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Grant County Jobless Rate Drops Sharply in September

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County decreased significantly from August to September, according to preliminary statistics the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions released this week.

Out of a labor force of 11,637 county residents, 770 were actively looking for jobs last month. That amounted to a jobless rate of 6.6 percent, down from 7.4 percent in August, when 861 of 11,586 people were searching for work. In September 2013, 851 of 11,602 (7.3 percent) were counted as unemployed.

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Stout Principal David Lougee brings new ideas to the school

By Margaret Hopper

In a recent interview with Stout Principal David Lougee, he insisted that two ideas be sent to the community: great things were happening at the elementary school, and also, his door is always open for people who want to know more about what is being done and for getting better information about questions they may have.

Lougee says the most important thing teachers do, and only they can do it, is give kids the tools and materials they need to do a good job of learning, and the support and confidence that they are loved and appreciated while they try to learn. A child's mistakes are appropriate, and kids learn from them. Teachers help them through the process. It is important to give students the right curriculum to make the processes fit the experience, and to make it all work together.

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Bomb threat behind ACE Hardware

By Roger Lanse

An object wrapped in black electrical tape and a black wire, and containing a small amount of powder and small steel BBs, was found behind ACE Hardware Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, according to a Silver City Police Department incident report.

Originally described as appearing to have a tennis ball shape, officers determined the device was about 12 inches long and four inches in circumference, the report said.

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Silver City Police Department Weekend Report: 10/10/14 at 4:00 PM – 10/13/14 at 8:00 AM

For the weekend, beginning Friday, October 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm and ending Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8:00 am, Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 39 calls for service and had 1-- Continue reading

UACJ Officials Visit WNMU and Sign Agreement with Language Institute

UACJ Officials Visit WNMU and Sign Agreement with Language Institute


Photo: Dr. Jesus Umberto Burciaga, UACJ Department of Humanities Chair (left) and WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard (right).

Silver City, NM – Officials from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), a university located in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; visited the Silver City campus on Friday, October 17 to sign an agreement with Western New Mexico University's Language Institute.

Both universities previously signed a Memorandum of Agreement in June during a visit by WNMU officials to the UACJ campus.

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Moving Roadblock in Southern New Mexico will cause traffic delays

Las Cruces - The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will continue working together as they coordinate their efforts with the transport of a 25,000 pound fuselage through southern New Mexico the week of October 20th.

The fuselage will be transported on a trailer with a reported width of 32' which will take up two lanes along the route, traveling at speeds varying from 5 to 60 mph. The transporter will commence its route schedule the evening of Monday October 20, and will make a stop near Alamogordo, NM. The moving roadblock will recommence its route the evening of Tuesday October 21st and should exit the state of New Mexico by the am hours of Wednesday October 22nd.-- Continue reading

Special Weather Statement shows band of thunderstorms moving across area 101914

Special Weather Statement shows band of thunderstorms moving across area 101914

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa Nm
653 Pm Mdt Sun Oct 19 2014

Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-
Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Including The Cities Of...Gila Hot Springs...Buckhorn...
Mule Creek...Cliff...Silver City...Lake Roberts...Kingston...
Fort Bayard...Mimbres...Faywood...Hurley...Grant County Airport
653 Pm Mdt Sun Oct 19 2014

A Broad Band Of Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms With Moderate
Rainfall Is Slowly Moving Northward Over Northern Grant County. Up
To One Half Inch Rainfall Is Likely In The Next Hour...-- Continue reading

State Commission Censures Hurley Judge

By Jim Owen

Hurley's Municipal Judge David Ramos has agreed to accept discipline imposed by the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission for his alleged "willful misconduct."

Ramos contacted Magistrate Judge Maurine Laney of Silver City, concerning a pending case in her court, "in an attempt to personally vouch for the character of the defendant and obtain special treatment for the defendant," according to a petition from the commission that the state Supreme Court approved last week.

The document states that Ramos "admits that this admitted conduct violates (various) rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct."-- Continue reading

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