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Federal Railroad Administration releases report on cause of the Nov. 30, 2013 train derailment near Bayard

Federal Railroad Administration releases report on cause of the Nov. 30, 2013 train derailment near Bayard


Southwest Railroad locomotive derailed Nov. 30, 2013 (Photo courtesy of New Mexico State Police)




By Roger Lanse

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, a So-- Continue reading

What's Happening with the Arizona Water Settlements Act?

By Allen Campbell, member of NM CAP Entity, with input from ISC attorney Dominique Work

Progress is being made toward securing additional water from the Gila River for Southwest New Mexico. The Arizona Water Settlement Act (AWSA), is a Federal Statute that offsets an inequity of the 1968 adjudication of New Mexico’s water rights on the Gila River. Currently, Arizona owns 96% of the Gila River water flow. The AWSA agreed that New Mexico is entitled to a maximum of 14,000 acre feet of additional water in the four county region of southwest New Mexico.

The Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement (CUFA) became the mechanism to secure this water in a manner acceptable to all parties. The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) was the New Mexico entity that negotiated with Arizona. The third party of CUFA was to be the NM Unit Entity. A JPA of local governments only within the borders of Catron, Grant, Luna and Hildalgo Counties was created to become the NM CAP Entity and oversee all operations of the NM Unit. The first meeting was held on August 10, 2015-- Continue reading

NM-90 Bridge sees small changes

NM-90 Bridge sees small changes

According to the appreciated anonymous photographer, the only obvious change he noticed this weekend was the rock or gravel bed at the end of the north side of the bridge. A part of the drainage system, the riprap will drain water away from the bridge.

More obvious changes will be seen begnning Tuesday, Sept. 22, when the first 96-foot long and 108-foot long girders will begin to arrive. Girders will continue to arrive daily Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 26 and the next week from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. Huge cranes will maneuver them into place atop the piers.

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Saturday morning was ristra-making time at the museum

Saturday morning was ristra-making time at the museum

Kids and adults made chile ristras Saturday morning at the Silver City Museum. As soon as one entered the museum, the tantilizing smell of chiles drew one to where the craft was happening.















Hillary Pierce, Silver City Museum education curator and CLG coordinator, works on her own ristra in between helping others make theirs.



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"To Vote or Not to Vote" - Youth Participation in the Political Process

By Sandra Michaud

Confusion about the political process, lack of information and different priorities are some of the reasons that were brought forth as to why so many young people don’t vote. A panel of high school and college students presented their thoughts on this issue at the Thursday Public Forum at Western New Mexico University’s Miller Library.

The student panelists were Dylan Contreras and Lawrence Garcia of Associated Students of WNMU; José Garcia, a student at Cobre High School; Marco Narváez, a student at Aldo Leopold Charter School; and Grecia Rivas, a WNMU student. Madeline Alfero, a WNMU student and a teacher at Aldo Leopold Charter School, moderated the panel.

The panelists all agreed that first and foremost they were students, but that being involved in the political process was also important.-- Continue reading

Gila EDA Roundtable 091815 hears two speakers and annoucements from participants

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first featured speaker at the Gila Economic Development Alliance Roundtable momentarily confused his friends and fans. When the audience members and EDA members introduced themselves, the speaker said he was Ronald Quintana of Qs Bistro and the Fry House.

But he clarified his name when he began speaking. "My legal name is Ronald, but I use my middle name, Anthony," Anthony Quintana said. "I have had a lot of experience in food. I went to the California Culinary Academy, because food service has been one of my passionate goals. My objective is to throw great parties on a daily basis. I want to create an atmosphere where everyone can get along."-- Continue reading

Claude Smith teaches pinch pot techniques to students in Alaska via Skype

Claude Smith teaches pinch pot techniques to students in Alaska via Skype

Professor Emeritus Claude Smith works on a sample pinch pot before teaching at class to students in Alaska.

Article, photos, and video by Mary Alice Murphy

Claude W. Smith, Western New Mexico University professor emeritus, taught the technique of making a clay pinch pot to students in Alaska on Thursday afternoon.

Using a Skype connection at one of the conference rooms at the Western J. Cloyd Miller Library, Smith, at the request of one of his former students, showed a group of seven students his technique.

Richard Spencer, a graduate student alumnus of Western, took his first job in a very rural area of Alaska, in a small town that had about 32 or 33 villagers, according to Smith.

When the school closed, Spencer moved to Kalskag, Alaska, to a village with around 500 residents.

"Richard is a high school teacher," Smith said. "He is crazy about clay. The school allowed him to do an elective course in art, because he wanted to do a portion in clay."

Smith said he learned Skype so he could do this class.

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Freeport-McMoRan Completes $1 Billion at-the-Market Equity Offering and Files Prospectus Supplement for up to $1 Billion in Additional at-the-Market Sales of Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today the completion of its at-the-market offering of common stock announced on August 10, 2015. FCX raised $1 billion in gross proceeds through the sale of 96.7 million shares of FCX common stock in open market transactions since August 10, 2015. The shares were issued pursuant to FCX’s shelf registration statement.

FCX also announced today that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a prospectus supplement under which it may offer and sell additional shares of common stock having aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1 billion from time to time through designated sales agents. Sales of the common stock, if any, would be made by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions or block trades on the New York Stock Exchange at market prices or as otherwise agreed with its agents.-- Continue reading

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