July 23rd, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a workshop for girls who were in grades 1 through 5 for the last school year.  “It’s Fun to Be Me” will help girls learn about self-esteem, how to make friends and keep them, and what good deeds are.  The workshop will be held at the Girl Scout Office, 302 West 11th Street, on July 29th through the 31st.  Space is limited, and the workshop is free to all girls, whether registered or non-registered Girl Scouts.  RSVP to Annette at 538-2481.

The Silver City Ranger District implemented a temporary closure for Cherry Creek and McMillan Campgrounds due to flooding as a result of the Signal Fire.  The low-water crossing entrances at these campgrounds pose a flooding safety hazard to visitors.  All other campgrounds on the Silver City Ranger District remain open.  Visitors are encouraged to check with local ranger district offices for conditions and closures before going into the forest and recreation areas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded producers yesterday that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodable Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification.  The Farm Bill re-linked these certifications with eligibility for premium support paid under the Federal Crop Insurance Program.  For more information, visit: www.usda.gov/farmbill

There will be an advocacy and legal training for non profits on July 29th.  During the training, non-profits will learn how the organization can advance its mission by advocating for or against public policy issues, build an organizations capacity, learn how to get community members engaged in elections, and maintain compliance with IRS advocacy rules and regulations.  The training will be at the Commons, 501 East 13th Street on July 29th from 8:30 to noon.

The Silver City Town Council had a meeting last night, where they listened to concerns during the public input portion of their agenda.  Concerns were raised about the passage of stringent regulations regarding the trailer park near Market and Montana streets.  Another resident brought up the deteriorating conditions of Starsky Ridge and Ursa Major.  The council also selected Tim Heidrick as the new Silver City Fire Department Chief.  The council then reported that many town streets are scheduled for chip-sealing during the month of August.  After approving a preliminary budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Town Council adjourned until the August 20th meeting, set for 6 pm.

A lightning strike from recent thunderstorms cause the Tige Fire in Catron County near the New Mexico and Arizona state line.  The fire was reported at 63 acres last night and is burning in ponderosa pine forest on the northwest rim of Bear Canyon.  The nearby Sycamore Fire on the Apache National Forest in Arizona is contributing to smoke in the San Fransisco watershed that is visible to the communities of Alma, Glenwood and Pleasanton.  Contact the Glenwood Ranger District office for further information.

Deming will hold a series of two amateur rodeos as part of the New Mexico Rodeo Association’s 2014 circuit.  The first evening performance will be September 19th at the City Arena, and will coincide with an NMRA rodeo in Duncan Arizona.  The second will be the two-day state finals rodeo on November 14th and 15th.    The hope is that the rodeo will bring people into Deming and positively impact the city’s economy.  The city arena dates back to the 1970’s, and will likely see some maintenance and an upgrade before the September show, including parking, stables and bleachers, as well as adding lighting and shade canopies.

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July 22nd, 2014: Local Headlines

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According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Grant County experienced a major increase in unemployment last month.  The jobless rate in June was reported at 7.6 %, up from 5.8% in May.  The unemployment rate for May was the lowest it has been in years.  Grant County had the 12th highest unemployment rate in the state for the month of June, but Luna County topped the list with a 14.6% unemployment rate.  In Hidalgo County, 6.4% of people are reportedly looking for work.

July 25 marks the anniversary of the day the Colorado River was officially re-named from the “Grand” to the “Colorado.” Silver City will be one of 5 western cities hosting a celebratory event and day of action as part of Colorado River Day, a region-wide movement to honor the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions.  The event will be held this Friday from 1:30 to 6 pm at Gough Park, and will have a focus on the Gila River, the last free-flowing river in New Mexico.

An Albuquerque man recently found a New Mexico Lottery ticket worth $385,000 in the backseat of his car.  Dennis Romero had been driving around with the winning ticket in the backseat of his car since May 29th, not even knowing it was worth anything.  He claimed his prize yesterday and vowed to “check his tickets more often”.  All profits for the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund the Legislative Lottery Scholarship, an in-state college tuition assistance program.  New Mexico Lottery has raised $610.4 million since 1996.  To learn more about the scholarships, visit www.nmlottery.com.

Youth from Grant County’s 4-H program recently competed at the 91st Annual New Mexico State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces.  The nine students who competed earned first place in Hippology, second place in Ag Presentations, third place in the wildlife category with an individual fourth place in wildlife, a fourth place individual in Entemology, fifth in Horticulture with a sixth place individual winner, and sixth place in Horse Judging.  Congratulations to Grant County 4-H members!

Southwest Bone and Joint will offer $5 sports physicals for high school student athletes this Friday from 1 to 3 pm.  Pick up a physical form for your student at Southwest Bone and Joint Institute, 1268 E. 32nd Street, or download the form from “southwest bone and joint dot com.”  Students are asked to wear shorts and a T-shirt, and complete the medical history before arrival at the physical.  Call 534-1919.

The Silver Youth Leadership Team held a pool party last Friday evening to help raise awareness on teen dating violence.  The Silver Consolidated Schools received a grant of $30,000 last year from the New Mexico Public Education Department to combat teen dating violence.  The money is used for activities by the Silver Youth Leadership Team, who can lead their peers in raising awareness of this problem.  According to reports, 1 in 9 New Mexico teens reported being hit, slapped or intentionally harmed by their dating partner in 2009.  The Silver Youth Leadership Team has been taught how to recognize the signs of teen dating violence and can help link teenagers who need help to the appropriate resources to help them end a violent relationship.

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July 21st, 2014: Health Careers Academy Presentations

Health Careers Academy

Health Careers Academy

FORWARD NM, a program of Hidalgo Medical Services-Center for Health Innovation, has partnered with UNM to host the second annual rural HCA (Health Careers Academy) site in Silver City.  This 6-week summer program is in its final weeks.  The participants are incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Grant, Hidalgo, Catron, and Luna counties. The opportunity to enhance math, science and language arts skills, learn about health careers from over 25 heath care professionals, cultural diversity, and receive preparatory ACT instruction has been well received.  Students have completed three ACT practice tests thus far with increasingly high scores.  This is the first year the HCA has been offered for University credit (dual credit) and as a residential program in the dorms of WNMU.  Participants have the opportunity to earn up to five (5) college credits in Science, Lab, and Outdoor Experience.

The HCA students invite you to join them as they host a Community Presentation on their research projects at WNMU on Tuesday, July 22nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Natural Sciences Department in Harlan Hall Room 219.  Presentation topics include Trends in Lung Cancer in NM, Health Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms, Stress in Adolescents and Young Adults, Introduction to Major Depression in Adolescents, and Suicide Prevention.

Tuesday July 22, 2014 6pm-8pm WNMU Harlan Hall Rm. 219 

For questions or directions, call FORWARD NM Director, Danielle Moffett, at 575-534-0101. Ext. 2107.

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July 21st, 2014: Local Headlines

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Silver City Police arrested Jeff Rivers during a home invasion early Thursday Morning.  Rivers was charged with aggravated burglary, larceny, false imprisonment, and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing and officer.  When the suspect fled the scene after police surrounded the area, he was chased on foot and headed off by an additional police patrol in a car and finally caught and arrested in a nearby ditch.

The Silver High School Auditorium was filled with about 80 local citizens as people of Silver City turned out to listen and address their concerns at the school board meeting.  In attendance were Representative Rudy Martinez and Senator Howie Morales, as well as retired Silver Schools Superintendent Dick Poole.  After a public input session, the school board discussed the 3 % raise granted to school employees on July 1st.  The school board was not able to meet with teachers to discuss their issues with G.W. Stout principal David Lougee because state law limits the school board in personnel matters.

WNMU is hosting an Economic Development Course to train certified economic developers.  There are currently 12 in the state now due to several recent retirements, but the state normally has 20 Economic developers.  The Economic Development Council’s mission with the Course at Western is to help improve the educations level of economic development practitioners in the field.  Most students are from around the state of New Mexico, but others are here for the week from Kansas and Nevada.

George Vargas, the VA Service Officer from Las Cruces, will be at the Silver City Gospel Mission this Thursday.  Vargas will be here to assist veterans on an individual basis and to advise on VA matters.  Veterans and their families are invited out to visit with Vargas – that’s this Thursday, July 24th at the Silver City Gospel Mission, 111 South Texas Street.

Registration is now open for the fifth annual James H. Pirtle Walk for the Heroes.  The fundraiser will take place Saturday, September 13th and will raise funds for military charities supported through the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Local Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328 and other military groups.  Participants can register through “walk for the heroes dot com”.  Registration is $20 per person and includes an official event shirt and lunch.  The 14.6 mile route for walkers and bikers begins at the Gateway Motel in Hurley at 8 am on September 13th.  A smothered burrito fundraiser for the event will take place August 1st from 8 to 4 pm.  Stay tuned to Silver City Radio for more information.

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July 18th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The 39th annual National Institute for Social work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference held at WNMUs campus this week is wrapping up today after last night’s banquet.  15 lectures have been offered across the campus to over 70 visitors from across the US.  Silver City was proposed as host town for the National Conference at the 2012 conference, and has drawn visitors from as far away as Vermont.

A recent string of burglaries has hit Grant County.  So far, four residences have been burglarized.  Stolen items include firearms, appliances, computers, alcohol and cleaning supplies.  The burglaries may be unrelated due to the variety of locations, but anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Regional Dispatch, or Crime Stoppers.

New Mexico saw a very dry June, but the onset of monsoons has led to an-above average precipitation in the first two weeks of July.  Still, most of New Mexico has reported receiving less than 50% of average precipitation so far this year.  Despite a drop in water storage at Elephant Butte lake, storage in New Mexico stands at 23 percent of capacity, which is greater than the 17 percent it was last year.  Despite the increased rains, most of New Mexico remains under moderate to exceptional drought – 77 percent of the state is designated as severe, and most of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties are in extreme drought.  Thankfully, however, forecasts point to above-average precipitation for the next three months.

A small two-seater plane went down seven miles north of Columbus yesterday morning, but thankfully both passengers were spared.  The pilot walked away from the crash, and the woman with him was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The plane reportedly began having engine problems before it went down.  The pilot reportedly made every effort to land at the nearby Hacienda Sur Luna air park, but crashed in the desert nearby.

The Kiwanis Club of Deming needs your help to keep the Christmas Light Parade going.  Help keep the lights on by going to Pepper’s Supermarket this Saturday, July 19th from 8:30 to noon for Kiwanis Christmas in July Bake Sale.  They will also be accepting donations to help pay for the goodie bags Santa gives to each child.  Any donations are appreciated.  Show your support of Kiwanis by going to the Christmas in July Bake Sale, this Saturday from 8:30 to noon at Pepper’s in Deming.

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July 18th, 2014: Kiwanis Club Christmas in July

The Kiwanis Club of Deming needs your help to keep the Christmas Light Parade going.  Help keep the lights on by going to Pepper’s Supermarket this Saturday, July 19th from 8:30 to noon for Kiwanis Christmas in July Bake Sale.  They will also be accepting donations to help pay for the goodie bags Santa gives to each child.  Any donations are appreciated.  Show your support of Kiwanis by going to the Christmas in July Bake Sale, this Saturday from 8:30 to noon at Pepper’s in Deming.

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July 17th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Deming Rotary Club held their installation of officers recently at the Rio Mimbres Country Club.  The incoming president is Mary Lou Cameron, Deming Public Schools Associate Superintendent for Support Services and Community Resources, President-elect is Steve Westenhofer, Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home Chief Executive Officer.  Retiree James “Doc” O’Connel will continue to serve as treasurer, and Ruth Stallard of Deming’s United Country Downtown Real Estate will remain as secretary.  The Deming Rotary Club is active in events supporting the local youth and community, and meets each Thursday at the Rio Mimbres Country Club.

Earlier this month, a Deputy US Marshall shot and killed a former Deming resident who allegedly threatened the Marshall with a BB gun.  Anthony Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally into the US from a 2010 arrest in Luna County, and also had a pending criminal case of vehicular homicide from a 2013 fatal accident.  The Albuquerque Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting, but police did reportedly disclose that Chavez had threatened the officer with the BB gun in his hand.

The Luna County Commissioners will have a regular meeting tonight at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers on the 3rd floor of the County Courthouse, and an Agenda is available in the Luna County Manager’s Office in the Luna County Courthouse.  Several items on tonight’s agenda includes creation of a Luna County Community and Economic Advisory Committee. Also to be discussed combining four volunteer fire departments into two main fire departments.

Nicholas Grijalva Jr. of Mimbres pleaded guilty last week to on count of child abuse resulting in the death of a child under the age of 12 for the death of 3 year old Alizandra Jasso.  As part of his plea agreement, seven other charges were dropped, and Grijalva has agreed to a sentence of life in prison.

The Silver City Gospel Mission has a new case worker on staff thanks to a grant from the United Way of Southwest New Mexico. Christina Wolford holds a BS in Social Science and is working on a Masters Degree in Social Work at WNMU.  Wolford will be giving Gospel Mission clients one-on-one attention, as well as teaching life skills classes, counseling, helping them fill out various applications and assisting them with job training and employment opportunities.

The Silver City Town Council recently awarded $200,000 in Lodgers Tax Money to local events and organizations.  Those who received the tax funds include: the Silver City Arts and Cultural District, the Mimbres Region Arts Council, the Tour of the Gila Bike Race, the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society, the Silver City MainStreet Project, the Gila River Festival, the Grant County Rolling Stones, the Silver City Arts Association, the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival, the Copper Country Cruizers, and the San Vicente Artists.

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July 17th, 2014: Albuquerque Man wins 15 Prizes in NM Lottery


An Albuquerque man won 15 prizes totaling $60,000 in one Mega Millions® drawing.

Steven Traub claimed his prizes in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters yesterday.

“This has made my day,” Traub said.


Winner Played Ages as Lucky Numbers … Again and Again

For the July 8 drawing, Traub purchased five plays on three tickets for a total of 15 plays.

On every play, Traub used the ages of his four youngest children and his wife – 14, 19, 25, 27 and 49 – as his white ball numbers.  To complete the plays, Traub selected one from each of the game’s 15 yellow Mega Balls.

The winning numbers on July 8 were 14, 25, 27, 48 and 49 and the yellow Mega Ball of 9.

On 14 plays, Traub matched four white ball numbers to win 14 prizes of $500 each, totaling $7,000.  On one play, he matched four white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball to win $5,000.  Traub’s winnings came to $12,000, but his good fortune didn’t end there.


$12,000 Jumps to $60,000

Traub added the game’s Megaplier feature to each play.  The $1-per play feature multiples non-jackpot prizes between two and five times, depending on the multiplier drawn.  On July 8, the number 5 was drawn as the multiplier.

Traub’s winnings went from $12,000 to $60,000.






          Albuquerque Man Wins 15 Prizes in One Mega Millions® Drawing



The winner discovered his good fortune Tuesday night when he checked his tickets for prizes.

“I sat in my car in disbelief,” Traub said.

He said he plans to use his prizes to pay bills and travel.

Traub bought his lucky ticket at Pump N Save located at 3600 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.  Previously, the store has sold 28 large-prize winning lottery tickets paying between $600 and $200,000.


Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $610 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

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July 16th, 2014: Local Headlines

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PNM recently recognized three Silver City businesses that have gone ‘above and beyond’ in saving energy in 2013.  The PNM Business Energy Efficiency Stars for Silver City that were recognized include the Grant County Convention Center – a large business with the highest energy savings, Foxworth Galbraith – a small business with the highest energy savings, and Rue 21 – the most innovative energy-saving project.  Amy Miller, director of PNM Energy Efficiency Programs said “Silver City businesses continue to find innovative ways to reduce energy use and we will continue to support that with rebates and programs.”

Silver City MainStreet and the Gila Conservation Education Center are coordinating the 3rd Annual Big Ditch Day Celebration on Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 am to1:00 pm, down in the Big Ditch Park, from Main Street Plaza to the Visitor Center in historic downtown Silver City.  The Silver City Lions Club will offer a breakfast menu from 8:00 to11:30 am. The Big Ditch Crickets will perform and teach traditional dances.  And, watch for encounters with historical characters from our past including Sheriff Pat Garrett, Madame Brewer, Elizabeth Warren, and others.  Visit our website at Silver City Radio dot com to find out how you can learn more.

The Cobre School Board met on Monday to discuss the food service contract with Southwest Food Service Excellence.  Currently both Snell and Cobre High are served by Southwest Food Service Excellence, but the Board debated whether to add the elementary schools to the same contract.  No decisions have been made so far.  The representative presented several ideas to the board, including the creation of a food court atmosphere and a variety of sections available, including a deli, a salad bar, some ethnic draws, or other theme settings.

Silver City is listed in National Geographic’s 50 Best Places to Live and Play, and earned the title of Best for Hikers.  The list of top 12 Rockies towns on the National Geographic website says “Quaint, friendly, and affordable, southwestern New Mexico’s Silver City is what Santa Fe was before trustafarians took over. Hike or bike seven miles of rocky trails in the rolling Boston Hills, a reclaimed historic mining area overlooking town. Or hook up with the nearby Continental Divide Trail ascending the Pinos Altos Mountains in 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest.”

According to the US Census Bureau, New Mexicans over the age of 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population.  The trend is expected to continue as the state’s birth rate has been fairly constant.  According to the report, those over 65 in New Mexico increased by 12 percent so far this decade, versus New Mexico’s total population increase of only 1 percent.

The Marshall Memorial Library will host storyteller Indiana Bones, Keeper of Legends, tomorrow from 2 to 3 pm as part of their summer reading program.  Indiana Bones will tell a story about strange floating stones known as the monkey bridge.  Indiana Bones’ storytelling combines archaeology, history puppetry, action and adventure with ancient legends, mythology and folklore to capture the minds of children.

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July 15th, 2014: Big Ditch Park Day This Saturday

Big Ditch Park Day!

                Silver City MainStreet and the Gila Conservation Education Center are coordinating the 3rd Annual Big Ditch Day Celebration on Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 am to1:00 pm, down in the Big Ditch Park, from Main Street Plaza to the Visitor Center in historic downtown Silver City.  And it’s FREE!

Parking and information are available at the Silver City Visitor Center and the Silver City Farmer’s Market.  Self-guided Ditch Discovery Hikes will highlight natural and cultural history.  Guides are available at the Visitor’s Center or at the Farmers Market.

Start at the Visitor’s Center parking lot, cross the Market Street Pedestrian Bridge to Big Ditch Park, and descent at the historic Elizabeth Warren House to the festivities where the San Vicente Creek flows through a lush riparian area.

The Silver City Lions Club will offer a breakfast menu from 8:00 to11:30 am. The Silver City Farmers Market offers wonderful locally grown produce from 8:30 am to noon.

The Big Ditch Crickets will perform and teach traditional dances.  And, watch for encounters with historical characters from our past including Sheriff Pat Garrett, Madame Brewer, Elizabeth Warren, and others.

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado and Elise Stuart will offer “Secrets of the Big Ditch” with creative activities and poetry readings from 10:00 am to noon.

Make puppets and music with the Monsoon Puppet folks from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm.  Materials will be provided and bring your own accordion, kazoo, guitar, saxophone, conga drum, or other instrument.

Silver City Watershed Keepers Andrew Lindlof and Gabe Gilmore are coordinating water activities behind the Silver City Food Co-op from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  And, Adrienne Booth and The Gila Conservation Education Center will have a workshop on creating colorful prints from natural objects from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm .

A Big Ditch Park Clean-up will take place prior to Saturday and interesting “found objects”will be on display at the Farmers Market.  Previous clean-ups have uncovered antique mining equipment, historic signs, and much more!

The Silver City Neighborhood Alliance will be there with its Graffiti Gone program — let’s all work together to help make the Big Ditch Park and the San Vicente Creek a wonderful place to visit.

For more info, contact Lucy Whitmarsh 575-574-8394 or lmwk@dishmail.net

or Adrienne Booth 505-819-9651 or 575-388-8265

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