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Congressman Pearce Responds to House Working Group Report

July 24, 2014 Non-Local News Releases
Washington, DC (July 24, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the House Working Group's presentation Wednesday of its recommendations and solutions to the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. "The address to the House GOP Conference of our working group was a response to the president's request for nearly $4 billion in emergency funding, and addressed…

Grant County Commission approves appeal to Travel Management Plan

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a combined work session and regular meeting on July 22, 2014, Grant County commissioners first heard public input, before addressing the agenda.

Walter "Ski" Szymanski, resident, said he was one of the "many residents frustrated and sorely disappointed at the commissioners raise of the gross receipts tax. I heard you, Commissioner Kasten, at a public meeting say you respected the vote up or down on the proposed bond issue last year. It was a two-thirds rejection by the voters. Commissioners Hall and Ramos said they were surprised at the vote result. You have unilaterally served to throw the public vote into the shredder, and you did so over the clear will of the people. This is a regressive tax and hits hardest on lower income residents and small businesses. It has decreased their quality of life. As I see it, you were in violation of a mandate." Read more...

ISC holds quarterly AWSA public input meeting, 072114, final article


Editor's Note: This article completes coverage of the more than two-hour Interstate Stream Commission public meeting on the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process held on July 21 and includes the presentation on the third diversion and storage proposal, as well as questions and answers.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Jeff Riley, Bureau of Reclamation Phoenix office chief, design and construction branch, presented an overview of the third diversion-and-storage proposal that was part of the Tier-2 planning process, as well as presenting other options.

The Hidalgo County Off-Stream Project has the three principal components of diversion, open channel conveyance and two storage reservoirs. The water would be gravity flow to Schoolhouse Canyon by 35 miles of open channel. Schoolhouse could store 2,000 acre-feet.


ISC AWSA quarterly public meeting 072114, part 2


Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting on the Arizona Water Settlements Act. This report addresses some of the history of the Bureau of Reclamation's part in the process, as well as a report on two of the diversion projects. The other diversion will be covered in the final article, which will also include the question-and-answer period.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Vivian Gonzales, Bureau of Reclamation water resources planner, continued the presentations at the Interstate Stream Commission quarterly public meeting to update people on the studies being done as part of the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process.


Hurley resident arrested and charged in motorcyclist accident

By Roger Lanse

Orlando Chavez, 23, of Hurley, was arrested at his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, on an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesman, and transported to the Grant County Detention Center. Witnesses, according to the spokesman, had identified Chavez as the person who was driving a Dodge truck aggressively, recklessly, and with excessive speed earlier that afternoon causing a motorcyclist, Don White, 46, of Silver City, to crash. The accident occurred at mile marker 124.7 on U.S. 180, a little north of North Hurley shortly after noon on Wednesday. White is employed by the Hurley Police Department, according to HPD Chief Pete Ordonez. Read more...

ISC holds quarterly AWSA public meeting 072114, part 1

Editor's Note: This is the first of several articles covering the ISC quarterly AWSA public meeting held June 21 and includes four presentations and the questions and answers that followed them.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tom Bates of Silver City served as moderator for the Interstate Stream Commission's quarterly Arizona Water Settlements Act public meeting held in the Cliff School gym on Monday evening, July 21, 2014.

David Anderson, ISC Water Resource Specialist Senior presented the first three presentations, the first of which was Analyses of flow and water use alternatives on hydrologic changes in the Cliff-Gila Valley, a study by SS Papadopolus.

"It studies the surface and groundwater interaction hydrologic changes, as a result of an AWSA diversion," Anderson said. "The 3-year calibration was matching simulated water levels to observed water levels and was completed in 2014."


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