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Grant County Commission opens work session with election canvass special meeting 20161115

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission held a special meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 immediately prior to its regularly scheduled work session.

The purpose of the special meeting was to have the county commissioners, as the Grant County Canvassing Board, approve the General Election results.

County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said the turnout was about 57 percent of registered voters—"a bit low for a presidential election. We had 62 percent turnout at the past two presidential elections. We had a lot of early voting, because it was held for 28 days. Especially hunters took advantage of early voting. It was an uneventful election."

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OHS and Cliff working together on vo-tech project

OHS and Cliff working together on vo-tech project

OHS students Joshua Coleman, Matthew Rivera, Michael Palomarez
and Joseph Gomez work on a bench for the school.
Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

OHS (Opportunity High School) principal Jason Ping and Dean Spurgeon, Cliff principal, are doing some problem solving, they say. Both want to give the kids more for their studies. The students are working hard to become trained and employable, but budget, distance and other conditions have limited achievement to in-school opportunities for so many. Especially those at Cliff.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Completes Sale of Interest in TF Holdings Limited for $2.65 Billion in Cash

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Completes Sale of Interest in TF Holdings Limited for $2.65 Billion in Cash

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it has completed the indirect sale of its 70 percent interest in TF Holdings Limited (“TFHL”) to China Molybdenum Co., Ltd. for $2.65 billion in cash. TFHL is a Bermuda holding company that indirectly owns an 80 percent interest in Tenke Fungurume Mining S.A. (Tenke) located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. FCX had a 70 percent interest in TFHL and an effective 56 percent interest in Tenke.-- Continue reading

Local Leader Appointed to United Healthcare Administrative Advisory Council

As the healthcare environment continues to change in ways never seen before, our provider community has been given an opportunity to have their voices heard on a state level. Rebekka VanNess, Administrator of the Gila Multi-specialty Independent Practice Association (GMIPA), has recently been appointed by United Healthcare to serve on its Administrative Advisory Council.

The GMIPA was created in 1997, and is comprised of healthcare professionals who are members. Today, the association is over 120 members strong and includes the majority of all disciplines of healthcare professionals in Grant and Hidalgo counties. The GMIPA supports our provider community through administrative activities, advocacy and negotiating with managed care plans, to name just a few of the functions. “Now more than ever, our healthcare professionals need support in a myriad of ways. As providers work to take care of their patients, the GMIPA works to take care of the provider community,” VanNess said.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board members see student presentations 20161114

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

 The Cobre school board met Monday, November 14, 2016, at Hurley Elementary. The closed portion of the agenda began at 6:00 and the public portion began at 7:20 with all five members present. Superintendent Robert Mendoza quickly moved that the Hurley class presentations be moved to the head of the agenda so parents could take their children home after they were finished.

Principal Joyce Barela introduced the teachers who were offering information to the board, and they, in turn, introduced their students and the ideas being presented. The PowerPoint® presentation on a very large screen kept all the parts flowing and supporting the theme, Student, School, Family and Community Engagement. Class room practices were demonstrated and a few children from each class gave examples of the work they were doing.

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Grant County Community Health Council hears about grant award

By Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the Grant County Community Health Council at their bi-monthly meeting on Nov. 14, 2016, approved Judy O'Loughlin, representing the Extension Service, as a new member of the Steering Committee.

Health Council Coordinator Cari Lemon announced the group had received a grant of $12,000 from Con Alma, which will go toward the inmate support groups in Luna, Hidalgo and Grant counties.

"We also partnered with Western New Mexico University," Lemon said. "The university will provide the interns for the sites at the three detention centers. We want to develop a continuous flow of interns, who will serve as an assistant to the inmate support coordinator for the wraparound program."-- Continue reading

Worship Service held to honor veterans

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy


On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, St. Francis Newman Center hosted an afternoon worship service to honor veterans.

Father Jaroslaw "Jarek" Nowacki, Newman Center Parish pastor, is Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary - 2nd Lieutenantl. He led the worship service in his fatigues and a liturgical stole.

To begin the service, Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 members Frank Donohue, Ben Collins and Robert Lopez provided color guard for the posting of the colors.

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NM 90 Bridge in Silver City now the Veterans Memorial Bridge

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico 90 Bridge in Silver City was dedicated on Veterans' Day as the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Veterans from three local service organizations posted the colors by marching from the south side of the bridge to the north side, where they stood with the flags flying in the breeze, while Eileen Piercy's class at José Barrios Elementary School sang the Star-Spangled Banner and everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance.-- Continue reading

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