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Worker's Comp Act information session in Deming

August 28, 2015 Luna County List
Workers' Compensation ActA Free Informational Session Officials from the NM Workers' Compensation Administration will provide a presentation explaining the law change to Luna/Hidalgo county growers, food processors, and farm labor contractors.DATE: Wednesday, September 2, 2015TIME: 3:30 PMLOCATION: Luna County Courthouse Basement Chambers, 700 S. Silver Ave, Deming, NM

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...

Breaking News: County Commission approves expansion to five members

By Mary Alice Murphy

During the public hearing Thursday at the regular commission meeting on whether to expand the Grant County Commission to five members, two spoke—one for, one against.

George Ruebelmann, county resident, encouraged the commission to vote to approve the five-member commission. He asked where it was specified that it be a unanimous vote.

Commissioner Ron Hall said a constitutional amendment required the unanimous vote.

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Freeport-McMoRan Announces Further Spending Cuts in Response to Market Conditions

PHOENIX --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX):

• 25% reduction ( $700 million ) in estimated 2016 Mining capital expenditures
• Projected consolidated 2016 capital expenditures for Mining and Oil & Gas estimated at $4.0 billion  - 29% reduction from July 2015 estimates.
• Reduction in copper sales of 150 million pounds per year in 2016e and 2017e
• 20% reduction in estimated 2016 unit site production and delivery costs compared with 2015e
• Actions enhance outlook for Free Cash Flow generation at low prices

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today revised capital and operating plans in response to the recent decline in copper prices resulting in reduced capital expenditures, lower production levels and lower operating, administrative and exploration costs. These actions are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans for FCX’s mining business. Read more...

Cobre School Board explains why minutes are not posted online before the meeting

Toy Sepulveda, board president, opened the public portion of the August 25 Cobre school board meeting at about 7:20 p.m. He announced that the earlier closed session had started at 6:00 and all board members were present. They had discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel, but no decisions had been made.

As there was no unfinished business, Public Input came next and Linda Pafford of Mimbres was able to state her opinions regarding the on-line minutes. She said it was helpful to have the attachments added, but reminded them that the July 27 minutes were not up until yesterday, August 24. She quoted the New Mexico Open Meetings act, reading from section 10-15-1 paragraph g, and said she requested minutes prior to the next meeting. Read more...

Council approves amendments to animal ordinance mandating leashing and proper care

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council approved amendments to Sections 6-187 and 6-190 of the town’s municipal code regarding animals running loose and the providing of proper care and maintenance, sponsored by District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison.

One amendment is “really is to ensure that folks have their animal on a lead when they’re out in public,” Bettison said. The other amendments prohibit single-point tethering of animals whether on public or private property, with exceptions for working, hunting, or search and rescue dogs. For those pet owners who have no enclosure or fenced yards, a trolley system of tethering is recommended. Access for the dog to shelter, fresh water and fresh food is the driving force behind the ban on single-point tethering, Bettison said. Read more...

The old Fort Bayard Medical Center building will soon begin tumbling down

The back and side of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center, which will soon be demolished.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the 149th Birthday celebration of the founding of For Bayard in 1866, participants were treated to a short presentation by Florence Bowers about her husband's great-grandfather, a Buffalo soldier who served at Fort Bayard, almost simultaneously with the founding; ragtime and fiddle music from the 1912 era; and a report on the demolition of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center facility. That Saturday evening, only posts stood where the chain link fence would be put in place on Sunday. By Monday, access to the area was limited.

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