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Photographer Ann McMahon has upcoming talks and shows

July 27, 2016 Local News Releases
Photographer Ann McMahon will be presenting a talk and showing canvases in the next few weeks from her portfolio “The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County." The first presentation is at the Silver City Museum for their Brown Bag Lunch program, Saturday, August 6. The program starts at Noon at the Museum. Contact details are on the Museum's website. The next presentation also is for the…

Grant County Commission holds special meeting to approve final budget

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission held a special meeting Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016, to make final adjustments to the fiscal year 2016 budget. According to Financial Officer Linda Vasquez the adjustments included a $153,000 increase in property tax receipts and a $390,200 increase in the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

In the financial report ending June 30, the county Road Fund had a cash balance of $305,000.

The General Fund had a cash balance of $3.291,797. Read more...

A collaboration on use of effluent is in the discussion stage

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Grant County Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, who has been working on a similar project for about five years, has teamed up with Santa Clara, Bayard and the Forest Service to plan wetlands using treated effluent from the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to recharge aquifers and provide riparian habitat.

A field trip on Tuesday morning took officials out to the general area along Twin Sisters Creek, where wetlands might be placed. They included Ramos, Gila National Forest Supervisor Adam Mendonca, Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch, Bayard Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro, and Aaron Beckworth, Drinking Water Bureau compliance officer. In addition Mike Natharius, Gila National Forest soil biologist; Carolyn Koury, GNF hydrologist; Tony Ybarra, GNF wildlife biologist; Forest Service intern Paul Min; and volunteer Uri Seitz, plus this reporter, went on the trip. Read more...

All lanes now open: Lordsburg area has two NMDOT warnings 072716

All lanes are now open

CLOSURE – LORDSBURG AREA 072716

I-10 westbound at mile post 16.8 passing lane is closed due to a commercial vehicle fire. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, and use extreme caution. Please expect delays.

Please be advised of a dust storm in effect in the Lordsburg area. Use caution while traveling on Interstate 10 from the 2 mile post to mile post 22 west of Lordsburg. Will advise as weather improves.

Silver and Signal Fire Emergency Road and Trails Closure Order to be Rescinded

The Gila National Forest, Silver City District is rescinding the entire Silver and Signal Fire Emergency Road and Trails Closure Order (O#: 06-349) effective Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The closure order can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=25954 

The areas to be open were initially closed due to hazardous trees, dangerous falling rocks, flooding and debris on roads and trails from the Signal fire in 2014 and the Silver fire in 2013. Read more...

FINAL Black Range Complex Fires Update 072616

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Silver City, NM; July 26, 2016 – The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Range Ranger District consist of four fires: the Kline and Cooney Fires started July 8, the Corduroy Fire on July 17, and the Boiler Fire on July 18. These lightning-caused fires are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM. As these fires burn, pre-determined management areas have been designated for fire management. The Black Range Complex Fires are currently 4,297 acres. There are currently 71 fire personnel assigned. Fire management for the Black Range Complex Fire will be transferred back to the Black Range Ranger District on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016 at 6:00 AM, and managed by the local district Type 3 fire organization. Read more...

NMEDD Secretary Barela makes first visit to renovated Silco Theater

Silver City MainStreet Project presents a limited edition poster to NMEDD Secretary Jon Barela. From left are Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Barela, MainStreet Project Director Lucy Whitmarsh, and Mainstreet Board President Patrick Hoskins.

Barela becomes engrossed in the trailer shown on his behalf, while doing what any avid moviegoer does—eats popcorn.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, while he was in Grant County celebrating the relocation of a candy company—St. Claire's Organics—from Boulder, Colo., to Santa Clara, also made a trip to the Silco Theater in downtown Silver City.

The NMEDD made the renovation and restoration of the Silco Theater possible with funding from the department.

Barela had seen the before, the in between, but had not had a chance to visit since the completion of the project.

"Movie theaters are the heart and soul of downtowns," Barela said. "They are architectural gems—the best examples of local flair,"

David Vesica, architect on the project, said the renovation was "all about creating the historic reference. We did it backward by putting up the marquee first, but it set the Art Deco tone we brought inside."

"This is fabulous," Barela said. When they went behind the screen to the backstage that, in a future phase, will become a venue for live theater, he said: "This is unbelievable. So cool." He lauded the team effort that made the project happen. Read more...

Cobre School Board holds hearing on policy, approves next year's meeting schedule 072516

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board met at the Administration Office on July 25. Three members were present, a bare quorum for doing business: Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly and Frank Cordova, vice president. The closed session had begun at 6:03 p.m., according to Cordova. He said they had discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues, but no decisions had been made in the session.

The open meeting began at 7:10. Unfinished business included legal notice information for the 2016-2017 board meetings and the Open Meeting Resolution; both topics were approved as presented. Three policy first readings were approved; they were on sick leave, annual leave and bereavement leave. On this last, there were differences between local conditions, a three-day leave, and distant destinations, a five-day leave. Second readings will take place at the next board meeting.

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