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Old Fort Bayard Hospital undergoing asbestos remediation

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to New Mexico General Services Department spokesman, Estevan Lujan, the interior of the old Fort Bayard Hospital has been totally gutted, exposing the asbestos "that has been covered up over the years." He said all the wood, carpeting and other flooring has been removed from the building.

A professional contractor is remediating the asbestos that was found in the hospital. Lujan did not have the name of the contractor, but was one approved by the state contracting process.

Removal of asbestos from the A wing and the B wing has been completed and is ongoing in the C wing. "The removal of the asbestos is a delicate process, so we have to make sure it is done property for the safety of the crews now and for the demolition."-- Continue reading

New director joins Silver City Arts and Cultural District

New director joins Silver City Arts and Cultural District

By Mary Alice Murphy

Callie Kennington, new, really new, Silver City Arts and Cultural District director, arrived in Silver City on Friday, Feb. 5, attended Chocolate Fantasia on Saturday, Feb. 6, and started work on Monday, Feb. 8.

She comes from just outside Indianapolis, Ind.

How did she find out about the position?

"I was referred to the posting by Teresa Martinez of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition," Kennington said. "I ended up applying. I interviewed over Skype last October. I was contacted again in December and interviewed in late December or early January over Skype again.

"I had researched the town," she said. "It seemed like a good fit. I have already seen how friendly and supportive the town is. Lee (Gruber, SCACD board president) has been great. She helped me find a place to live."

Kennington said her background fits into the directorship and Silver City.-- Continue reading

SCACD holds regular meeting, introduces new director

Silver City Arts and Cultural District holds monthly meeting Feb. 11

By Mary Alice Murphy

Lee Gruber, chairman of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District board, opened the meeting by introducing the new SCACD director, Callie Kennnington. "I want to welcome Callie to our community. Her first day was Monday."

"Everyone is so friendly," Kennington said. "I can't ask for a better group of women to work with. Silver City is such a neat little town."

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NOW OPEN: Accident on US 180 closes road

AS of a notice received at 8:03 p.m., the road is now open.


AS of 4:55 p.m., US 180 at mile post 117 is closed due to a vehicle accident. State Police is-- Continue reading

Want to be an extra in "Sailboat," the movie?

Interested in auditioning to be an extra for the movie Sailboat? To attend an audition this Saturday, Feb. 13, you must register with  This email address is being protected from spambot-- Continue reading

Deming man arrested for distributing meth

By Roger Lanse

Flavio Loya Moncada, 53, of Deming, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Moncada was arrested on March 6, 2015 in Dona Ana County after he attempted to sell about a half pound of meth to an undercover law enforcement agent.-- Continue reading

Freeport-McMoRan updates information on Tyrone employment

In light of the current weak commodity price environment, Freeport-McMoRan is taking further immediate actions to accelerate its debt reduction plans and enhance shareholder value through pursuing ass-- Continue reading

Town council approves FY 2015-2016 audit

By Roger Lanse

Geoffrey Mamerow, audit manager with Kubiak Melton & Associates, LLC, of Albuquerque, told council that zero findings were reported in the financial statement portion of the audit. In the federal awards segment, Mamerow said a few minor issues were discovered and that all had been addressed in consultations with Town Manager Alex Brown, “Brown is doing a very solid job,” he said.

Stone McGee & Co. of Silver City had been performing the yearly audit, but Brown told the Beat state auditor regulations limit how long a company is permitted to audit a single entity – nine years, and this would be the tenth year for Stone McGee & Co. However, Brown said, after a two-year interval, Stone McGee & Co. can be considered again.-- Continue reading

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