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August 28, 2016 Comics

Candidate Forum held at WNMU on Thursday 082516

Editor's Note: In order to be comprehensive, this series will consist of at least three, if not four articles. This first article addresses the opening statements of and answers by District 3 Grant County commissioner candidates.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The six Grant County Commissioner candidates plus one who filed as a write-in gave opening statements at a candidate forum on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, hosted by MEChA, the Western New Mexico University Library and the Grant County Democratic Party, as one of its monthly forums.

WNMU Vice President for external affairs Magdaleno Manzanares welcomed the large crowd of around 130 people to the monthly forum. He also thanked Miller Library personnel for setting up the tables and chairs. He introduced the moderator, Abe Villarreal, WNMU marketing director.

Villarreal said the forum featured the Grant County Commission candidates for Districts 3, 4, and 5. For District 3, the candidates are Alicia Edwards and Henry Torres; for District 4, Billy Billings and Marilyn Alcorn; and for District 5, write-in candidate De Ann Bencomo, Harry Browne and Harry Pecotte. Read more...

Missing Endangered Person Clarissa Alvarado

Friday, August 26, 2016, the Deming Police Department received a report of a missing endangered person.

Ms. Clarissa Alvarado was last seen this morning Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Mc Donald's restaurant in Deming, NM. She is twenty years old and is described as being, five feet tall (5'0"), one hundred thirty pounds (130 lbs.), with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a black sweat shirt, and carrying a black and white blanket.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Deming Police Department at (575) 546-3011.

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Opportunity High School work program develops

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

001From left, OHS Principal Jason Ping meets with teachers, Stephanie Tedford, Mark Martinez, Peter Limardo, Pat Kimmick, and Dixine Moore.

005OHS receptionist Kalah Carrasco, meets with teacher Limardo.Fridays are different at Opportunity High School this year. Students have already been assigned their community contacts, for the most part, and few of them are present. Those who are there are waiting for meetings with staff or working on a project. The five teachers who are staff are in session with Jason Ping, principal, who is going over the present work in that first hour, handing out assignments still needed to get the new program off to a good start.


Negotiation continues on proposed ALCS lease purchase agreement

By Margaret Hopper

The latest information on the Aldo Leopold Charter School leases for a proposed expansion for the school comes from Harry Browne’s comments and others from Alex Ocheltree, the owning party of a building that used to house Billy's BBQ, but has been offered as an ALCS middle school.

Browne, ALCS business manager and teacher, noted that two leases were written. The first is a straight lease on the property, while the more complicated lease purchase was being further negotiated by ALCS and its attorneys. The second continues to be adjusted and prepared. When finalized, it should be sent to the State for approval, a process which is estimated to take around six months.

A call to Ocheltree confirmed that this was progress, and it appears the lease-purchase agreement will be concluded in time, but state regulations do take time. He was pleased with the efforts. While this does slow down the timetable on construction and renovations, the recent steps were important and the work can continue.

Women of Distinction to be honored by Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Sept. 15

Las Cruces, New Mexico - Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is proud to announce the fourth annual Women of Distinction luncheon honoring Southern New Mexico women for their achievements and contributions, both personally and professionally, as a community leader and as a role model for girls. The luncheon will take place at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, NM on Thursday, September 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online www.gsdswwomenofdistinction.org or call 800-895-7390 ext. 220.

Honorees receiving this year's awards include Arianna Parsons, Priscilla Lucero, Diane Hamilton, Ann Palormo, Lori English, Olivia Lerma McDonald, LaJune Smith, Renay Scott and Barbara Hubbard. All are Women of Distinction! Read more...

Mario Quintana Awarded K. Rose Wood Outstanding Older Adult Award

Mario Quintana coordinates the newly-formed Senior Olympics of Grant County.

Mr. Quintana's passion for Senior Olympics is infectious. While he is focused on those who are 50 or older, he has also managed to get several younger adults involved as honorary members. The honorary members support local athletes as they compete, and volunteer in various capacities to help make events successful. Mr. Quintana is well aware that we all age, and he is working quite diligently to make sure that everyone lives a healthy lifestyle.

Mr. Quintana convinced almost 150 older adults that they are athletes and should compete in Senior Olympic local games. At the end of the season, almost 30 of those athletes qualified to participate in state games. Mr. Quintana was able to reach diverse populations; the local Hispanic community chose to participate in record numbers, and many residents with lower incomes also participated. Now the organization has begun to promote year-round healthy lifestyles for all older adults in Silver City.

For Mr. Quintana, every day is an opportunity to advance the cause of healthy living. The more people he gets involved in Senior Olympics, the healthier they become, both physically and mentally. The effects of his hard work are far reaching, and will continue to be felt for many, many years to come.

Silver School Board sets timeline for proceeding with superintendent search

By Margaret Hopper

Silver school board members, at left,  attended another special training session Monday, August 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Administrative building. All five were present, as well as John Carter, interim superintendent.

The trainer was Dr. Dan Patterson, pictured below, associated with the New Mexico School Board Association, the group that board members selected to help them with the superintendent search. He began by restating the goal of getting the best leaders possible for its clients, who require leaders for schools, law enforcement groups, fire protection units and similar state services.


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