New hires for Bayard

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a special town meeting November 28, 2022. The meeting started with Mayor Chon Fierro calling the meeting to order. Attendance at the meeting included Mayor Pro tem Raul Villanueva, and councilors Jose Diaz, Frances Gonzales, and Eloy Medina. The Pledge of Allegiance and salute to New Mexico flag took place.

The council approved the agenda.

A closed session took place for discussion of personnel matters concerning hiring and promotions.

Open session

The council approved the following hires.

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Cobre looking at a school resource officer 112822

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated Schools held a board meeting November 28, 2022. President Gilbert Guadiana called the meeting to order. Other board members in attendance included David Terrazas, Elizabeth Dean and Gabriella Begay. Serina Murillo did not attend. The Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico flag took place. Superintendent Jeff Spaletta also attended.

Reading of the board norms took place with each board member reading a norm. The norms consist of five rules the board strives to adhere to during the meeting. They are listed as actively listen to all perspectives, respond to concerns and questions as a unified board, professionalism expected, assume positive intent, and be positive and responsive.

Public input on agenda items none currently.

The board approved the agenda with the following changes. They moved new business of school resources officers to the next item and remove review of board policies due to legal counsel information needed not being received.

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Hurley resident reports larceny worth almost $500,000

By Roger Lanse

Responding to a burglary call to 312 Cortez Street in Hurley on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at approximately 2:28 p.m. a Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy made contact with the 50-year-old male victim. The victim told the deputy four firearms had been stolen from his residence while he was away in Reserve, NM.

According to the GCSO offense report, the victim said the firearms included a .45 Long Colt Ruger Blackhawk revolver -- value estimated at $700, a Russian SKS rifle -- value estimated at $1,200, a .22 Winchester rifle -- value estimated at $300, and a .44 Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver -- value estimated at $1,000. Two of the weapons were near an interior doorway by a bookshelf, one was lying on a couch, and the fourth was on a bedroom night table. All were rusted, the victim said.

The victim told the responding deputy, entrance was gained to the home through a doggie door He stated he did not know who might have taken the guns but added about six months ago someone cut a hole in his shop door and stole all his tools.

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Grant County Commission holds work session 120622, part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Dec 6, 2022 and the regular meeting on Dec. 8, 2022. This article addresses county reports at the work session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Detention Center Administrator Joseph Andazola gave the first county report at the Grant County Commission work session on Dec. 6, 2022. He said the jail has three new officers, with two openings. "We're getting applications out there and we're doing better than most counties."

He said they continue to work on the Just Health contract and have had a change in personnel. On Nov. 30, the population of the jail was 75 inmates, with average daily population for November at 86. As of the day of the meeting, the population stood at 76. He noted as of Dec. 1, 2022, they had seven Covid positives, with three of them being officers. For the RISE program, they had 19 participants, with eight in the facility and 11 receiving services in the community.

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Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Announces 2022 Grant County Community Investment Fund Grant Recipients

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PHOENIX, AZ, December 21, 2022 –– Freeport-McMoRan is pleased to announce the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has awarded nearly $2.9 million to 41 projects in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico through our Community Investment Fund, including $500,000 in Grant County.

Recipient organizations will receive their monetary awards and be recognized by Freeport-McMoRan and members of the Community Investment Committees during grant presentations this winter.

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Woman's Club annual sweet sale

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

The Woman's Club held its annual sweet sale December 17, 2022. Every year the women of the club work together to create a room full of delicious and beautiful Christmas gifts and goodies. The first recommendation from this author and photographer, be there when they open. Although the event went from 9 am to 2 pm. three-fourths had been sold by 10:30. Second recommendation: come with your sweet tooth.

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Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that its Board of Directors declared cash dividends of $0.15 per share on FCX's common stock payable on February 1, 2023, to shareholders of record as of January 13, 2023. The declaration includes a base dividend of $0.075 per share and variable dividend of $0.075 per share in accordance with FCX's performance-based payout framework. The payment of dividends is at the discretion of the Board, which will consider FCX's financial results, cash requirements, global economic conditions and other factors it deems relevant.

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Wreaths Across America Fort Bayard 121722

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a chilly, but sunny morning at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, more than 100 people attended the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which takes place in national cemeteries across the country on the same day, this year on Dec. 17, 2022.

Dr. John Bell served as emcee and gave a welcome, noting that in the first year that Wreaths Across America took place at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery, in 2009, seven wreaths were laid. In 2010, the number had grown to 35 and by 2012, 545. Organizer Mary Cowan asked: "Wouldn't it be nice to see a wreath on every marker?" And the challenge was on. By 2017, all 3,824 markers had a wreath. For the past five years, every year, Grant Countians come through with sponsorships of wreaths to lay on every marker. This year, 2022, the total is 4,710 markers with wreaths."

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