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Lt. Governor Signs Emergency Funding Measure for NM Courts

February 23, 2017 Non-Local News Releases
Santa Fe, NM – Today Lt. Gov. John Sanchez signed into law House Bill 261 sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo). The new law appropriates critical emergency funding for New Mexico's judiciary system by providing $80,000 to the Supreme Court and $1.6 million to the…

High winds and blowing dust Deming to Columbus 022317

WEATHER ADVISORY
NM 11 DEMING TO COLUMBUS AREA
NM 11 from mile post 20 to mile post 31 is experiencing high winds and blowing dust. Visibly may be low at times, please use caution. NMDOT will notify as conditions change.

Wind and Blowing Dust advisory this afternoon 022317

Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Including the cities of Lordsburg, Red Rock, Virden,
Antelope Wells, Animas, and Hachita
151 PM MST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLOWING DUST ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS
AFTERNOON...

The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a Blowing Dust
Advisory, which is in effect until 5 PM MST this afternoon. Read more...

SCPD offering Traffic Control at 32nd and Swan streets before and after school

In cooperation with the Silver Schools Administration, the Silver City Police Department and the Silver City Fire Department will have personnel on hand to direct traffic at the intersection of 32nd Street and Silver Street to ensure student and motorist safety.

The officers will be present in the morning from 7:45 am to 8:30 am and in the afternoon from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm during school days starting February 28, 2017. The purpose is to help with pedestrian safety as well as the flow of traffic.

Although this is a pilot program we anticipate this will last the remainder of this school year. If it is determined to be effective then we will bring it back in August, 2017.

Please pay attention to the officers directing traffic for your safety as well as those around you.

I-10 closed at Lordsburg, NM

WEATHER ADVISORY
I-10 ROADWAY CLOSURE LORDSDBURG
I-10 westbound at mile post 20 all traffic is being diverted onto US 70 due to Hidalgo county experiencing high winds and blowing dust. Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 70 on both New Mexico and Arizona side.

Girls Scouts of Grant County hold annual Thinking Day celebration 022217

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Girls from Girl Scout troops in Grant County, part of the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Council, celebrated Thinking Day on Feb. 22, 2017.

The day, Feb. 22, each year, is set aside worldwide for Girl Scout and Girl Guides to celebrate a day that brings them together as one large organization. The theme of the 2017 Thinking Day was "Grow."

Girls in local troops chose to learn more about individual countries throughout the world and showed posters and had giveaways at each table. Read more...

Silver School Board considers four-day week 022117

By Margaret Hopper

The Silver Consolidated Schools board met Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Administration Building on Swan Street. All members were present: Ashley Montenegro, Mike McMillan, Chris Arvidson, Frances Vasquez and Arnold Torrez, president. The meeting began at 6:00 and recessed at 7:10 to go into closed session. Also present were Patrick Cohn and Justin Wecks, newly elected board members, who will be going to Albuquerque Thursday for initial training for their board work.

Under Presentations/Information, Laura Brown and Melissa Brown of Stout Elementary gave a very brief visual presentation illustrating some facts about a school of sardines and how a small percentage of contrary-swimming peers can turn the larger group in a different direction by persistent, dedicated efforts. The two had been to leadership training at the state level. Read more...

Inmate Support Group sponsors art exhibit

Photographs courtesy of WNMU

Article Courtesy of Cari Lemon

The first art exhibit to display works of visual art from inmates from the Grant County Detention Center (GCDC) was held on Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. at the main lobby of Miller Library, located on Western New Mexico University’s (WNMU) campus. The “Art From Within” exhibit will be displayed through March 10 for public viewing. Mike Carillo, GCDC Administrator spoke to the attendees at the opening and explained he started noticing the exquisite images and doodles created by some of the inmates. He realized this could be an avenue to encourage them to practice their natural talents and be recognized by them as a way to start thinking about behaviors outside of the choices that led them to be incarcerated. Carillo then contacted Abe Villarreal, Director of Communications at WNMU, to ask if there was interest in partnering to organize an art exhibit for the individuals’ works of art. Abe and his team joined the effort to coordinate this inaugural event. Committee members of the Inmate Support Program (ISP) later came on board to assist with getting the word out and inviting different members of the community to attend. Read more...

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