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Wednesday was Grant County Day in Santa Fe

Wednesday was Grant County Day in Santa Fe

Rep. Dianne Hamilton serves as Guest Speaker of the House at Grant County Day in Santa Fe. (Photo Courtesy of Drew Hamilton, Dianne's son)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, was Grant County Day in Santa Fe at the New Mexico Legislature.

Members of the Prospectors, who advocate for Grant County each year and throughout the year with legislators, were in evidence at the Roundhouse on Wednesday. With meetings set up to talk to various cabinet secretaries, the governor, and other state officials, the Prospectors worked on their primary areas of concern, listed in the brochure they handed out to legislators.-- Continue reading

Steven Morales eludes police on I-25, remains at large

Steven Morales eludes police on I-25, remains at large

Steven Morales

By Roger Lanse

Steven Morales, 36, of Silver City, evaded law enforcement again Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 27. Morales is a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old Esteban Ortega, whose body was found Jan. 14, inside a vehicle near Pinos Altos.

According to a Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department press release, Morales was reportedly driving a Honda CRV on I-25 when he stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. When agents asked him to pull over for a secondary inspection, Morales told a passenger, the release said, that because he was a felon in possession of a firearm, he wasn't going to pull over for additional inspection. Instead, Morales accelerated and sped north on I-25, prompting a pursuit, which reached speeds up to 100 mph.-- Continue reading

Winter Weather Message for Thursday through weekend 012815

Winter Weather Message for Thursday through weekend 012815

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
1242 Pm Mst Wed Jan 28 2015

...winter Storm To Bring Heavy Mountain Snow To South Central New
Mexico Later This Week And This Weekend...

.a Powerful And Slow Moving Winter Storm System Will Deliver
Significant Snowfall To Higher Elevations In The Gila Region And
Sacramento Mountains Starting Thursday Evening. 4 To 8 Inches Or
More Of Snowfall Is Expected Across Higher Elevations In The Gila
Region...while The Higher Elevations In The Sacramento Mountains
And Adjacent East Slopes Could See 8 To 12 Inches Or More Through
Early Saturday Evening. Up To 3 To 6 Inches Of Snowfall Is
Expected In Lower Elevations For The Gila Region...and Foothills
Along The Western And Southern Slopes Of The Sacramento Mountains.-- Continue reading

GSFWC discusses action items 012715 part 2

Editor's Note: This article will conclude the business portion of the Jan. 27, Gila/San Francisco Water Commission special meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the end of public comment, at which several people spoke against what the commission is attempting to accomplish, Gila/San Francisco Water Commission Chairman Anthony Gutierrez said a lot of questions were asked.-- Continue reading

GSFWC holds special meeting, hears lots of public comment

Editor's Note: This article comprises only the public comments portion of the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting called by the Gila/San Francisco Water Commission on Tuesday, Jan.27, after roll call, including those on the conference call, a quorum was met, with 13 of the 18 members being present.

The first agenda item called for public comment. The first to speak was M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Grant County resident and member of the Gila Conservation Coalition.-- Continue reading

Bayard approves audit report

By Roger Lanse

The Bayard City Council, at its Jan. 26, meeting, approved the 2014 audit report by Fierro and Fierro, PA, of Las Cruces. Only one finding, an error in an entry for city travel, was discovered.

In other action, a request by Copper Little League President Hector Carrillo for the use of the Little League field for 2015 was approved.

Also, a new solid waste collection contract with Southwest Disposal, out of Las Cruces, was approved.-- Continue reading

Gila Cliff Dwellings personnel hold public input session on fee increase

Gila Cliff Dwellings personnel hold public input session on fee increase

These friendly faces would have greeted you had you visited the Gila National Forest office today to offer input on a proposed fee increase to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. At left, is monument Superintendent Hugh Hawthorne and, at right, is brand new Chief of Interpretation Rita Garcia.

Photo and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014 Results

Editor's Note: Although the entire release was received by the Beat, none of the tables came through in a format that was publishable, without hours of reformatting, so for the benefit of the readers, the Beat recommends you download the pdf and read the entire, comprehensive report.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014 Results

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