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Santa Clara part of Frontier Communities Initiative

New Mexico MainStreet Announces New Frontier Communities for Fiscal Year 2016
Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico MainStreet Announces the communities of Eagle Nest, Mountainair, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Springer, Tularosa, and Villanueva have been selected for this year's Frontier Communities Initiative. The Frontier Communities Initiative was established by the New Mexico Legislature and signed into law by Governor Martinez in 2013 for communities under 7,500 in population.

"The Frontier Communities Initiative is an important tool to help create positive economic impact in our smaller communities," said Governor Susana Martinez. "I congratulate Eagle Nest, Mountainair, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Springer, Tularosa, and Villanueva as they begin work on these important projects in their communities."-- Continue reading

First day of Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee features two presentations about area water needs

This article covers Silver City Water Needs

By Mary Alice Murphy

Before the official welcome at the Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee meeting held Monday and Tuesday at the Western New Mexico University J. Cloyd Miller Library, Chairman Sen. Peter Wirth invited Sen. Howie Morales to say a few words.

"We really appreciate your being here," Morales said. "Western always does a good job holding the committee meetings, and Prospectors does an excellent job hosting the committee members."

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Jack Crocker, on behalf of WNMU President Joseph Shepard and on behalf of the faculty and staff, welcomed the legislators. "These issues are important to the community. I also thank the library staff headed by Gilda Baeza Ortego for facilitating this meeting."-- Continue reading

Shots fired in Walmart parking lot

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at about 11:40 p.m., Silver City police officers were dispatched to Walmart regarding shots fired.

Witnesses told the officers, according to a SCPD incident report, that two vehicles, a teal blue 2002 Chrysler Sirius and a black Dodge Neon raced into the Walmart parking lot from the carnival across the highway and almost collided with each other in front of the grocery side doors.-- Continue reading

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NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge construction continues on schedule. These are photos taken Saturday by the anonymous photographer who keeps Beat readers apprised of the progress. He said they are working on the last North end supports and soon the roadbed supports will start showing up.

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This aerial image of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center courtesy of Mark Erickson

Photos in slideshow and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Beat had an opportunity to go inside the Old Fort Bayard Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. Jeb Fowler, president of Fowler Brothers Inc, the salvage subcontractor to Tatsch Construction on the demolition of the 150,000 square-foot structure, took Grant County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten and the Beat on a tour of the interior.

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GRMC Board of Trustees hears about improvement in finances

By Mary Alice Murphy

As is traditional at the beginning of a Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting each month, employees are recognized for their service.

On Friday at the regular board meeting, Clara Dean received recognition for her 25 years working at GRMC. She said she started as a volunteer, then got a job in admissions, served next as a surgery clerk and most recently has worked in radiology.

Monica Sedillo, who was not present, has served the hospital for 15 years, most recently in the operating room.

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Freeport-McMoRan to implement layoffs at Tyrone Mine

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to a release sent to Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. Community Partnership Panel members, the company has revised operating plans at several of its U.S. operations.

"Chino Mine will see no changes to our current mine plan," the release states. "The mine plan at Tyrone will temporarily reduce the mining rate by 50 percent. The transition has begun."-- Continue reading

Irish Dave visits American Legion Post 18 in Silver City to honor WW II paratrooper, Dan McBride

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

David A. Ashe, called "Irish Dave," is, well, an Irishman, who bought a piece of property in France, in Normandy. He came to Silver City this week to visit with one of the paratroopers—Dan McBride—who fought on and saved the portion of Normandy from German hands during World War II.

The Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 in Silver City held a reception for Ashe and McBride, an American Legion member, on Thursday afternoon.

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