Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Hurley Town Council discussed options to increase water rates in order to cover a new and needed water project. Since Hurley has been purchasing water from the Chino mines for over 60 years, preparations need to be made to insure the water supply when the current mine owner, Freeport McMoRan, is scheduled to discontinue supplying water to the town by the end of this year. Currently, Hurley is working on a water project from a well field located near the Grant County Airport. The Rural Community Assistance Corporation created a water rate study for the town and provided three possible solutions in raising revenue. Possible scenarios are being sent to an attorney for review.
Administered through the New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department, the Guadalupe Montessori School in Silver City, is offering free programming for 3 to 4- year old children through a “Mixed Age Pilot Pre-K program.” According to a release, “the school philosophy and Pre-K program plan endeavors to create a mixed age classroom with a balance of ages. In order to meet this goal, Guadalupe Montessori is prioritizing enrollment for children that will turn 4 years old before September 1st of this year.” Children who meet the age requirement for 3-year-olds can join the waiting list and be eligible for spaces when they open. For more information, contact the school before 3:00 P.M. on September 5th at 575-388-3343.
The HMS Cliff Gila Community Health Center, which was reduced to being open three days a week since January, is now open to patients Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., just closing for lunch from 12 Noon to 1:00 P.M. Dan Otero, HMS CEO, stated that since the hiring of two mid level providers to serve Grant County, HMS is able to return to a five- day schedule at the Cliff-Gila Community Health Center. A special thank you was given to Certified Physician Assistant, Jill Steidl, who worked between the HMS Cliff-Gila and Mimbres Valley locations over the past nine months, effectively keeping both clinics open during this transition.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation has issued an alert to drivers using NM Highway 159 from mile post 12 to 17 (Silver Creek). The roadway has extensive erosion due to recent rainfalls and the NMDOT advises only the use of high clearance or 4- wheel drive vehicles at this time. Drivers are urged to seek an alternate route if possible. The NMDOT will continue to monitor the situation while actions are being taken to correct roadway conditions.