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Interstate Stream Commission staff offers recommendations 111414

Editor's Note: This is the final article of five in a multi-part series of reports on the Interstate Stream Commission meeting held in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. This article gives an overview of the recommendations made by ISC staff to commissioners and the questions posed by commissioners.

By Mary Alice Murphy

David B. Anderson, Interstate Stream Commission senior water resource specialist, led off the presentation with a summary of the Arizona Water Settlements Act, which amended A Colorado River Basin Act.

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Freezing Temperatures Expected In SW New Mexico Tonight 111714

Freezing Temperatures Expected In SW New Mexico Tonight...

.A Strong Cold Front Will Push Through New Mexico This
Afternoon... Bringing Northerly Winds And A Much Cooler
Temperatures To The Area. Skies Will Become Clear Tonight Across
Southern New Mexico...And While Light Winds Will Disturb Typical
Radiational Cooling Processes...Moderately Strong Cold Air
Advection Will Help Drop Temperatures Into The Upper 20S And
Lower 30S Across The Lowland Deserts By Monday Morning. Freezing
Temperatures Will Occur Across Hidalgo And Southern Grant
Counties...Where Most Areas Have So Far Escaped A Hard Freeze
This Fall. Any Areas That Manage To Stay Above Freezing Tonight
Will Certainly See Freezing Temperatures Monday Night As Winds
Will Be Lighter.-- Continue reading

Corrected: Interstate Stream Commission hears more public comments at 111414 meeting in Silver City

Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-part series on an Interstate Stream Commission meeting in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. This article continues a report on public comments received by the commissioners.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first to speak on proposals other than diversion and storage proposals was Van Clothier of Stream Dynamics. "We do watershed restoration, wetlands restoration, and storm-water management. The purpose is to create a supply of water to be put to beneficial use. My proposal offers maximum benefit to all citizens. We al live downstream from our roofs. Water harvesting is done in Tucson and more can be done here. The water goes into a cistern or a water basin to irrigate our trees. The Big Ditch was caused by poor storm-water management. My proposal would be to build 80 water basins in Silver City. It can serve as a demonstration."-- Continue reading

Interstate Stream Commission 111414 meeting in Silver City held to hear public comments, part 3

Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series of articles on the Interstate Stream Commission meeting held in Silver City Nov. 14, 2014. This portion of the report covers the comments in favor of and in opposition to diversion and storage proposals. Many of the speakers did not complete their presentations, as the limit of three minutes cut them off.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Interstate Stream Commission Jim Dunlap opened the section of the meeting by saying: "I can assure you we are taking all your comments and looking at them carefully. I ask that there be no whooping, hollering or clapping. Each person has three minutes and you will be called as you signed up on the list. The first comments will be received from those in favor of diversion and storage."-- Continue reading

Interstate Stream Commission hears more proposals 111414, part 2

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the Nov. 14, 2014, Interstate Stream Commission meeting in Silver City. This article covers the rest of the proposals being considered by the ISC for water utilization and/or funding for non-diversion alternatives.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Janice Kiehne of the 1892 Luna Irrigation Ditch Association proposed improving the entity's ditch irrigation delivery system. "The association gets its irrigation water from Luna Lake in Arizona, which was established before statehood. The founders of Luna filed on all unappropriated water rights on the San Francisco. The water stored in the Arizona lake is released in the spring, summer and fall to water-righted land in New Mexico. The proposal will provide conservation, will increase water flows, will allow better utilization of the water, and will also provide for increased crop production."-- Continue reading

The Interstate Stream Commission held a meeting in Silver City 111414 to get public input, part 1

Editor's Note: This is part one of a series of articles about today's ISC meeting in Silver City. This author will endeavor to report as accurately as possible. But speakers had time limits and a hand writes only so fast. Corrections and clarifications from speakers are encouraged. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Mary Alice Murphy

Interstate Stream Commission Chairman Jim Dunlap welcomed more than 150 people to the ISC meeting in Silver City on Nov. 14, 2014. "We are here today to listen to proposals and options we have and to hear comments from you. I ask that you be respectful of each other. Two commissioners, Mark Sanchez and Randy Crowder could not be here today. It's been a long process, and we're still learning."-- Continue reading

Human remains found in Mimbres River bed.

(Silver City, NM)— On November 14, 2014 the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to the Mimbres Valley River area near Hwy 61 in reference to a report of possible human remains in the river bed. A r-- Continue reading

Santa Clara Water Project Advances

By Jim Owen

Santa Clara officials on Thursday moved one step closer to securing an emergency, back-up water supply from Silver City.

They approved a professional services agreement for a federal Colonias water-system improvement grant of about $628,000. Ten percent of the funding will be in the form of a loan, which Santa Clara has 20 years to repay.

The grant is for the engineering and installation of a water line, which will extend about 200 yards from a Silver City line in Arenas Valley to Santa Clara's water-storage tanks.

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