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Bayard Receives Funding and Recognition from USDA Rural Development

Bayard Receives Funding and Recognition from USDA Rural Development

Photo (left to right): George Esqueda – Engineers Inc.; Representative Rudy Martinez; Priscilla Lucero – SWCOG; Mayor Charles Kelly; USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner; Kristina Ortiz, Bayard Clerk Treasurer; Senator Howie Morales; Bayard Councilor Chon Fierro; Hurley Councilor Freddie Rodriguez

The City of Bayard had a dedication ceremony for two projects funded by USDA.

The City of Bayard received grant funding from USDA-Community Facilities for improvements to the Bayard Community Center. The total project funding was $208,000 ($117,235 grant and $90,765 local funding).

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Silver City Town Council Approves F Street Sewer Improvement Project

By Roger Lanse

In the Aug. 20 Silver City Town Council meeting, Gregory Bond spoke to the Council concerning signs on Bullard Street for his off-Bullard business. Several businesses on Yankie and Market streets could use some signage to let tourists know the businesses are there, Bond said. His sign meets size requirements, but the only place he can put it so that it doesn't sit in front of another business is in front of a vacant storefront. Allowing signs on Bullard for off-Bullard business would be very helpful, Bond stated.

In answer to District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison's question, Town Manager Alex Brown explained the gravel sweeping part of the chip-sealing project for various town streets did start as scheduled on Aug. 13, but the sweeper broke down and the town has been borrowing Bayard's smaller sweeper, which takes longer. Both are now up and running. Brown said his office will be letting residents know when the sweeper will be on their street, so they can park their cars offstreet.

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HMS Celebrates “Health Center Day” with the Community

Photos and article by Charlie McKee

Silver Consolidated Schools Announces its Strategic Plan for the 2014-2015 School Year

Adopted by the Board of Education

District Goals

• Attendance
Each school will increase attendance by 1% until a 95% attendance rate is achieved. When a 95% attendance rate is achieved, this % will be-- Continue reading

Gila/San Francisco Water Commission tables or approves agenda items

By Mary Alice Murphy

With a quorum on hand, the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission was able to complete several items of business at its meeting Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014.

The first item was public comments. M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, county resident, said he understood that the commission's aide, Dolores Dominguez, had retired. "Do you have a replacement yet?

"I think the advertisement will go out this week," GSFWC Chairman Anthony Gutierrez replied. "We apologize for not getting emails out. We couldn't find her list. We will try to do better with the emailing next time."

"What about Rick McInturff?" Salmon asked. "I understand he has retired."

"He has retired and been replaced in his position as Deming city manager, but I think he is still involved with the AWSA (Arizona Water Settlements Act). Jim Massengill was his alternate, but Jim couldn't attend today. Tom Bates is representing him."-- Continue reading

Weather Advisory - I-10 Lordsburg, NM Area

(Aug. 19, 2014) Lordsburg: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office is reporting heavy rain with low visibility along various sections of I-10 between the Arizona state-- Continue reading

Silver City Police Department Weekend Report: 08/15/14 at 4:00 PM – 08/18/14 at 8:00 AM

For the weekend, beginning Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm and ending Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:00 am Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 42 calls for service and had 237-- Continue reading

Grant County Unemployment Rate at 7.8 Percent

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County stayed about the same in July, according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions.

There were 907 people (out of a work force of 11,592) actively looking for jobs. That amounted to a rate of 7.8 percent, the same as in July 2013. In June this year, 905 of 11,703 workers (7.7 percent) were seeking employment.

After falling below 6 percent in May, the first time in years it had been that low, the rate has been slowly increasing. The county was 11th in the state in joblessness last month, worse than its 13th-place ranking in May. Luna County continues to top the list, reaching 15 percent unemployment in July.

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