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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Second-Quarter and Six-Month 2014 Results

Net income attributable to common stock totaled $482 million, $0.46 per share, for second-quarter 2014, compared with net income of $482 million, $0.49 per share, for second-quarter 2013. Net income attributable to common stock for the first six months of 2014 totaled $992 million, $0.95 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, $1.17 per share, for the first six months of 2013.

Consolidated sales for second-quarter 2014 totaled 968 million pounds of copper, 159 thousand ounces of gold, 25 million pounds of molybdenum and 16.0 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE), compared with second-quarter 2013 sales of 951 million pounds of copper, 173 thousand ounces of gold, 23 million pounds of molybdenum and 5.0 MMBOE (reflecting oil and gas results beginning June 1, 2013).-- Continue reading

Silver City Police Department Weekend Report: 07/18/14 at 4:00 PM – 07/21/14 at 8:00 AM

For the weekend, beginning Friday, July 18th , 2014 at 4:00 pm and ending Monday, July 21st 2014 at 8:00 am Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 84 calls for service and had 242-- Continue reading

Housing Sales Down in Grant County and Statewide

By Jim Owen

Significantly fewer homes in Grant County were sold during the second quarter of 2014 than in the same period each of the previous two years.

According to the Realtors Association of New Mexico, 45 properties in the county changed hands in April through May. That was a sharp decline from the 65 sales reported during the same months in 2013, and the 77 transactions in 2012. In this year's first quarter, 64 sales took place.-- Continue reading

Grant County Names New Manager

By Mary Alice Murphy

At this morning's regular Grant County Commission meeting, in the first order of business, commissioners named Charlene Webb as the new county manager.

Webb, who was born in Silver City, raised in Cliff and graduated from Cliff High School, will return home.

"I have accepted the job," Webb told the Beat. "I'm still in shock, but I'm honored to have the opportunity to come back home and go to work for the citizens of Grant County."-- Continue reading

Tige Fire Burning in Blue Range Wilderness

GLENWOOD, N.M. — A lightning strike from recent thunderstorms is the cause of the Tige Fire in Catron County near the New Mexico and Arizona state line.

The 63 acre fire is burning in ponderosa pine forest on the northwest rim of Bear Canyon, near Devil's Monument. Current fire behavior is low to moderate, producing light smoke mainly during afternoon hours.

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County's Jobless Rate Soared in June

By Jim Owen

Grant County experienced a major increase in unemployment in June, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

There were 907 people out of a work force of 11,901 (7.6 percent) actively looking for jobs during the month, up from 696 of 12,003 (5.8 percent) in May. The county's jobless rate in June 2013 was 7.9 percent, when 956 people were seeking employment.

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Silver High Principal Lougee Cites New Beginnings and Ongoing Improvements

By Margaret Hopper

"I love it here!" said Beth Lougee, the principal at Silver High School, after finishing her first year in New Mexico. The record shows she has been a quick study to discern what changes were needed for improving offerings and helping students meet graduation deadlines, leaving the fewest behind in the shortest period of time.

When asked what she learned first, she admitted that support for teachers and help to adjust attitudes were big priorities. She was hired and came to Silver shortly before the 2013-2014 year began in August, so she had to hit the ground running. Further, she said she already had a great job at a great school in Wyoming, which she hated to give up, but she knew she could adjust to new circumstances, and she did.

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Economic Development Course hosted by WNMU this week

Economic Development Course hosted by WNMU this week

Dr. Larry Meeker, at left, introduces this year's Economic Development Course students.

The students in this year's Economic Development Course, held at Western New Mexico University, have already put in several hours of work their first day, Sunday. After registration and orientation, they met for dinner on the third floor mall of the Thomas McDonald Student Memorial Building. 

Noreen Scott, one of the teachers of the course, said she is a member of the International Economic Development Council board of directors, representing the Western Region. "The mission of the council is to help improve the educations level of economi development practitioners in the field. We put forth that strong economic development is a career and an avocation." -- Continue reading

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