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WNMU Accreditation Continued by Higher Learning Commission

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University's campus-wide accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The commission is scheduled to conduct its next reaffirmation of accreditation for WNMU in 2022-2023.

The accreditation reaffirmation follows a quality check-up by an accreditation team to the main campus in April that involved extensive preparation and collaboration by the faculty, staff and students.-- Continue reading

GCSO sends out Scam Alert

(Silver City, NM) – SCAM ALERT: The Grant County Sheriff's Office, along with other surrounding agencies, has been receiving calls from residents in our area that they have won prizes or have warrants for their arrest.

The caller tells the people in order to collect the prizes they need to send money first so they can send the winnings to them and the one about the warrants to go get a pre-paid card at Wal-Mart so they can cancel the warrant. They also make threats that police are on the way to arrest them if they don't get a pre-paid card. A lot of times the caller has information about you that you wouldn't think they would have.-- Continue reading

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Several items of local interest have been posted to the front page of the Beat over the past several days, but you have not been able to see them there. You can see them if you click the menu item New-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon features three speakers

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon features three speakers

(Photo Courtesy of Scott Terry) From left, PNM representative Bruce Ashburn presented Reduce-Your-Use grants to Alicia Edwards of The Volunteer Center, Randy Salars of The Gospel Mission and Annette Toney of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Scott Terry, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce president, announced to the gathered members at Thursday's regular monthly luncheon that the dues structure would change.-- Continue reading

Hunger for Knowledge Dinner Raises Class Awareness

 Article and Photos by Charlie McKee

Attendees at the Sixth Annual Hunger for Knowledge Dinner on Wednesday evening, Nov. 5, were given an object lesson in class distinction through their stomachs. It was definitely a case of the "Haves" versus the "Have Nots." In collaboration with Western New Mexico University (WNMU) and with this year's participation of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the annual event is a fundraiser for The Volunteer Center of Grant County and was held at The Volunteer Center's facility, The Commons.

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Inspectors Cite Mine for Safety Violations in 2014

By Jim Owen

A government agency recently issued 38 citations to a Grant County copper mine for "hazardous conditions."

Personnel with the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration "began an impact inspection Sept. 23 at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Chino Mines Co. mine," the agency reported in a news release.

The release explained that the citations were for "unguarded belt conveyors that exposed miners to potential injury from entanglement; failure to provide handrails down a flight of steps, exposing miners to slip, trip and fall hazards; and failure to barricade a tunnel to prevent injury from ground failure while miners were working and cutting in the area directly above the tunnel."-- Continue reading

PNM Fund Awards Grants to Silver City Nonprofits

Three Nonprofits Will Complete Energy Saving Projects as part of PNM Reduce Your Use Grants

(Albuquerque, NM) – Three nonprofits in Silver City will be able to spend less on electric bills and more on providing essential services to clients after receiving a Reduce Your Use Grant from the PNM Fund, a division of the PNM Resources Foundation.

The 2014 Reduce Your Use Grants awarded $250,000 to help nonprofits throughout New Mexico complete projects that reduce their energy use and lower their utility bills.-- Continue reading

Winners named in local legislative races, statewide and federal races


By Mary Alice Murphy

In District 32 of the New Mexico House of Representatives, in which a tiny portion of Grant County lies, incumbent Democrat Dona G. Irwin retained her seat with 3, 244 votes to her Republican challenger Tom Bill Black's 2,859.

In District 38, Republican incumbent Dianne Hamilton will return to the House next January, by receiving 5,572 votes to Democrat Terry D. Fortenberry's 4,065.

In District 39, incumbent Democrat Rodolpho "Rudy" S. Martinez was upset in a squeaky close vote by Republican John Zimmerman. Martinez received 3,250 votes to Zimmerman's 3,601.

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