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ALCS Governing Council considers financial items, elects new officers 061317

By Margaret Hopper

The Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing Council met June 13, 2017 at the school headquarters. Members present were Crystal Osborne, Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh, Dale Lane, A.J. Sandoval, Martin Maxwell and David Peck, Chairman. Ken Stone was expected but didn’t make it. This was the last official meeting for Stone and Lane, as new members have replaced them and their breaking-in period had ended. A visitor from PED, Baylor Del Rosario, came to observe the Council and record his observations while they planned and discussed.

There were no student or staff reports, but Harry Browne, financial director, had business reports. There were four budget adjustments, (BARs), applications for Titles I and II and IDEA-B, Special Education requests, and the budget for 2017-1018. At this time, Browne and council members discussed them, prepared to vote on them later as action items.-- Continue reading

Round Fire – June 14, 2017 @ 0900

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger Distric,

Start Date: June 6, 2017

Size: 2,301 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass

Resources: Two wildland fire modules, smokejumpers, 2 engines, and district personnel totaling 75

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)-- Continue reading

Multiple Lightning-Caused Fires on the Gila National Forest

Silver City, NM, June 14, 2017 - In the past two months, the Gila National Forest has had approximately 16 lightning-caused fires on National Forest System lands.

The Gila NF is considered a frequent-fire forest, which means that many small wildfires, burning repeatedly on the same piece of ground, occur every fire season. Fire is a natural part of forest ecology and when weather and fuel conditions align, the Gila uses these fires to allow reintroduction of fire into the ecosystem. As a result of the lightning-caused fires occurring this year, fire has moved across 25,000 acres of the landscape in a safe and positive manner. Fire improves forest health, restores wildlife habitat, reduces fuel load on the forest floor, and improves watersheds by allowing water to reach the ground and flow naturally into stream systems.-- Continue reading

Mayor fetes Silver High Lady Colts softball team

Mayor fetes Silver High Lady Colts softball team

Photos and article by Roger Lanse

Silver High School Lady Colts state champion softball team, coached by Dwayne Tweren, far right, facing camera

June 18-24, 2017 was proclaimed “Silver High Lady Colts Softball team Week” by Mayor Ken Ladner at the Silver City Town Council June 11 meeting. The Lady Colts won state in the 4A division this year. Pictured are team members and coaches.-- Continue reading

Update on June 13, 2017 – Two Lightning-Caused Fires on Reserve Ranger District

Teacher Fire

The Teacher Fire is estimated at 325 acres. The fire is backing down into the School Canyon drainage, consuming downed logs and moving slowly through the grass. Today resources prepped along CAT-C021 and FR 713. The winds came up this afternoon and ground ignitions did not take place. Firing operations will begin tomorrow, and transition will occur to a Type 3 Organization.-- Continue reading

HMS answers questions at Gila Senior Center 061217

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Gila Senior Center on Monday, June 12, 2017, senior residents of the area who attend the center gathered to ask questions of Hidalgo Medical Services representatives, Chief Executive Office Dan Otero and Edith Lee, who will oversee the senior centers after the changeover from Grant County control to HMS control on July 1, 2017.

Howard Smith again moderated the gathering and spoke first.

"Our biggest concern at our meeting last Thursday was how meals would be prepared," Smith said. "Silver City is thought of as a rural community, and it is, but it has restaurants and stores where people can buy food. We have few options here for our seniors.-- Continue reading

Two Cobre graduates make donation to Cobre Schools for the hearing impaired 061217

Two Cobre graduates make donation to Cobre Schools for the hearing impaired 061217

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board directors came out of their closed meeting at 7:10 where they had discussed limited personnel, student identifiable information and a transfer of land. They began the public portion almost immediately, with all members present, Gilbert Holguin, Gabriel Guadiana, Frank Gomez, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, board president.

Moving an item to the top, Michael Alcorta and Bobby Marquez, shown at right, two former Cobre students, were introduced by George Peru. He reported that they and their social service group from WNMU had received a $1,500 grant from Freeport McMoRan and were donating that to the school for the hearing impaired. Many at the meeting remembered them as students and the applause was rousing.-- Continue reading

Border Patrol agent assaulted

By Roger Lanse

According to a Saturday, June 10, media release from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the agency is assisting in the investigation of an assault against an off-duty Border Patrol agent assigned to the Deming Station.

The release states the unnamed agent was discovered on the side of the road by a motorist at 11 p.m., Friday, June 9. No location for the discovery was provided in the release.-- Continue reading

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