a waiver of the rule prohibiting dispensing of alcoholic beverages within 300 feet of a church or school for the first Silver City Gay Pride Festival.  Council also approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for financial assistance and project approval to the New Mexico MainStreet Program to improve visitor access from the Visitor Center to downtown.

The Universidad Tecnologica de Camargo (UTCam) based in the state of Chihuahua, recently signed an agreement of understanding with WNMU.  The agreement has four points of cooperation including the exchange of faculty members and students for study and research; the practice of joint research activities and publications; the exchange of scholars to participate in conferences and symposiums; and the exchange of information in fields of interests to both universities.

NMSU was recently awarded a $4.4 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture for research and extension to support American farmers.  The goal of the project is to breed more productive pecan trees that will lead to improved production of pecans.  According to NMSU Research Associate Professor Jennifer Randall, they are “going to start pin-pointing genes that are important for disease resistance and salinity tolerance, and look at flowering and tree architecture.”

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children program was recognized nationally for supporting breastfeeding mothers.  New Mexico’s program was one of only eight in the nation to receive the Loving Support Award of Excellence from the USDA.

The US Department of Agriculture recently announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.  The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.

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The Hidalgo County Fair is this Thursday through Sunday

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“There’s a good thing growing” at the Hidalgo County Fair happening Thursday, August 25th through Sunday, August 28thThat means rodeo time in the southwest!  The rodeo kicks off Thursday night at 7pm with the Iron Cowgirl Rodeo.  Friday morning at 2 pm will be the Ranch Horse Competition.  Want to experience the flavor of the southwest? The Friday 7pm Open Ranch Rodeo should be your destination with calf branding, doctoring, trailer loading and steer dressing and Open Ranch Bronc Riding!  Saturday morning is the Junior Rodeo, for cowboys and cowgirls 14 years and under, at 8am. Saturday night wraps up with the PRCA “Rodeo de Hidalgo” at 7pm. Sunday morning is the “Draw Pot Team Roping” at 10 am.  For more information check out Hidalgo County Fair Rodeos on Facebook.

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The Great American Duck Race is Happening Now!

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The Great American Duck Race is going on this weekend in Deming!  On Thursday, it’s the Duck Royalty Pageant.  Friday features the carnival and sponsor dinner party.  The action heats up Saturday with events including the Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension, Outhouse Race, Tournament of Ducks Parade and, of course, live duck races on wet and dry tracks!  The fun wraps up on Sunday with the Duck Race Finals.  A full schedule of events can be found here: http://www.demingduckrace.com/

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August 23rd, 2016: Local Headlines

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The City of Bayard has given notice of the intent to adopt amendments to the Animals of the Municipal Code of Ordinances.  The amendment is to insert the language from Ordinance 1-2014 as it was inadvertently left out of Ordinance 1-2016.  Consideration is currently scheduled for and will not take place prior to September 12, 2016 for final adoption.

The Deming High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps handed out certificates of appreciation to four local businesses for their continued support of the Wildcat Battalion.  The La Fonda Restaurant, the Deming Elks Lodge 2750, Diaz Farms and the American Legion Bataan Post 4 received the certificates for supporting cadets in their fundraisers and community events over the years.

Special Centennial Events will take place at the Gil Cliff Dwellings this Thursday through Sunday.  All entrance fees will be waived during those days, and a Centennial Fair will be held at Gough Park on Saturday.  Smokey Bear and a wildland fire crew will represent the US Forest Service, the Grant County Search and Rescue and Mimbres Cultural Center will have displays and activities.

The Walmart Foundation opens the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle on Monday, Aug. 29. New Mexico nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, career opportunities, education programs, health care access and other human service programs designed to meet the needs of underserved, low-income populations are encouraged to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is 10:59 pm MT on Friday, Sept. 2.  To be considered for grant support, prospective grantee organizations must submit online applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program website. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at  http://www.giving.walmart.com/foundation.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is indicating that she will not consider any tax increases as the state seeks to close the gap on a projected budget shortfall during a special legislative session tentatively planned for next month.

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August 19th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The Town of Silver City is expected to adopt the new Bicycle Master Plan early next week.  The plan will serve as the guiding document for the development of a safe and functional network of bicycle routes linking destinations in and around the town of silver city and promote bicycle use as a healthy, viable transportation alternative.

New results show New Mexico student tests scores are up across the state, but only less than a third of students are proficient.  The Associated Press is reporting that 20% of students are proficient or better in math and 28% are proficient or better in reading, but according to New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, the state still has “a long way to go.”

Governor Susana Martinez is expected to call the Legislature into a special session next month to deal with the state’s massive budget problems.  At issue is that New Mexico’s revenue dropped along with the prices of oil and gas, which caused job losses and less money coming from the taxes on oil and gas companies.

New Mexico state utility regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center in the village of Los Lunas.  Members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the power plan that would offset new electricity demands with solar energy.

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”  People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested.

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