September 18th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Three local students were recently awarded scholarships by the Copper Cowbelles.  The scholarships are awarded to Grant County High School Graduates pursuing agricultural college degrees, including animal science, range management, and horticulture.  The recipients of the 2014-15 scholarships are Ryan McCauley, an animal science major at NMSU; Tansee Bussey, an agricultural extension education major at NMSU; and Erin Crumbley-Fuchs, a veterinary medical student at Texas A & M.  Congratulations to these three scholarship recipients.

The Silver City Town Council yesterday approved a notice of intent to repeal an existing municipal ordinance dealing with texting while driving and adopt a new ordinance that specifies a $100 penalty for a texting while driving conviction.  The new ordinance is part of a mass of uniform traffic ordinances put together by the Municipal League for use by municipalities statewide to adopt.  Also at the meeting, October 5th through the 11th was declared as “Fire Prevention Week.”  Anthony Murillo, a firefighter/paramedic for the Silver City Fire Department will be the department’s coordinator for the week-long event, visiting schools and daycares and having open house at the town’s two fire stations, educating children about the need for fire prevention, particularly keeping home fire alarms operational.

The memorial edition of the Glenwood Gazette for founder and publisher Gale Moore is expected to be available beginning tomorrow.  A memorial ceremony is also set at 11 am on October 11th at the Glenwood Community Park.  And what about the future of the Gazette?  A woman has declared her intent to continue publishing the Glenwood Gazette, starting with the December issue. She is very familiar with the Glenwood area, but she asked to let her introduce herself and what her plans are for the Gazette in the December issue.

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September 17th, 2014: Greenlee County Fair this Weekend

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The Greenlee County Fair, in Duncan, Arizona happens September 18th through the 21st. Enjoy some of the best that County Fair’s can offer with the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo, Mud Drag Series Finals, a livestock show & auction, Horseshoe Tourney, dancing, Powder Puff & Grudge Mud Race and more!  The fun begins Friday with a Livestock Show 8:00am.  At 4:30pm catch the Parade and, at 6:00pm you won’t want to miss the action at the Junior Rodeo Finals. Enjoy the Mud Drags and get your best, “baddest” pickup, and bring it on down to drag race on Saturday and  Sunday Powder Puff and Grudge Mud Racing. Races start at 10:00am. Get there early to enter both days from 8:00am to 9:00am.  Saturday the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo starts at 7:00pm! Enjoy dances Friday and Saturday nights with live country and rock music by “Crossroads.”  The weekend concludes on Sunday with Team Roping at 9:00am and Mud Drag Grudge races & Powder Puff races at 10:00am. This year’s Greenlee County Fair has so much to enjoy. Come out September 18th through the 21st. For a list of all events or rules call 928-359-2032 or visit their website, www.co.greenlee.az.us. or facebook “Greenlee County Fair & Racing

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September 17th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Silver Consolidated School Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 18 has been moved from its regular location at the central administration office. It will be held in the Little Theater at Silver High. The work session begins at 5:00 and the regular meeting begins at 6:00. Both sessions are open to the public.

The two men who escaped Grant County Detention Center last Thursday were apprehended yesterday afternoon.  Adam Martinez was located in a mobile home on Mountain View Road about a mile from the detention center and, after a standoff with several law enforcement agencies, was taken back into custody in the early afternoon.  Tyler Cole was reportedly found on 8th Street and arrested a little over an hour later.  The location of where Martinez and Cole are now being housed is not being made public.

Four members of the Silver City Ladies Golf Association played in the Deming Invitational Golf Tournament on Saturday.  Linda Boucher, Julie Curran, Dagmar Lane, and Wilma Nelson took 2nd place in the net division as a team, and Dagmar Lane earned first net over the field, as well as honors for closest to the pin on the Number 11 hole.

Aaron Baldridge of the Reserve Ranger District was recently presented with the National Rangeland Management Award, which is awarded each year to an employee of the US Forest Service for their contribution to outstanding achievement for on-the-ground management of rangelands.  Baldridge was cited for his excellence in effective leadership and communication skills working with livestock grazing permits, interdisciplinary resource specialists, local governments, congressional staffers and an assortment of forest users.

The remnants of Hurricane Odile, which hit Mexico this weekend, are expected to bring as much as 7 inches of rain into parts of the Southwest.  The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Watches for much of Arizona, southern New Mexico, and even parts of Nevada and California.  The heaviest rainfall is expected to hit Tucson in Arizona, and Las Cruces in New Mexico.  Since flash flooding can occur without warning, drivers are advised to be safe and keep an eye on changing conditions.

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September 16th, 2014: Fort Bayard Days This Weekend

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The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is pleased to present their Annual Fort Bayard Days this weekend, September 19th and 20th.  Experience Fort Bayard with living history exhibits, children’s activities, a style show with morning tea, vintage baseball, military band, and a military ball.

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September 16th, 2014: GCDC Escapees Captured

Thank you, Kathy, for this email update:

 

Hi, folks,

If you’re signed up for Code Red, you’ve heard or will shortly hear that both of the escapees from the detention facility on ridge road are back in custody!

Yay for our law enforcement personnel and neighbors who worked to bring this to fruition!

If you are not receiving Code Red calls or emails, sign up today at:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/F1EB82DDB71C

Kathy, SCNA

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September 16th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of Southwest New Mexico this week.  The moisture associated with Hurricane Odile is spreading quickly, and will help create numerous showers and thunderstorms at least through tomorrow evening.  The threat for heavy rains may lesson by Wednesday evening, but could increase again for Thursday and Friday as the actual remnants of Odile move across the area.  The Flash Flood Watch is for Grant, Hidalgo, Dona Ana, Sierra and Luna Counties.

Monday morning, Law enforcement spotted Adam Martinez, one of two prisoners who escaped Grant County Detention Center last Thursday.  Martinez was pursued by several law enforcement agencies, but after turning down an arroyo on a blue four-wheeler, he once again eluded Silver City Police, Grant County Sheriffs, Bayard Police, US Marshalls, and New Mexico State Police.  The pursuit began on Gold Street near the city yard.  Sheriff Raul Villanueva advises the public to remain on the lookout for Martinez and the second escapee – Tyler Cole.  Both men are considered dangerous.

The International Student Exchange Program is currently seeking host families for boys and girls from all over the world. ASSE is a nonprofit public benefit organization founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education. The students are 15-18 years of age currently waiting to come to the United States for either a semester of school or the full academic year.  These kids all speak English and are excited to learning about our country by living with and being part of a host family. At the same time they want to share their culture and language with you. These students are well screened, fully insured, and have their own spending money. They will expect to be included in family activities including household responsibilities.  For more information about being a host family contact Lynn Janes. She can be reached at lynn@signalpeak.net or 575-590-0308. You may also contact ASSE directly at 1-800-733-2773 or their website – host.asse.com.

The New Mexico Department of Health recently announced that New Mexico healthcare facilities are meeting several national healthcare-associated infection prevention goals.  Many healthcare-associated infections are preventable through proven practices. New Mexico continues its initiative to monitor and prevent healthcare-associated infections and to share findings with the public.  Findings from 2013 revealed fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections than predicted nationally. This improvement met the national prevention target for 2013.  Additionally, the healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rate during the 2013-2014 influenza season was 77.5 percent among 27 New Mexico inpatient healthcare facilities that submitted vaccination data to the Department.

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September 16th, 2014: Road Advisory

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For our Lordsburg listeners:

I-10 both east and westbound passing lanes at mile post 27.5-31 will be closed intermittently due to the survey crew working in this area. Please reduce speed and use extreme caution. Closure will approximately be lifted at 2:30 pm.

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September 15th, 2014: Catwalk Recreation Trail Fall Hours

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As summer thunderstorms wind down, the Glenwood Ranger District will open the Catwalk Recreation Trail from dawn to dusk effective immediately.

“We are experiencing pleasantly cool late summer afternoons now and want the public to be able to stay and enjoy the picnic area and historic trail as we transition into fall,” says District Ranger Debbie Cress.

District personnel will continue to monitor the potential for storms through National Weather Service outlooks. Temporary closures may be necessary throughout upcoming months if significant rainfall is predicted.

The public can expect to see district employees working to repair damage in the picnic area where water flowed outside the stream channel during summer thunderstorms and may occasionally encounter equipment clearing gravel and rocks from crossings on N.M. Highway 174.

Closures remain in effect for the universally accessible trail and for Whitewater Creek from the CCC steps to the junction of Gold Dust Trail #41.

Please contact the Glenwood Ranger District office for further information, (575) 539-2481.

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September 15th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation closed a portion of NM 152 from mile marker 22 north of San Lorenzo to mile marker 39 near Kingston on Saturday morning due to roadway erosion from the heavy overnight rainfall and flooding in the area.  The NMDOT will be clearing and repairing this section of roadway, and the closure will be lifted once the roadway is deemed safe.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area and proceed with extreme caution.  Updates will continue to be posted at www.nmroads.com.

According to New Mexico Veterans Affairs officials, the personal identifying information of thousands of New Mexico Veterans may have been compromised.  Officials are notifying over 2,600 veterans that a folder with their names and Social Security numbers was found in a women’s restroom at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque in July.  No reports of criminal activity has been made so far, but veterans whose information was in the folder will be offered free credit monitoring services for a year.  Any veterans with questions or concerns can contact the agency’s privacy office.

A project to replace the bridge over the West Fork of the Gila River started today, and is projected to end early in the spring of 2015.  The project will involve building a new bridge just downstream from the current one, demolishing the old bridge, and eventually rerouting traffic to use the new bridge.  The bridge provides the only road access to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and there are currently on-going costs associated with making repairs to the bridge abutments due to floods and stream bed shifts.

The Aldo Leopold Charter School has established the Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the three students who passed away tragically in a plane crash this summer: Ella Jaz Kirk, Ella Sala Myers, and Michael Sebastian Mahl.  The fund will provide selected graduationg Aldo Leopold Charter students the opportunity to reach their own potential.  Interested supporters can learn more by visiting the Aldo Leopold website:  http://www.edline.net/pages/ALHS.

The National Guard recently announced plans to close the armory in Santa Clara on the north side of US 180.  The National Guard is consolidating its armories in the state, and plans are being considered for future use of the building.  Current options include a youth center or a private school.  During last week’s regular monthly meeting of the Santa Clara Board of Trustees, the trustees voted to expand the roll of the village’s Beautification Committee to include the planning of community events and activities, similar to that of the Hurley Pride Committee.  The Board also amended a village ordinance pertaining to the “repair, closing, and demolition of structures found to be public nuisances.”  The new ordinance calls for property owners to have time to do repairs or clean-up, then the trustees will decide what action to take.

Residents and visitors alike turned out at Gough Park this weekend for the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Pickamania! 2014.  Despite cool cloudy weather, people continued to pour into the park.  Music played, park-goers danced, and good food and vendors filled the area.  At nearby Penny Park, children and adults alike turned out on Saturday for the Red Hot Children’s Fiesta.  The fiesta offered many activities, including the planting of the butterfly garden by local 4-H and FFA students, face-painting, games, crafts, and all-around fun for the whole family.

The Lions Club in Deming is one of many in the state taking part in Operation KidSight.  The goal is to screen children, ages 3 to 7, throughout the state for risk factors and to fund eye exams and treatment for referred children whose families cannot afford it.  The screening process is non-invasive, simple, and quick.  If the screening detects the possibility that the child may have a vision problem, the parent is notified by the school nurse or the screening Lions Club.  The New Mexico Lions expect to screen over 30,000 children during the 2014-15 school year.  The Deming Lions Club meets at noon on Tuesdays, and volunteers are needed to keep this valuable program in Deming.  Call 546-0775 for additional information.

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September 12th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Silver City Pool Study Group is conducting a survey to determine resident’s desires regarding a public swimming pool.  The project is not sponsored or associated with the Town of Silver City in any way.  If you would like more information on the survey, please contact the Silver Pool Study Group at 654-4116, or send an email to tim1937@gmail.com.  To take the survey please click the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Silver_Pool_Survey

Five notices of intent to sue have been sent to the US Department of Interior and US Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to produce a legally valid recovery plan for the Mexican Gray Wolf.  According to a local conservation advocate, the for the Center for Bioligical Diversity says the Fish and Wildlife Service has a recovery plan, but hasn’t released the plan to the public yet.  The groups and individuals that filed the lawsuits believe the Mexican Gray Wolf is “so close to the brink and screw-ups could lead to extinction.”

Grant County Commissioners approved the sale of $6.2 million in bonds during a recent meeting.  The money is intended to go toward a new substance abuse treatment center and the rehabilitation of the conference center and district courthouse.  The three-eighths percent gross receipts tax the commissioners approved in July will be used to repay the bond money.

The Gospel Mission is seeking volunteers who are willing to help at the men’s cold weather shelter.  The shelter gives men ages 18 and older a place to go for the night in the cold weather.  The Mission itself is used, and there are beds available for 15 men.  Currently, the Mission is anticipating the shelter being open November 1st through March 30th, depending on the weather.  Volunteer greeters are needed, and male overnight hosts are paid $20 per night.  If you are willing to volunteer your time, please contact the Gospel Mission at 388-5071.

Thursday night, two inmates escaped the Grant County Detention Center.  The inmates apparently removed a metal panel in the ceiling and followed the pipe channel in the roof before exiting the facility through a maintenance door.  Law enforcement agencies were immediately notified, and Border Patrol agents with canine units found clothing that had been discarded by the inmates.  Agencies are following all leads and a search is being conducted by the US Marshal’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and the assistance of New Mexico State Police and other agencies.  Adam Martinez and Tyler Cole are considered dangerous and law enforcement should be notified immediately if they are sighted.  Contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers with any information concerning the whereabouts of these inmates.

The Deming-Luna County Humane Society is planning an observance of National Pet Memorial Day on Sunday at 2 PM at the Louise Coffman Memorial Pet Cemetery, Luna County’s only public pet cemetery.  The Cemetery was founded in the early 1970’s, and has seen two large expansion projects over the last five years.  It now serves as the final resting place of over 1,000 cats and nearly 4,000 dogs.  Even if your pets are not buried at the cemetery, all former pet owners are invited to come and help decorate pet grave sites between 2 and 5 pm this Sunday.

Digital First Media, which owns the Deming Headlight and other papers across the country, announce that it will “evaluate and consider strategic alternatives” that could lead to the sale of all or part of the company.  In a statement the company said there are no assurances that the process will result in a transaction or transactions or on the timing of any decisions. The company also said that it will not disclose developments in the process until the board decides how it will proceed.  Digital First’s largest properties include the San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News, the New Haven Register, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

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