September 29th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One Office has lifted the closure on NM 211 at Bear Creek.  The roadway was closed last week due to heavy rainfall, but the water has subsided and the area has been cleared of any debris along the roadway.  Motorists will continue to be advised to proceed with caution on any state route as rain is still in the forecast for today.  Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT website at nmroads.com, or by calling 511 in state.

This past weekend was filled with rodeos, dances, livestock shows and more with the annual Grant County Fair.  4-H and FFA Youth showed off their skills with a variety of livestock shows, as well as in the exhibits hosted in the exhibit hall next to Cliff High School.  The Grand Champions for the sponsored events include: Grand Champion Steer-Ryan Miller, Grand Champion Lamb-Alexa Vermillion, Grand Champion Swine-Kolby Taylor, Grand Champion Goat-Dominique Gutierrez.  Indoor exhibit winners include: High Point Novice-Xavier Koury, High Point Junior-Robert Reed, and High Point Senior-Riley Brabson.  Congratulations to these youth, and all others who participated in the Grant County Fair.

The US Department of Agriculture unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk.  The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.  Both programs offer farmers protecton when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues.  Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses.  For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

According to the National Weather Service, strong thunderstorms threatened central and northeastern Grant County, as well as northwestern Sierra County this afternoon.  Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and brief, heavy rains are possible with these storms.  Most of the affected area lies between Silver City and T or C.  Storms may intensify, to monitor the National Weather Service for additional information and possible warnings.  No warnings are currently in effect.

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September 26th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Despite the encouraging news that New Mexico is working it’s way back out of the drought conditions thanks to the rains we’ve gotten this summer, it isn’t all good news across the state.  Even in our little corner of the southwest, roads are closed due to damage and debris from the flooding.  NM 152 near Kingston, already damaged by last summer’s Silver Fire, was closed when the road was almost completely washed away.  Last weekend, NM 211 near Gila and Cliff closed due to debris washing up onto the roadway.  A detour has been set up to allow access around the area.  Though the NMDOT is uncertain how long it will take to clear the debris, it is estimated it will take a few weeks before crews can safely clear the area.

The Arizona woman who escaped her car when it was trapped in a flood returned to the scene this week.  She found her car about half a mile from where she had gone of the road.  Although the driver sustained no injuries and managed to walk to safety in the flooded Bear Creek, her car was totaled when she found it days later.  She was caught in the flooded creek in the early hours of Monday morning.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 is Free Fishing Day across the state and everyone is allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. New Mexico State Parks invites you to enjoy a day of free fishing at a park near you.  Regular entrance fees apply. State Park officials remind you to always make safety your number one priority—be prepared on the water and always wear your lifejacket! FREE boating safety classes are offered around the state and on-line throughout the year.

An agreement was filed with state regulators today that, if approved, would allow PNM to build 40 megawatts of new solar next year, a $79 million investment in green energy. By 2016, PNM will have enough solar power to serve 40,000 average homes.  Today, PNM has eight operating solar centers plus three more under construction. PNM customers also benefit from wind and geothermal energy. PNM has used the power generated by the New Mexico Wind Energy Center since 2003 and will add more wind power from the Red Mesa Wind Energy Center starting Jan. 1, 2015. PNM is the first utility to use energy from the Dale Burgett Geothermal Plant.  The agreement filed today must be approved by state regulators. A public hearing will be held next month.

Community members are invited to enjoy the newly renovated Light Hall Auditorium beginning Saturday, October 4.  Movie screenings are scheduled at no cost to community members on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m.  A newly created website, http://www.movies.wnmu.edu , is available for moviegoers to see film titles, show times and prices. Beginning Friday, October 10, movie showings will be offered to the community each weekend at a minimal cost. WNMU students will be admitted for free to each showing, community students will be admitted at $1 per showing and adults will be admitted for $2 per showing. Concession sales will be available.   During the week, the auditorium will be used as an education space for lectures and performances.

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September 25th, 2014: KSCQ and Coca Cola Game Day Giveaway

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KSCQ 92.9 and Coca Cola are celebrating WNMU Homecoming Game Day in a big way!  Tune in to the Q 92.9 for your chance to win tickets to the Coca Cola VIP Tailgate WNMU homecoming event coming up Saturday, October 4th.  Have a great meal served by the Kiwanis Club of Silver City, with beverages provided by Coca Cola, a free Coca Cola WNMU T-shirt to show off your team spirit, and FREE tickets to the WNMU Mustang Football Homecoming Game.  Each day during game week, the Q 92.9 will announce when it’s time to call in for your chance to win.  Stay tuned!

No matter how you show your team spirit this football season – with face paint, team jerseys, or grilling with friends and family – your WNMU homecoming game day won’t be complete without ice-cold Coke Zero! Now is your chance to get entered into the Q929 and Coca-Cola ticket giveaway to the Coca-Cola Tail Gate event, because nothing says  it’s Game day like Coke Zero. Zero Means It’s Game Day.

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September 25th, 2014: Local Headlines

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According to WNMU, student enrollment is down 64 students this semester, a drop of 1.7 percent.  The Vice President for student affairs and academic enrollment said the number has changed from the 6.4 percent reported in August, most likely due to the fact that students were still enrolling in classes at the time.  WNMU had to cancel some classes for the previous spring semester due to low enrollment, but the university did not see the same problem for the fall.  WNMU sees an average enrollment of 3,500 students, including students in Gallup, T or C, and Deming; and beginning soon- the village of Columbus.

According to the US Drought Monitor, New Mexico drought conditions are at their best since late 2010.  0% of the state remains in exceptional drought, the highest level, which is down from 0.42% of three months ago, and over 16% of the state is listed as having no remaining drought conditions.  The northwest corner of the state, near the Four Corners area, remains in extreme drought, but the majority of southwest New Mexico is considered moderate to severe drought, with the eastern edge of Grant County listed as abnormally dry- the lowest level of drought.

Luna County Clerk Andrea Rodriguez recently announced that the Mimbres Valley Learning Center will serve as an alternate early voting site from October 18th through November 1st.  Voting at this location will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 9 to 5.  October 7th is the first day a voter may cast an absentee ballot, and the last day for early voting is November 1st.

Deming High School students in the Robotics class and Computer Aided Drawing class will have a chance to work with two 3-dimensional printers over the summer.  DHS purchased the technology to begin teaching students how to create their own designs to copy, and were purchased using the Carl D. Perkins Federal Grant to improve career-technical education programs and instruction for students.  So far, students of the Robotics class have been able to replicate small items such as iPhone cases, chains, and a working nut and bolt.  One DHS freshman stated “we need to know how to use these machines because it’s what companies are going to be using when we get out of school.”  The 3-D printers use a layering process to create the requested files. The heated plastic element is sliced layer by layer, from top to bottom to create the item being replicated.

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September 24th, 2014: Grant County Art Guild Purchase Prize Exhibit

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The Grant County Art Guild’s 29th annual Purchase Prize Exhibit opened with an overflowing crowd of participating artists and art enthusists at their Pinos Altos Art Gallery on Tuesday evening. Art was critiqued, food and good company were enjoyed and the winning artists were congratulated on their exceptional work.

Connie Thibeau’s oil painting, “Mother’s Garden,” was awarded the “Best of Show.” The other very special award, the “Tenniel Tatsch Award,” went to Patsy Teiken for her watercolor, “Remuda.” Second place in oils went to Camille Davis for “Crooked Pines.” Third place winner in oils was awarded to Kate Robertson for “Almost Bunnies.” Honorable mentions in oil paintings were given to Jane Seavers for “Clouds Over the Arroyo,” Fidel Hinojosa for his “Gila Retreat,” Jeanne Dickerson for “Approaching Storm,” Karen Danhauer for “Gila River at the Box” and Priscilla Baldwin’s “Serenity.”

In acrylic paintings’ first and second place ribbons went to Richard Knadle for “Devil Wind” and “Ginglebobs.” Third place winner in acrylics was given to Barbara Smith for “Sunrise in the Canyon.” Honorable mention was awarded to Linda Anderson for “Forsaken,” Arlene Sarkala for “Worth Two in the Bush” and Carolyn Paez for “Evening Falling on the Nun.”

Watercolor artist Patsy Teiken swept first, second and third places with her paintings “Blue Lake Bean,” “Maui Papaya” and “Remuda.” Honorable mentions in watercolor went to Barbara Kejr for “Josh Visits City of Rocks” and Audrey Goodleaf for “Mood Magenta.”

Camille Davis  won a first place ribbon in pastels for ”Express Yourself.”

The annual Purchase Prize Exhibit is the largest and most anticipated show of the season for the Grant County Art Guild members. It is open to all New Mexico artists and this year drew 69 entries from 26 artists. The show will continue to be available for viewing at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery  located in the historic Hearst Church from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 5. No admission charge to see this exceptional exhibit of New Mexico art.

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September 24th, 2014: Local Headlines

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This Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, the Silver City Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Walgreen’s between 10 and 2.  The service is free and anonymous.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that linger in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse, and rates of prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by President Joseph Shepard and Village of Columbus Mayor Phillip Skinner on Saturday, September 13 increasing the opportunities of education offered at the local level for residents in the Columbus, New Mexico area.  The signing marks the latest in a series of agreements that WNMU is formalizing with schools, universities, and communities in the area, and outlines several areas of cooperation recognizing the interests of both organizations to expand learning opportunities in the communities.

The WNMU Office of Alumni Affairs is hosting a weekend filled with events during homecoming the first weekend of October.  Events will include the third annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, the proceeds from which benefit student scholarships.  There will also be a dinner recognizing Distinguished and Oustanding Alumni, breakfast, the annual Homecoming Parade, and the Mustang Football Homecoming game against Fort Lewis College.  Entries are being sought for the Homecoming Parade.  Community organizations, non-profits, small businesses, and candidates for office are all encouraged to submit an entry into the parade by going to http://www.wnmu.edu/homecoming-reserve.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented a certificate of obligation earlier this afternoon to fund the expansion of recycling efforts in rural New Mexico to the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. USDA Rural Development provided a $30,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant which will be used to develop small-scale recycling business including the collection of recyclables to the creation of businesses that will be able to create products that would end up in a land fill. The funding will also pay for technical assistance to business owners that are in the process of launching their recycling businesses. Targeted communities include; Alamogordo, Angel Fire, Catron County, Deming, Gallup, Grants, Las Vegas, Raton, Roswell, Ruidoso, Silver City, Taos, Truth or Consequences and Tucumcari.  These communities were selected based on the success of current recycling programs, and the potential for the area to grow and expand recycling businesses.

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September 23rd, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Town and Country Garden Club awarded three $1,500 scholarships for WNMU students for the fall semester.  Jessee Page, Isaiah Reynolds and Gabriel Gilmore are all forestry/wildlife majors.  Jessee Page will graduate from WNMU in December and plans to begin graduate studies at NMSU in range science.  Isaiah Reynolds and Gabriel Gilmore are juniors and will remain eligible for the scholarship next semester if they maintain at GPA above 3.0.

Workers at Chino Mine last week voted 236 to 83 against participating in the United Steelworkers Union.  With this vote, there is no longer union representation within Grant County lines.  The decertification vote was brought on by one man who began a petition to end the union.  After getting the required 30% of union member’s signatures, the vote was brought to all union employees.  The Steelworkers Union represented 360 Chino Mine employees, including all production and maintenance workers.

An Arizona woman lost her car to rushing waters early Monday morning when she attempted to drive across a flooded roadway on Highway 211 near Cliff.  The driver was able to get out of her car and reach dry land, but her car was washed down the creek.  She reached a nearby house and called for help, but Sheriff Raul Villanueva said her car may have washed all the way down Bear Creek to the Gila River.  No injuries were reported.

The Cliff/Gila Grant County Fair kicks off tomorrow at the Grant County Fairgrounds.  All animals must be on the Fairgrounds for weighing and sifting by 9 am.  Exhibits will be accepted all day in the new exhibit building, including general exhibits, 4-H exhibits, and school exhibits, and the Junior Rodeo will be held at the Buster Shelley Arena beginning at 6:30 pm.  The 2014 Grant County Fair is dedicated to everyone who worked on preparing the new barn for fair.  Shows and exhibits open to the public on Thursday between 9 and 1.

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September 23rd, 2014: Support the Local Youth at the Grant County Fair

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The 2014 Grant County Fair is upon us.  Support the local youth of 4-H and FFA clubs by heading out to the Grant County Fairgrounds in Cliff this Thursday through Sunday.  There will be livestock shows, exhibits, and of course music and dancing on the slab and great rodeo events.

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Download the schedule here: http://grantextension.nmsu.edu/

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September 23rd, 2014: Road Advisories

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UPDATE:

NM 1 is now Open. Roadway is passable please reduce speed and proceed with caution

For our listeners who will be traveling:

NM 1 at mile post 9-25 from (Red Rock exit to FT Craig) is closed due to flooding. Please seek alternate route.

UPDATE:

I-10 eastbound at mile post 29 lanes are now open.

For our Lordsburg listeners:

I-10 eastbound at mile post 29 both lanes are closed due to survey crew working in area. Traffic is being rerouted, please reduce speed and use extreme caution.  Closure will approximately be lifted at 3:30pm.

Updates will be posted on www.nmroads.com

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September 22nd, 2014: Local Headlines

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This weekend was packed with a number of local events.  The 10th Annual Gila River Festival, dedicated to the three young conservationists who perished in a plane crash earlier this year, filled the streets of downtown Silver City with a puppet parade on Saturday.  The Gila River Festival officially kicked of on the WNMU Campus on Thursday evening, and offered such events as kayaking the river, the parade, and various lectures around town.

Fort Bayard Days were also celebrated this weekend with an old-fashioned baseball game featuring the hometown Fort Bayard Burros versus visiting Tucson Saguaros.  The game was played for about an hour and a half on Saturday, with play open to anyone who wanted to jump in.  The Burros won both games, the first with a score of 13 to 11, and the second 17 to 10.

The Silver City Museum, in collaboration with the Small Town Christmas Events is seeking participants for a Christmas Wreath Contest.  The theme of the 2014 Small Town Christmas is: Christmas in Silver City 1914. The wreaths will be on display in the month of December and be featured during the Silver City Museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Open House.  Gift Certificates to the Silver City Museum Store will be awarded!  To host the event, we need to have a minimum of ten participants submitting a wreath. Wreathes would need to be non-perishable and made of faux greens.  If you are interested in participating in this fun holiday contest, contact the Silver City Museum at 538-5921.

According to Fox News, Silver City is one of the Main Streets across the US most worth seeing.  According to the story on Fox News, Silver City got its name as a mining town, but now the city is known as a cultural destination with its thriving downtown arts district, numerous annual festivals celebrating the city’s cultural heritage and rich arts culture, authentic Mexican cuisine and endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.   Visit today’s headlines at Silver City Radio dot com.  The full article can be read here: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/slideshow/2014/09/17/very-best-main-streets-across-usa/#/slide/rteewweterto.

Another high speed chase began in Luna County on Friday as a 33 year-old man in a silver Toyota led police on a 70 mile chase that started west of Deming on I-10.  The top speed reached was around 130 miles per hour, and the vehicle was finally stopped on Avenida de Mesilla around 9:30 am.  The El Paso man was then involved in a 5 ½ hour standoff with police and negotiators, that ended when a New Mexico State Police Officer shot and killed him.  The specific threat that prompted the officer to fire has not been released, although at one point during negotiations, the driver was threatening to shoot at officers with two guns found in his car.  No officer injuries were reported, and the two passengers of the car were safely removed from the situation.

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