Vehicle crashes into apartment

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at about 5:38 p.m., a black 2007 Jeep SUV driven by Casey Finch, 19, of Sierra Vista, AZ, left Highway 152 near the one mile marker at a high rate of speed, careened through vegetation and a barbed-wire fence, and crashed into a bedroom of one of the apartments of the Manhattan Apartment complex.

According to a Santa Clara Police Department accident report, Finch fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle while going too fast for the rainy conditions. Airbags were deployed, the report said, and neither the driver nor a 22-year-old female in the front passenger seat were injured. An 18-year-old female rear seat passenger suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics from Gila Regional Medical Center. No one in the apartment reported any injuries.

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Homenaje a La Virgen de Guadalupe took place 121122

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Because the event, completely in Spanish, was being livestreamed at the Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center Theatre, no one was allowed to take photos. This photographer asked for permission to take photos before the event began. These few are the result.]

The Virgin Mary, according to Roman Catholic Church tradition, appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Christianity, in 1531on Tepeyac Hill (which is now a suburb of Mexico City) and asked that a shrine to her be built on the spot where the apparition occurred.

The bishop needed a sign before he would agree to construct a church there.

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Aldo Leopold Charter School holds internship showcase 120722

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Aldo Leopold held a showcase for all their students participating in various internships. The event took place at the school location on the WNMU campus in Ritch Hall located at 410 W. 10th Street. 

Aldo Leopold started with the premise that many students learn best by doing and having direct experience. The school developed out of the community wanting to provide a choice to the area’s students. The mission statement of the school, the human and natural environments serve as a text and lab for learning through direct experience, inquiry, and stewardship. 

The school also had three programs with the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC). YCC started during the depression in 1933 as a voluntary program. At that time the name had been Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The three programs run locally included the garden crew, mural crew, and Eco monitoring crew. Each one prepared a slide presentation of what they had done and how it had enriched them. 

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Cobre School Board meeting at Bayard Elementary 111422

1114221729aKiwanis Student of the Month Awards for October and Novembe: October- Keana Huerta -Senior (left); November Whitney Cuellar - Senior (right); Snell Middle School October Jacqueline Andrade (not pictured); and Snell November Esmiah Roybal (pictured front)

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated Schools held a board meeting November 14, 2022, at Bayard Elementary School. 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.

The host school, Bayard Elementary, gave the board a presentation from a few of the students. The students sang several songs to the board in Spanish. They also presented video reports from students highlighting Hispanic Heritage month and what it meant to them.

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Forest fuels treatment ongoing north on Little Walnut Road

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

This author went out with Gila National Forest Fire Prevention and Education Specialist Larry D. Smith and Fuels Planner Daniel London to visit the area where fuels treatment work is happening on the forest to break up the horizontal and vertical continuity of vegetation for protection against potential wildfire.

London cautioned that people recreating around the Cleveland Mine area should be careful if they hear machinery. They should stay far away from the machines if they are running, because "they are dangerous even when not chopping, and the machines can throw stuff."

He explained the specific treatment is a joint-chiefs project, with collaboration among the Gila National Forest (GNF), the state of New Mexico and the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "We put in a proposal and received three years of funding. The priorities include 1) vegetation condition in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and priority watersheds, 2) vegetation condition in high value wildlife habitats containing Mexican spotted owl, and 3) areas of degraded watershed and riparian condition. This specific fuels treatment focuses on the first priority, the WUI."

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Accident with injuries

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By Roger Lanse

According to the Silver City Police Department blotter, officers were called to an accident with injuries at the intersection of E. Highway 180 and Durango Street on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at about 12:41 p.m. The person reporting the accident advised the vehicle had hit a light pole and that children were in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Ricardo Medrano, stated that his 38-year-old wife had hit her face on the dash and was bleeding from her face. 

Western New Mexico University Celebrates Fall Graduates with Hybrid Ceremony

fall 120922 Western New Mexico University class of 2022 fall graduates were honored both on campus and virtually with a Friday afternoon hybrid ceremony.

Silver City, NM – This fall, 364 students earned degrees from Western New Mexico University, and the Mustang community celebrated their achievement through a hybrid commencement ceremony on Friday. Of the graduates who received diplomas from WNMU this fall, 229 chose to participate in Friday's graduation ceremony, with 169 walking across the Fine Arts Center Theatre stage and 60 participating over Zoom.

WNMU awarded 54 associate degrees, 157 bachelor's degrees, 136 master's degrees, 14 graduate certificates, 28 certificates and 2 fast track certificates.

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Toys for Tots distribution 121022

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Toys for Tots continues its commitment to bringing the joy of Christmas to the children of the Grant County community. Marine Corps Reserve units, the Marine Corps League 1328, and local campaigns across the country gather toys to hand out to less fortunate children.

At last count, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, when the distribution had just begun, 1541 children were signed up to receive toys. According to organizers Danna and Robert Lopez, this was at least 200 more than last year.

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