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New strategies come out at end of Regional Water Plan update meeting

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, with the aid of the Interstate Stream Commission, is holding meetings throughout the state to update the regional water plans concurrently.

Tuesday afternoon in Silver City, facilitator Rosemary Romero introduced Joanne Hilton, hydrologist for the updates, and Angela Bordegaray, ISC state water planner.

Bordegaray said the OSE set up the concurrent updates of all regional water plans to provide consistent data when it comes time to complete the state water plan.-- Continue reading

Teen walks away from family

By Roger Lanse

Tuesday, May 11, at about 8:45 p.m. Grant County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to Highway 15 near MM 2 in reference to a family dispute. A nearby resident reported to the Beat that about five law enforcement vehicles and two fire engines had headed northward, and a portion of the highway was blocked.-- Continue reading

Luna County Detention Center quells pre-riot situation

Damage to a Luna County Detention Center telephone for the purpose of procuring weapons led to a short period of lockdown for Luna County inmates on Wednesday, May 6. Contrary to an incorrect media report based on the allegations of a sole inmate, Luna County Detention Center officers followed standard operating procedures to secure a cell block after finding several three-to-four inch screws to be missing from a telephone.

The incident began shortly after noon when county employees were investigating damage inmates caused to a shower and exhaust fan and came across a telephone that had been dismantled with screws removed. Inmates were left in their cell block, unrestrained, for questioning until about 3:20 p.m., when they were moved to a recreation yard.-- Continue reading

Council discusses fiscal year 2016 budget

By Roger Lanse

Town Manager Alex Brown stated that the preliminary FY 2016 budget needs to be in Santa Fe by the end of May. "It does not have to be approved by you," Brown told the council, "But we always do bring it to be approved by you." Because the gross receipts tax has been increased one-quarter of one percent an increase in GRT to the general fund is projected to be about 4.2 percent, Brown stated. "Actually, almost all of the operational costs for almost all of the departments will stay at zero – there is no increase. However, the judicial department is budgeted to go up about 10 percent."

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Grant County Commissioners review regular meeting agenda and hear county reports 051215

By Mary Alice Murphy

"Everyone in the county is thinking about Brian Robinson, and we hope he gets well soon," Grant County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said at the Tuesday, May 12 work session.

He also asked for a moment of silence because Financial Officer Linda Vasquez's father-in-law passed away the day before.

The first item to be addressed on the Thursday, May 14, 2015, regular meeting agenda is another public hearing on the proposal to increase the Board of County Commissioners to five members.-- Continue reading

Core School board hears about progress in truancy

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre began its school board meeting about 7:10 p.m. Monday, May 11. All members were present: Fran Kelly, Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, board president. The earlier closed session reportedly began at 6:00, where they discussed teacher contracts, student identifiable information, food service contract and retirement and resignation issues. No decisions were made at that time.

As there was no old business, Tony Sosa, truancy specialist and Bianca Padilla of the JPO program reported on past activities with Cobre students under the JPO work for the year. Their total truancy referrals this semister were 469 with 244 from Cobre High; 63, Snell; 74, Bayard; 54, Central; 64, Hurley; 4, San Lorenzo; and 14 from other sources. Truancy figures were checked for cause, and some were illnesses. Others were unexcused and the first one prosecuted, said Sosa, for the first time.-- Continue reading

Bayard City Council approves summer lunch program

By Roger Lanse

The Bayard City Council at its Monday, May 11 meeting approved a free summer lunch program for ages 1-18. Adults can also participate but will be charged. The program will run from June 8 through July 31, Monday through Thursday, at the Fire Station Park. The annual program is funded through the New Mexico Department of Education.-- Continue reading

West Street resident arrested for burglary

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, May 6, at about 4:45 a.m., Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to H&S Feed Supply on Truck Bypass Road in reference to an alarm inside the store. On arriving, officers observed a door that had been damaged in order to make entrance.

According to an incident report, when the manager arrived, having been notified by the alarm company, she stated that jewelry, men's cologne, and folding knives were missing. Officers noted that the alarm box had also been damaged.-- Continue reading

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