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Strong Thunderstorms threatening eastern and north central Grant County 101014

Strong Thunderstorms threatening eastern and north central Grant County 101014

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
336 Pm Mdt Fri Oct 10 2014

Eastern Black Range Foothills Nm-Sierra County Lakes Nm-Southern Gila
Foothills/Mimbres Valley Nm-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range
Nm-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin Nm-
336 Pm Mdt Fri Oct 10 2014

...Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Eastern Grant...Northern Luna And
Southwestern Sierra Counties Through 430 Pm Mdt...

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AmBank to become First American Bank

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a letter to customers received this week, AmBank announced it would merge with First American Bank on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

Since 2008, AmBank has been owned by First Artesia Bancshares, Inc., a New Mexico corporation, which also owns First American Bank.

First American Bank was chartered in 1903, and is the fourth oldest community bank, as well as the seventh largest bank in New Mexico.-- Continue reading

Some Courtesy Photos of Grant County Fair Participants and Winners

The Grant County Fair is over for this year, but participants and winners are already working for next year's fair. Here are just a few photos sent to the Grant County Beat. 

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Silver Schools mandated computer upgrades done with low budget

Thanks to technologically savvy Silver School personnel and donated computers, the schools now meet more than mandated minimum standards, which they didn't two years ago.

By Margaret Hopper

Are the improvements and upgrades Silver District has undertaken in the past two years
really necessary? Are they cost effective? There is a lot to be considered here. Many changes have been made recently, in many areas, but the technology department is a
major example of these changes. Silver Schools needed computer upgrades.

The district knew it would be facing critical deadlines, with the major one being having enough computers and the bandwidth to meet the PARCC (Partnership for Assessing the Readiness of College Careers) testing period in March 2015. Former sources of funding for equipment from the federal and state governments had either been cut or were not available due to the district's demographics.

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Grant County Commissioners hear mostly from those opposed to diverting Gila River water


Editor's Note: This is the third and final report of the Tuesday Grant County Commission meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 Grant County Commission meeting, a controversial resolution brought out a standing-room only crowd.

The resolution was described on the agenda as a resolution in support of the allocation water connected to the AWSA (Arizona Water Settlements Act), plus identifying the Gila/San Francisco as the CAP (Central Arizona Project) entity to actually contract for the water.

The 2004 AWSA allocates up to 14,000 average annual acre-feet of water to the Gila and San Francisco basins, as well as $66 million, which has now grown to $90 million, for water supply demands and an additional possible $62 million only for construction of a New Mexico Unit. The deadline, as stipulated in the Act, for the Interstate Stream Commission to make a decision on whether to notify the Secretary of the Interior of the state's intention to use the water by creating a New Mexico Unit is Dec. 31, 2014, with a predicted ISC decision in November. The amount of water that can be taken from the river at any time is regulated by the Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement, which is part of the Act.

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Grant County Commissioners address most of rest of agenda


Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of article on the Oct. 7, 2014 Grant County Commission meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Commissioners approved a letter regarding Corre Caminos and the dissolution of the 2007 joint-powers agreement with Luna County.

"It doesn't fit our needs any longer," Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said.

County Attorney Abigail Robinson said: "We are really just thinking of pulling out of it and making the use of the service contractual. These are the alternatives: if someone else would like to manage Corre Caminos public transit, we'll talk about it."

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Grant County Commissioners hear public input on water, also discuss EAS

Grant County Commissioners hear public input on water, also discuss EAS


Photo: Grant County Commissioners approve a proclamation naming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Presenting and receiving the proclamation are from left, Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, El Refugio Inc. board members, Maria Dominguez and Sheriff Raul Villanueva, Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, Sen. Howie Morales, El Refugio manager, Rachel Sierra, and Commissioner Ron Hall.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles.

Photo and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

The combined Grant County Commission work and regular sessions made for a long meeting on Oct. 7, 2014. Public input was sought and received for the essential air service recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide subsidized air service to Grant County Airport.

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Red Dot Weekend Headquarters venue has changed

Headquarters for the RED DOT ART WEEKEND Oct. 11-13 has been changed.

The Murray Hotel will host the Headquarters and a Members' Art Exhibit in its Martha Room. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-- Continue reading

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