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2014 Clay Festival Poker Tournament helps lead off week of events

The Clay Festival’s Poker Tournament Fundraiser took place Saturday evening at the Silver City Old Elk’s Lodge. The Poker Tournament uses casino quality poker chips, the best of which—including these—are ma-- Continue reading

Silver City Farmers' Market 072614

Summer's heat did not deter visitors to the weekly Farmers' Market, where the smell of freshly cooked calabacitas enticed people to the Grant County Extension Service booth, while melodies by Gleemaid-- Continue reading

GRMC Board recognizes several, hears end of year fiscal report


By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Friday, July 25, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, Chairman Charles Kelly began the meeting by naming newly appointed officers.

"Pam Archibald, who has served for several years as secretary/treasurer, will become vice chairman," Kelly said. "Jeremiah Garcia has accepted the appointment to be secretary/treasurer. These appointments are for the rest of the year."

Kelly then introduced the newly appointed board members—Joe Ramirez and Dr. John Stanley.-- Continue reading

The Gila-San Francisco Water Commission met, had no quorum


By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila-San Francisco Water Commission held a meeting July 22, 2014, but had no quorum.

Chairman Anthony Gutierrez asked if there were any public comments.

Gerald Schultz, who represents the New Mexico Resource and Conservation Districts presented three items. In the first, he said he reviewed the report "Analysis of Flow and Water Use Alternatives on Hydrologic Conditions in the Riparian Corridor of the Gila-Cliff Basin" written by S.S. Papadopolus & Associates of Boulder, Colo., which had previous conducted a study to investigate ground and surface water interactions. The report ran four simulated scenarios with and without CUFA diversions, according to Schultz. He read from the summary: In all simulated scenarios, groundwater declines of ¼ quarter foot to one foot, depending on location, are noted during periods of CUFA diversion. The declines do not persist beyond a few days to about two weeks.

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Freeport-McMoRan Announces Resumption of Exports from Indonesian Subsidiary

PHOENIX, AZ, July 25, 2014 – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that its Indonesian subsidiary PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI) received approval from the Government of Indonesia to resume exports of copper concentrates. PT-FI will resume full operations immediately and concentrate exports are expected to commence in August 2014.

PT-FI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Indonesia under which the Government and PT-FI have agreed to negotiate an amended Contract of Work (COW), to be completed over the next six months, to address provisions related to the size of concession area, royalties and taxes, domestic processing and refining, divestment, local content, and continuation of operations post-2021.

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Grant County Commission approves appeal to Travel Management Plan

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a combined work session and regular meeting on July 22, 2014, Grant County commissioners first heard public input, before addressing the agenda.

Walter "Ski" Szymanski, resident, said he was one of the "many residents frustrated and sorely disappointed at the commissioners raise of the gross receipts tax. I heard you, Commissioner Kasten, at a public meeting say you respected the vote up or down on the proposed bond issue last year. It was a two-thirds rejection by the voters. Commissioners Hall and Ramos said they were surprised at the vote result. You have unilaterally served to throw the public vote into the shredder, and you did so over the clear will of the people. This is a regressive tax and hits hardest on lower income residents and small businesses. It has decreased their quality of life. As I see it, you were in violation of a mandate."-- Continue reading

ISC holds quarterly AWSA public input meeting, 072114, final article


Editor's Note: This article completes coverage of the more than two-hour Interstate Stream Commission public meeting on the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process held on July 21 and includes the presentation on the third diversion and storage proposal, as well as questions and answers.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Jeff Riley, Bureau of Reclamation Phoenix office chief, design and construction branch, presented an overview of the third diversion-and-storage proposal that was part of the Tier-2 planning process, as well as presenting other options.

The Hidalgo County Off-Stream Project has the three principal components of diversion, open channel conveyance and two storage reservoirs. The water would be gravity flow to Schoolhouse Canyon by 35 miles of open channel. Schoolhouse could store 2,000 acre-feet.

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ISC AWSA quarterly public meeting 072114, part 2


Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting on the Arizona Water Settlements Act. This report addresses some of the history of the Bureau of Reclamation's part in the process, as well as a report on two of the diversion projects. The other diversion will be covered in the final article, which will also include the question-and-answer period.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Vivian Gonzales, Bureau of Reclamation water resources planner, continued the presentations at the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting to update people on the studies being done as part of the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process.

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