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Interstate Stream Commission 111414 meeting in Silver City held to hear public comments, part 3

Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series of articles on the Interstate Stream Commission meeting held in Silver City Nov. 14, 2014. This portion of the report covers the comments in favor of and in opposition to diversion and storage proposals. Many of the speakers did not complete their presentations, as the limit of three minutes cut them off.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Interstate Stream Commission Jim Dunlap opened the section of the meeting by saying: "I can assure you we are taking all your comments and looking at them carefully. I ask that there be no whooping, hollering or clapping. Each person has three minutes and you will be called as you signed up on the list. The first comments will be received from those in favor of diversion and storage."-- Continue reading

Interstate Stream Commission hears more proposals 111414, part 2

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the Nov. 14, 2014, Interstate Stream Commission meeting in Silver City. This article covers the rest of the proposals being considered by the ISC for water utilization and/or funding for non-diversion alternatives.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Janice Kiehne of the 1892 Luna Irrigation Ditch Association proposed improving the entity's ditch irrigation delivery system. "The association gets its irrigation water from Luna Lake in Arizona, which was established before statehood. The founders of Luna filed on all unappropriated water rights on the San Francisco. The water stored in the Arizona lake is released in the spring, summer and fall to water-righted land in New Mexico. The proposal will provide conservation, will increase water flows, will allow better utilization of the water, and will also provide for increased crop production."-- Continue reading

The Interstate Stream Commission held a meeting in Silver City 111414 to get public input, part 1

Editor's Note: This is part one of a series of articles about today's ISC meeting in Silver City. This author will endeavor to report as accurately as possible. But speakers had time limits and a hand writes only so fast. Corrections and clarifications from speakers are encouraged. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Mary Alice Murphy

Interstate Stream Commission Chairman Jim Dunlap welcomed more than 150 people to the ISC meeting in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. "We are here today to listen to proposals and options we have and to hear comments from you. I ask that you be respectful of each other. Two commissioners, Mark Sanchez and Randy Crowder could not be here today. It's been a long process, and we're still learning."-- Continue reading

Human remains found in Mimbres River bed.

(Silver City, NM)— On November 14, 2014 the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to the Mimbres Valley River area near Hwy 61 in reference to a report of possible human remains in the river bed. A r-- Continue reading

Santa Clara Water Project Advances

By Jim Owen

Santa Clara officials on Thursday moved one step closer to securing an emergency, back-up water supply from Silver City.

They approved a professional services agreement for a federal Colonias water-system improvement grant of about $628,000. Ten percent of the funding will be in the form of a loan, which Santa Clara has 20 years to repay.

The grant is for the engineering and installation of a water line, which will extend about 200 yards from a Silver City line in Arenas Valley to Santa Clara's water-storage tanks.

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Freeport-McMoRan Completes Sale of $3.0 Billion of Senior Notes

PHOENIX, AZ, November 14, 2014 – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it has completed the sale of $3.0 billion of senior notes. FCX intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay certain of its outstanding debt.

Following is a summary of the four new tranches of debt, which will have an aggregate weighted interest cost of approximately 4.1%:

Description                                       Amount                                       Maturity

2.30% Senior Notes (1)                   $750 Million                      Due November 14, 2017

4.00% Senior Notes (2)                   $600 Million                      Due November 14, 2021

4.55% Senior Notes (3)                   $850 Million                      Due November 14, 2024

5.40% Senior Notes (4)                   $800 Million                      Due November 14, 2034

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Silver City Police Department has bicycle patrols in downtown area

Silver City Police Department has bicycle patrols in downtown area

Patrolman Efren Canas, Silver City Police Department Bike Team member.

Photo and Article by Roger Lanse

The Silver City Police Department has initiated bicycle patrols in the downtown area, according to Chief Ed Reynolds. Two officers, Patrolman Efren Canas and Cpl. Jason Woods, members of the force for about five years, applied for the new duty.

Three weeks ago, the pair took their "vehicles" to train with the Scottsdale, Ariz. Police Department's bike team and have been pedal patrolling in Silver City for about a week and a half, Canas said. Training included maintaining the bike, cycling history, mounting and dismounting in a high-risk situation, maneuvering, and use of a sidearm.

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GCSO investigating aggravated burglary, seeking information

(Silver City, NM)—On November 11, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am, deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Claw Road Silver City, NM in reference to an aggravated burglary complaint. The victim stated that between the hours of 8:30am and 9:30am someone went into the home and stole approximately 50 firearms to include rifles and handguns. Also taken from the home was a 60 inch Phillips flat screen tv and a handheld mobile radio. The Grant County Sheriff's Office is following up on leads they have.-- Continue reading

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