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Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project Monthly Update - December 1-31, 2016

January 18, 2017 Non-Local News Releases
Mexican Wolf Reintroduction ProjectMonthly Update - December 1-31, 2016 The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project)activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928)…

Silver School Board hears about list of proposed projects for bond issue, 011717

The Silver District school board met Tuesday, January 17, 2017, with all members present. Mary Lou Saucedo spoke for the Silver City Education Association in the absence of Katrina Bustillos, SCEA president. She welcomed the new superintendent, Audie Brown, back to his roots, Silver City, and into this position.

Brown informed the board of legal services retainer agreement options with Walsh Gallegos, a firm out of Albuquerque. One was with a retainer, the other, with a non-retainer agreement. Hourly expenses were for $250 an hour, and tenths of an hour breaks for billings. He said he had used this firm in Estancia and found it effective. As this was a non-action item, the board accepted the new arrangement as acceptable for his position. Read more...

Silver School Board candidates answer questions at forum 011617

By Mary Alice Murphy

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 evening featured Silver Consolidated Schools Board candidates at a forum, hosted at the Silver Schools Administration Building and moderated by Nickolas Seibel, Silver City Daily Press publisher, with some questions being asked by Stewart McClintick, who covers the schools beat for the Daily Press.

Four candidates opened the session with statements. The first was Ashley Montenegro, who was appointed to District 2 last year. She is now running for election for the position.

"I seek to be elected to the board," Montenegro said. "It's not personal, it's a service. I'm here to serve the community as a whole, including students and staff.

"You need to make your concerns known, so we can bring them to the superintendent," she continued. "I'm an active mom in my children's lives and in my children's friends' lives." Read more...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 celebrated at WNMU

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

At the Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Western New Mexico University's Light Hall, master of ceremonies Rev. Earseye Ross said he didn't know why he had been chosen to be emcee.

"Don't they know that it takes a black Baptist preacher an hour just to introduce himself?" Ross poked fun at himself.

"We are here today to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," Ross continued. Read more...

Attorney defends DA’s actions

By Roger Lanse

On Jan. 17, 2017, Jim Foy, defense attorney for 6th Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez, called the New Mexico Attorney General’s accusation that Estevez used a state-owned vehicle for personal use on June 11, 2016, a ruse.

Foy told The Beat that in the six years he was district attorney in Grant County he drove his state-owned vehicle “everywhere I went.” “Many times I was woken up at 3 a.m. to go to a murder or other crime scene,” Foy said. Foy continued saying it’s not unusual for district attorneys to use their official vehicle all the time because they never know when they will be required to act in an official capacity – “they’re on 24/7.” Read more...

6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2017

Photos by Sandra Michaud

It was a dark and stormy night, yet film and conservation enthusiasts braved the rainy weather to attend the 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Silco Theatre Saturday night. The theater was filled to capacity, and some people had to be turned away. The festival attendees enthusiastically received the 14 short films.

Woman's house burns in the Mimbres

By Mary Alice Murphy

A family home belonging to Paula Norero burned to the ground on Friday, but not before she was pulled from the blaze.

Paula Holguin, Norero's daughter, said early Friday morning her nephew, Chris Valencia, came knocking at her door.

"It was still early, and he was pounding on the door," Holguin said. "I was a little reluctant to open it because I didn't know who it was. I was thinking it might be a thief; I was thinking the worst."

Holguin said she thought her nephew was in California, because he just graduated from boot camp for the Marines.

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Roadway updates in region 011517

Dona Ana Co. Las Cruces Area
Roadways wet and slushy in areas, as temperatures drop may become icy. Crew is out observing roadway and will plow if necessary. Please reduce speed and use caution in area. Event will be updated as conditions change.

Grant Co. Silver City Area
Roadways wet and slushy in areas, as temperatures drop may become icy. Please drive with caution, reduce speed and obey all posted traffic signs. Crews are out plowing roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.

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