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SCPD arrests two Silver City men last weekend

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Apr. 22, Silver City police officers arrested Lorenzo L. Cardoza, 32, of Silver City, charging him with three counts of fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit forgery, one count of identity theft, 35 counts of forgery, 32 counts of identity theft, and one count of possession of a controlled substance (meth). Cardoza remains in the Grant County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash only bond, according to GCDC personnel.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Reports First-Quarter March 31, 2017 Results

Freeport-McMoRan Reports First-Quarter March 31, 2017 Results

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports First-Quarter March 31, 2017 Results


Net income attributable to common stock totaled $228 million, $0.16 per share, for first-quarter 2017. After adjusting for net gains of $8 million, $0.01 per share, first-quarter 2017 adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $220 million, $0.15 per share.
Consolidated sales totaled 809 million pounds of copper, 182 thousand ounces of gold and 24 million pounds of molybdenum for first-quarter 2017. Sales volumes have been impacted by regulatory restrictions on PT Freeport Indonesia's (PT-FI) concentrate exports since mid-January 2017, resulting in the deferral of approximately 190 million pounds of copper and 280 thousand ounces of gold in first-quarter 2017. PT-FI's concentrate exports resumed on April 21, 2017.
Consolidated sales for the year 2017 are expected to approximate 3.9 billion pounds of copper, 1.9 million ounces of gold and 93 million pounds of molybdenum, including 1.0 billion pounds of copper, 440 thousand ounces of gold and 24 million pounds of molybdenum for second-quarter 2017.-- Continue reading

WNMU Board of Regents vote on tuition increase, fee decrease

Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University voted to pass a modest increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year, a vote that all Board members verbally indicated they were reluctant to approve.

Tuition for undergraduate, in-state students will increase by $7.79 per credit hour, while student fees will decrease by $1.12 per credit hour, equivalent to a 2.71% increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.-- Continue reading

Americorps volunteers welcomed to Fort Bayard 041917

Americorps volunteers welcomed to Fort Bayard 041917

Water 5 Team members from left are Heather Thompson, Kendall Bailey, Eli Voights, Rebecca Smith, team leader Brittany Donovan, Tony Le Calvez, Emmanuel "Manny" Garcia-Neyers, Luke Anderson and Sarah Talmadge. They said it was the first time they had been welcomed with a banner.Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, state and local officials, as well as members of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society and other interested community members welcomed nine members of the Water 5 team of Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), who will work on stabilizing the buildings at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark.

Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch said: "The village feels privileged to host these young people. I am impressed by these fine young individuals."-- Continue reading

Tu Casa groundbreaking held Wednesday 041917

Tu Casa groundbreaking held Wednesday 041917

Shovels and dirt fly at the Tu Casa groundbreaking. From left are SWNMCOG's Priscilla Lucero, Silver City Councilor Cynthia Bettison, White Sands Construction representative Shyla Williamson, Tu Casa Committee members Susie Trujillo and Ron Hall, architect Kevin Robinson, Grant County manager Charlene Webb, Sen. Howie Morales, Grant County Commissioner Harry Browne, Rep. Rodolopho "Rudy" Martinez, HMS's CEO Dan Otero, and Commissioner Alicia Edwards.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce president Scott Terry spoke first and said the groundbreaking for the Tu Casa substance abuse treatment center was a dream come true.

County Commissioner Alicia Edwards said Ron Hall, who was the persistent one behind the effort, "epitomizes what it means to be of service to the community. He has served in law enforcement, as a magistrate judge and as a commissioner. No one does a project by themselves, but every project needs a visionary. Ron kept it going."-- Continue reading

Federal jury convicts Silver City man on federal firearms and narcotics trafficking offenses

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., returned a verdict on Friday afternoon (April 21, 2017) finding Trevor Lee Thayer, 46, of Silver City, N.M., guilty of violating the federal firearms and narcotics trafficking laws after a five-day trial. The jury found Thayer guilty on two firearms charges and one narcotics trafficking charge, and acquitted Thayer on three firearms charges and a narcotics trafficking charge.

The jury’s verdict was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, and Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).-- Continue reading

Huffman claims Tour of the Gila title for Rally Cycling

Huffman claims Tour of the Gila title for Rally Cycling

Huffman claims Tour of the Gila title for Rally Cycling (Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Clinton Photography)Huffman claims Tour of the Gila title
for Rally Cycling

April 23, 2017 (Pinos Altos, NM) – Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman took the biggest win of his career when he safely crossed the finish line after stage 5 from Silver City to Pinos Altos to seal his overall victory at the 31st Tour of the Gila. Jelly Belly Pro Cycling's Sergei Tvetcov finished second to stage winner Jhonatan Narvaez (Axeon Hagens Berman), which bumped the Jelly Belly rider into second place on GC. TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko|Citadel) finished third overall.

“I was hurting a lot on the climbs, but we had a numbers advantage the whole day,” Huffman said. “At the top of the Gila Monster we had a group of four guys out of 10. I was sitting on wheels, following my teammates who were neutralizing attacks. It wasn’t an easy day but it would have been a lot harder without my teammates.-- Continue reading

Wiles wins 31st edition of Tour of the Gila

Wiles wins 31st edition of Tour of the Gila

Wiles wins 31st edition of Tour of the Gila (Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Clinton Photography)

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling sweep final stage podium

April 23, 2017 (Pinos Altos, NM) – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Tayler Wiles sealed overall victory at the Tour of the Gila after claiming second to her teammate Katie Hall on the final stage of the five day race. Hall’s powerful performance on the Gila Monster stage bumped her to second on GC while Leah Thomas (Sho-Air Twenty20) held on to her 3rd place overall.

‘This win means so much to be because of how incredible our team raced,” Wiles said. “Everyone put their whole heart into every stage. We trusted each other and had confidence every step of the way. I’ve always dreamed of winning this race and winning as one team was perfect. I want to thank my coach Neal Henderson and my parents for surprising me by showing up in Silver City to watch the last two stages. It was really special.”-- Continue reading

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