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GSFWC approves resolution, prioritizes projects

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila/San Francisco Water Commission held a special meeting today to finalize and approve a resolution, which had been discussed at the meeting held Oct. 21.

With commissioners representing nine entities and three on the conference call, representing four entities, the group had a quorum.

Charles "Tink" Jackson, representing Luna County and the village of Columbus, moved to approve the resolution, which was read by GSFWC Chairman Anthony Gutierrez, and Janice Kiehne, representing the 1892 Luna Ditch Association in Catron County, seconded the motion.-- Continue reading

Good Shepherd Prepares for Holiday Bazaar

Photos by Shirin McArthur

Volunteers were busy on Friday preparing for the 110th annual Bazaar at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Bazaar is on Saturday, November 1, from 9 am to 1 pm, a-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board, 102914 part 2-Hurley Crosswalk

By Margaret Hopper

In a follow-up to the paragraph on the letter of information between the Town of Hurley and Cobre schools regarding the crosswalk at Hurley Elementary School, Cobre's superintendent, Robert Mendoza, offered more comment and said he would be pleased if more information went out on the work being planned.

According to Mendoza, the school and town have been working, for the past two months or longer, on the changes that should make peak traffic periods smoother and safer for everyone.-- Continue reading

Silver City Public Library celebrates new mobile digital lab

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At the Silver City Public Library on Thursday afternoon, a couple of dozen laptop computers were set up for viewing and use in the conference room.

People chatted as they sat in front of the computers and waited for the celebration to begin. Some ate cake and fruit, and drank juice. 

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NM 152 Kingston Roadway is Open and passable to the Public

Las Cruces - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office has made the necessary roadway repairs throughout NM 152 that was initially closed due to flooding in September of 2014.

The NMDOT has lifted the closure for NM 152 in Kingston as crew members have repaired various sections of the roadway in order to have it passable and safe for the traveling public. However, the NMDOT will need to continue with minor repair work along the shoulders on NM 152, which will occur over the next several weeks. As work progresses motorist may encounter intermittent lane closures and reduction of speed within the work zone.-- Continue reading

Center for Gender Equity Opens at WNMU


Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

This morning, Oct. 30, 2014, the WNMU Center for Gender Equity opened at Western New Mexico University.


Professor Emma Bailey, who along with Professor Lydia Huerta, were the main movers and shakers behind the effort, described the time to get the center up and running as a "relatively quick journey. Dr. Huerta and I put together a minor in gender equity and had the idea behind the center. Last May, we put together a proposal for the center. We went to Dr. (Joseph) Shepard (WNMU president), and he immediately gave us the go ahead."-- Continue reading

Main topic of the Cobre School Board meeting was expenditures

By Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board met at the District Office on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 with all five directors attending. President Toy Sepulveda opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m., saying the earlier 6:00 closed session included discussion on student identifiable issues, limited personnel and goals for the superintendent. No decisions had been made.

Under Administration, Superintendent Robert Mendoza recommended the board approve the September list of checks paid, which amounted to $1,039,118.50 of operational funds. Some of the largest items were the payroll clearing accounts of $439,686.78 on September 9 and $433,334.77 on September 25, and PNM Electric and Gas Service, $37,503. City of Bayard received $13,737.87 for water use and related services, and two checks for fleet fueling amounted to $5,917.33. A lot of school supplies and paper, communications and news services were in the mix.-- Continue reading

USDA Spends $4.6 Million in Grant County

By Jim Owen

A federal agency committed $4,635,230 to housing, energy and utility infrastructure projects in Grant County during the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The New Mexico office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Division reported spending $122 million on projects statewide. Since 2009, the total is $1.3 billion.

USDA RD's largest investment in Grant County this year (a grant and loan amounting to $1,180,600) is a water project in Bayard. Automatic meter-reading devices are to be installed at the homes of all the town's residents. The project, scheduled to begin in January, also will entail replacing a main waterline on Railroad Street.-- Continue reading

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