Here is a look at today’s headlines:
Freeport McMoRan would like to have community input to prioritize community needs. They have an online survey for you to complete regarding programs and projects. Visit FreeportInMyCommunity.com to participate. Freeport-McMoRan is proud to be a partner in Grant County and is continually striving to support programs and projects that promote long-term prosperity and sustainability.
In other news about Freeport, on Friday Freeport publically discussed plans to build an overpass and haul road to ore bodies located at Hanover Mountain. This arch roadway overpass over HWY 152, will allow for heavy machinery to cross the highway. To begin the process, first the mine must create a paved detour road around the construction. When complete the overpass will be 120 feet wide and will contain a concrete barrier along the sides to stop any material from falling on the roadway below. This project has been in the planning stages since 2010 and hopefully will be able to move forward after the long permit stage has been completed.
The Silver City Arts and Cultural District (SCACD) Board of Directors has announced that their Executive Director and Silver City Tourism Manager, Callie Kennington, will be moving on as of August 1st, but will continue to help with the transition to a new Executive Director through September. During her tenure, Ms. Kennington has successfully secured in excess of $380,000 for the Town of Silver City’s tourism-related projects via a large Department of Transportation grant, New Mexico Tourism Department cooperative funding, New Mexico Arts grants, and the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance. In addition, she successfully secured over $235,000 in lodger’s tax funds for use in promoting the Grant County area over the last two years. The SCACD Board of Directors will be conducting a search for a new Executive Director and Silver City Tourism Manager beginning this week. Please contact the SCACD office at (575) 538-5560 for information regarding the application process.
Notice is given that the Board of County Commissioners, constituting the governing body of Grant County, New Mexico will consider the adoption of an ordinance entitled: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLES ON STREETS OR HIGHWAYS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY GRANT COUNTY. The Ordinance will be considered at a regular meeting of the Commission on Thursday, August 17th at 9:00 a.m in the Commissioners Chambers in the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City, New Mexico. A copy of the Ordinance in draft form is on file and available for inspection during normal business hours at the office of the County Clerk at the Grant County Administration Building.
In Deming news, the old municipal swimming pool on 8th and Spruce Street that had been build in 1918 was demolished. The pool served the Deming community for many decades, before a new pool was built.
In Hatch news, more than 30 people had to be evacuated from homes in Hatch due to flooding. A shelter was set-up for these residents at the Hatch Community Resource center. County officials are currently assessing the damage caused by the flooding. Some of this damage assessment is being done by drones. Work is being done to repair the banks of several arroyos. Sandbags have also been brought it to help to control the flooding.
This has been a look at some of today’s headlines.