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Muddy road greets Yucca Valley Estates residents

Muddy road greets Yucca Valley Estates residents

Photo by Roger Lanse at 11:15 a.m.

At 8:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, the Arenas Valley Water Development Association was notified of a water line break on Yucca Valley Drive in Arenas Valley, approximately-- Continue reading

Big Brothers Big Sisters planning to renew agency in Grant County

Big Brothers Big Sisters planning to renew agency in Grant County

BBBS Regional Director Dawn Starostka

By Mary Alice Murphy

With a merger of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations of Northern New Mexico and Southwestern New Mexico, as of Jan. 1, 2015, the capacity of the new organization, called Big Brother Big Sisters Mountain Region, has grown, as they will share a single strategy in order to best serve the state's youth in 17 counties.

In a press release announcing the merger, Mountain Region Chief Executive Officer Andrea Fisher Maril said: "We believe this will benefit kids from both the northern and southwestern parts of the state. By centralizing financial and administrative services we’ll be able to match more kids in life-changing relationships with caring, committed, carefully screened mentors."

Doña Ana/Grant County Regional Director Dawn Starostka said she would be looking to strengthen and continue community relationships in the southwestern part of state, while overseeing the organization that, before the merger in October 2014, was named Nonprofit Agency of the Month by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.-- Continue reading

PNM Awards $90,000 for Community Projects in Silver City, Deming and Lordsburg

Grants are Part of Nearly $500,000 in PNM funding for Nonprofit Community Organizations

across New Mexico

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – At a Silver City Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, the PNM Resources Foundation recognized the recipients of the 2015 PNM Power Up Grants from the Southwestern New Mexico region. The company awarded almost $90,000 to five local nonprofit organizations to fund projects designed to build vibrant communities. The Southwestern area grant recipients are:

· Fort Bayard Restoration and Development Coalition – Silver City
· LifeQuest, Inc. – Silver City
· Silver City Museum Society Corporation – Silver City
· Sherman Family Charitable Foundation – Deming
· SPIRIT of Hidalgo – Lordsburg-- Continue reading

Gila National Forest receives input on revision of forest plan

By Mary Alice Murphy

Wednesday evening, at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, a group of at about 50 people gathered to hear about the assessment phase of the Gila National Forest Plan revision and to provide input.

Karen Yori, facilitator, introduced the new GNF Supervisor, Adam Mendonca (whose name is Portuguese and is pronounced Men-dohn-sa, he told the Beat).

"This plan is what drives everything we do," Mendonca said. "It will be used for the next 20-30 years. We will have the best product if we engage with the public."-- Continue reading

County Treasurer feels his office is working efficiently

County Treasurer feels his office is working efficiently

Grant County Treasurer Steve Armendariz in his office.

By Margaret Hopper

What makes a county office successful on the job? Steve Armendariz thinks there are many factors that contribute, and people are different, so there isn't a simple answer, but he says he feels his elected position and assignment, the Grant County Treasurer's Office, is functioning well and serving economically. He and his people are meeting local needs and doing the work on time. "We are doing it right."

The needs of all county offices are different, so some mandate from the State, top-down, is not the best way to plan how to serve the public. But it is possible to bring an office to a higher level of service, and he said he has tried to do that for Grant County.

-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Announces Significant Reduction in Oil & Gas Capital Budget & Continuing Review of Mining Operations

Freeport-McMoRan Announces Significant Reduction in Oil & Gas Capital Budget & Continuing Review of Mining Operations

PHOENIX, AZ, August 5, 2015 – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today provided an update on its progress in reducing costs and capital spending

In response to current oil and gas market conditions, Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas (FM O&G) is deferring investments in several long-term projects. In addition, FM O&G has revised its estimate of the start-up of initial production from its recent drilling success in the Horn Mountain area to 2016 from the previously estimated start-up in 2017. This revised operating plan will allow FM O&G to continue to grow production and enhance cash flow in a weak oil and gas price environment.-- Continue reading

Assessment workshop addresses economic base jobs

By Mary Alice Murphy

Mark Lautman of Community Economics Laboratory was hired by the Legislative Council Service to facilitate job creation assessments in the seven New Mexico councils of government.

He serves as a member of the Legislative Jobs Council, which was formed in 2013. Among the members are 26 legislators representing both houses and both parties, along with some private sector members and Cabinet members.-- Continue reading

Thirty Students Recognized at Annual LULAC Scholarship Dinner

Photos and Article by Shirin McArthur


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) held its annual Scholarship and Student of the Month Awards Celebration at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, August 1. Twenty-two students were awarded college scholarships and eight high school students were recognized for their leadership and achievements.-- Continue reading

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