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GSFWC hears reports from ISC 011315

By Mary Alice Murphy

After extensive discussion on the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission becoming the New Mexico CAP (Central Arizona Project) Entity, as set forth in the Arizona Water Settlements Act and its accompanying Consumptive Use and Forbearance Act, commission members heard representatives of the Interstate Stream Commission comment and give reports.

Craig Roepke, ISC Gila Project Manager, said he would give a brief overview and some of the staff he had brought with him to the meeting would talk and then they would answer questions.-- Continue reading

The Gila/San Francisco Water Commission discussed steps toward becoming the New Mexico CAP Entity

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business for the Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Gila/San Francisco Water Commission meeting was to elect officers. Chairman Anthony Gutierrez was re-elected to his position, as was Billy Webb to vice-chairman. As the Treasurer Alex Thal had resigned his position, the commission members chose Darr Shannon of the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District by acclamation.

During public comments, Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition executive director, said she wanted to comment on the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission becoming the New Mexico CAP (Central Arizona Project) Entity, which the GCC opposes.-- Continue reading

First USDA Forecast Shows Normal Water Supply Forecast for Much of the West Southwest, Sierras Remain Dry

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2015 – A normal water supply is predicted for much of the West, while the Southwest, Sierra Nevada region and Pacific Northwest are beginning the year drier than normal, according to data from the first 2015 forecast of USDA's National Water and Climate Center (NWCC). California, Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of Colorado, Utah and Nevada are experiencing prolonged drought, focusing attention again on the winter snowfall.-- Continue reading

GCCHC hears rest of priority partner and staff reports

By Mary Alice Murphy

The members of the Grant County Community Health Council heard the final five priority plan partner group reports and staff reports to complete its Jan. 12, 2015 quarterly meeting.

The next report, given by Maria Elena Jaurequi-Cross, was one of two reports on the council's family resiliency priority.

"We put in for a (Freeport-McMoRan) Community Investment Fund grant for shared services," Jaurequi-Cross said, "so we can provide early childhood education. We found someone to be a community representative. In October, we held a Celebration of Families event, for everyone in the family to have fun in the park."-- Continue reading

GCCHC hears public and partner reports

By Mary Alice Murphy

Melanie Goodman, field representative for Sen. Tom Udall's office, gave the first public report at the Grant County Community Health Council quarterly meeting on Jan. 12, 2015.

"This is the premier health council in the state," Goodman complimented the group. "I want to focus on the senator's priorities. He has new committee assignments. He is the ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment. He is back on the Commerce Committee. He feels that on health issues, access to affordable care shouldn't be based on where you live. His Access to Primary Care Act strengthens the health provider pipeline. He is looking at the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, making sure it works for New Mexico. The senator is advocating for an administrative simplification, fixing the family 'glitch.' He will reintroduce a bill to reduce prescribed drug abuse. He hopes we can engage on the Veterans Administration. He feels we need all hands on deck to address the issue.-- Continue reading

Town Council encourages participation in Neighborhood Watch programs

By Roger Lanse

Raul Turrieta, recently elected Grant County Treasurer, introduced himself to the council and reminded county residents of a couple of things. First, Turrieta said that veterans have a $4,000 dollar exemption on their property taxes. Second, a freeze on valuation for residents 65-years-of-age and older with an income of $32,000 or less is in effect for 2015. This exemption will need to be applied for each year, but after the third year, repeat applications will no longer be required. The freeze is only for the property's valuation, so if tax rates change, the tax owed will also change, Turietta stressed.

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More Snow Expected in Gila Region Through Early Evening 011415

More Snow Expected In The Gila Region Through The Early

.an Upper Low Is Moving Slower Than Previously Forecast. The
System Will Be Moving Into Southern Arizona And Southwest New
Mexico And Slowly Weakening During The Day. As It Does So...light
To Moderate Snow Will Spread Across The Gila Region Off And On
Through The Day. Snow Levels Will Be Falling To Around 6000 Feet
With A Rain/snow Mix Expected Below This Level.-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council hears member sector reports 011215

The Grant County Community Health Council at its quarterly meeting addressed several agenda items.

Member Tony Trujillo, as Membership Committee chairman, said the committee had met and had recommended approving Dr. Darrick Nelson as a member to represent the physician and community health sectors.

Trujillo said the committee had also recommended changing the name of the agriculture and ranching sector to the Grant County Extension Service, at the request of Judy O'Loughlin, who represents the sector as the extension agent. Her request stated that the extension service covers agriculture and ranching, as well as many other sectors, including nutrition and youth activities, such as 4-H and FFA.-- Continue reading

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