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Posadas in Downtown Silver City

Photos and Article by Shirin McArthur

On Friday, December 19, the Town of Silver City and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd celebrated a traditional Posadas (which means “inns” and re-creates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve). The procession began at the Church of the Good Shepherd and wended its way down Bullard Street before ending at the Murray Hotel.

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County unemployment rate has dropped since summer

By Jim Owen

The official unemployment rate in Grant County was 6.7 percent last month, about the same as the 6.6 percent reported for October but down from 7.8 percent in July. It was 6.9 percent in November 2013.

Out of a labor force of 11,848 residents, 799 were actively looking for jobs last month, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday. The numbers were 778 of 11,784 in October, and 814 of 11,862 in November a year ago.

Grant County tied with Catron and Dona Ana counties for the 10th-highest jobless rate in the state last month. In the southern half of New Mexico, only Luna County's state-leading 16.2 percent was worse.-- Continue reading

FCX Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

PHOENIX, AZ, December 19, 2014 – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today declared a cash dividend of $0.3125 per share payable on February 2, 2015 to holders of record as of January 15, 2015 for its common stock.

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Grant County Dense Fog Advisory from 12/19/2014 4:42 AM to 9:00 AM MST

Urgent - Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
442 Am Mst Fri Dec 19 2014

...dense Fog Developing across the Lowlands of Southwest And
South Central New Mexico...

.Yesterday and Last Evening's Rains Have Left Moist Surface Conditions across the Deserts of Southwest and South Central New Mexico. because of Light Winds and Clearing Skies...temperatures Are Dropping to Dewpoints Causing Surface Saturation. This Surface Layer of Saturated Air Is Producing Broad Areas of Fog... Some of It Very Dense. These Foggy Conditions Will Persist Until After Sunrise with Significant Limitations in Visibility Causing Hazardous Driving Conditions until Mid Morning.

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Grant County Water Commission had one issue to discuss

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Water Commission Chairman Alex Brown, who is also the town of Silver City's manager, led off the meeting and said: "The Interstate Stream Commission staff recommended that the Regional Water Project be tabled as part of the Arizona Water Settlements Act process. The staff also recommended putting stipulations on some funding."

He said staff made the recommendation for Silver City to give its water rights from near the airport to Hurley.-- Continue reading

Silver School Board hears encouraging report on bullying

By Margaret Hopper

Silver Consolidated School Board met at the district office on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. The work session began at 5:06 p.m. and lasted to nearly 5:45, when it adjourned for a break prior to starting the action session at 6:00 p.m. All board members were present.

Bianca Padillo and Tim Madrid addressed the board about the Truancy Prevention Program, which had had some changes made to its policies. Padillo and Madrid explained where the differences were and said the school could now use a form letter they were developing for referrals if truancies went past the initial intervention stages. Out of 164 referrals, 20 students had been placed on active contracts. The differences between parents and guardians were significant and spelled out in the update.-- Continue reading

Dunn Secures Victory as Next NM Land Commissioner

Today, the Secretary of State declared Aubrey Dunn as the newly elected Commissioner of Public Lands. This victory comes after nearly six weeks of anticipation from an automatic statewide recount, which came to a conclusion today.

Republican Aubrey Dunn defeated incumbent Democrat Commissioner Ray Powell. Due to the narrow margin of votes between the two candidates cast in the General Election on November 4, 2014, New Mexico state law mandated an automatic recount in all 33 counties.

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Winter Weather Advisory tonight and Thursday night

Winter Weather Advisory tonight and Thursday night

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
318 Pm Mst Wed Dec 17 2014

...two Storm Systems To Bring Snow To Higher Elevations Of South
Central And Southwest New Mexico...

.two Pacific Storm Systems Will Sweep Through The Borderland And
Bring Light To Moderate Snowfall Over The Mountains Across
Southwest New Mexico This Evening Through Friday Morning. Snow
Levels Will Drop To Around 6500 Ft Tonight And Again Thursday
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