October 1st, 2014: Local Headlines

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Four hikers, two from Silver City, two from Houston Texas, were stranded by high water conditions last week when the Gila River flooded.  The two from Texas were spotted by a Customs and Border Protection Office Air and Marine Helicopter after the family called from Texas to alert local officials that they had not been heard from.  They were located eight and a half miles upstream from the Cliff Dwellings at the Gila River’s West Fork.  Before the Texas hikers could be rescued, two hikers from Silver City were also stranded.  A helicopter dropped provisions and instructions for the local hikers to find the two from Houston, and the four remained together Tuesday night waiting for the waters to recede.  Finally, the four hikers were lifted out by helicopter Wednesday morning.

US Senator Martin Heinrich announce that IEC SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in New Mexico.  Senator Heinrich played a key role in securing an amendment in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act that supports American jobs by authorizing $15 million for the production of the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system in the United States. To date, the United States has provided nearly a billion dollars to Israel for Iron Dome batteries, interceptors, and general maintenance; of which $220 million was authorized in the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act for procurement of additional Iron Dome batteries and missiles. Despite these significant investments, the United States has not shared in production of this missile defense system until now.

A routine pick-up of six illegal immigrants attempting to circumvent the US Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint along the Columbus Highway on foot Sunday evening turned into an arrest.  A 33 year old Mexican National traveling with the group was discovered to have an active criminal warrant from Nevada, where he was charged with “Sexual Assault of a Minor”, but never faced his charges.  The man is currently being held at the Luna County Detention Center, awaiting proceedings for his immigration violation before being extradited to Nevada for the sexual assault charges.

Nearly 23,000 New Mexicans received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield this week telling them their insurance plans would expire in November.  The letter reportedly said that a person’s plan does not meet certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act and will be discontinued.  Those users will have to pick another plan.  The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans to accept members with pre-existing conditions, guarantee issue and provide essential health benefits.  Those who received the letter can select a new plan beginning November 15th.  December 31st will be the deadline to ensure coverage continues to 2015.

The Glenwood Ranger District has closed the Catwalk National Recreation Trail after flood waters damaged a section of the road leading into the site.  The roadway has been washed away at the Whitewater Creek crossing and repair work has been assessed by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.  For further information, contact the NMDOT at (505) 827-5100 or go online to http://www.dot.state.nm.us/content.nmdot/en.html.

 

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September 30th, 2014: Local Headlines

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The Southwest Solid Waste Authority was awarded two of four statewide awards last week at the annual New Mexico Recycling and Solid Waste Conference.  The Southwest Solid Waste Authority was named the recycling facility of the year, and Lawrence Grijalva received the award for recycling employee of the year.  According to a release, the Southwest Solid Waste Authority has made significant efforts over the past several years to expand the services it provides to the community and, at the same time, become more financially solvent.

The Kiwanis Club of Silver City recently honored students at local schools with the first Terrific Kids recognition of the new school year.  On September 17th, 25 students were honored at Harrison Schmitt Elementary School.  22 students were honored at G.W. Stout Elementary.  Each month, Children are presented with a special certificate and a “goodie bag”.  Students are chosen by their teacher for being “thoughtful, enthusiastic, respectful, responsible, inclusive, friendly, inquisitive and capable.”

US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced yesterday that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive nearly $15 million in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers.  The funding is provided under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, and will allow the colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in the health care industry.

PNM says a 1-800 number with a recording that sounds just like the real toll-free PNM number is a fake and is a scam aimed at taking your money.     The caller said the customer would be disconnected if they didn’t pay up right away. The number used was a 1-800 number that was NOT a PNM phone number.  The fake number has a recording that sounds similar to the real thing and a customer could easily be fooled.

A fourth applicant to provide essential air service to the Grant County Airport was contacted by local officials to hear the proposal and ask questions.  The owner/CEO of Mokulele Airlines, Ron Hansen, said his company flies Cessna Grand Caravans, which carry nine passengers, flies below 10,000 feet, and would have a blocked flight time of 1 hour and 35 minutes between Silver City and Albuquerque.  Currently, Mokulele Airlines has essential air service in Hawaii, and wishes to expand air services to the mainland.  They currently have 76 pilots, and would prefer to staff with local pilots.  The Grant County Commission has invited public feedback on essential air service during their upcoming October 7th meeting.

 

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September 30th, 2014: Coca Cola Homecoming Giveaway

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WNMU Mustang Football!  That’s right, this Saturday is Homecoming for the Mustangs.    Join Coca Cola for a VIP Tailgate Party in the Fine Arts Center Theater Parking Lot before the big game.  We at Silver City Radio are giving away tickets!  Just stay tuned to KSCQ 92.9 between 8 am and 5 pm through Friday for your chance to win tickets to the WNMU Mustang Football Homecoming Game, and the coca Cola VIP Tailgate party.  When you hear the cue, give us a call at 538-3396 to be automatically entered in the drawing.  Coca Cola, Silver City Radio, and WNMU Mustang Football.  ”Zero Means it’s Game Day.”

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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

Connie Thibeau Mother's Garden

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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