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Aldo Leopold Charter School governing council hears student and staff reports 011917

Aldo Leopold Charter School governing council hears student and staff reports 011917

Article and photo by Margaret Hopper

After not holding a December meeting, the Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing Council met again on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. Ken Stone, Dale Lane, Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh and David Peck, Chairman, were present. Giving students a break, it moved the Student Council report and The Transition Town presentation to the head of the agenda.

The student report was that sophomores were working on a fundraiser; juniors had started plans for the prom and seniors were focused on their trips. Mayor Ken Ladner has said he would like to get the two student councils, Aldo and Silver, together to search for community solutions in the near future, probably in early March.

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Gila Cliff Dwellings and Visitor Center are OPEN


The Gila Cliff Dwellings and Visitors Center have re-opened. The road has been repaired and visitors can once again enjoy the history and beauty at the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

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Gila Regional Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

SILVER CITY, NM —January 20, 2017—New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) received an “A,” ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Patient safety and satisfaction are top priority for our team at Gila Regional Medical Center, “said Alfredo Ontiveros, Interim CEO of GRMC. “Earning an 'A' rating from the Leapfrog Group is an outstanding accomplishment, and it only motivates us to continue to make positive changes for the benefit of our patients. Our clinical staff, physicians, and support staff collectively strive for excellence every step of the way.”-- Continue reading

U.S. Marshals Apprehend one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent/Gang Fugitives

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Silver City featured in 20 places better off season


Expedia's newsletter Viewfinder has an article at the above link titled: 

Escaping the crowds in prime vacation destinations

School holidays, winter sports, the alluring summer sun. All guarantee that at certain times of year, great destinations will see enough tourists to make any crowd-conscious traveler stay home. When most people set out for vacation, prices skyrocket, reservations become scarce, and all the good vistas come with a side view of fellow travelers. If you’re searching for serenity (and who isn’t these days?), maybe off-season travel is what you need. Who said you can’t have an adventure in February or that April showers bring sad travelers? Not us. We found some spots that lead the pack for things to do, attractions to see, and restaurants to try when the well of tourists has run dry. Take a look at our list of places that shine better than ever when the crowds disappear.

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Arizona man pleads guilty to federal cocaine trafficking charge in New Mexico

Charge Arises out of Seizure of 159 Pounds of Cocaine at Lordsburg Port of Entry

ALBUQUERQUE – Jesus Quiroz, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to cocaine trafficking charges arising from the seizure of 72.1 kilograms (158.95 pounds) of cocaine at the New Mexico Port of Entry near Lordsburg, N.M.

Quiroz was arrested on Sept. 9, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of more than 72 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute in Hidalgo County, N.M. According to the complaint, Quiroz was arrested after law enforcement officers at the New Mexico Port of Entry on Interstate 10 in Lordsburg seized 61 individually wrapped packages containing more than 72 kilograms of cocaine from a tractor and trailer in which Quiroz was traveling. At the time of his arrest, Quiroz was on probation for a state cocaine trafficking conviction in Arizona.-- Continue reading

Silver School Board hears about list of proposed projects for bond issue, 011717

The Silver District school board met Tuesday, January 17, 2017, with all members present. Mary Lou Saucedo spoke for the Silver City Education Association in the absence of Katrina Bustillos, SCEA president. She welcomed the new superintendent, Audie Brown, back to his roots, Silver City, and into this position.

Brown informed the board of legal services retainer agreement options with Walsh Gallegos, a firm out of Albuquerque. One was with a retainer, the other, with a non-retainer agreement. Hourly expenses were for $250 an hour, and tenths of an hour breaks for billings. He said he had used this firm in Estancia and found it effective. As this was a non-action item, the board accepted the new arrangement as acceptable for his position.

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Silver School Board candidates answer questions at forum 011617

By Mary Alice Murphy

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 evening featured Silver Consolidated Schools Board candidates at a forum, hosted at the Silver Schools Administration Building and moderated by Nickolas Seibel, Silver City Daily Press publisher, with some questions being asked by Stewart McClintick, who covers the schools beat for the Daily Press.

Four candidates opened the session with statements. The first was Ashley Montenegro, who was appointed to District 2 last year. She is now running for election for the position.

"I seek to be elected to the board," Montenegro said. "It's not personal, it's a service. I'm here to serve the community as a whole, including students and staff.

"You need to make your concerns known, so we can bring them to the superintendent," she continued. "I'm an active mom in my children's lives and in my children's friends' lives."-- Continue reading

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