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Note to GOP: Talking about raising taxes is a bad idea

January 27, 2015 Editorial
Commentary by Marita Noon What are the Republicans thinking? Coming right out of the gate, at the start of the new GOP-controlled Congress, they began talking about the crazy idea of increasing the gasoline tax. It has little chance of passing, yet can easily taint the party with a tax-raising reputation. Just two days after the swearing in of the new Congress, the January 8 Wall Street Journal…

GSFWC holds special meeting, hears lots of public comment

Editor's Note: This article comprises only the public comments portion of the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting called by the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission on Tuesday, Jan.27, after roll call, including those on the conference call, a quorum was met, with 13 of the 18 members being present.

The first agenda item called for public comment. The first to speak was M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Grant County resident and member of the Gila Conservation Coalition. Read more...

Bayard approves audit report

By Roger Lanse

The Bayard City Council, at its Jan. 26, meeting, approved the 2014 audit report by Fierro and Fierro, PA, of Las Cruces. Only one finding, an error in an entry for city travel, was discovered.

In other action, a request by Copper Little League President Hector Carrillo for the use of the Little League field for 2015 was approved.

Also, a new solid waste collection contract with Southwest Disposal, out of Las Cruces, was approved. Read more...

Gila Cliff Dwellings personnel hold public input session on fee increase

These friendly faces would have greeted you had you visited the Gila National Forest office today to offer input on a proposed fee increase to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. At left, is monument Superintendent Hugh Hawthorne and, at right, is brand new Chief of Interpretation Rita Garcia.

Photo and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014 Results

Editor's Note: Although the entire release was received by the Beat, none of the tables came through in a format that was publishable, without hours of reformatting, so for the benefit of the readers, the Beat recommends you download the pdf and read the entire, comprehensive report.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014 Results

Part 2 of Cobre and Silver School Board Candidate Forum

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of two parts of the school board candidates forum.


By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver and Cobre School Board candidates continued answering questions from the audience at the forum held at the Western New Mexico University J. Cloyd Miller Library on Sunday, Jan. 25.

An audience member asked Trent Petty, candidate to be re-elected to Silver School Board District 3, and to Frances Vasquez, his challenger for District 3, about the articles about the audit and the concerns that the auditor Stone had. Read more...

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