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Grant County Youth Advisory Council hears JPO report

By Margaret Hopper

The Grant County Youth Advisory Council met Tuesday, September 21, 2016 at noon in the 6th Judicial District Courthouse Jury Room. Councilors attending included Lynn Baca, LULAC; Margaret Begay, Adult Drug Court; Charlene Webb, Grant County Manager; Dianne Rothpletz, Silver High Youth Member; Ron Hall, County Commissioner; Lisa Ortega, La Plata assistant principal; Jose Carrillo, Cobre assistant superintendent; Martin Maxwell, attorney from DA’s Office; Melissa Frost, Courthouse Financial Officer; Rachel Medina, JPO; and Judge J. C. Robinson. There are others on the committee that were not in attendance.

Bianca Padilla had a PowerPoint® presentation ready for the current update of the past year’s educational programs. The three programs included were the JPO Summer School 2016 statistics for June and July sessions, totaling 95 students served, 84 from high school and the 11 from La Plata, eighth-graders that successfully transitioned into high school.-- Continue reading

Silver School Board members hear about efforts to keep suspended students up to date in their school work

Silver School Board members hear about efforts to keep suspended students up to date in their school work

Christina Lopez-Gutierrez of the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition requests Silver Schools participate in information gathering.

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver District school board met on September 20, 2016 with four members present; Ashley Montenegro, Mike McMillan, Frances Vasquez and Arnold Torres, board president. The meeting officially opened at 6:16 p.m.

Katrina Bustillos, Silver City Education Association president, informed the board that they had been meeting with the administrator to clarify items and write policy for the local level so PED could see the changes in progress. They also wanted to be on the Superintendent Search committee, or at least have input into it as the search progressed.

Bianca Padilla, Jose Hernandez and David Holguin presented updated information to the board through the past year, including the summer program, showing how the JPO program has impacted the truancy issue and improved both student attendance and school finances with their interventions.

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Grant County Community Health Council hears report on Tu Casa

By Mary Alice Murphy

After approving minutes and agenda, the Membership Committee of the Grant County Community Health Council gave a report to receive approval on four new members for the council. Dan Otero, Hidalgo Medical Services chief executive officer, was approved at the last meeting, but has not yet been approved by the Grant County Commission, as required by the GCCHC bylaws.

Tentative new members approved by council members, at the Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, meeting, include Rev. Jaroslaw "Jarek" Nowacki of St. Francis Newman Center Parish to represent the ministerial sector; Stuart Rooks of Farm Bureau to represent the agricultural sector; Joe Kellerman, Gila Regional Medical Center marketing director, who will represent the hospital; and Connie Glenn of Workforce Connections, who will represent work force.

The next step is for GCCHC Coordinator Cari Lemon to present the new members to the Grant County Commission and recommend approval.-- Continue reading

Silver City Pride Day

Photos by Paul Michaud

The inaugural Silver City LGBTQ Pride Celebration was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Texas and Market Streets. Sponsors included the WNMU Center for Gender Equity and-- Continue reading

SCPD investigating vehicle-pedestrian crash with injuries 092016

Synopsis: Crash Vehicle/Pedestrian

Location: Silver City, New Mexico

On September 20, 2016, at about 8:46 pm, officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to the area of E. Broadway Street and N. Hudson Street in Silver City, in reference to a reported vehicle/pedestrian crash with injuries.

According to the preliminary investigation, a pedestrian, a 38-year-old female, was walking east across Hudson Street, from the Visitors Center towards the Hudson Street Snappy Mart, when she was hit by a white 2004 Chevy 4-door car, driven by a 25-year-old female, which was traveling south on the inside lane on Hudson Street. The crash occurred approximately 50 feet north of the intersection of Broadway and Hudson.-- Continue reading

Gila Forest Plan Revision Draft Assessment Report is now available

Gila Forest Plan Revision Draft Assessment Report is now available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd518769.pdf

This document identifies ecological, social and economic conditions, trends, and any risks to sustainability of the Gila National Forest resources. Thanks to everyone that shared input, suggestions, data, plans, references, and other information sources for the Gila National Forest assessment. It is a large document (22MB) so it may take some time to download from the website. We recommend using the hyperlinks in the table of contents and/or the bookmarks to navigate around the report to find the chapters that you are most interested in. There is a summary at the end of each chapter. You can also download individual sections of the report from our website (http://go.usa.gov/h88k). If you have trouble downloading the draft assessment report, let us know and we would be happy to send you a CD containing the report.-- Continue reading

corrections: Gila EDA holds informational session on training opportunities 091616

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Economic Development Alliance called a meeting on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, to hear about opportunities for training open to business owners and their employees.

Connie Glenn, who works at the Workforce Connections Silver City office , said the presentation was "another phase in the project we've been working on for about a year. It is an initiative to build soft skills in employees. We are working on the project with help from Kevin Cook of Freeport-McMoRan, and Renée Muñiz of the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments."

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Fort Bayard Days shortened, but took place 091716

Fort Bayard Days was forced to be shortened this year due to the uncertainty of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center Demolition. The hospital is down, but the fence is still up.

Cecilia Bell, Fort Bayar-- Continue reading

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