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ISC AWSA quarterly public meeting 072114, part 2


Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting on the Arizona Water Settlements Act. This report addresses some of the history of the Bureau of Reclamation's part in the process, as well as a report on two of the diversion projects. The other diversion will be covered in the final article, which will also include the question-and-answer period.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Vivian Gonzales, Bureau of Reclamation water resources planner, continued the presentations at the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting to update people on the studies being done as part of the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process.

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Hurley resident arrested and charged in motorcyclist accident

By Roger Lanse

Orlando Chavez, 23, of Hurley, was arrested at his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, on an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesman, and transported to the Grant County Detention Center. Witnesses, according to the spokesman, had identified Chavez as the person who was driving a Dodge truck aggressively, recklessly, and with excessive speed earlier that afternoon causing a motorcyclist, Don White, 46, of Silver City, to crash. The accident occurred at mile marker 124.7 on U.S. 180, a little north of North Hurley shortly after noon on Wednesday. White is employed by the Hurley Police Department, according to HPD Chief Pete Ordonez.-- Continue reading

ISC holds quarterly AWSA public meeting 072114, part 1

Editor's Note: This is the first of several articles covering the ISC quarterly AWSA public meeting held June 21 and includes four presentations and the questions and answers that followed them.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tom Bates of Silver City served as moderator for the Interstate Stream Commission's quarterly Arizona Water Settlements Act public meeting held in the Cliff School gym on Monday evening, July 21, 2014.

David Anderson, ISC Water Resource Specialist Senior presented the first three presentations, the first of which was Analyses of flow and water use alternatives on hydrologic changes in the Cliff-Gila Valley, a study by SS Papadopolus.

"It studies the surface and groundwater interaction hydrologic changes, as a result of an AWSA diversion," Anderson said. "The 3-year calibration was matching simulated water levels to observed water levels and was completed in 2014."

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Grant County resident receives serious injuries when motorcycle is run off the road

By Roger Lanse

According to New Mexico State Police Sgt. Scott Merrill, a motorcycle and its operator were involved in a crash on U.S. Highway 180 between mile markers 24 and 25 near Hurley at 12:40 p.m., on Wednesday, July 23.

The motorcyclist, whose identity was ascertained from unofficial sources, is Don White Jr. of Grant County. He was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso at about 1-1:30 p.m., with "very serious injuries," Merrill told a Grant County Beat reporter. He was not wearing a helmet, Merrill said.-- Continue reading

GCSO finds body when welfare check requested by son

On Friday, July 18, at about 7 p.m., Grant County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 44 Jack Rabbit Lane in Arenas Valley in reference to a welfare check on 72-year-old Theresa Gunnelson. The welcheck was requested by her son, Kirk Reinhold of Madison, Wisconsin, who along with his brother Karl, had not been able to contact their mother for several days.

When officers arrived at the address, according to their report, they found Gunnelson's partially decomposed body lying on the ground about 10 yards south of the house near a red Chevrolet Cavalier with the driver's side door open. A pair of black sunglasses were still on the body. Near the body was a 12-pack of beer with three missing and a brown purse containing four unopened packs of cigarettes.-- Continue reading

Town Council Hears Resident Concerns, Discusses Air Service, Names New Fire Chief

By Roger Lanse

Two residents spoke before the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, July 22, meeting during the public input portion of the agenda.

One was concerned about a trailer park near Market and Montana streets that was grandfathered in despite the recent passage of more stringent regulations. The concern was that 14 trailers on a half-acre were causing sanitation, safety and noise issues to surrounding residents. "We have 30 plus dogs, 30 plus cars, and no playground for the kids," the speaker told the council. "Do we really want to live with that?" he asked. "I hope the council and the town manager can take another look at that and see what we can do."

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Second-Quarter and Six-Month 2014 Results

Net income attributable to common stock totaled $482 million, $0.46 per share, for second-quarter 2014, compared with net income of $482 million, $0.49 per share, for second-quarter 2013. Net income attributable to common stock for the first six months of 2014 totaled $992 million, $0.95 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, $1.17 per share, for the first six months of 2013.

Consolidated sales for second-quarter 2014 totaled 968 million pounds of copper, 159 thousand ounces of gold, 25 million pounds of molybdenum and 16.0 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE), compared with second-quarter 2013 sales of 951 million pounds of copper, 173 thousand ounces of gold, 23 million pounds of molybdenum and 5.0 MMBOE (reflecting oil and gas results beginning June 1, 2013).-- Continue reading

Silver City Police Department Weekend Report: 07/18/14 at 4:00 PM – 07/21/14 at 8:00 AM

For the weekend, beginning Friday, July 18th , 2014 at 4:00 pm and ending Monday, July 21st 2014 at 8:00 am Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 84 calls for service and had 242-- Continue reading

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