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Recount for State Representative House Districts 32 and 38

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Secretary of State notified the State Canvassing Board that based upon the results of the June 7, 2016 Primary Election, an automatic recount is required for two House of Representative districts. The canvass of returns for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election, for House District 32 (Republican), between Vicki K. Chavez and J. Scott Chandler, resulted in a margin of .9%, which is less than one percent of the total vote, and therefore an automatic recount is required in that contest.

The canvass of returns for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election, for House District 38 ( Democrat), between Karen C. Whitlock and Mary E. Hotvedt, resulted in a margin of .84%, which is less than one percent of the total vote, and therefore an automatic recount is required in that contest.-- Continue reading

Travel Management Rule goes into effect July 1

SILVER CITY, NM; June 28, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The Travel Management Rule (TMR) will go into effect across four districts of the Gila National Forest on July 1. The TMR is mandated across all national forests and prohibits motor vehicle use off designated routes and roads. The four districts where TMR will begin are Quemado, Reserve, Wilderness and Black Range.

TMR will not occur on the Glenwood and Silver City Ranger Districts in 2016. These districts are working to complete resource surveys and obtain concurrence from the State Historic Preservation Office before TMR will go into effect. The motor vehicle use map (MVUM) is the legal document displaying the roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use on the forest. The MVUM is free of charge and will be available at Gila National Forest offices.-- Continue reading

Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Participants in the Grant County Youth Business Incubator/Youth Entrepreneurship Program gave a presentation of their project Friday afternoon at the Silver City Public Library. The program is designed to guide youths between the ages of 11 and 18 in the steps needed to start their own businesses.-- Continue reading

Old Fort Bayard Hospital demolition continues 062716

Old Fort Bayard Hospital demolition continues 062716

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said, as of June 27, 2016, it appeared the West Wing of the old Fort Bayard Medical Cener is about one-third gone.

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Town okays bid for lead and asbestos abatement

By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, June 28 meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved a bid from Southwest Hazard Control Inc. of Las Cruces in the amount of $121,116.60 plus gross receipts tax to abate lead and asbestos from the Historic Waterworks Building on Little Walnut Road. Funding comes from a $200,000 EPA grant received by the town about two and one-half years ago for lead and asbestos abatement, according to Town Manager Alex Brown. “There is $160,000 left in the grant, so we have more than enough to complete the entire project.”-- Continue reading

The Smart Meter Debate 062316

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

A public input session was held on June 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Grant County Administrative Building to get opinions on the smart meters that PNM (Public Service Company of New Mexico) is looking to install in the grant county area. All the public input given at this session will go towards court case #15-00-312-UT. Both parties on the issues were inspired and shared good points for and against the smart meters being installed in Grant County.-- Continue reading

Town of Hurley 061416 Meeting Highlights

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The Town of Hurley held its regular meeting on June 14, 2016 at 5 p.m.

The Hurley Pride report included a report on the final bills being paid and that they were able to trade some services for sponsorships that saved them money. Out of their $2,367 budget, they only spent $1,271.78. They are looking into some research for a cover for the playground equipment. They stated the research was pretty intensive and would be easier with grant money for a solar cover, which is expensive. They would also ask the city of Deming about their canopies in their search for the playground cover.-- Continue reading

Copper Flat Mine visit, come along for photos

Article by Mary Alice Murphy; photos by Mary Alice Murphy and Intern Alexis Rico

A field trip, organized by the New Mexico Business Coalition, to the Copper Flat Mine led legislators, interested business people and interested individuals on a visit to the mine, which is in the process of seeking permitting to reopen the mine. 

The Copper Flat Mine, which operated in the early 1980s for a short time, is now owned by New Mexico Copper Corporation (NMCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of THEMAC Resources Group, a public corporation traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

NMCC is now seeking permits to reopen the mine, which is expected to operate for 12 years under the current plan, and may be extended as the deposit is developed further. The Company’s main metal of interest is copper, along with economic amounts of gold, silver, and molybdenum.

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