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Opportunity High School work program develops

Opportunity High School work program develops

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

From left, OHS Principal Jason Ping meets with teachers, Stephanie Tedford, Mark Martinez, Peter Limardo, Pat Kimmick, and Dixine Moore.

OHS receptionist Kalah Carrasco, meets with teacher Limardo.Fridays are different at Opportunity High School this year. Students have already been assigned their community contacts, for the most part, and few of them are present. Those who are there are waiting for meetings with staff or working on a project. The five teachers who are staff are in session with Jason Ping, principal, who is going over the present work in that first hour, handing out assignments still needed to get the new program off to a good start.

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Negotiation continues on proposed ALCS lease purchase agreement

By Margaret Hopper

The latest information on the Aldo Leopold Charter School leases for a proposed expansion for the school comes from Harry Browne’s comments and others from Alex Ocheltree, the owning -- Continue reading

Women of Distinction to be honored by Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Sept. 15

Women of Distinction to be honored by Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Sept. 15

Las Cruces, New Mexico - Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is proud to announce the fourth annual Women of Distinction luncheon honoring Southern New Mexico women for their achievements and contributions, both personally and professionally, as a community leader and as a role model for girls. The luncheon will take place at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, NM on Thursday, September 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online www.gsdswwomenofdistinction.org or call 800-895-7390 ext. 220.

Honorees receiving this year's awards include Arianna Parsons, Priscilla Lucero, Diane Hamilton, Ann Palormo, Lori English, Olivia Lerma McDonald, LaJune Smith, Renay Scott and Barbara Hubbard. All are Women of Distinction!-- Continue reading

Mario Quintana Awarded K. Rose Wood Outstanding Older Adult Award

Mario Quintana coordinates the newly-formed Senior Olympics of Grant County.

Mr. Quintana's passion for Senior Olympics is infectious. While he is focused on those who are 50 or older, he has also man-- Continue reading

Silver School Board sets timeline for proceeding with superintendent search

Silver School Board sets timeline for proceeding with superintendent search

By Margaret Hopper

Silver school board members, at left,  attended another special training session Monday, August 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Administrative building. All five were present, as well as John Carter, interim superintendent.

The trainer was Dr. Dan Patterson, pictured below, associated with the New Mexico School Board Association, the group that board members selected to help them with the superintendent search. He began by restating the goal of getting the best leaders possible for its clients, who require leaders for schools, law enforcement groups, fire protection units and similar state services.

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Cobre School Board hears update on requests for use of facilities 082216

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board held a very brief meeting on Monday, August 22 at the District Office in Bayard. The regular meeting began at 7:15 with three board members present. The earlier closed session, which discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues had Robert Montoya, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, the president, but when Montoya was called out suddenly, the board was reduced to a bare quorum.

Unfinished business included the third readings and approvals for Sick Leave policy, Annual Leave policy and Bereavement Leave policies. All three were approved at this meeting.

There were two requests for use of facilities. Southwest Youth Football League asked to use the high school field, and Ruben Udero and family asked to use the Snell and high school wrestling rooms for the Cobre Youth Wrestling program. The first was approved, with the Udero request being tabled until the next meeting to complete more paperwork.-- Continue reading

Recent Catwalk Road meeting presents options

Project requests public input

Courtesy of Concerned Catwalk Citizens

Justin Henwood, project manager for New Mexico Department of Transportation, gave the presentation on the two, possibly three Catwalk Access options. Large aerial maps were on display with the Options marked.

Funding for the project is provided by the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). The monies are only available for improving or providing access to public lands through transportation projects.

The purpose of this particular project is to improve access to the Catwalk and reduce maintenance needs. The FLAP has granted this project $4.5 million to begin the screening process. The environmental recourse evaluation looks at these elements: air quality, water flooded plains, vegetation, noise, species status, wetlands, recreation and social economics. DoT is beginning the screening phase. All comments from the public are very, very important during this phase.-- Continue reading

WNMU students paint W 2016

Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday, Aug. 21, Western New Mexico University students climbed W Mountain north of Silver City for an annual whitewashing of the mountain.



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