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Corrected: A collaboration on use of effluent is in the discussion stage

Corrected: A collaboration on use of effluent is in the discussion stage

From left are County Commissioner Gabriel Ramos and Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch, watching as Gila National Forest Hydrologist Carolyn Koury points out potential ponding sites on the map.Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

 

Grant County Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, who has been working on a similar project for about five years, has teamed up with Santa Clara, Bayard and the Forest Service to plan wetlands using treated effluent from the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to recharge aquifers and provide riparian habitat.

A field trip on Tuesday morning took officials out to the general area along Twin Sisters Creek, where wetlands might be placed. They included Ramos, Gila National Forest Supervisor Adam Mendonca, Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch, Bayard Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro, and Aaron Beckworth, Drinking Water Bureau compliance officer. In addition Mike Natharius, Gila National Forest soil biologist; Carolyn Koury, GNF hydrologist; Tony Ybarra, GNF wildlife biologist; Forest Service intern Paul Min; and volunteer Uri Seitz, plus this reporter, went on the trip.

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All lanes now open: Lordsburg area has two NMDOT warnings 072716

All lanes are now open

CLOSURE – LORDSBURG AREA 072716

I-10 westbound at mile post 16.8 passing lane is closed due to a commercial vehicle fire. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked t-- Continue reading

Silver and Signal Fire Emergency Road and Trails Closure Order to be Rescinded

The Gila National Forest, Silver City District is rescinding the entire Silver and Signal Fire Emergency Road and Trails Closure Order (O#: 06-349) effective Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The closure order can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=25954 

The areas to be open were initially closed due to hazardous trees, dangerous falling rocks, flooding and debris on roads and trails from the Signal fire in 2014 and the Silver fire in 2013.-- Continue reading

FINAL Black Range Complex Fires Update 072616

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Silver City, NM; July 26, 2016 – The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Range Ranger District consist of four fires: the Kline and Cooney Fires started July 8, the Corduroy Fire on July 17, and the Boiler Fire on July 18. These lightning-caused fires are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM. As these fires burn, pre-determined management areas have been designated for fire management. The Black Range Complex Fires are currently 4,297 acres. There are currently 71 fire personnel assigned. Fire management for the Black Range Complex Fire will be transferred back to the Black Range Ranger District on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016 at 6:00 AM, and managed by the local district Type 3 fire organization.-- Continue reading

NMEDD Secretary Barela makes first visit to renovated Silco Theater

NMEDD Secretary Barela makes first visit to renovated Silco Theater

Silver City MainStreet Project presents a limited edition poster to NMEDD Secretary Jon Barela. From left are Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Barela, MainStreet Project Director Lucy Whitmarsh, and Mainstreet Board President Patrick Hoskins.

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Cobre School Board holds hearing on policy, approves next year's meeting schedule 072516

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board met at the Administration Office on July 25. Three members were present, a bare quorum for doing business: Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly and Frank Cordova, vice president. The closed session had begun at 6:03 p.m., according to Cordova. He said they had discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues, but no decisions had been made in the session.

The open meeting began at 7:10. Unfinished business included legal notice information for the 2016-2017 board meetings and the Open Meeting Resolution; both topics were approved as presented. Three policy first readings were approved; they were on sick leave, annual leave and bereavement leave. On this last, there were differences between local conditions, a three-day leave, and distant destinations, a five-day leave. Second readings will take place at the next board meeting.

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Old Fort Bayard Hospital Demolition 072516

Old Fort Bayard Hospital Demolition 072516

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said: "Still a small pile of debris. Gazebo still untouched. Equipment sitting out in the open, they are beginning to get it ready to ship out. Loads of soil being smoothed out."

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Second-Quarter and Six-Month 2016 Results

To download a PDF of the release, read the rest of the article and see the graphs, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Second-Quarter and Six-Month 2016 Results

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX):

Net loss attributable to common stock totaled $479 million, $0.38 per share, for second-quarter 2016. After adjusting for net charges totaling $452 million, $0.36 per share, second-quarter 2016 adjusted net loss attributable to common stock totaled $27 million, $0.02 per share.

Consolidated sales (including volumes from Tenke Fungurume (Tenke), which is being reported as a discontinued operation) totaled 1.1 billion pounds of copper, 156 thousand ounces of gold, 19 million pounds of molybdenum and 12.4 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) for second-quarter 2016, compared with 964 million pounds of copper, 352 thousand ounces of gold, 23 million pounds of molybdenum and 13.1 MMBOE for second-quarter 2015.-- Continue reading

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