August 28th, 2014: Local Headlines

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New Mexico State police reported an overturned cement truck in the intersection of Highways 180 and 152 at Santa Clara.  Police believe the driver was driving too fast while trying to make a left turn onto Highway 152, and that was what caused the accident.  No other vehicles were involved, but the truck knocked over a light pole on the corner of the intersection.  Efforts to right the vehicle took most of the afternoon.  The 41-year old driver was reported to have sustained only minor injuries.

Experts and advocates alike weighed in at a Tuesday meeting concerning the future of the Gila River.  Over a dozen proposals for dams and reservoirs along the river were discussed, but no decision has been made.  None of the proposals stand out as the “best option” despite $3 million spent on research over the past decade, over 200 meetings, and seemingly endless public comment.  The Interstate Stream Commission has to make a decision by the end of the year.

A missing Santa Clara boy was returned home safely after he wandered out of his caregivers’ yard on Friday afternoon.  Though the 4-year old had only wandered a few blocks away, Santa Clara Police, Bayard Police, and Hurley Police took the search very seriously.  Reinforcements were called in from the Whiskey Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Santa Clara Volunteer Fire Department, the Bayard Volunteer Fire Department, and the New Mexico State Police.  In addition, family and community members also joined in the search.  The boy was found and returned unharmed by about 9 pm.

Beginning September 2nd, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program, which provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.  The Margin Protection Program will replace the Milk Income Loss Contract Program.  The USDA also launched a new web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.  Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections.  For more information, visit

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August 27th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Senator Tom Udall announced yesterday his co-sponsorship of a bipartisan legislation that would enable children’s groups, summer camps, and other youth-serving non-profit associations to gain access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers.  Under current law, organizations, such as Girl Scouts, lack access to the FBI criminal databases.  The Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act would give those organizations access to FBI background checks, enabling them to check for violent or sex crimes committed anywhere in the country.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council recently held their annual meeting.  After reading the 2013 minutes, a financial report was given, reporting a positive net income for the year.  In addition to the financial report, MRAC members recognized outgoing board members, honored volunteers, and introduced the current board members and staff.  They also shared two highlights from the past year: MRAC’s receiving of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the establishment of an MRAC endowment.

The Cobre School board met on Monday and discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel, food service information and goals for the superintendent. Although much was discussed and it is conceded that students liked the new food better and that more students were now eating in the cafeteria, no decisions were made. Bayard Elementary students were scheduled to begin classes in the newly renovated building Tuesday, August 26. The interior was finished, leaving landscaping to be completed and some more work on the gym, expected to be completed by October 1. With the help of Michael Acosta of WNMU, Cobre is resurrecting its mariachi group.  A $200,000 emergency loan will be used to replace the original plumbing under the high school building. The work should begin in about two weeks.  During public input time, high school principal Quarrell informed the board of security measures being taken in his building.

The USDA Forest Service Supervisor’s Office has promoted Tracey Weber into the position of Recreation, Heritage, Engineering, Lands and Minerals (RHELM) staff officer for the Gila National Forest.  Weber is a longtime resident of Silver City, New Mexico.  In 2002, In his new position as the RHELM staff officer, Weber will oversee many aspects of the Gila National Forest, which include the forest transportation system of roads and trails, watershed restoration, construction and maintenance of forest facilities and recreation areas, the lands and minerals program, and the cultural and heritage resources program.  One notable high-profile project will be the restoration of the Catwalk National Recreation Trail on the Glenwood Ranger District. The trail, destroyed after flash flooding, is one of the most popular sites on the forest.

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August 27th, 2014: Fort Bayard Medical Center Career Day

Fort Bayard Medical Center is holding a career day today, August 27th, from 9 am to 3 pm.  There are various openings in healthcare, dietary and housekeeping, as well as a medical director.  Get in on drawings for free gift cards, refreshments, tour the facility, and learn about employment opportunities with excellent medical, dental, vision, holiday pay, paid vacation, retirement 401A plans and more.  Fort Bayard Medical Center is working with part-time schedules and also willing to work around student schedules.  

Fort Bayard Medical Center was established in 1866, and became a Veteran’s hospital in 1922.  It has continued to serve the medical needs of many and is now a certified 200 bed long-term care nursing facility.  The move to the new building has occurred in the last five years.  The US News and World Report has listed Fort Bayard Medical Center as one of the best nursing homes in 2014.  They provide care for people who have a medical need and who can no longer provide for themselves.  They also offer a special veteran’s unit as Fort Bayard State Veteran’s Home.

If you can’t make it out to the Career Fair today, but are still interested in meaningful employment, or are ready for a career change, then call Jules at 537-8668.

Fort Bayard Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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August 26th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees recently announced the acquisition of Innova Medical Associates services beginning January 1st, 2015.  The purpose of bringing Innova in to GRMC is to improve the quality of service the hospital provides.  Innova will oversee care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the emergency room, but services will be available to the entire GRMC staff. According to CEO Brian Cunningham, approving the contract with Innova improves the hospital’s ability and quality for on-call doctors, and will allow doctors to have some days when they would not be on call.

First New Mexico Bank was targeted in an attempted robbery earlier this month.  Though nothing was reported as missing, employees notified police that several items had been tampered with.  According to the report, the robbers also attempted to break into the vault door, but were unsuccessful.  The incident is still under investigation.

The New Mexico Legislature Military and Veterans Committee met on Monday at the Grant County Business and Conference Center to listen and discuss a wide range of veterans’ issues.  Topics discussed included a 2010 survey, the need for better support services for local veterans, substance abuse support, and affordable housing.  Additional issues included environmental health, economic health, and a recent legislation that allows private health care providers to offer services to veterans, though the process hasn’t become reality yet.

Southwest New Mexico and far east Texas are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 am tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service.  Abundant moisture is pushing into the region.  The moisture will combine with an upper level storm system and generate numerous thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.  Rainclouds are expected to be capable of 1 to 3 inches of rain in an hour, and could lead to flash flooding – especially of normally dry arroyos, low water crossings, and other flood-prone areas.  Areas under the Flash Flood Watch include Otero, Sierra, Dona Ana, Luna Grant and Hidalgo Counties in New Mexico, and El Paso and Hudspeth Counties in Texas.  Monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.  Be careful and have a safe evening.

The high speed chase through Hidalgo and Grant Counties that occurred over the weekend resulting in two men being arrested and two women being handed over to the US Border Patrol is now being blamed for a vehicle accident.  A Luna County Sheriff’s deputy and another car collided during the chase.  As a result, two of the three children in the car, as well as both adults, were airlifted to El Paso for medical treatment.  The deputy and one of the children in the car were not reported as injured.


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August 25th, 2014: Local Headlines

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Two men were arrested over the weekend after leading New Mexico State Police, Deming Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, and the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department on a chase along Highway 80, I-10 through Lordsburg and Deming, and north on US 180 near Hurley.  The 2-door Honda initially evaded a stop for a traffic violation near Road Forks, and was finally stopped at mile marker 122 near Bayard.  The driver and another passenger were arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing from a peace officer, and resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer and were booked into Grant County Detention Center.  Two female passengers in the vehicle were handed over to the US Border Patrol.  No injuries were reported.

Historic Fort Bayard celebrated it’s 148th birthday this Saturday and drew history-lovers out to lectures, a historic play, and more.  Fort Bayard served as a military outpost and treatment and research center for Tuberculosis, and during World War II housed German POWs before reverting to a treatment center.  The future of historic old Fort Bayard remains unclear, but the heritage of the fort continues to live on in related books, historic tours, and local stories.

The Rivers, Trails and Conservations Assistance Greenways Continental Divide Trail Connector Coalition met at WNMU last week to discuss Silver City’s future as a Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community.  The goal is to build greenways in town and a connection between Silver City and the Continental Divide Trail.  The trail will make it possible for Silver City to continue as the first Gateway Community.  Other Gateways, or potential gateway communities in New Mexico include Cuba and Chama, but Silver City has been a role model community even to towns in Wyoming since it claimed the title of Gateway Community in April.

The Imagination Library of Grant County has recently become the fiscal agent for the newly formed Imagination Library affiliates in Curry and Harding counties. Grant County donations will not go to pay for the books that are sent out monthly to other counties, but will simply act as the tax-exempt umbrella for the other counties until those county officials can find 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who are willing to become the local champions.  Local affiliates are encouraged by the growing awareness of the positive effects of reading to preschool children. The ultimate goal is to create a statewide program with partial funding from the state.  For more information contact The Imagination Library of Grant County at 534-9156 or visit their website at

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August 22nd, 2014: Birthday for Historic Old Fort Bayard

Happy 148thBirthday Old Fort Bayard!


The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society invites the public to come enjoy a day of birthday activities August 23, 2014.

Beginning at 9:15 AM with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a walking tour of Old Fort Bayard. The Museum and gift shop will be open all morning. Vintage games will be set up in the yard for everyone’s enjoyment.

At 10:30 AM, there will be book sales and signings. Local co-authors Andrea Jaquez and Neta Pope, of “The Fort Bayard Story ~ 1866 – 1899” will be on hand with their limited edition history books.

Author Richard Melzer, of the recently published “Sanatoriums of New Mexico” will be present with his books.

Birthday Cake and refreshments will be served at 11:00AM.

Top off the day at 7 PM in the Fort Bayard New Deal Theater. Vanann Moore will present “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” based on the true story of a Colorado gold miner’s wife, Molly Brown, a Titanic survivor.

All ages are invited and the event is free of charge. Moore is noted as one of the most talented artists to perform unique historical characterizations in drama and song. She not only researches these characters but writes her scripts as well. “VanAnn Moore is music, theatre, and history all in one person!” The event is sponsored by the NM Humanies Council and the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society. All donations are appreciated.

So, come on out and help uscelebrate. Fort Bayard is located just across the stop light from The Village of Santa Clara, NM, 6 miles east of Silver City. The Museum is located west of the historic parade ground. For more information, call 575.388.4477 or 575.956.3294

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August 22nd, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Children, Youth and Families Department in Grant County recently received a donation of 50 duffel bags from the Court Appointed Special Advocates.   CASA hopes to be able to repeat the donation with CYFD in Luna and Hidalgo Counties.  According to Mayra Solis of CASA, when children are taken into protective custody by CYFD, they often do not have any way to store their personal belongings.  The hope is for the bags to be used for the kids so that they do have a way to keep all of their things together while in CYFD custody.

The recently renovated community center in Bayard held a dedication ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the project, funded by the USDA Rural Development Office. According to Bayard Mayor Charles Kelly, the Community Center received a much needed upgrade thanks to the grants and loans of the Rural Development Office.  In attendance at the dedication ceremony were State Senator Howie Morales, and State Representative Rudy Martinez, as well as Mayor Kelly and USDA Director Terry Brunner.

The Silver Schools Board met yesterday  and heard from the Truancy Model and JPO Programs.  Concerns included cooperation with the schools, grades and attendance and tutoring from the Truancy Model program, and the JPO program expressed concerns with parental and home visits, contracts with the parents to improve with children’s needs, and law enforcement measures.  The board also received information on the student enrollment number, which is down 88 students from last year, and could remove as much as $600,000 from present budget figures for the School.   Other reports included improvement efforts over the summer and free breakfasts and lunches for all elementary schools, the back pack program to supply children in need with weekend food, and recent improvements made to the schools.

The Deming Medical Community Duck Royalty Pageant officially signaled the start of the 35th annual Great American Duck Race Thursday at the Deming Public Schools Auditorium. Duck race fans came out in full force as two contestants challenged for the queen/king category and a grand prize of $850, a one-night stay in the Faywood Hot Springs Resort and a limousine ride to and from the resort. Ducky Williams (Codi Keeler) was crowned as the 2014 Great American Duck Race Duck Queen. The contestants for all age groups were judged by Deming Medical Community physicians based on costume originality, waddle, routine and for the king or queen division, an interview question. The top winners by age division received cash prizes from 1st New Mexico Bank.

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August 21st, 2014: Nosotros to Perform at WNMU


Award Winning Latin Ensemble Nosotros to Perform at WNMU

The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC), in partnership with Western New Mexico University, is extremely proud to announce their second concert at Old James Stadium.  Popular Albuquerque/Santa Fe Latin band, Nosotros, will perform in Silver City outside at WNMU’s Old James Stadium on Friday, August 22.  Gates open at 5pm with Nosotros playing from 7:30-9:00pm. Admission is $1 donation at the gate.  Students of all ages FREE. 

The nine-piece band Nosotros combines Latin rhythms with Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia. The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in Las Cruces. In 2001, now a six-piece band, Nosotros relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in New Mexico.

In 2006, Nosotros released their fourth album, “Llena La Alma” with Grammy award winning engineer Doug Geist and was recognized by the NM Music Awards with several awards. The song “Hermosa” was named as a finalist in the prestigious John Lennon Song Writing Competition. They recently released their highly anticipated self-produced, fifth album “Ver El Sol”.

The outdoor venue of old James Stadium will allow plenty of room for dancing as well as listening.  Local performers, The Illusion Band, will open the show beginning at 5:30pm.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the show.  The public is welcome to attend!

The Mimbres Region Arts Council has been providing quality visual, performing, and youth arts programs that serve and strengthen our community in the Silver City community for over twenty years.

This concert is sponsored by James Edd Hughs-Edward Jones Investments and the Murray Hotel.

For more information about this MRAC/WNMU concert, please contact Alexandra Tager at the MRAC office, 575-538-2505, email or visit our website at For more information on Nosotros, see their website at:

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August 21st, 2014: Local Headlines

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A memorial is being built behind Aldo Leopold Charter School in honor of the three students who perished in a plane crash in late May.  Students and staff of the school are planting a terraced amphitheater-shaped garden, a memory of the three environmentalists: Ella Jaz Kirk, Michael Mahl, and Ella Meyer.  According to Jim McIntosh, a teacher at Aldo Leopold, the school has been looking for a place of quiet contemplation to memorialize the kids, and found it in a rocky area behind the school.  Work is far from done on the memorial, but students and staff have been removing rocks and planting saplings and herbs in the area.

Hidalgo Medical Services recently held a health center day at their parking lot on Pope Street.  The event is the first Community Health Center Day and celebrates National Health Care Week.  Participants included Life Quest, the Gospel Mission, and Gila Regional Medical Center.  According to the HMS Director of Family Support Programs, HMS did this to “celebrate the great community partners, staff and patients that make HMS the great community health center it is today.”  The event was nationally coordinated, and National Health Care Week was issued by President Barack Obama in a proclamation on August 11th.

Western Resource Advocates released a detailed report today that shows the cheapest and fastest strategies to meet Southwestern New Mexico’s current and future community water needs are conservation and reuse. A proposed Gila River diversion plan, on the other hand, would likely cost water rate payers $710-900 a year. If taxpayers pay the costs of the proposed diversion this would be estimated at a cost of $145 for every man, woman and child in the state.  The report shows that the proposed Gila diversion project, despite a committed federal subsidy under the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA), would still burden ratepayers in SW New Mexico or state tax payers with $300 million needed to cover project costs, as well as additional annual operating costs of over $6 million.

In Wednesday’s Town Council Meeting, the council heard concerns to allow signs on Bullard for off-Bullard businesses, the town manager gave an update on the gravel-sweeping part of the chip-sealing project, and Kathy Anderson of the Silver City Neighborhood Alliance presented a report and the New Silver City Neighborhoods Award and Recognition Program.  Councilors also approved a bid of nearly $345,000 for the F Street Sewer Improvement Project.  The Council also approved special dispenser and public celebration permit applications for the Southwest Chicano Music Festival and public celebration permit applications for Pickamania.  The next Town Council Meeting will be held September 17th at 6 pm.

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August 21st, 2014: Lone Mountain 4-H Scholarship Awarded

Kinsey Fisher

Former Lone Mountain 4-H member, Kinsey Fisher was awarded a $500 scholarship from the 4-H Club. While in the Lone Mountain 4-H Club, Kinsey held the office of President twice, attended numerous State and National 4-H competitions, and served on the Grant County 4-H Council and Advisory Committee.

Former members are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are in their second year of college and have been a member of the Lone Mountain 4-H in good standing.  Kinsey Fisher is a 2013 graduate of Silver High school and is enrolled at NMSU pursuing a degree in Ag Biology.

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