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WNMU hosts visit from governor and Higher Ed secretary

WNMU hosts visit from governor and Higher Ed secretary

Article and Photos (two at the end) by Mary Alice Murphy

From left are WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Student Body President Claudia Ochoa, Gov. Susana Martinez, Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron and WNMU Provost Jack Crocker.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, which just happened to be Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard's birthday, Governor Susana Martinez and the Department of Higher Education Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron visited to talk about what the department has done and is planning to roll out.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Announces Extension of Consent Solicitations

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Extension of Consent Solicitations

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC and FCX Oil & Gas Inc., have extended the expiration date for their previously announced solicitation of consents from holders of their outstanding 6.125% Senior Notes due 2019, 6.50% Senior Notes due 2020, 6.625% Senior Notes due 2021, 6.75% Senior Notes due 2022, and 6.875% Senior Notes due 2023 (collectively, the “Notes”) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 28, 2016, unless further extended or earlier terminated.-- Continue reading

Partisan Websites Use Tragic Case To Attack Candidate

By Etta Pettijohn

Reports from two partisan websites have attempted to derail Truth or Consequences resident Rebecca Dow’s candidacy for the 38th District House of Representatives, distorting the facts in an effort to smear her personally.

The two websites reported in recent weeks Dow hired an alleged child molester without a background check, and then tried to silence the mother of one of the victims.

These reports originated from an “unfiled” lawsuit prepared by a local attorney.-- Continue reading

Aldo Leopold Charter School Board discusses committees and communications

By Margaret Hopper

The Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing Council met Thursday evening, September 22, 2016 at the school with Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh, Jose Herrera, Dale Lane and chairman Dave Peck attending. The meeting came to order shortly after 5:30.

The staff report from Maia Chaney, new 7-8 Grade math and science instructor, mentioned a number of community contacts and activities the students had been exposed to recently. Some places mentioned were The Volunteer Center, the Office of Sustainability and the Gila National Forest. They learned about birding, the diversion, and their monitoring stations.-- Continue reading

Grant County Art Guild Purchase Prize Show reception 092016

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Curtis Maxwell buried at Fort Bayard National Cemetery 092016

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a gray Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2016, a World War II veteran, Curtis Lile Maxwell, Jr. was laid to rest at Fort Bayard National Cemetery

Born July 11, 1924, he joined the Marine Corps in 1943, where he served in the Fifth Marine Division as an expert in the Signal Corps with Code Talkers on the island of Iwo Jima in World War II.

In Silver City, he was probably best known for owning the Maxwell House store on Hudson Street.-- Continue reading

ACI CEO gives presentation to Silver City business owners

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Monday evening, Sept. 19, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Espinoza gave a presentation on what the group can offer businesses and how it works on legislation to benefit business.

Tony Trujillo, former member of the NMACI, introduced Espinoza and said: "The ACI is really the state Chamber. Jason is the business voice for all businesses throughout the state. The agency has a number of public policy committees."

"We represent businesses big and small throughout New Mexico," Espinoza said. "We are completely member-driven. We have 10 different policy committees that work on legislative issues of interest to our members."-- Continue reading

Grant County Youth Advisory Council hears JPO report

By Margaret Hopper

The Grant County Youth Advisory Council met Tuesday, September 21, 2016 at noon in the 6th Judicial District Courthouse Jury Room. Councilors attending included Lynn Baca, LULAC; Margaret Begay, Adult Drug Court; Charlene Webb, Grant County Manager; Dianne Rothpletz, Silver High Youth Member; Ron Hall, County Commissioner; Lisa Ortega, La Plata assistant principal; Jose Carrillo, Cobre assistant superintendent; Martin Maxwell, attorney from DA’s Office; Melissa Frost, Courthouse Financial Officer; Rachel Medina, JPO; and Judge J. C. Robinson. There are others on the committee that were not in attendance.

Bianca Padilla had a PowerPoint® presentation ready for the current update of the past year’s educational programs. The three programs included were the JPO Summer School 2016 statistics for June and July sessions, totaling 95 students served, 84 from high school and the 11 from La Plata, eighth-graders that successfully transitioned into high school.-- Continue reading

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