October 30th, 2014: NM 152 Open

NM 152 Kingston
Roadway is Open and passable to the Public

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office has made the necessary roadway repairs throughout NM 152 that was initially closed due to flooding in September of 2014.

The NMDOT has lifted the closure for NM 152 in Kingston as crew members have repaired various sections of the roadway in order to have it passable and safe for the traveling public. However, the NMDOT will need to continue with minor repair work along the shoulders on NM 152, which will occur over the next several weeks. As work progresses motorist may encounter intermittent lane closures and reduction of speed within the work zone.

The NMDOT encourages motorists and cyclists to proceed with caution as loose gravel still remain on various sections along this route and to obey all traffic notifications and speed limits especially as workers continue work on NM 152 and in any work zone.”

Notifications and closures will be posted and updated on the NMDOT road and travel advisory website at the http://nmroads.com/

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October 30th, 2014: Halloween Events in Silver City


Looking for a safe alternative to taking your little monsters Trick-or-Treating this year?  Here are a couple of options you may want to consider:

On Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, A Better Chimney will be having a Trick-or-Treat in the store.  There will be candy for the kiddos, so Trick-or-Treat where it’s nice and warm.

Or, you can Trick-or-Treat at your Library this Halloween.  Get started on your Halloween night with a gift bag and goodies from 3 to 5 pm on Friday from the Silver City Public Library.  Trick-or-Treaters of all ages are welcome.

Bring your Goblin to Trick-or-Treat at Gila Regional Medical Center on Friday from 3:30 to 5 pm.  Kids will receive a free Halloween goodie bag while supplies last.

Trailer-or-Treat on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Silver Trailer, # 2 Caballero Road by the Southwest Horseman’s Arena.  This event is free to the public, and there will be candy for the kids who come by and get it.

A Harvest/Halloween Festival from 6 to 9 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1301 North Swan.  There will be Halloween games for all ages, including cake-walk, carved pumpkin contest, costume judging, and Trick-or-Treat.


For the older Halloween lovers, check out Halloween parties for adults at the following locations:

A performance of the Blithe Spirit Ghostly and Improbably Comedy at the Old Elks Lodge Performance Hall at 6:30 pm, or non-dinner seating at 7:15.

The Halloween Bash at the Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos at 7 pm.

The Hell House Haunted House at 1503 Silver Heights Boulevard at 7 pm.

The Costume and Dance Party at the Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery in Downtown Silver City at 8:30 pm.

A Halloween Party at the VFW with prizes for Best Costume and Best Couple at 8:30 pm.

Dianne’s Restaurant and Parlor is having a Halloween Costume Contest on Friday evening with prizes for the three best costumes.

Uncle Bill’s Bar in Reserve is hosting a Halloween Dance and Costume Contest on Friday from 9 pm to 1 am.

And, if you’re not interested in Trick-or-Treating or a Costume party, there will be a showing of “Into the Storm” at WNMU’s Light Hall at 7 and 9:30 pm.

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October 30th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Last week, two Silver City residents were robbed at knifepoint in two separate incidents.  The first incident occurred on October 20th as a 23 year old man was standing outside TGI Yogurt smoking a cigarette.  Allegedly, a Hispanic male asked him for a cigarette and then pulled out a knife and demanded his wallet.  The second incident occurred on the 22nd when the 88 year old victim answered the door at his residence and was robbed at knife point by a masked man.  It is unknown if the two are related.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 538-5254.

Annie Crawford, owner of Twin Sisters Cycle and Fitness, who was recently airlifted by Native Air to an El Paso hospital for treatment after being struck by a car, is now reported as being in stable condition.  Twin Sisters will be closed temporarily while the family supports Crawford.  According to the Silver City Police Department, the driver of the vehicle has bee identified, and an investigation is ongoing.  No charges have currently been filed.

Brian Cunningham, CEO at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) announced at the October Board of Trustees meeting that the State approved audited financials for Fiscal year 2014 demonstrated that, in less than 11 months, GRMC had achieved an extraordinary financial turn-around.  At the end of fiscal year 2013, as all of you know, Gila Regional was hemorrhaging financially to the tune of a $9 million negative bottom line and our entire senior leadership team had resigned,” Cunningham said. “And now, the State Auditor’s Office confirmed that the by the end of fiscal year 2014, GRMC had achieved a positive $1.2 million bottom line. That is a $10 million turn-around in less than 11 months. “This is really extraordinary, unprecedented work,” Cunningham added.

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October 29th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Annie Crawford, owner of Twin Sisters Cycling and Fitness, was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Hudson and Broadway on Monday afternoon.  According to witnesses, a driver heading east allegedly rushed through the yellow light and struck her.  Paramedics and Silver City Police Department arrived on scene and blocked off the intersection to allow a Native Air helicopter to land.  Native Air then airlifted Crawford to a nearby hospital for treatment.  The patient’s condition is currently unknown.

At it’s Tuesday meeting, the Silver City Town Council heard from the Yearout Energy Services Company of Albuquerque in reference to replacing all the water meters in the town with a radio signal emitted by the meter.  The town’s meters could then be read in a single day, while it currently takes two weeks.  Switching out the old meters will take about 6 to 8 months, and a battery with a lifespan of 22-25 years powers the radio signal emitted by the meter.

The American Legion Post #18 will honor all Veterans, Past and Present, on November 11th at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery, with a special tribute to the World War II Veterans.  Participating in the event will be the Silver/Bayard VFW, the Marine Corps League, the DAV, and the Ladies Auxiliaries.  Head out to be a part of the special day that is set aside to honor those who gave a part of their lives to secure our freedom.

The Gila National Forest has announced that Diane Taliaferro has accepted the position as the new Silver City District Ranger and will assume her duties on Nov. 3, 2014.  Taliaferro comes from the Forest Service Region 3 office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she held the position of Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Program Manager.

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October 28th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The NMDOT cannot confirm rumors that NM 152 will be open by Friday.  Crews are working diligently to open the roads as soon as possible, and will keep the public informed of the progress.

The last day for Early and Absentee voting in Grant County will be Saturday, November 1st.  Early voting hours for the week are Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm at the Grant County Administration Building.  Early voting hours at the Bayard Community Center are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  Tuesday, November 4th, Election Day hours will be from 7 am to 7 pm at Voter Convenience Centers throughout Grant County.  Voting centers are listed at www.grantcountynm.com.  In Luna County, the last day for early voting in the Clerk’s Office is Saturday, November 1st from 10 am to 6 pm.  Alternate Early voting at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center will be available Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Rotary Club of Silver City is seeking talented, enthusiastic student leaders to apply to attend the 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp next July. RYLA is an intensive week-long training camp that brings together youth and adults to develop character and foster leadership, expand self-confidence, share career information and skills, promote friendship and fellowship and learn more about Rotary. Successful applicants are high school juniors who have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and who have proven leadership potential. Selected campers will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Silver City. For more information, contact Kevin Cook at Kevinhcook@yahoo.com or by calling (575) 538-9001.

A new project, Public Trees for Public Health, will plant orchards in twenty neighborhoods in Grant County during the coming year. The orchards will be located in areas with little or no access to existing community fruit trees or edible plants.  Public Trees for Public Health Project was funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Grant County United Way for $5,000. The project originated with Grant County Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC), an endeavor of the Grant County Community Health Council to promote healthy eating and active living with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The Public Trees for Public Health Project will bring an abundance of healthy fruit to Grant County neighborhoods, while adding trees to the desert landscape to attract pollinators. Project funds will also be utilized for drip irrigation systems and water catchment specialists to insure the trees prosper in the region’s dry climate.

The Bayard City Council on Tuesday moved forward on two major infrastructure projects.  Officials approved a grant agreement to obtain funding for replacement of all city residents’ water meters with devices that can be monitored automatically.  The project, which is to begin in January, also will include replacement of a main waterline on Railroad Street.  On another matter, councilors awarded a general engineering services contract to the Silver City-based Engineers Inc. The company will plan and design a new street crossing, entailing installation of a culvert, to connect East Street with the intersection of Stewart and Foy streets.

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October 28th, 2014: Take Back the Night

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Take Back the Night at the WNMU Student Memorial Building tonight, October 28th.  Wear your Zombie Best and come out at 5:30 to stand against sexual assault and domestic violence with a march down Bullard and Broadway.

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October 27th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

According to a recent news release, residents should be aware of possible roadblocks during hunting seasons this year.  The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will utilize roadblocks to collect harvest data and spot wildlife law violations.  Hunting seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, bears, and other species are ongoing.  Conservation officers will be on the lookout for Off highway Motor Vehicle Act and Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act compliance.  Drivers hauling wood products should expect to show documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.

According to the Regional Manager from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Highway 152 from San Lorenzo to Kingston, which has been closed due to damage from fires and flooding over the summer, will be opened Thursday, October 30th, at approximately 5 pm, if everything goes to plan.  Management is pushing the open date and want to finish a lot of the construction work while the road is open.  There will be warning signs for the narrow sections of the road until those areas can be more established.

The Glenwood Ranger District hosted an open house for area residents to present plans to reconstruct and restore the Catwalk National Recreation Trail and parking facilities on Wednesday, Oct. 15.  Reconstruction of the site and design elements were reviewed and discussed with members of the community. During the meeting, Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration explained the design and build strategy, which allows for completion of approximately 30 percent of the design work before a contract is awarded.

PNM is proposing a plan that would increase savings opportunities for customers looking to reduce their energy bills. The company is asking the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for approval to expand its successful home lighting discount program to provide low-energy LED bulbs to customers who live in multi-family homes.  The proposal would also enhance several other energy-savings programs.

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October 24th, 2014: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Bayard City Councilman Armando Arzola was arrested Wednesday afternoon.  According to a New Mexico State Police Press Release, he was accused of attacking a neighbor with an expandable baton or bat during a physical altercation on September 11th.  The neighbor sustained injuries to his face and hands during the altercation.

During the public input portion of the Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, regular Grant County Commission meeting, General Services Director Randy Villa asked to recognize two volunteer fire departments—Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Fort Bayard Volunteer Fire Department.  The State Fire Marshal officer recognized these two departments for lowering their ISO rating, which could lower fire insurance costs for residences in the departments’ areas.

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Obama, requesting prompt action on the state of New Mexico’s recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in late September.  According to Governor Martinez’s letter requesting the major disaster declaration, the total severe storm damage has been assessed at $10.2 million, with damage to roads and bridges accounting for more than 70 percent of the total. Other damage includes extensive debris, disruption of oil and gas development, agricultural loss, and water and wastewater infrastructure.

According to a report by the Labor Market review, New Mexico job growth for non-farm payroll employment showed gains in seven insdustries, which offset losses in five others.  One industry remained unchanged.  Education and health services represented a gain of 4,500 jobs and continue to lead all other industries.  Financial activities showed and increase of 2,300 jobs, retail trade added 1,900 jobs, mining employment was up 1,600 jobs, and information, transportation, and other services also saw smaller increases.  Manufacturing, construction, leisure and hospitality, and government employment registered lost jobs overall this year.

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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

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

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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