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NMDOT announces closure of NM 211

Road Advisory:
NM 211 at mile post 3.3 (Bear Creek) is closed due to flooding. Please seek alternate route.

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Silver City is a Main Street worth seeing

Fox News has named Silver City as one of the Main Streets across the U.S. most worth seeing.

Among others in the region, Silver City joins Sedona, Arizona; Pueblo Colorado; Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; and V-- Continue reading

Fort Bayard Days 2014 ends with interdenominational worship service

Photos by Shirin McArthur

Visitors to Ft. Bayard on Sunday morning were treated to a military band concert, followed by an interdenominational worship service hosted by the Rev. Earsey Ross (portrayin-- Continue reading

UPDATE: 2014 Fort Bayard Days-Saturday—Fort Bayard Burros take both vintage base ball games

Photos by Shirin McArthur and Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday the lawn at the center of Fort Bayard was filled with tents, a cannon, historic artifacts from the Civil War era, and re-enactors, dressed i-- Continue reading

UPDATE: Flood Watch Sept. 21, through Sept. 22, Monday afternoon

UPDATE: Flood Watch Sept. 21, through Sept. 22, Monday afternoon

Flood Watch

UPDATE: Area extended to include the southwest portion of Grant County and all of Hidalgo County, including Lordsburg.

...Moderate To Heavy Rainfall Possible Over Southern New Mexico And
Far West Texas Through Monday...

.Abundant Moisture Will Flow Back Into The Area Today And Monday
For Increased Chances Of Widespread Moderate To Heavy Rainfall.
Scattered To Numerous Showers And Thunderstorms Will Develop With
The Aid Of Frontal Boundary Moving Into The Area And A Passing
Upper Level Trough. The Ground Remains Moist From Previous Heavy
Rains Of A Few Days Ago...So Much Of This Rain Will Be In The Form
Of Runoff. Flooding Along Drainages...Arroyos...Small Streams And
Low Water Crossings In Possible Through Monday. Urban Areas May
See Street Flooding And Ponding Of Water In Poorly Drained Low
Lying Areas. The Heavy Rain Potential Will Diminish Monday Night
And Early Tuesday.

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Interim Legislative Behavioral Health Committee hears about continuum of care in Grant County

By Mary Alice Murphy

Several members of the Grant County community, who have been working on a continuum of care to address substance abuse, spoke before the Interim Legislative Behavioral Health Committee on Wednesday at Western New Mexico University.

Those speaking included Susie Trujillo of Gila Regional Medical Center Project Development; Michael Carillo, Grant County Detention Center administrator; Ron Hall, District 3 county commissioner; Chris DeBolt, Grant County Community Health Council coordinator; and Jim Helgert, WNMU professor of chemical dependency studies.

Trujillo praised Hall's hard efforts. "We are here before you because Ron is so passionate and committed that he has moved us forward."-- Continue reading

Jim Helgert to receive Community Champion Award

Article and photo by Roger Lanse

Jim Helgert, on the faculty at Western New Mexico University as professor of the Chemical Dependency Program, has been chosen for a Community Champion award by Molina Health Care of Albuquerque. Helgert was nominated for one of the six 2014 awards by Brandy Jimenez of the Silver City office of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The award will be presented at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Historyon  Thursday evening, Sept. 25.

Helgert has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, a master's degree in arts and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in chemical dependency and counseling, and is currently working on his doctorate in education and organizational leadership with an emphasis in behavioral health, all from WNMU.


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Grant County Jobless Rate Dips Slightly in August

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County was 7.5 percent in August, down slightly from the previous month. The figure was the same as that reported for August 2013.

Out of a labor force of 11,580 residents, 863 were actively looking for jobs last month, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The numbers were 908 of 11,599 in July, and 877 of 11,651 in August a year ago.-- Continue reading

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