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Silver School Superintendent Lon Streib featured speaker at Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent Lon Streib was the featured speaker at the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, April 3.

Before Streib spoke, Bruce Ashburn of PNM reported on how the company has benefited the community. "We partnered with Silver City MainStreet Project on the Silco marquee. From March 31-May 31, the company is accepting applications from throughout the state for four $50,000 grants and 20 grants of $15,000 each for 501c3 non-profit organizations." The details can be found at PNM.com/powerup.-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots host discussion on AWSA, part 2

Editor's Note: This is the final part of a two-part report on water issues that were discussed at the April 1 Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots meeting.

An audience member asked about the major water line work being done from Kirkland to Racetrack roads. "What money will go to maintenance?"

Anthony Gutierrez, Grant County planner and Gila/San Francisco Water Commission chairman, said the water line would increase capacity to Arenas Valley from Silver City. The operating and maintenance costs will come from the users.

"I have been approached by people asking if the pipeline proposed to Deming goes by a person's home, if it could cut costs," Gutierrez said. "Right now, if a user is not within Silver City, the water is double cost, plus what a water association costs. I don't have an answer, because the cost for the Gila River water is an exchange cost with the Central Arizona Project, and that cost has not been determined yet. I see any project being 10 years out.-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots host discussion on AWSA, part 1

Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a two-part report on water issues being discussed at a Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, April 1, the Silver City-Grant County TEA Party Patriots hosted an informational meeting about the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

Peter Burrows, who facilitated the event, said: "About three years ago, Craig Roepke, Interstate Stream Commission deputy director and Gila Project manager, said all over New Mexico, water tables are dropping. We are using Ice Age water that can't be replaced."

Burrows said the AWSA allocated $66 million up to $128 million from the federal government. About 70 proposals made by people in the four-county region of Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron were whittled down to 16 and since then one proposal was withdrawn, leaving 15 projects being evaluated.-- Continue reading

Grant County Sheriff's deputies charge man with larceny and burglary in theft of tires and rims

On March 30,2014 at about 8:12 a.m., Grant County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of 61 Whiskey Creek Road, in reference to larceny of tires and rims. While en route, dispatch advised the dep-- Continue reading

Sexual Assault Awareness Month kicks off

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City Police Department, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Bayard PD, Santa Clara PD, WNMU Campus Police, attended the "We Stand with Survivors" Tuesday morning.  Hurley PD was unable to attend but will be participating in the spotlight on the sexual assault awareness campaign throughout the month, even though they weren't present at the kickoff. The officers will sport green ribbons on their uniforms and their vehicles.

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UPDATE: NM DOT reports all lanes open at I-10 mile markers 5 to 20 around Lordsburg


As of 7:53 p.m., all lanes are open.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with law enforcement have lifted the closure for westbound traffic. The eastbound lanes remain closed until the area is clear and deemed safe for the public. High winds are still in effect with low visibility reported due to strong wind gust.

The westbound traffic may experience intermittent delays as low visibility is occurring in various areas throughout the I-10 corridor in the Lordsburg area.

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CANCELLED: Red Flag Fire Weather Warning: Noon 4/2/14 to 3:00 am MDT 4/3/14

Urgent - Fire Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
824 Pm Mdt Tue Apr 1 2014

...critical Fire Weather Conditions Will Return to Most of the Area on Wednesday...

.an Upper Level Disturbance Over Northern California Will Move Into Northern Arizona by Tomorrow Afternoon...and into the Texas Panhandle on Thursday. Winds Aloft Will Continue to Strengthen As This System Draws Closer...and the Surface Pressure Gradient
Caused by a Deepening Lee Trough Will also Continue to Tighten. The Result Will Be a Return of Strong West to Southwest Winds Again on Wednesday Afternoon and Overall Continued Dry Conditions. Winds Will Generally Be Stronger Than They Were On
Tuesday. Red Flag Warnings Have Been Raised for Wednesday Across Most of the Area. However...slightly Higher Humidity Values May Work Their Way into the Gila Region by Tomorrow...so the Fire Weather Watch Remains in Effect for that Area.

Southwest Deserts and Lowlands-South Central Lowlands and Southern Rio Grande Valley-Capitan and Sacramento Mountains-El Paso-Hudspeth-

...Red Flag Warning in Effect from Noon MDT Wednesday to 3:00 am MDT Thursday Due To Strong Winds and Low Humidity...


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Bridge Closure on NM-187: Hillsboro, NM

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is conducting bridge maintenance on NM-187 at Kings Canyon Bridge mile marker 30.9. The bridge has experienced some minor damage that wi-- Continue reading

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