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NMDOT announces NM 152 is open

NM 152 Kingston OPEN
Roadway Work at milepost 30.1 is Complete
Las Cruces - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District has lifted the closure on NM 152 near Silver City, as work has been completed.

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Youth survey reports success and challenges

Youth survey reports success and challenges

A trio of epidemiologists and officials presented Grant County's results of the Youth Risk and Resiliency survey given in 2013 to Middle and High School students. Both Silver and Cobre Consolidated Schools participate in the national survey to track healthy, and not-so-healthy, behaviors of students. (From left to right) Dan Green, NM Department of Health; Gabriella Abousleman, NM Public Education Department and Dr. Linda Peñaloza, UNM Prevention Research Center.

Silver City, New Mexico, November 21, 2014: The good news is the kids are alright, or at least, getting better concerning alcohol use and school violence in Grant County, according to Dan Green, epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health. In areas, like youth behavioral health issues, prescription drug abuse, and tobacco use, especially of newer products like electronic cigarettes, Grant County is working to offer more support to meet students' reported needs.-- Continue reading

County Jobless Rate Remains at 6.6 Percent

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County in October was 6.6 percent, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

That was the same percentage that officials reported the previous month, but down from 7.3 percent in October 2013. Last month, 778 of the county's 11,784-member labor force were out of work and actively looking for jobs.

In September, the department counted 770 unemployed workers among a labor force of 11,638. The figures for October 2013 were 854 of 11,744.-- Continue reading

Temporary restraining order against ISC dropped

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a hearing today, 1st Judicial District Court Judge Francis J. Mathew heard arguments from attorneys representing the Interstate Stream Commission and the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission, which signed on as an intervenor in the case against the ISC, and the attorneys representing the plaintiff.

Plaintiff in the suit was Norman Gaume, former Interstate Stream Commission director, who was one of the negotiators of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act. The act allocates up to 14,000 average annual acre-feet of water to the southwest corner of New Mexico, made up of Luna, Grant, Catron and Hidalgo counties. Also allocated by the act are $66 million for water supply demand projects and up to an additional $62 million allocated only if a New Mexico Unit to store water from the Gila River is developed and constructed.

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Aldo Leopold Charter School Chosen for National Educator Innovator Award

[Silver City, New Mexico] –– Aldo Leopold Charter School is one of fourteen schools across the nation to be awarded a LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP) to develop, pilot, and share promising strategies to strengthen connected and deeper learning. The LRNG Innovation Challenge is a new program sponsored in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and John Legend's Show Me Campaign.

LRNG is a new initiative that invests in forward-looking schools and teachers to design innovative projects that take advantage of new technology to support students' creativity.
"The LRNG partners were impressed by Aldo Leopold Charter School because of their teacher-led commitment to ensuring that young people become the problem solvers of the future", stated NWP executive director, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl. "We are pleased to support their innovation and sharing their story with schools across the country."

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First Creative Communities Conference a Success

Silver City, New Mexico – Organizations from throughout New Mexico gathered in Santa Fe November 12-14, 2014 for the first annual Building Creative Communities Conference. The conference explored community revitalization through arts, culture, tourism, and historic preservation. This educational and networking event was hosted by New Mexico MainStreet, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, and New Mexico Arts.

The New Mexico Building Creative Communities Conference aimed to foster collaborative local and state efforts through interdisciplinary strategies designed to promote resiliency and economic development. The inaugural conference was constructed around three interconnected themes: Building upon local history; building strong alliances; and expanding economic opportunities while preserving local culture. Keynote speakers and 35 area specialists led discussion panels, and workshops that explored these themes in depth.

Silver City, Grant County organizations were in attendance. Silver City Arts and Cultural District (SCACD), Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC), Silver City MainStreet, and Ft. Bayard Historic Preservation Society had representatives at the conference.

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Con Alma Health Foundation Honors Health Hero in Silver City

First Born Program Founder Supports New Families

(Santa Fé) - This year's Hero of Health is Vicki Johnson, the creator of a home-visiting, educational program for first-time parents that's been replicated across New Mexico, announced Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma Health Foundation's executive director. This is the sixth year Con Alma, the state's only private foundation dedicated solely to health, has recognized a person who makes an incredible contribution to improve the health of New Mexicans.-- Continue reading

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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