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Grant County Water Commission had one issue to discuss

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Water Commission Chairman Alex Brown, who is also the town of Silver City's manager, led off the meeting and said: "The Interstate Stream Commission staff recommended that the Regional Water Project be tabled as part of the Arizona Water Settlements Act process. The staff also recommended putting stipulations on some funding."

He said staff made the recommendation for Silver City to give its water rights from near the airport to Hurley.-- Continue reading

Silver School Board hears encouraging report on bullying

By Margaret Hopper

Silver Consolidated School Board met at the district office on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. The work session began at 5:06 p.m. and lasted to nearly 5:45, when it adjourned for a break prior to starting the action session at 6:00 p.m. All board members were present.

Bianca Padillo and Tim Madrid addressed the board about the Truancy Prevention Program, which had had some changes made to its policies. Padillo and Madrid explained where the differences were and said the school could now use a form letter they were developing for referrals if truancies went past the initial intervention stages. Out of 164 referrals, 20 students had been placed on active contracts. The differences between parents and guardians were significant and spelled out in the update.-- Continue reading

Dunn Secures Victory as Next NM Land Commissioner

Today, the Secretary of State declared Aubrey Dunn as the newly elected Commissioner of Public Lands. This victory comes after nearly six weeks of anticipation from an automatic statewide recount, which came to a conclusion today.

Republican Aubrey Dunn defeated incumbent Democrat Commissioner Ray Powell. Due to the narrow margin of votes between the two candidates cast in the General Election on November 4, 2014, New Mexico state law mandated an automatic recount in all 33 counties.

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Winter Weather Advisory tonight and Thursday night

Winter Weather Advisory tonight and Thursday night

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
318 Pm Mst Wed Dec 17 2014

...two Storm Systems To Bring Snow To Higher Elevations Of South
Central And Southwest New Mexico...

.two Pacific Storm Systems Will Sweep Through The Borderland And
Bring Light To Moderate Snowfall Over The Mountains Across
Southwest New Mexico This Evening Through Friday Morning. Snow
Levels Will Drop To Around 6500 Ft Tonight And Again Thursday
Night.-- Continue reading

Gila/San Francisco Water Commission considers two resolutions, part 2

Editor's Note: This is part 2 and the final part of a two-part report on the Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 GSFWC meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission, under old business, discussed whether to approve submitting the George K. Baum finance plan to the ISC.

GSFWC Chairman Anthony Gutierrez said he had already presented it to the ISC.

Mark Valenzuela, first vice president to George K. Baum and Company, an investment bank in Albuquerque, noted that he was born and raised in Deming.

"We recognize the information in this original presentation has changed," Valenzuela said. "We need to update the numbers based on what the Interstate Stream Commission has done. We presented this as a concept. There are assets to the Arizona Water Settlements Act. Putting them to work can benefit you. We need to update the numbers and the process.-- Continue reading

Battle of the Badges Supports Toys for Tots

In its annual football game, the Silver City Police Department and the Silver City Fire Department face off in a game to support Toys for Tots.

The SCPD won over the SCFD 44-22.

Photos by Alaina Duniv-- Continue reading

Gila/San Francisco Water Commission considers two resolutions, part 1

Editor's Note: The meeting will be covered in two articles. This is the first one.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business was public comments. The first speaker was Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director.

"You have an agenda item to send a specific request to be the CAP (Central Arizona Project) entity for the Arizona Water Settlements Act," Siwik said. "I have several questions."

She said she knew the commission had hired the Domenici Law Firm to amend the group's joint powers agreement to allow the commission to become the CAP entity.-- Continue reading

SWCCA meets and tables resolutions

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Southwestern County Commission Alliance members met in a short meeting today, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, to hear public input and address two resolutions.

The first to speak during public input was Nancy Kaminski, Southwest Audubon Chapter president.

"I want to comment on the resolution the Travel Management Plan," Kaminski said. "I think you need some history. President Richard Nixon issued Executive Order 11644 in 1972 to protect the forests from the estimated 5 million off-road recreational vehicles. Now there are 40 million off-highway vehicles."-- Continue reading

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