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Silver School Board appoints new member to fill vacancy

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver school board met at Cliff on November 18, 2014, with a bare quorum of Tony Egan, Arnold Torrez and Trent Petty, as Chris Arvidson was absent and a new member was yet to be installed. The work session began at 5:35 p.m. Much of the discussion in that part was about the state evaluation process for teachers.

Superintendent Lon Streib said a complex "value added" system was under development at state level, but at present the district would be permitted to evaluate on a "what-we-see" basis, in which district administrators were setting up criteria on what counted with district needs. Streib said teachers needed to know how they were being evaluated and the district would use this until the state had time to work out something other than what it was presently offering.

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EXTENDED: NM 152 Kingston Roadway Work will Continue through Friday, Nov. 21

Las Cruces - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office has made the necessary roadway repairs throughout NM 152 that was initially closed due to flooding in September of 2014.

The NMDOT has crew members working diligently in order to have the roadway passable and safe for the traveling public.

The NMDOT should have all restrictions lifted by the end of business Friday, November 21.

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Corrected: Gila/San Francisco Water Commission holds closed session to discuss threatened litigation

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila/San Francisco Water Commission met Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to address a relatively short agenda.

The meeting began, as normal, with the Pledge of Allegiance, with at least one male member of the audience, a purveyor of "community news" on the radio, not standing or reciting the pledge. He was active the rest of the meeting, but remained seated during the ceremonial allegiance to the flag of the United States.

GSFWC Chairman Anthony Gutierrez, with a roll call from the county ordinance officer, who records the minutes of the meeting, determined the meeting had a quorum.

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Silver City Town Council Discusses Plastic Bags, Upcoming Election

By Roger Lanse

Grant County resident James Baldwin came before the Silver City Town Council at its Monday, Nov. 17, meeting and questioned how the new plastic bag ordinance will be enforced, asking if the nut and bolt plastic bags at local hardware stores and the small plastic bags some electronic devices are shipped in will be banned as well as the larger single-use, carry-out plastic bags in use at local grocery and other chain stores. Baldwin also questioned the need for the ordinance, citing the use of false bottoms in canvas and paper shopping bags, which can be used to easily hide shoplifted items.

Mayor Michael Morones in reference to plastic bags said, "We're still working on that, but most of those questions that are asked can be answered very strongly by staff. Many of the major vendors who would be affected have already worked toward finding ways of being in compliance. Now, that that's been clarified with the businesses we'll probably start working with and educating the consumers more."

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Setting the Record Straight

Editor's Note:This report is the proprietary property of The Grant County Beat and Mary Alice Murphy. It is prohibited to copy, quote from, take wording out of context, share on social media, email to others or any other use, without prior permission of Murphy and The Grant County Beat.

In late 2007, Mary Alice Murphy retired from her full-time job as a reporter/photographer/columnist at the Silver City Daily Press and began writing for the Daily Press on a freelance basis.

For two or three years before that, while still at the SCDP, and with the approval of the then-publisher, Murphy had begun, in her off time, to also write feature stories for the Glenwood Gazette and Range Magazine.

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Interstate Stream Commission staff offers recommendations 111414

Editor's Note: This is the final article of five in a multi-part series of reports on the Interstate Stream Commission meeting held in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. This article gives an overview of the recommendations made by ISC staff to commissioners and the questions posed by commissioners.

By Mary Alice Murphy

David B. Anderson, Interstate Stream Commission senior water resource specialist, led off the presentation with a summary of the Arizona Water Settlements Act, which amended A Colorado River Basin Act.

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Freezing Temperatures Expected In SW New Mexico Tonight 111714

Freezing Temperatures Expected In SW New Mexico Tonight...

.A Strong Cold Front Will Push Through New Mexico This
Afternoon... Bringing Northerly Winds And A Much Cooler
Temperatures To The Area. Skies Will Become Clear Tonight Across
Southern New Mexico...And While Light Winds Will Disturb Typical
Radiational Cooling Processes...Moderately Strong Cold Air
Advection Will Help Drop Temperatures Into The Upper 20S And
Lower 30S Across The Lowland Deserts By Monday Morning. Freezing
Temperatures Will Occur Across Hidalgo And Southern Grant
Counties...Where Most Areas Have So Far Escaped A Hard Freeze
This Fall. Any Areas That Manage To Stay Above Freezing Tonight
Will Certainly See Freezing Temperatures Monday Night As Winds
Will Be Lighter.-- Continue reading

Corrected: Interstate Stream Commission hears more public comments at 111414 meeting in Silver City

Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-part series on an Interstate Stream Commission meeting in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. This article continues a report on public comments received by the commissioners.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first to speak on proposals other than diversion and storage proposals was Van Clothier of Stream Dynamics. "We do watershed restoration, wetlands restoration, and storm-water management. The purpose is to create a supply of water to be put to beneficial use. My proposal offers maximum benefit to all citizens. We al live downstream from our roofs. Water harvesting is done in Tucson and more can be done here. The water goes into a cistern or a water basin to irrigate our trees. The Big Ditch was caused by poor storm-water management. My proposal would be to build 80 water basins in Silver City. It can serve as a demonstration."-- Continue reading

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