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Felon receives card from SOS to register

Felon receives card from SOS to register

By Mary Alice Murphy

A self-professed felon, who served 18 months, brought to the attention of the Beat a postcard he received in the mail from the New Mexico Secretary of State's office saying he "may be eligible to vote, but you do not appear to be registered."

The card stipulates that the person must be a resident of New Mexico and a U.S. citizen, and it gives them the opportunity to register online or through a paper form.

"I broke the law," "Bob" told the Beat. "I wouldn't snitch on someone."

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GRMC Board of Trustees hears about mill levy, initiative and state of finances

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, during reports and updates, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham gave an update on the Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community mill levy initiative.

The first report was given by the Auxiliary President Frances Day, who thanked the hospital for the recent awards appreciation banquet for Auxiliary volunteers.

"We recognized two members—Charles Mossberg for 25 years of service and Audrey Welsh for 35 years," Day said. "Audrey is now an associate member.

"We still need volunteers," Day continued. "Two-thirds to three-quarters of our membership attended the banquet. It was a treat. We were served by Mr. Cunningham and Angela Ortiz. Amanda (Holguin) did a lot of the organization of the event."-- Continue reading

Audio of Sept. 13 county commissioner forum

This is the audio of the Prospectors' Sept. 13, 2016 County Commission questions and answers. Listen to the more than hour-long audio and hear what they all had to say. 

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OHS has students working in the community

OHS has students working in the community

By Margaret Hopper

Opportunity High School has placed most of its students in the community, as planned. Some have been in their learning positions up to three weeks. Friday afternoon, OHS teachers were out checking on their students at their assigned business locations. Students seemed happy to see them, and teachers said they appeared to be doing well.

Doyle Shirey, cake decorator at Food Basket’s Bakery, watches as Karina Baeza works on a decorating detail.Doyle Shirey said Karina Baeza has learned enough by now he thought she could produce and display an entire big table of her own goods. She had the interest and was working out well. Baeza went early to her job this Saturday; she put in four hours between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., decorating cakes for the weekend. The Bakery says she works four hours a week.

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Grant County Fair 2016 saw crowds on Saturday

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday is usually a busy day at the Cliff-Gila Grant County Fair. Sept. 24, 2016 was no exception.

A tractor show went on most of the day, a junior rodeo took place in the morning, youths had their rabbits judged in the morning, and also taking place during the morning were the heifer show, the steer show, a county-bred calf show, and a judging contest.

At 1:30 p.m. the awards were handed out to youths who raised steers, heifers, pigs, lambs, poultry, and rabbits, as well as those who had produce, fine arts, needlework and other items on exhibit in the exhibit barn. Awards for showmanship, clean pens and judging contests were not announced to the winners until the awards ceremony, so the winners were surprised.-- Continue reading

GRMC CEO talks about Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community initiative

GRMC CEO talks about Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community initiative

By Mary Alice Murphy

"We are the last county-owned hospital in the state," Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham told the Beat. "We have a county-appointed board of tru-- Continue reading

WNMU hosts visit from governor and Higher Ed secretary

WNMU hosts visit from governor and Higher Ed secretary

Article and Photos (two at the end) by Mary Alice Murphy

From left are WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Student Body President Claudia Ochoa, Gov. Susana Martinez, Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron and WNMU Provost Jack Crocker.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, which just happened to be Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard's birthday, Governor Susana Martinez and the Department of Higher Education Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron visited to talk about what the department has done and is planning to roll out.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan Announces Extension of Consent Solicitations

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Extension of Consent Solicitations

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC and FCX Oil & Gas Inc., have extended the expiration date for their previously announced solicitation of consents from holders of their outstanding 6.125% Senior Notes due 2019, 6.50% Senior Notes due 2020, 6.625% Senior Notes due 2021, 6.75% Senior Notes due 2022, and 6.875% Senior Notes due 2023 (collectively, the “Notes”) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 28, 2016, unless further extended or earlier terminated.-- Continue reading

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