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Resident says smart water meter installation without consent is illegal

By Roger Lanse

In the public comment phase of the Silver City’s Tuesday, Jan. 12 town meeting, Rik Foxx stated that approximately 1,000 signatures have been presented to the Silver City town government demanding the town replace existing water meters, not with automated smart meters, but with analog water meters. Foxx stated that the consent of the property owner is needed prior to installation.-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council holds first meeting of 2016

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Health Council lacked one person to have a quorum, so those items, such as agenda and minutes, that required a vote will be held over until the next meeting in April.

Priscilla Lucero, co-chair with Terry Anderson, said the meeting would be an informational session.

The first item of business was to hear a report on the Department of Health deliverables for funding to the health council.-- Continue reading

Bianca Padilla recognized by state agencies

Bianca Padilla recognized by state agencies

From left, Children, Youth and Families Department Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson, Bianca Padilla, and CYFD Deputy Director, Nick Costales,, at the presentation ceremony.


By Mary Alice Murphy

Bianca Padilla, Juvenile Probation Office program coordinator in Silver City, recently was honored at the Children's Law Institute conference. She received notice: "On behalf of the Children’s Law Institute and the Supreme Court of New Mexico we would like to inform you that you have been selected as the winner of The Juvenile Justice Excellence Award."

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Cobre School Board members hear from school principals on progress011016

By Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board met at the District Office in Bayard Monday, January 11, with all members present: Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova, and Toy Sepulveda, president.

Sepulveda said they had met for the closed session at 6:03 p.m., where they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues, but no decisions had been made.

The open meeting began at 7:15. The first item on the agenda was a request for approval to dispose of the older school property at San Lorenzo. The legal description was given, and the acreage stated as 12 acres. After the motion, Sepulveda said he questioned that there actually were 12 acres; one reason for moving to the new location was that no school land should be less than 10 acres in the state of New Mexico. That should be checked out.-- Continue reading

NMDOT NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Public Involvement Meeting Jan. 20, 2016

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruct-- Continue reading

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Photos by Sandra Michaud

A sellout crowd packed WNMU’s Light Hall Saturday night to attend the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of the Gila Conservation Coalition, said, “The building’s capacity is 180 people and we only have a couple of empty seats.”

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Bennie Dooley, formerly of Silver City, inducted into WABDL Hall of Fame

Bennie Dooley, formerly of Silver City, inducted into WABDL Hall of Fame

Courtesy Photos. One of Bennie Dooley receiving his Hall of Fame plaque from WABDL president Gus Rethwisch.

The second photo is of Dooley behind the 641 pounds that he bench pressed.

By Mary Alice Murphy

In October of last year, Bennie Dooley, 63, formerly of Silver City, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place in Las Vegas, Nev., in October 2015. According to a friend, during the induction ceremony, he was introduced as one of the best Master Benchpressers of all time. The WABDL is the largest power-lifting federation in the world, Dooley said.

He graduated from Silver High School in 1970. After attending Western New Mexico University for one year, he went to work for Phelps Dodge. Dooley spent 17 years at PD, becoming an electrician.

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Catwalk Reconstruction Status

GLENWOOD, NM; Jan. 11, 2016 – For Immediate Release – On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, crews mobilized to the Catwalk on the Glenwood Ranger District to begin repair work. In the initial construction phase, rock slides will be cleared from the trails and large boulders will be removed from the creek. Silt traps and other debris traps will be set up to minimize impacts to the stream and surrounding area during construction. The work will be monitored by Forest Service personnel to ensure there are no adverse effects to the surrounding area and historic artifacts are preserved.-- Continue reading

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