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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On a sunny, fall day, crowds of people from the Mimbres Valley, Silver City and the area around visited San Lorenzo School for the Mimbres Harvest Festival.

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House Republicans Unveil a Responsible Budget for New Mexico

House GOP package restores funding for public safety and CYFD, protects K-12 education

Santa Fe, NM – The proposal to resolve New Mexico's budget shortfall unveiled by House Republicans today reverses t-- Continue reading

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Senate Fixes Budget Crisis with Bipartisan Solution

Successfully Ushered Legislation to Close $600 Million Shortfall without Tax Hikes, Protecting Classrooms and Children, Priorities for Families

(Santa Fe, NM) – New Mexico Senate Democrats tonight successfully passed a package of bipartisan legislation that balances the state’s budget. In fact, for the 2017 Fiscal Year, the measures create a surplus of $91 million. The Senate’s blueprint, passed during the one-day special legislative session, erases an estimated $600 million deficit for Fiscal Years 16 and 17 through a combination of expenditure cuts, unspent balance sweeps, revenue adjustments and re-purposing of capital outlay funds. Democrats called for shared sacrifice, while protecting the priorities of families, children and classrooms.-- Continue reading

NM 211 at mile post 3.2 closed due to running water

NM 211 at mile post 3.2 (Bear Creek) running water along dips, roadway will be closed at this location and a detour is in place, please proceed with caution when crossing roadway.

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Updated PNM rate case information

PNM has carefully reviewed the written final order from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission regarding the company’s rate case. Based on the specific elements of the NMPRC ruling, we have calculated the average system increase and the bill impact for the average PNM residential customer:

Overall avg. system increase approved: 7%
PNM original request: 14%

Estimated monthly bill impact for average PNM residential customer for North: $6.89

North includes all PNM service territory except for Alamogordo, Ruidoso and Silver City areas. This number reflects the difference between what customers pay today versus what they will pay under the new rates.

Estimated monthly bill impact for average PNM residential customer in South: $1.26

The difference between North and South is due to the gradual integration of Southern customers into the overall PNM service territory after the company purchased TNMP, which had been serving customers in the South.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Announces Expiration of Consent Solicitations

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Expiration of Consent Solicitations

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today the expiration of the previously announced consent solicitations by it and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC (FM O&G) and FCX Oil & Gas Inc. (FCX O&G). The consent solicitations expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 28, 2016. As of the expiration time, FCX, FM O&G and FCX O&G had not received the consent of holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount outstanding of each series of notes subject to the consent solicitations. As a result, no consent fees will be paid and FCX plans to merge FM O&G into FCX prior to completing its previously announced Deepwater Gulf of Mexico sale transaction.-- Continue reading

Candidate Debate at the Miller Library 092216

Candidate Debate at the Miller Library 092216

From left: Sen. Howie Morales, running unopposed to retain his seat;
Mary Hotvedt, running as a Democrat for House District 38 Representative
and Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez, running to regain his seat for House District 39 Representative.

Article and photo by Sandra Michaud

An audience of about 40 people attended the debate between the candidates for the New Mexico State Legislature’s Districts 38 and 39 and State Senator Howie Morales, who is running unopposed.The session was part of the Grant County Democratic Party's regular monthly forums.

The candidates for District 38 were Rebecca Dow (R), who sent a representative with a statement, and Dr. Mary Hotvedt (D); for District 39 they are State Representative John Zimmerman (R) who is running for re-election, who also sent a representative with a statement, and Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez (D), a former State Representative.

Allison Evans, Assistant Professor of Political Science at WNMU, moderated the debate.-- Continue reading

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