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Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments receives non-profit status

By Mary Alice Murphy

Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments executive director, said that the council at its recent board meeting announced it had received notice of its approved non-profit organization status.

"The COG will never lose its inner governmental status, because it is organized under the Regional Planning Act," Lucero said.

She said Emily Schilling, the SWNMCOG's economic development planner, recently attended the National Association of Development Organizations, which encompasses all the COGs in the U.S. and noted that the non-profit trend was expanding.-- Continue reading

CDBG regional awards for 2016

City of Bayard AcceptorsCatron County AcceptorsSilver City AcceptorsCommunity Development Block Grant were recently awarded to three entities in the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments four-co-- Continue reading

Old Fort Bayard Hospital quickly disappearing 063016

Old Fort Bayard Hospital quickly disappearing 063016

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said: "The progress since yesterday is sort of amazing. One of the things missing today is the little penthouse on the roof of the building, it's gone who knows where. The canopy for the entrance door on the main entrance is down but still in one piece. There will still be a lot of debris to remove and soil to grade out."

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Old Fort Bayard Hospital with West Wing half gone 062916

Old Fort Bayard Hospital with West Wing half gone 062916

Photographer Dave Schuhmann on Wednesday, June 30, pronounced the West Wing as about half gone. He also took a photo of the refurbished descriptive plaques near the New Deal Theater.

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Silver City Public Library Has Many Fun Activities For Kids

Photos by Sandra Michaud

After a planned session for helping children learn to choose healthy snacks fell through, the resourceful staff of the Silver City Public Library went to Plan B, and showed at-- Continue reading

St. Francis Newman Center Parish has new priest

St. Francis Newman Center Parish has new priest

By Mary Alice Murphy

Father Jaroslaw "Jarek" Nowacki, pronounced Yah-ro-slahv "Yah-reck" No-vaht-ski has been a member of the Las Cruces Diocese for the month of June, but said he is very happy to be in New Mexico. He prefers being called Father Jarek.

He was born May 1, 1975, in Kozienice, Poland, and ordained a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Radom, Poland, on June 1, 2002.

During his teen years and young adult years, he took English classes at school. "But they were teaching British English. I always tried to speak with an American accent, which the teacher did not like," Nowacki said.

"Six years ago, I came to America," he said. "My English was poor. Daily I needed my pastor to translate everything. Before I came, I interviewed with a monsignor by phone. It's very hard to understand another language on the phone."

Nowacki said he learned later that the monsignor reported his English was not good, but one of the priests said: "The Polish people are smart. He will learn English."-- Continue reading

New Mexico Tech Media Day 2016

New Mexico Tech Media Day 2016

Article, Photos and Video by Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) held its first ever media day event, to allow the media to get a behind the scenes look at what the program is all about. They have been one of the best kept secrets, but they no longer want to be a secret.

The Secret is Finally Out!

The machine shop

The day started with a presentation of the overview of EMRTC. EMRTC is New Mexico Tech’s largest research division.They provide a unique hands-on experience for students at New Mexico Tech University in technical areas that relate to their studies. They also perform Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) training that responds to priority and critical infrastructure security problems and produces technological solutions. They offer a broad range of training, and hope to stimulate the interests of young minds to science and engineering.

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Fire Update-Gila National Forest 062916

Silver City, NM; June 29, 2016

Over the past 24 hours there have been two new fires reported. The Pueblo fire was 7 miles north of Alma, one tenth of an acre, and has been contained. The Heifer fire is 6 miles west of the intersection of U.S. Hwy 180 and NM Hwy 12 and is also one tenth of an acre. Both fires were caused by lightning.

Thunderstorms have been less widespread over the past couple of days, however the dew point and relative humidity has remained sufficiently high to minimize fire behavior.

The Gila National Forest has several other fires that are managed for multiple objectives and not being actively suppressed. Only the 20 acre Burnt Fire 9 miles east of Upper Black Canyon Campground, the 6,885 acre Turkey Fire 8 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and the 113 acre Miller Fire 9 miles of Luna are showing any smoke. These fires are all being managed to reduce hazardous fuels to reduce the severity of future wildfires as well as to improve overall forest health.-- Continue reading

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