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First USDA Forecast Shows Normal Water Supply Forecast for Much of the West Southwest, Sierras Remain Dry

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2015 – A normal water supply is predicted for much of the West, while the Southwest, Sierra Nevada region and Pacific Northwest are beginning the year drier than normal, according to data from the first 2015 forecast of USDA's National Water and Climate Center (NWCC). California, Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of Colorado, Utah and Nevada are experiencing prolonged drought, focusing attention again on the winter snowfall.-- Continue reading

GCCHC hears rest of priority partner and staff reports

By Mary Alice Murphy

The members of the Grant County Community Health Council heard the final five priority plan partner group reports and staff reports to complete its Jan. 12, 2015 quarterly meeting.

The next report, given by Maria Elena Jaurequi-Cross, was one of two reports on the council's family resiliency priority.

"We put in for a (Freeport-McMoRan) Community Investment Fund grant for shared services," Jaurequi-Cross said, "so we can provide early childhood education. We found someone to be a community representative. In October, we held a Celebration of Families event, for everyone in the family to have fun in the park."-- Continue reading

GCCHC hears public and partner reports

By Mary Alice Murphy

Melanie Goodman, field representative for Sen. Tom Udall's office, gave the first public report at the Grant County Community Health Council quarterly meeting on Jan. 12, 2015.

"This is the premier health council in the state," Goodman complimented the group. "I want to focus on the senator's priorities. He has new committee assignments. He is the ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment. He is back on the Commerce Committee. He feels that on health issues, access to affordable care shouldn't be based on where you live. His Access to Primary Care Act strengthens the health provider pipeline. He is looking at the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, making sure it works for New Mexico. The senator is advocating for an administrative simplification, fixing the family 'glitch.' He will reintroduce a bill to reduce prescribed drug abuse. He hopes we can engage on the Veterans Administration. He feels we need all hands on deck to address the issue.-- Continue reading

Town Council encourages participation in Neighborhood Watch programs

By Roger Lanse

Raul Turrieta, recently elected Grant County Treasurer, introduced himself to the council and reminded county residents of a couple of things. First, Turrieta said that veterans have a $4,000 dollar exemption on their property taxes. Second, a freeze on valuation for residents 65-years-of-age and older with an income of $32,000 or less is in effect for 2015. This exemption will need to be applied for each year, but after the third year, repeat applications will no longer be required. The freeze is only for the property's valuation, so if tax rates change, the tax owed will also change, Turietta stressed.

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More Snow Expected in Gila Region Through Early Evening 011415

More Snow Expected In The Gila Region Through The Early
Evening...

.an Upper Low Is Moving Slower Than Previously Forecast. The
System Will Be Moving Into Southern Arizona And Southwest New
Mexico And Slowly Weakening During The Day. As It Does So...light
To Moderate Snow Will Spread Across The Gila Region Off And On
Through The Day. Snow Levels Will Be Falling To Around 6000 Feet
With A Rain/snow Mix Expected Below This Level.-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council hears member sector reports 011215

The Grant County Community Health Council at its quarterly meeting addressed several agenda items.

Member Tony Trujillo, as Membership Committee chairman, said the committee had met and had recommended approving Dr. Darrick Nelson as a member to represent the physician and community health sectors.

Trujillo said the committee had also recommended changing the name of the agriculture and ranching sector to the Grant County Extension Service, at the request of Judy O'Loughlin, who represents the sector as the extension agent. Her request stated that the extension service covers agriculture and ranching, as well as many other sectors, including nutrition and youth activities, such as 4-H and FFA.-- Continue reading

Silver City is now Fog City

Photo by Jane Janson

At the intersection of Broadway and Bullard, downtown Silver City is barely recognizable due to extreme, low-lying fog at 9:00 am on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The fog became much more dense than on previous days, as pictured in the Beat on Friday, Jan. 9.

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Winter Weather Advisory through Wed. Jan. 14 a.m.

Winter Weather Advisory through Wed. Jan. 14 a.m.

Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
220 Pm Mst Tue Jan 13 2015

...more Snow Expected In The Gila Region Through Wednesday Morning...

.an Upper Low Will Be Moving Into Arizona And Slowly WeakeningOver The Next 24 Hours. As It Does So...light To Moderate SnowWill Spread Across The Gila Region Tonight With The HeaviestSnowfall Expected To Occur Between Midnight And 8 Am. Snow LevelsWill Be Falling To Around 6000 Feet With A Rain/snow Mix ExpectedBelow This Level.-- Continue reading

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