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Silver School Board discusses budget issues 041916

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver District school board met April 19 at the District Office with all five members present. Board President Arnold Torres opened the meeting at 6:02. Other members present were Frances Vasquez, Mike McMillan, Chris Arvidson and Tony Egan.

Katrina Bustillos of La Plata Middle School represented SCEA with a report on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) program, which replaces No Child Left Behind. She explained many differencs in the programs. There will be less testing with ESSA, more state involvement, along with teacher and parent input, respect for dual enrollment, a removal of teacher responsibility for student scores, no mandate that the PARCC be used; other tests may be acceptable, as in the past.-- Continue reading

Update on NM 90-Hudson Street Bridge 042016

By Mary Alice Murphy

Although the meeting on Wednesday, April 20, was canceled, because Brian Torres, New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager, was in Deming, and only two people showed up for the meeting, Torres gave the Beat an update.

He said the contractor, Interstate Highway Construction, was working on repairing the concrete wall barrier joints, which had been incorrectly installed. Torres explained the joints allowed space for the bridge to move with the flow of traffic.

"Valley Fence is doing its punch list of items on the pedestrian fence," Torres said. "They are painting it and taking out burrs in the fence. The painting subcontractor has about two weeks worth of painting left to do. After the painting is complete, Van (Clothier of Stream Dynamics, the other person to arrive at the meeting) will start his stream mitigation.-- Continue reading

Grant County commissioners hear county reports, including hospital financial update, at work session 041916

By Mary Alice Murphy

At Tuesday's work session, Grant County commissioners asked Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham to give the first county report.

"At the end of February, which was the last financial report the board has approved, with the March one to be addressed later this week, the bottom line for the month was a negative $141,000. We've had several months of negative bottom line, but they were not unexpected. We are confident that within the next few months, we will come out of it.

"Right now, we are re-engineering our revenue cycle, using outside expertise, instead of out-sourcing," Cunningham continued. "We are investing in our caregivers, but it is a temporary price for the services.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners hear from Sen. Howie Morales at work session 041916

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission work session, before its review of the Thursday, April 21, regular session agenda, heard an update on the recent legislative session by New Mexico Sen. Howie Morales.

"It was a busy and challenging session," Morales said. "You had great county representation there."

He said, as of last August, the estimate for new money for this 2016 legislative session was about $230,000. "However, with the price of oil and gas going down, by the time of the session, the estimate was $20 million to $30 million. That was the only new revenue we had."-- Continue reading

Travel Management Rule goes into effect in four districts July 1

SILVER CITY, NM; April 20, 2016 – The Travel Management Rule (TMR) will go into effect across four districts of the Gila National Forest on July 1. The TMR is mandated across all national forests and p-- Continue reading

Hurley’s 2012 murder still unsolved

By Roger Lanse

Four years ago, Roberto Armando Benavidez Garcia, 22, a Western New Mexico University student, visited his mother in Hurley as he often did. The sun had set that Friday, April 20, 2012. On the face of it, an ordinary evening like a million before in Hurley, but tonight would be out of the ordinary.

During his visit, Roberto unexpectedly discovers his dog is missing from his mother’s yard, and grabbing a pink and black leash, walks out the door to find his pet, calling out to allay his mother’s fear that he was going out into the night, “It’s OK, Ma, I’ll be back.”-- Continue reading

Bicyclist injured in crash, then cited

By Roger Lanse

Sunday, April 17, at about 3:45 p.m., a crash between a car and a bicyclist occurred at W. Highway 180 and Pope Street.

The driver of the car, a white VW pickup, according to a Silver C-- Continue reading

Santa Clara homicide still under investigation

By Roger Lanse

Mauricio Acosta, 20, of Silver City, who was found dead on South Prescott Street in Santa Clara early in the morning of Wednesday, April 13, died of gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Fer-- Continue reading

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