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Grant County Commission hears how much it saved by changing insurance providers

By Mary Alice Murphy

After adding an item to the agenda, addressing indigent claims, the first item of business for the Grant County Commission's work session of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, was the financial report.

Financial Director Linda Vasquez reported the county had made expenditures of $681,390.73 since the last report. Amounts, in round numbers, included a payment of about $1,600 for the quarterly payment to the High Desert Humane Society, with which the county contracts for animal control services; $20,000 to Engineers Inc. for the North Hurley project; $16,000 in the quarterly payment to the Grant County Extension Service; $14,500 for the monthly inmate health care; $40,000 to Wright Express for fuel; $18,000 for lead-proof vests for the Detention Center officers; $60,000 to Sacaton Construction for the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department expansion; and payroll of $196,893.89.-- Continue reading

Latest Silver School Board member resigns to prevent conflict of interest

After doing the search and voting in a new member, the Silver School Board finds itself back in that same position once again. Shortly after the October 14 meeting, its newest member turned in his resignation.

A call to Trent Petty, board president, yielded the information that Mike McMillan asked to be released, as his wife wanted to apply for a position in the district. That would have created a conflict of interest, said Petty, who said he informed McMillan that he must resign before his wife made an application.-- Continue reading

Grant County Jobless Rate Drops Sharply in September

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County decreased significantly from August to September, according to preliminary statistics the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions released this week.

Out of a labor force of 11,637 county residents, 770 were actively looking for jobs last month. That amounted to a jobless rate of 6.6 percent, down from 7.4 percent in August, when 861 of 11,586 people were searching for work. In September 2013, 851 of 11,602 (7.3 percent) were counted as unemployed.

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Stout Principal David Lougee brings new ideas to the school

By Margaret Hopper

In a recent interview with Stout Principal David Lougee, he insisted that two ideas be sent to the community: great things were happening at the elementary school, and also, his door is always open for people who want to know more about what is being done and for getting better information about questions they may have.

Lougee says the most important thing teachers do, and only they can do it, is give kids the tools and materials they need to do a good job of learning, and the support and confidence that they are loved and appreciated while they try to learn. A child's mistakes are appropriate, and kids learn from them. Teachers help them through the process. It is important to give students the right curriculum to make the processes fit the experience, and to make it all work together.

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Bomb threat behind ACE Hardware

By Roger Lanse

An object wrapped in black electrical tape and a black wire, and containing a small amount of powder and small steel BBs, was found behind ACE Hardware Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, according to a Silver City Police Department incident report.

Originally described as appearing to have a tennis ball shape, officers determined the device was about 12 inches long and four inches in circumference, the report said.

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Silver City Police Department Weekend Report: 10/10/14 at 4:00 PM – 10/13/14 at 8:00 AM

For the weekend, beginning Friday, October 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm and ending Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8:00 am, Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 39 calls for service and had 1-- Continue reading

UACJ Officials Visit WNMU and Sign Agreement with Language Institute

UACJ Officials Visit WNMU and Sign Agreement with Language Institute

 

Photo: Dr. Jesus Umberto Burciaga, UACJ Department of Humanities Chair (left) and WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard (right).

Silver City, NM – Officials from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), a university located in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; visited the Silver City campus on Friday, October 17 to sign an agreement with Western New Mexico University's Language Institute.

Both universities previously signed a Memorandum of Agreement in June during a visit by WNMU officials to the UACJ campus.

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Moving Roadblock in Southern New Mexico will cause traffic delays

Las Cruces - The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will continue working together as they coordinate their efforts with the transport of a 25,000 pound fuselage through southern New Mexico the week of October 20th.

The fuselage will be transported on a trailer with a reported width of 32' which will take up two lanes along the route, traveling at speeds varying from 5 to 60 mph. The transporter will commence its route schedule the evening of Monday October 20, and will make a stop near Alamogordo, NM. The moving roadblock will recommence its route the evening of Tuesday October 21st and should exit the state of New Mexico by the am hours of Wednesday October 22nd.-- Continue reading

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