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Wizard of Id for February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 Comics
By Parker & Hart

NOW OPEN: Accident on US 180 closes road

AS of a notice received at 8:03 p.m., the road is now open.


AS of 4:55 p.m., US 180 at mile post 117 is closed due to a vehicle accident. State Police is on scene. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for workers and emergency vehicles in the area. Expect delays.

Want to be an extra in "Sailboat," the movie?

Interested in auditioning to be an extra for the movie Sailboat? To attend an audition this Saturday, Feb. 13, you must register with  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . By registering, you will learn where and when the auditions will take place, as well as what you should bring with you.

The movie is filming in and around Silver City this month and into March.

If you have any questions at all please just ask, as the team will help and would love to be a part of this film. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"We want as many local people as we can have be part of the film," a news release states.


Deming man arrested for distributing meth

By Roger Lanse

Flavio Loya Moncada, 53, of Deming, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Moncada was arrested on March 6, 2015 in Dona Ana County after he attempted to sell about a half pound of meth to an undercover law enforcement agent. Read more...

Freeport-McMoRan updates information on Tyrone employment

In light of the current weak commodity price environment, Freeport-McMoRan is taking further immediate actions to accelerate its debt reduction plans and enhance shareholder value through pursuing asset sales and joint venture transactions. Several initiatives are currently being advanced, including an evaluation of alternatives for the oil and gas business as well as several transactions involving certain of its mining assets. The company told the Beat, it cannot, at this time, comment further on this issue.

The company also provided updated information on employment at Tyrone since the mine implemented its 50% curtailment a few months ago.

Before the curtailment was announced, there were approximately 600 employees at Tyrone, which has declined to about 350 people currently employed at Tyrone. There were 111 Tyrone employees who transferred to Chino and another 39 who transferred to other Freeport-McMoRan operations. Approximately 40 Tyrone employees took early retirement and 47 were laid off. A few others voluntarily terminated their employment with the company.

Town council approves FY 2015-2016 audit

By Roger Lanse

Geoffrey Mamerow, audit manager with Kubiak Melton & Associates, LLC, of Albuquerque, told council that zero findings were reported in the financial statement portion of the audit. In the federal awards segment, Mamerow said a few minor issues were discovered and that all had been addressed in consultations with Town Manager Alex Brown, “Brown is doing a very solid job,” he said.

Stone McGee & Co. of Silver City had been performing the yearly audit, but Brown told the Beat state auditor regulations limit how long a company is permitted to audit a single entity – nine years, and this would be the tenth year for Stone McGee & Co. However, Brown said, after a two-year interval, Stone McGee & Co. can be considered again. Read more...

Cobre School Board hears about recent student efforts

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board members met at the high school performing arts center Monday evening, February 8. The closed session began at 6:02, where Toy Sepulveda, board president, said they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues. No decisions were made at that time. Board members present were Frank Gomez, Robert Mendoza, Frank Cordova and Sepulveda.

Frank Quarrell, high school principal, reported on some recent student efforts. Two seniors, Alexis Madrid and Brandy Hernandez, attended a pre-pharmacy event in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 6, where they and about 70 other applicants across the state competed for a place in the program, which was explained to them. Read more...

Hidalgo Medical Services Welcomes Dan Otero as CEO

(Silver City, NM – February 9, 2016)

Hidalgo Medical Services is pleased to announce and welcome Dan Otero as its new Chief Executive Officer. A lifelong resident of Grant County and no stranger to the healthcare field, Dan will formally commence his new duties with HMS on February 22, 2016. Mr. Otero brings more than 26 years of relevant yet diverse experience in healthcare as he transitions to HMS from his previous position as Chief Administrative Officer at Gila Regional Medical Center.

“We welcome Dan’s experience and leadership to the HMS community,” said Dr. Darrick Nelson, who has been serving as the Interim CEO for HMS and also serves as Chief Medical Officer and Residency Program Director. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Mr. Otero in collaboration on issues between HMS and GRMC for almost three years now. I have personally always found him to be very supportive of HMS and our community. He always maintains the highest standards of honesty, integrity and transparency and these attributes will aid HMS in achieving our mission and vision. I can honestly say that having Mr. Otero join our team will help HMS continue to move forward in a positive direction!” Read more...

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