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Three Alumni to Be Honored at Homecoming 2015 Festivities

Three Alumni to Be Honored at Homecoming 2015 Festivities

Pictured from left to right is Senator Howie Morales, Dr. Lorraine Morales and Alfred Ogas.

Silver City, NM – A state legislature, high education leader, and retired educator will be honored at this year's Homecoming 2015 festivities during the second weekend of October.

The Office of Alumni Affairs has announced the names of three individuals that will receive alumni awards for their leadership and contributions to the community.

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Kevin Lenkner talks about his hopes and plans for MRAC

Kevin Lenkner talks about his hopes and plans for MRAC

By Mary Alice Murphy

Kevin Lenkner has been on the job of Mimbres Region Arts Council executive director for about three weeks.

When asked why he chose to apply for the MRAC executive director position and relocate to Silver City, Lenkner said he looked at the website.

"It was a good combination of things that knew how to do and about half were things that would stretch me," Lenkner said. "Performances, events and tourism are not part of my past. However, I am a fan of lifelong learning, so I knew they would challenge me.-- Continue reading

Next phase of NM 90 Bridge to begin Tuesday; expect delays

By Mary Alice Murphy

With the piers firmly in place, the concrete poured, the riprap abutments almost complete, the next major phase of the New Mexico 90/Hudson Street Bridge project will kick into high gear on Sept. 22.

Brian Torres, NM Department of Transportation project manager, at the monthly information meeting, held Wednesday evening at its new venue—the Grant County Administration Center—said meetings would continue on the third Wednesdays of the month at the new venue.

"We are on schedule, but we will use every bit of it," Torres said. "Traffic will be flowing before the end of December."-- Continue reading

Silver School Board members hear about master plan and budget adjustments

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver Consolidated School Board met September 15 at the district office. President Frances Vasquez called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Arnold Torres, Chris Arvidson, Tony Egan and Mike McMillan were all in attendance.

Business Office Supervisor Barry Ward presented the board and administration with the 2015-2020 update of the district facilities master plan, which he said the State requires of all 89 districts in New Mexico. These five-year plans report on each building and have information on enrollment, energy management, technology, area demographics, present conditions and projections of future need.The State determines what is to be placed in the reports; the information is planned to keep the State informed, and under request conditions from districts, it may determine whether to help a district with projects. The current five-year plan approaches a hundred pages, loaded with maps, graphs and photos in full color. Ward said the first plan he helped with in 2005 was a professional production.-- Continue reading

GSFWC discusses next steps for the organization

By Mary Alice Murphy

During public comments, Gerald Schultz representing New Mexico Resource Conservation Districts, said during the 1970s the U.S. Geologic Survey did massive studies on large aquifer systems. "Our region wasn't covered extensively because of the low population and low water demand. This area is volcanic in origin, so it may have compartmentalized groundwater sources."-- Continue reading

Arrest made in 2006 Penny Park murder

On September 15, 2015, at 8pm, Justin Giacolleti, 31 years of age, from Rio Rancho, NM, was arrest on a warrant for an Open Count of Murder. The charge stems for the beating death of Fred Allison, who was 54 years of age at the time.

On June 17, 2006, at about 2:06 am, Mr. Allison was found in the Penny Park, which is located at 1305 Grant Street, in Silver City. Mr. Allison was found unresponsive near the entrance to the park and appeared to have blunt force trauma to his head. Mr. Allison was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center and then later to Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where he was pronounced dead on June 18, 2006.-- Continue reading

NM CAP Entity approves bylaws, budget resolution and holds discussions

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting held at the Grant County Administration Center on Sept. 15, after changes to and approval of minutes, the members heard public comment.

"I admire and respect all of you in this project, but I've been at this myself since 1982," M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Grant County resident, said. "I've seen three proposals for big Gila River water project, with much better credentials than this one, nonetheless die a natural and well deserved death; enough to know that this one is certainly doomed.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board receives intriguing idea to take care of weeds

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board met Monday evening, September 14, at Hurley Elementary. The board met in closed session at 6:04 where, according to Toy Sepulveda, board president, they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel and the superintendent's evaluation. No decisions were made in that meeting.

In the public session which began at 7:00 p.m., four members were present: Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Sepulveda. Robert Montoya was absent. While there was unfinished business scheduled, the board agreed to let the children go first with the Spanish language lesson which Marcela Shepard demonstrated, using a variety of students from first through sixth grades, showing different aspects of instruction at differing grade levels. The plan was to get them finished quickly, so they could go home and get some sleep for tomorrow.-- Continue reading

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