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Two Grant County residents have entered applications for consideration for the Silver District’s third position on the school board, opened recently with the resignation of Frances Vasquez, leaving two positions unfilled at the time. The position in the fourth area of the district, formerly held by Justin Wecks, who reportedly resigned over a change in residence, has just recently been filled by Dr. Michelle Diaz, who was sworn in and seated at a meeting on December 6. Six people had filed for that space, with one withdrawing at the last minute. The two known to have applied for this third position have information as given below.

Michael "Mischa" Larisch has a child at Jose Barrios, another at La Plata, and one recently graduated from Silver High. Larisch spoke of knowing the frustrations of teachers, as his wife teaches health and physical education in the district; (she can also teach science and math.) His mother taught math and computer science here; his sister in Arizona also teaches; all stakeholders need a voice.

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, December 11, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately an hour and forty minutes. All board members attended as well as superintendent Robert Mendoza.

Colleen Walker and Nancy Stephens presented about the Imagination Library of Grant County. The Imagination Library is a program started by Dolly Parton in her home state of Tennessee. Parton started the program to help encourage literacy among not just children but adults, too. This free program has only one stipulation: an adult household member must read to or with the child. The Grant County branch sends one book a month to each participating home, nearly 2100 books monthly, to what is estimated to be 80% of the preschool population. If a child is registered at birth they will receive 60 different books before they reach school, twelve of which are bilingual. Children participating in the program for at least a year have reading scores above their peers. Families can sign up their children at local festivals, events, and physician’s offices. Walker said her interest in the program was the focus on early literacy, which is often the biggest predictor of success in school.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council meeting on December 11, 2017 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that lasted approximately one hour. Councilors Chon Fierro, Raul Villanueva, Zeke Santa Maria, and Adrian Ortiz attended as well as Mayor Charles Kelly.

During public input Oscar Melin of the Copper Little League spoke to the councilors, asking that the city help prepare the field for play. Melin wanted to establish communication with the council before the season begins and expressed interest in attending future meetings to give updates. He said he understands the former Cyclone Field may not be ready for the coming season but he wanted to point out the irrigation pipe directly in front of the pitching mound.

Hatch, NM/Dona Ana County

Yesterday evening around 5:03 p.m. New Mexico State Police Officers were notified of a head-on collision on State road 26 west of Hatch, NM near mile post 38.

Officers learned at the scene that a 2011 Ford truck traveling east crossed into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason colliding with a 2008 Peterbuilt semi-truck head-on.

Wreath Across America Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. However, Wreaths Across America at Fort Bayard National Cemetery's wreath placement time scheduled for 9 am Friday, December 15, has been changed to 3:30 pm Friday due to estimated late truck arrival.

By Mary Alice Murphy

In pre-meeting announcements before the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Dec. 7, 2017, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner said the Gospel Mission is in need of sleeping bags and wool blankets to provide to its clients. Open hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Santa Claus, also known as chamber director Scott Terry, thanked Ladner for the LED lights lighting the downtown for him and his reindeer, as well as for visitors to the town.

Christopher Murillo, 37 years of age, Silver City, was arrested on three outstanding warrants at about 4:49 pm on December 11, 2017. Murillo was wanted in connection to the arson case involving the police vehicle impound lot on Market Street.

Murillo has been charged with:
Warrant for Arrest Docket No. M19FR201700211:
Trafficking Controlled Substances (Heroin), Trafficking Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking of Controlled Substances (Heroin), Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Distribution of a Controlled Substances (Marijuana), Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of Controlled Substances (Marijuana), Transportation of Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

By Roger Lanse

District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith opened her remarks at the Tuesday, Dec. 12 meeting of the Silver City Town Council, by saying, “When we discussed the fact that the county had okayed recreational off-road vehicles on the county streets, we knew that there were going to be probably an uptick on our streets. And we agreed that we would engage in education, public education. I’d like to ask you, Mr. Brown (Alex Brown, Town Manager) to bring that public education and move it over into citation of the actual use. I’ve seen a number myself. I know that some are riding on the streams, stream beds, rights-of-way, so I’d like to really encourage us to begin to take action on the unlawful use of recreational vehicles in our town.”

Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds responded to Aiman-Smiths remarks saying “We have put out a zero tolerance on it. We’re done with the education portion of it.”

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