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Cobre School Board approves excellent audit report 012516

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre's board meeting, held at the District Office in Bayard, opened with four members attending; Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, president. The public meeting began at 7:25, and as Sepulveda explained, the earlier executive session began at 6:04, where they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel and the superintendent's contract extension.

Cordova explained that in the closed session, he had made a motion to table the action on the extension of the superintendent's contract; Kelly said later that there was some minor wording that needed to be changed before the item would be considered final. It would likely be brought up again on the February agenda. Sepulveda agreed.-- Continue reading

At least two voter registrations returned for mail insufficient funds

By Mary Alice Murphy

A caller informed the Beat today that his voter registration had been returned because of insufficient funds.

He said he had had direct contract with a Post Office clerk, who said: "it happens all the time." Whether she was referring specifically to registration forms was not clear.

When the Beat went to the Post Office, no one would talk to the Beat, because it is media and because "we're a federal facility."

So the Beat went to see Robert Zamarripa, the Grant County clerk.

He was very forthcoming with information.-- Continue reading

Health Council welcomes new coordinator

Health Council welcomes new coordinator

Silver City, New Mexico, January 27, 2016: Grant County Community Health Council (GCCHC) is pleased to welcome Cari Lemon as its new coordinator. Lemon will supervise community efforts to enact the Grant County Health and Wellness Plan, a strategic model to better the quality of life for local residents.

A long time resident of Grant County, Lemon previously worked at Western New Mexico University (WNMU) holding several positions there, most recently Director of Alumni Affairs. Lemon has been involved with the Virus Theater Company, and recently in the lead role of Mary Poppins, a Theater Group of New Mexico production.-- Continue reading

Council approves day to honor the Territorial Charter of Silver City

By Roger Lanse

A resolution put forward by Mayor Michael Morones to establish a day to honor the Territorial Charter of Silver City was approved by council. “It’s a phenomenal document,” Morones stated. “It allows us to regulate many things that most communities can’t, like taxes. We are unique.”

Silver City’s Territorial Charter took effect on Feb. 15, 1878, according to Morones. He and District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison shared that when attending New Mexico League of Municipalities meetings, Silver City is always singled out because many state laws do not pertain to Grant County’s major city.-- Continue reading

WNMU Art Professor's work on display in New York and Chicago Galleries

WNMU Art Professor's work on display in New York and Chicago Galleries

John Abbott, at left, is pictured with acclaimed artist Cary Smith at Pierogi art gallery.(Courtesy Photo)

Silver City, NM – John Abbott has been crisscrossing the country, sizing up wall space and sharing his perspective through text-based painting, in two new solo exhibitions New York and Chicago.

“I am interested in the relationships between reading and looking,” explained Abbott, assistant professor of painting and drawing at Western New Mexico University.

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The initial anguish and what happened immediately following the crash

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a series of articles on actions that led up to and took place after the fatal plane crash that took four lives on May 23, 2014.

By Mary Alice Murphy

For www.grantcountybeat.com 

The immediate aftermath of the crash that took the lives of three Aldo Leopold Charter School students and the pilot of a private plane was one of confusion and anguish.

The three students, Ella Jaz Kirk, 14, Ella Myers, 16, and Michael Mahl, 16, were members of the eco-monitoring team, and were finishing up their required work for the YCC grant program that Friday. Aldo Leopold High School teacher Steve Blake taught the class.

Earlier in May, the students had set up transects to study the soil, forest and watershed health of the Gila National Forest near Signal Peak. On Mother's Day, a fire began on the road to Signal Peak and spread over more than 5,000 acres. The students wanted to visit the transects they had installed to see the effects of the fire on their studies, but no one, even after the fire was contained, was allowed into the area, other than official Forest Service personnel.

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015 Results

Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015 Results

Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015 Results

Editor's Note: Only a small portion of the report is posted here. To read or download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015 Results

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX):

Net loss attributable to common stock totaled $4.1 billion, $3.47 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $12.2 billion, $11.31 per share, for the year 2015. After adjusting for net charges totaling $4.1 billion, $3.45 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $12.1 billion, $11.23 per share, for the year 2015, adjusted net loss totaled $21 million, $0.02 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $89 million, $0.08 per share, for the year 2015.-- Continue reading

3-D printing workshop held at Silver City Library 012216

Photos by Sandra Michaud

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