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State Auditor Releases Audit of Operation Stonegarden Grant

August 31, 2015 Non-Local News Releases
Concerns identified in the management of U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funds SANTA FE – Today, the Office of the State Auditor released an audit that raised concerns with the management of grant funds from the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program. The audit was requested by the Dona Ana Sheriff’s Office to examine the use of grant funds it received from the U.S. Department of Homeland…

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NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge construction continues on schedule. These are photos taken Saturday by the anonymous photographer who keeps Beat readers apprised of the progress. He said they are working on the last North end supports and soon the roadbed supports will start showing up.


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This aerial image of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center courtesy of Mark Erickson

Photos in slideshow and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Beat had an opportunity to go inside the Old Fort Bayard Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. Jeb Fowler, president of Fowler Brothers Inc, the salvage subcontractor to Tatsch Construction on the demolition of the 150,000 square-foot structure, took Grant County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten and the Beat on a tour of the interior.


GRMC Board of Trustees hears about improvement in finances

By Mary Alice Murphy

As is traditional at the beginning of a Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting each month, employees are recognized for their service.

On Friday at the regular board meeting, Clara Dean received recognition for her 25 years working at GRMC. She said she started as a volunteer, then got a job in admissions, served next as a surgery clerk and most recently has worked in radiology.

Monica Sedillo, who was not present, has served the hospital for 15 years, most recently in the operating room.


Freeport-McMoRan to implement layoffs at Tyrone Mine

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to a release sent to Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. Community Partnership Panel members, the company has revised operating plans at several of its U.S. operations.

"Chino Mine will see no changes to our current mine plan," the release states. "The mine plan at Tyrone will temporarily reduce the mining rate by 50 percent. The transition has begun." Read more...

Irish Dave visits American Legion Post 18 in Silver City to honor WW II paratrooper, Dan McBride

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

David A. Ashe, called "Irish Dave," is, well, an Irishman, who bought a piece of property in France, in Normandy. He came to Silver City this week to visit with one of the paratroopers—Dan McBride—who fought on and saved the portion of Normandy from German hands during World War II.

The Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 in Silver City held a reception for Ashe and McBride, an American Legion member, on Thursday afternoon.


Freeport-McMoRan Statement Regarding Carl Icahn Filing

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- After the close of the market on August 27, 2015, Carl Icahn filed a Schedule 13D regarding the acquisition of interests in Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX).

FCX maintains an open dialogue with our shareholders and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value.

Earlier today, FCX announced revised capital and operating plans in response to the recent decline in commodity prices resulting in reduced capital expenditures, lower production levels and lower operating, administrative and exploration costs. Today’s actions, along with the August 5, 2015 announcement of reduced oil and gas capital expenditures, are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans. The steps we are taking to reduce costs and capital expenditures will strengthen our financial position during a period of weak and uncertain markets and preserve our large resource base for improved future market conditions. Read more...

Grant County Commission declares water emergency for Hanover Water Association

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, before the vote on the agenda for the regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, noted that an addition had been made for a declaration of disaster because of the Vanadium water line break.

"The residents of Vanadium have been without water for several days because of a water line break in the Hanover Domestic Water Association lines," Kasten said. "The governor's office has asked for the declaration of disaster as they try to repair the line and provide water to residents." Read more...

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