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NM-90 Bridge being readied for concrete 112115

NM-90 Bridge being readied for concrete 112115

The anonymous photographer took photos at the bridge late Saturday afternoon. The site was busy with workers preparing for a concrete pour on Tuesday, Nov. 24, weather permitting.

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Falling Through the Cracks

By Sandra Michaud

How do we keep at-risk children and families from falling through the cracks? That was the question posed to panelists and audience alike at the final Thursday Forum for 2015 at the WNMU Miller Library.

Alena Johnson, a foster parent; Richard Anderson, County Office Manager of the Grant County CYFD (Children, Youth and Families Department) Office; Bianca Padilla, program Coordinator of the Juvenile Probation Office and Jeanine Jones of WNMU’s School of Social Work were on the panel and Anita Roberts of CASA of Grant and Luna Counties moderated.

Roberts began by explaining how the CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – program worked. She said that the CASA volunteers are appointed by the court and talk with various people involved in the case, from the children, parents, and foster parents to medical experts, school staff and others involved in the case and compile a report for the judge to read before the hearing. The children are abused and/or neglected and the volunteer stays involved until the case is closed.-- Continue reading

W&N Enterprises holds 12th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

"We served 1486 this year," Debbie Nennich, owner with her husband. Jim, and brother, Mark Winger, and sister-in-law Peggy Winger, of W&N Enterprises. "My brother Mark is the W of W&N."

To feed that many people at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, the Nennichs, Wingers and their helpers roasted 24 turkeys, baked 22 hams, made 28 pans of stuffing, cooked about 300 pounds of potatoes, and baked seven full sheet cakes, plus various other snacks and desserts, not to mention the corn, rolls and butter.-- Continue reading

Holiday Market 2015

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Holiday Market held by the Silver City Gallery Association invites vendors to show their one-of-a-kind handmade and personally created arts and crafts. Items ran-- Continue reading

Tree Rock donated and dedicated to WNMU 112015

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard opened the dedication by saying: "I asked J.C. (Robinson) if he would donate Tree Rock to the university."

"We want to keep our students outdoors," Shepard said, "and this will be a signature place that I hope the public also enjoys."

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Ambercare Prepares Thanksgiving Gifts for Needy Clients

Photos and article by Shirin McArthur

Just in time for Thanksgiving, staff and volunteers from the Ambercare Silver City office filled bags on Friday with food and gifts for ten clients and their families who live in southwestern New Mexico. Everything from turkey and stuffing to vegetables and pie have been donated by Ambercare staff members in Silver City, Deming and Lordsburg.-- Continue reading

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce holds banquet to present awards

Photos by Shirin McArthur and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Bruce Ashburn, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board member, served as the emcee for the chamber awards banquet held Nov. 19, 2015 at the Western New Mexico University cafeteria.

"We have had no awards banquets in a number of years," Ashburn said. "We get to celebrate people who have made an impact on our community. I think you will agree that this should be an annual event. Thanks to Scott Terry, our chamber director and his wife, Cathy, who have planned the event. I applaud the citizens and businesses, who will receive awards this evening."-- Continue reading

What you need to know about effects of Real ID Act

By Philip A. McNamara / Assistant Secretary For Intergovernmental Affairs, Department Of Homeland Security

In response to the Nov. 18 editorial in the Albuquerque Journal (“NM law means you need passport, terrorists don’t”), the Department of Homeland Security would like to highlight the key facts about the Real ID Act.

While New Mexico is not yet in compliance with the Real ID Act, here are facts New Mexicans should know:

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The act established minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and prohibits federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting these standards.

The Real ID Act places the responsibility for action on the state, not residents of the state.

The state of New Mexico has not yet taken the necessary steps to comply with the Real ID Act or receive an extension on compliance.-- Continue reading

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