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Phone statements were taken from the six individuals who chose to apply for the Silver District #4 open position on the school board. Their comments were limited to a few questions and these were held to the length of a paragraph to make similar amounts of space for each. Below are their responses.

Nicholas Bobo says he has two children in Stout elementary, one in La Plata, and nephews and nieces in the district’s schools. He was interested in seeing that community, teachers and students had a voice for their concerns. The Vo Tech was a special concern; he would like to see more offerings, and more kids better prepared for future employment. Extra-curricular offerings were important, too. He wanted more and better things for the kids.

Silver City, NM/Grant County

This afternoon around 1:04 p.m. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a crash on US 180 near mile post 101.

Upon arrival officers learned that a 2000 Toyota Truck driven by Mr. David Bruton (74) of Gila, NM was travelling east on US 180 when he lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and overturned multiple times coming to rest on its roof.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

One of the requirements for students at Aldo Leopold Charter School is to do an internship at various local businesses or to work on one of six Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews. Thirty-five students worked on these crews and the remaining students learned various skills by working with mentors in careers such as information technology, physical therapy, elementary school education, engineering, veterinarian care, welding, and architecture. The interns gave presentations about their experiences in these various fields, and what they learned from their mentors. Here are a few of the students who interned in businesses around Silver City, with their presentations.

Silver School District directors prepare to name a replacement on the board for Justin Wecks, who recently resigned his position. Today, Friday, December 01, 2017, was the last day to place names and credentials for consideration. That deadline, according to Linda Hernandez, secretary to the superintendent, ended at 4:30. Then, other procedures governed the process, as stated earlier by the board.

According to the Hernandez report, Daniel Arrey and Nancy Stevens had applied recently and placed applications on file for the District 4 position. Today, four more applications were received. The applicants include Nicolas Bobo, S. Otto Khera, Seth Traeger and Michelle Diaz.

Melanie Alfaro, a math teacher at Deming Intermediate and New Mexico's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award recipient, addresses the assembly at her surprise notification.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This author is not an attorney, but has been covering the Arizona Water Settlements Act process since it was signed in late 2004].

The information contained in the letter and attachment is outdated, as it addresses allegations received in 2015, as well as ongoing allegations that have been settled and does not address the current status of projects by the New Mexico Central Arizona Project.

It is an issue between the state auditor's office and the Interstate Stream Commission, so it is expected that the ISC will provide a detailed response to this letter.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools. The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.

"We see our fair share of fraud, but it's especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from kids by an employee for personal use," stated State Auditor Tim Keller. "We appreciate the cooperation of the district and law enforcement in working with us to get to the bottom of these serious allegations."

The OSA will be forwarding the report with potential criminal violations, including fraud, larceny, embezzlement, forgery, and making or permitting a false public voucher to law enforcement and the District Attorney. The Deming Police and the Sixth Judicial District Attorney's Office were also previously made aware of potential violations when concerns were first raised.

The full report is available here: https://www.saonm.org/media/audits/7021__Deming_Public_Schools__Forensic_Consulting_Report_-_November_2017.pdf

The Office of the State Auditor helps government work better by providing transparency and accountability for government spending; informing policy choices; and tackling fraud, waste and abuse. OSA is an independently elected executive agency responsible for examining the use of public dollars in New Mexico.

By Roger Lanse

Mayor Ken Ladner, District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman Smith, and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano announced at the Tuesday, Nov. 28, Silver City Town Council meeting that they are planning to run for re-election in the March 6, 2018 municipal election.

Town Clerk Ann Mackie told the Beat that she never knows for certain who is going to be on the ballot until filing day, which is Jan. 9. “Sometimes candidates change their minds after announcing,” she said.

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