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To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Publishes Climate Report and Announces Net Zero Aspiration

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today announced the publication of its updated Climate Report which details the work underway across its global business to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve energy efficiency, advance the use of renewable energy and understand and enhance the company's resilience to future climate-related risks. The Climate Report reflects the company's continued progress towards alignment with the current recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Richard C. Adkerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: "As both a major consumer of energy, and as one of the world's largest producers of the copper essential to enable the global energy transition, Freeport aspires to participate in, and positively contribute to, a 2050 net zero economy. Our path to net zero carbon emissions will require industry-wide new technological solutions and innovation. We embrace these challenges and are focused on achieving meaningful progress through our internal efforts and through collaboration with industry partners. We are in the process of integrating our climate initiatives into our long-term business plans as we work to responsibly produce copper for the benefit of all stakeholders."

In 2020, FCX published its inaugural climate report, established a 15% GHG emissions intensity reduction target for the Americas copper business by 2030, and committed to aligning its future climate reports with the recommendations of the TCFD.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

One of the many activities going on in Grant County on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 was the Western New Mexico Homecoming. A parade went down Broadway through downtown Silver City and back up College Avenue to campus. 

The Grant County Treasurer's Office is notifying property owners that the 2020 property tax bills will be delayed due to the state law (House Bill 407-2019) allowing school districts a mill levy question on the November election ballot. The tax amounts cannot be determined until after the election and depending on whether the mill levy questions pass or fail

Sixteen New Mexico counties are affected by the new law, including Grant County.

Adjusted Grant County tax bill dates are as follows:

Dec. 1, 2021- Mailing of property tax bills.
Dec. 10, 2021- Payment due date.
Jan. 10, 2022- Final due date without late penalties and interest.

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting September 23, 2021. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trustees, Olga Amador, Arnold Lopez, and Peter Erickson also attended. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza didn't attend.

They approved the agenda for the meeting and then approved the minutes of the previous meeting held September 9, 2021.

Committee Reports

Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza was not present to give the safety committee report, but Mayor Bauch commented on the fact that there had not been any accidents. Bauch said Esparza and the maintenance people meet monthly to keep on top of things.

Olga Amador gave the action committee report. The Tamale Festival coming up November 20 would be held in front of city hall. Amador said they had another meeting concerning the festival October 7 at 5:00 pm at city hall and welcomed anyone to attend. The village would be having a car show October 16. Also coming up Walk for Veterans on October 2, they would be walking from Hurley to Santa Clara. The mayor thanked them for all that they were doing for the community. He commented on how many people had been at the music in the park over the summer. He said it looked like there were at least 200 people.

By Roger Lanse

Silver School Superintendent William Hawkins came before the Silver City Town Council at its Sept. 28, 2021, meeting to encourage voters on November 2 to approve a 1.5 mill levy for the next six years for school building maintenance, supplies, safety measures, and equipment. Williams stated there would be no tax increase if approved by voters as the levy is already in place. However, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. said he is going to vote 'no' on the measure, saying, "Why is it that only the property owners pay for it and not the regular public? Might you take it upstate and try and see if it could be fixed to where if we vote for it let everybody pay for it, not just the property owners. And also, there's a lot of property owners that are elderly and are on fixed incomes. And also, on this bond issue here, I'll be honest with you, I will vote 'no,' because I'm tired of paying, being a property owner. Tired of paying taxes on something that's done every two-three years. If the public would pay their share, that'd be fine."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The 2021 Grant County Fair took place last week from Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 22-26. From 18 different breeds of rabbits to chickens and geese, to swine of various breeds, and sheep and steers, all were represented at the Grant County Fair at the Cliff-Gila Fairgrounds. Although the Exhibition Hall had plenty of exhibits, this photographer believed there were fewer than usual. But the animal pens seemed pretty full. 

The Fair is always a place for 4-H and FFA youth to show off the results of their spending dedicated hours taking care of their animals. The awards ceremony is always a great place to see all the youngsters from little to almost adults receiving their well-deserved awards. The sale seemed full of folks ready to buy the youth's animals. 

Photos by three different photographers, with most photos identified.

The outdoor venue at the Silver High School football field was a great location for a powwow, if buckets of rain hadn't fallen. The Red Paint Powwow went on, likely because of what the Emcee Gabe Ayala said at one point: "It's just a little water." 

On Friday, vendors set up and some visitors came for the fry bread and to check out the wares. On Saturday, the Grand Entry was pushed back in time while waiting for Northern Drum to arrive. Southern Drum was in place for the Gourd Dance of veterans.  Sunday faced rainy times, too, but the drums and the announcer could be heard at a distance, so more dances took place on Sunday. 

By Roger Lanse

A University of New Mexico study, recently released by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts in support of a constitutional bond reform amendment passed by voters five years ago, states that 95 percent of felony defendants in Bernalillo County, released from custody awaiting trial, were not arrested for a violent crime while on pre-trial release. Also, according to the study, 80 percent of released felony defendants did not commit a crime pending trial and of those that did, crimes committed were mostly misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors and fourth degree felonies.

The amendment was publicized as a way to keep violent and habitual offenders incarcerated pending adjudication, but has had an opposite effect, according to Grant County Sheriff Frank Gomez, thanks to the amendment's interpretation by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Gomez said, "What their interpretation and subsequent rules brought us is a one-solution system under which the vast majority of criminal defendants are immediately released after arrest by law enforcement – with no regard to severity of alleged criminal offense or consideration of a person's criminal history."

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