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Aldo Leopold Charter School governing council hears from parents of three students who died in plane crash.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At an open meeting at Aldo Leopold Charter School, members of the governing council heard from the parents of the three students, Ella Sala Myers and Michael Mahl, both 16, and Ella Jaz Kirk, 14, who died in a plane crash on May 23, 2014.

ALCS director Eric Ahner said they had thought it would be a closed meeting, but because of the Open Meetings Act, it was open to parents and the public.

Ken Stone, the ALCS board president, called the meeting to order at 6:12 p.m.-- Continue reading

Colonias Infrastructure Board funds several projects in region

The Colonias Infrastructure Board met yesterday in T or C to allocate $11,958,068 in awards.

Grant County awards include:

Town of Silver City - $903,397 for College Ave Phase II Street and Drainage Improvements (Cooper St. west to E St)-- Continue reading

Fort Bayard coming down 042616

Fort Bayard coming down 042616

Dave Schuhmann took these photos on Wednesday, April 26, of the demolition of Fort Bayard. He spoke to the foreman who expects the East Wing to be down by Thursday, this week and the complete demolition to be done within two weeks.

Editor's Note: So sad!

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Town manager presents FY 2017 budget – Municipal Court judge objects

Town manager presents FY 2017 budget – Municipal Court judge objects

Photos and Article by Roger Lanse

At right, Town Clerk Ann Mackie presented Kristina Ortiz, Municipal Clerk/Treasurer of the City of Bayard, with the Municipal Clerk-of-the-Year award from the New Mexico Municipal Clerk’s Association, of which Mackie is president.

Other photos below.

Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 to the Town Council, which at $8.52 million would exceed last year’s budget of $8.32 million. Operational costs would stay the same, Brown said, except for fuel savings created by low fuel prices and the full year operation of the town’s fueling center.

Personnel changes in the proposed budget would include:
Decrease three full-time employees at Municipal Court;
Decrease three FTE’s in the PlanningDepartment;

Increase one FTE in the Parks Division;
Increase one FTE in the Streets Division;
Negotiations with the unions, which could affect the General, Water/Sewer, and Sanitation funds.-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council updates members on transition 042516

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the regular quarterly meeting held on Monday, April 25, 2016, member Francesca Estevez asked for a moment of silence and asked members to keep the families of the recent tragedy in town in their prayers.

Priscilla Lucero, co-chairwoman of the Health Council, asked Coordinator Cari Lemon to discuss the Reboot, in which several members met twice recently to discuss changes needed after the organization's transition from being under Gila Regional Medical Center to having Grant County as its fiscal agent.

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Grant County Community Health Council updates members on transition

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the regular quarterly meeting held on Monday, April 25, 2016, member Francesca Estevez asked for a moment of silence and asked members to keep the families of the recent tragedy in town in their prayers.

Priscilla Lucero, co-chairwoman of the Health Council, asked Coordinator Cari Lemon to discuss the Reboot, in which several members met twice recently to discuss changes needed after the organization's transition from being under Gila Regional Medical Center to having Grant County as its fiscal agent.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board gets good news of a Freeport donation

By Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board met at the District Office in Bayard on Monday, April 25 with all members present—Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, board president. The closed session had begun at 6:04. Sepulveda said they had discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues, but no decisions had been made. The open session began at 7:25 p.m.

George Mulholland, president of New Mexico Lions Crane Reading Foundation out of Las Cruces and Kevin Cook, manager of Freeport McMoRan's Community Development, collaborated on presenting a check of $9,940 to Cobre Schools for assists to its reading program. Joyce Barela, principal at Bayard Elementary, and Robert Mendoza, Cobre superintendent, were there to accept the check.

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Gattons Park Prescribed Fire planned on Wilderness Ranger District

MIMBRES, N.M.; April 26, 2016 – For Immediate Release – After the current weather system exits the area, Wilderness Ranger District fire managers plan to conduct the Gattons Park Prescribed Fire. Ignitions could begin as early as Wednesday, April 27 and extend through the rest of the week.

The 60-acre Gattons Park project is located along Hwy 35 and Forest Service Road 4085X by the Old GOS Ranch. Smoke will be noticeable during ignitions and will linger until the vegetation is completely consumed. Smoke may also impact the Hwy 35 corridor for short periods of time. For firefighter and public safety, do not enter or park near the area and watch for firefighters and equipment in this location.-- Continue reading

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