Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90 Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruction Project. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 on September 16th at the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East. The NMDOT and the contractor will provide detailed information regarding the project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to attend. To request ADA accommodations, call 525-7340.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. announced today revised capital and operating plans in response to the recent decline in copper prices resulting in reduced capital expenditures, lower production levels and lower operating, administrative and exploration costs. These actions are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans for Freeport McMoRan’s mining business.
During the public input portion of the Cobre School Board Meeting held Tuesday, August 25th, Mimbres Resident Linda Pafford expressed her opinions regarding on-line minutes. She reminded the board that according to the New Mexico Open Meetings Act that minutes should be made available prior to the meeting. Toy Sepulveda, board president, explained that legal advice said not to post unofficial minutes as they were not a legal document and could not be approved ahead of time.
During the public hearing this morning at the regular commission meeting on whether to expand the Grant County Commission to five members, commissioners after some deliberation, voted to approve the expansion. James Baldwin, county resident, said he was opposed to a five-person commission. Commissioner Gabriel Ramos said he had had several people ask if the issue could be put up to voters. County Attorney Abigail Robinson said a poll could be taken, but it would cause the process to begin all over again, with public hearings. The process would still have to have a unanimous vote by the commissioners and would likely cause the 2016 election deadline to be missed because of the required process steps. Commissioner Ron Hall moved to approve the motion, and it was approved.
Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez announced CyraCom will create up to 100 new jobs in Las Cruces as it expands to meet growing demand. CyraCom hired its first round of new employees this summer and will hire up to a total of 100 new employees in the next few months expanding its Las Cruces operations to 200 employees. CyraCom has been doing business in Las Cruces for 10 years and provides translation services by telephone, video, and on-site at client locations. Clients include industries as diverse as hospitals, banks, insurance, entertainment, and government. The company plans to apply for New Mexico’s Job Training Incentive Program.