October 29th, 2014: Local Headlines

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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October 21st, 2014: Local Headlines

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WNMU has a new initiative called The Center for Gender Equity.  It is the first center focusing on all genders on a college campus in New Mexico, and it’s opening marks another step in making the WNMU Campus an open and diverse community for students.  The Center will be the home of programs and initiatives celebrating gender and sexual identity diversity and inclusion for students at WNMU.  The new Center will have a ribbon cutting and open house on October 30th from 11 am to 2 pm at 1211 Mississippi Street.

The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands.  The 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System will guide the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.    By working together, the agencies and non-government partners have built a model of effectiveness and efficiency that will continue as they meet the goals of wilderness stewardship in the 21st century. To learn more visit www.wilderness.net.

The Silver City Police Department responded to a call from an Ace Hardware employee on Friday afternoon after an unnamed female told him about a device located on the hill behind the store.  According to the Silver City Police Department incident report, a 12 inch long object wrapped in black electrical tape and a black wire, and containing a small amount of powder and small steel BBs was observed.  Police notified Ace Hardware, the Business and Conference Center, and Corre Caminos and advised them to evacuate.  New Mexico State Police were also notified, and Sergeant Scott Merrill contacted the New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad in Albuquerque.  The device was then taken to Albuquerque to be forwarded to the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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October 21st, 2014: Gila National Forest Fall Colors Report

View of the fall colors in the McKnight area on the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Visitors to the forest should expect peak viewing at higher elevations during the last week of October.

Gila National Forest fall colors report 

SILVER CITY, N.M. — The leaves are starting to change on the Gila National Forest in the higher elevations, with peak viewing expected the last week of October for most of the forest.

In the Glenwood Ranger District aspens and oaks are in full color at the highest elevations and an abundance of wildflowers are blooming at lower elevations so some hillsides are currently a bright yellow color and are visible along U.S. Highway 180. The trees along the San Francisco River are just starting to turn; those will peak later in the month.

On New Mexico Highway 12 heading into the Reserve Ranger District, approximately 40 percent of the leaves have changed. This intimate state highway, winds around Largo Canyon and the San Francisco River, leading visitors up and into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Golden colors are beginning along the Mimbres Valley and along New Mexico Highway 35. The Gila River area around Forks and Grapevine campgrounds are also experiencing vivid colors. New Mexico Highway 15, accessed only from Silver City, New Mexico or from the east on New Mexico Highway 35, offers spectacular views of the Gila Wilderness and ends at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center.

New Mexico Highway 15 from Silver City can be very narrow at certain points and is not recommended for trailers over 20 feet in length. These visitors may take an alternate route on New Mexico Highway 35 that intersects with New Mexico Highway 15 leading up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Given the shear drop-offs along the way, it is well worth the ride for breathtaking views of the oldest, most celebrated Wilderness in the country.

Due to the extensive flood damage along New Mexico Highway 152, fall color viewing is not possible in the Black Range Ranger District.

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October 21st, 2014: Disabled American Veterans Eligibility



Membership is open to anyone wounded, injured or disabled during honorable wartime service.  The following provides the dates of active duty service that are considered during “time of war”:

World War I ……………………………………. 04/06/17  -  07/02/21

World War II & Korea ………………… 09/16/40  -  01/31/55

Vietnam & Other Engagements ………… 01/31/55  -  10/14/76

Iranian Crisis, Lebanon Crisis

Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of

Panama and other engagements ………… 11/04/79  -  01/31/90

Persian Gulf Crisis  and

Subsequent Engagements ………………… 08/02/90  -  until terminated by Presidential Proclamation or Congressional Resolution

Included in these dates are the changes adopted by the delegates to the 1990 and 1991 National Conventions.  They reflect the military engagements that U.S. Forces have been involved in since Vietnam.

The requirement “during time of war” is also met if it is determined that the applicant’s wound, injury or disability, was incurred at any time (1) as a direct result of armed conflict, or (2) while engaged in extra-hazardous service under conditions simulating war, or (3) while the United States was engaged in any war.  A disability incurred or aggravated during service between September 16, 1940, and December 7, 1941, is included in the term “under conditions simulating war.”

Documentation of disability and/or military service is required with applications of those serving under conditions simulating war.

Contact National Headquarters if you have any questions.



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