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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

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd holds 111th Bazaar

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The 111th Bazaar held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City is over for another year. The annual bazaar, with sporadic events before 1904, has been he-- Continue reading

Glad Tidings Church continues bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 7

The Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 11600 E. Highway 180, began its annual bazaar today, Friday, Nov. 6, and will continue tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's a chance to pick up some early Chris-- Continue reading

UNM and Woodbury schools of architecture partnering with WNMU again this summer

SC-GC Chamber hears from UNM School of Architecture representatives

[Editor's Note: This author was a bit late to this presentation, as she had covered the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas presentation]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Geraldine Forbes-Isais, dean of the University School of Architecture, and Tim Castillo, UNM School of Architecture associate professor and native of Grant County, last summer brought to Silver City a group of architecture and planning students from UNM and Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego, CA, in a partnership with Western New Mexico University to do hands on planning and design work to enhance Silver City and Grant County.

Their project called Plata Studio had them creating design models of structures and doing conceptual drawings of ideas to "brand" and enhance Silver City. This partnership will continue beginning in late May this year, with teams coming the next two summers for a couple of weeks at a time.-- Continue reading

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