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WNMU President Joseph Shepard speaks to Gila EDA Roundtable

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two featured speakers at the Gila Economic Development Alliance monthly Roundtable Friday, March 21, 2014, brought a good crowd to the event.

The first speaker was Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, talking about the status of Western.

"Thank you to the Gila EDA members who are stalwart supporters of Western," Shepard said. "Universities are economic drivers.

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Silver School Board hears parents' concerns

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver School Board met Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Administrative office on Swan with the work session opening at 5:00 p.m. Arnold Torres, Tony Egan, Trent Petty and Deborah Eggleston were there at the beginning or shortly after, and the fifth member, Chris Arvidson, came before 7:00. High school principal Beth Lougee and her assistant, Marcella Marquez, presented the board with a one-page report on enrollment, graduation rates, ACT scores, honors classes, dual credit work and discipline facts.

ACT scores are running a point or two behind national averages, with a boost in the local average in 2013. Local graduation rates are running higher than the New Mexico average, and discipline incidents appear to be reduced. Lougee noted that this year's 148 seniors may be replaced by 210 8th graders who will be freshmen next year. The curriculum is moving into a more vocational track, with culinary arts and auto mechanics, computer skills and journalism/publishing gaining perception.-- Continue reading

Red Flag Warning issues for SW NM for this afternoon 032114

Red Flag Warning
 Fri Mar 21 2014

...Red Flag Warning In Effect Friday Afternoon For South Central And
Southwest New Mexico And Far West Texas...

.An Upper Level Disturbance Is Forecast To Move From The West
Into The Central And Southern Rockies Today. This System Will
Bring Stronger Winds Aloft As Well As Deepening Surface Low
Pressure Over Eastern New Mexico. This Combination Will Produce
Sustained Winds From The West Around 20 To 25 Mph... With Gusts Of
30 To 35. These Winds With Very Low Relative Humidity Of 7% To 12%
And Fire Danger Ratings Of High Or Greater...Will Create Critical
Fire Conditions.-- Continue reading

WNMU Master Plan seeks public input 031914, part 2

The Western New Mexico University master plan public input continued with more questions from attendees.

Burke Fleming, resident, pointed out the university is thirsty for water. 'Silver City is limited in water, which is the No. 1 thing we have to have. The university wastes a lot of water."

Jason Clark of Studio D Architects in Las Cruces aid Western would be looking at other surfaces for athletic fields. "The Student Memorial Building can be sustainable. It's an evaluation as we go through the process."-- Continue reading

WNMU Master Plan seeks public input 031914, part 1

WNMU Master Plan seeks public input 031914, part 1

A Western New Mexico University Master Plan community meeting, on Wednesday, March 19, sought public input from the more than 50 people who attended.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard led off the session by saying: "The university is more than 120 years old and is constantly changing. We have never had a master plan for the facility."

He said he knew that light and noise impact the university's neighbors, so he was seeking input from them as the plan continues to be developed.

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Grant County Community Health Council hears reports and announcements

In this concluding article about the Grant County Community Health Council meeting of March 17, 2014, Chris DeBolt, new health council coordinator, said every state she has lived in has had a hunger problem. "We have to do something about it."

"Unfortunately, the governor line-item vetoed funding for health councils throughout the state," DeBolt said. "I'm ever the optimist. Sen. Morales, if he's not our governor by then, has offered to carry the bill next year."

She said the Non-Profit Resource Conference held last Friday was deemed a success, with about 100 people attending.

DeBolt said plans are underway for a housing fair in June. "Tiffany (Knauf, the former coordinator, who has moved away) is at work on the profile to be finished by the end of the month. Then it will go to the steering committee."-- Continue reading

Health Council recognizes two who have been long-time contributors to the group

Health Council recognizes two who have been long-time contributors to the group

 At left, Priscilla Lucero, GCCHC chairwoman, presents a gift to James Marshall. At right, Lucero hugs Sam Redford for her mentorship.

The Grant County Community Health Council heard presentations from several community groups and organizations at its Monday, March 17, 2014 meeting.

Connie Hostetler, who deals with senior issues revolving around health, said she plans to attend the Compassionate Choices March 26 Western Institute of Lifelong Learning class.

She is also part of the Silver Adult Care Services program, and said the group received partial funding from the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Fund.

"We are revising the senior directory," Hostetler said. "We are expecting people from the state at our senior centers. We will attend the Hunger Forum in Albuquerque, because it is a huge senior issue. At meetings on senior issues, networking always happens. At our next meeting, we expect a conference call with Jennifer Avril, who has been working on senior issues in the area for years."

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Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Apparent Winner on 20 Tracts in Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

PHOENIX, AZ, March 20, 2014 – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today announced that its oil
& gas segment, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (FM O&G), was the apparent high bidder on 20 tracts in the Central
Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 231 with a total investment of approximately $330 million net to FM O&G.
The bids are subject to approval by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and these potential
investments were included in the company’s previously reported 2014 capital budget.

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