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State and federal officials celebrate preservation of Double E Ranch

State and federal officials celebrate preservation of Double E Ranch

Photo: From left are John Brack of Freeport, Elizabeth Oms of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, NM Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval, and Debbie and Alan Eggleston.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2015, officials from the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrated the preservation of a 5,900-acre property located in southwest New Mexico that will become one of New Mexico's newest state wildlife management areas.

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard welcomed the officials and the public to the event. "I want to thank Rep. John Zimmerman (who attended the event), Rep. Dianne Hamilton and Sen. Howie Morales for their leadership in the Legislature."-- Continue reading

MRAC Hosts First of Three Creative Conversations in Grant County

MRAC Hosts First of Three Creative Conversations in Grant County

Photos and Article by Shirin McArthur

Photo: Brenda McFarlane shares her concerns about the vibrancy of downtown Silver City


















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Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery qualifies as a LEDA project.

By Roger Lanse

Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery, 203 E. San Vicente Street, was approved by town council at its Tuesday, Nov. 10 meeting, as a project under New Mexico’s Local Economic Development Act and Silver City’s municipal code. The council found that the project, within the Silver City Arts and Cultural District, would contribute to local employment, foster economic development and revitalize the downtown area. “No, the town is not going into the booze business,” Assistant Town Manager James Marshall said. “Little Toad Creek asked the New Mexico Economic Development Department for a $100,000 grant,” and the town approved the filing of the necessary applications and committed the town to the terms and conditions of the agreement.-- Continue reading

CLARIFIED: NM Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn discusses Copper Rule issue

By Mary Alice Murphy

Published on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:09

By Mary Alice Murphy

Today, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory, New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn discussed the Copper Rule, which faces a New Mexico Supreme Court battle.

The special meeting of the Gila Economic Development Allaince Roundtable, which featured the presentation by Flynn, was sponsored by the village of Santa Clara, the Gila EDA and the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

Jeremiah Garcia, Gila EDA chairman, had attendees introduce themselves. Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch gave a short welcome, and Rep. John Zimmerman gave some facts about copper production in the area.

"Last year, copper prices dropped by 25 percent," Zimmerman said. "The drop caused Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. to curtail production. There has been a 50 percent reduction in mining at Tyrone, causing a reduction in force of about 200 people. Chino Mine has absorbed some of the employees and retirement packages were offered to others. I recently was given a tour of the mine, which was enlightening. Copper prices fluctuate up and down, usually in concert with construction.-- Continue reading

NM-90 Bridge Continues with Rebar Placement 110915

NM-90 Bridge Continues with Rebar Placement 110915

The anonymous photographer has sent these photos of the latest progress on the New Mexico-90/Hudson Street Bridge as of Nov. 9, 2015.

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Cobre School Board sees demonstration on new technology

The Cobre school board met Monday, November 9 at Central Elementary. The closed session began at 6:02 p.m., according to board president Toy Sepulveda, where they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel and the superintendent's evaluation. After this session, which lasted past 7:00, they entered the gym where the open portion of the meeting would begin, about 7:20. The other members present were Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly and Frank Cordova.

After the board approved the evaluation of the superintendent, Central Elementary School Principal Daena Davis gave a demonstration of new technological equipment recently received from Freeport McMoRan, courtesy of a grant written by Dr. Colleen Walker, Literacy Coach for the four elementary schools. The big screen, probably 6 by 12 feet, was in the gym. Back in the fifth grade room, Norman Diaz and his students made contact with the board by way of a projector at that end.-- Continue reading

"Mystery light" has explanation

Most of you have probably seen on TV or read somewhere that the mystery light that caused some consternation among those who saw it Saturday evening on the west coast, into Nevada, Arizona and even in-- Continue reading

Seeking information on "strange light" Saturday evening

This author had someone ask her today if she had seen the "strange light" about 7 p.m. last night. The person who asked her said he had heard that people had seen it in Arizona, too, but he saw it fro-- Continue reading

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