PNM hands out energy-saving awards at Chamber of Commerce meeting 040722

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular monthly meeting of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Ashburn of PNM, presented awards to several businesses in Grant County. He noted that the total savings from these grants and awards is $1.088 million.

The first award went to the Food Mart, owned by W&N Enterprises. Owners Jim and Debbie Nennich accepted the award. Ashburn said the project saves the company 65,351 kilowatt hours, which is enough energy to power 10 homes, keeps 3.6 million tons of carbon out of the atmosphere and saves 21,435 gallons of water.

Ashburn presented the next award to Western New Mexico University, which he described as being at the forefront of renewable energy in Grant County. Kevin Matthes and Joe Holguin accepted the award. Because the university has also done a PNM retrofit of lights, the projects will save 154,534 kWh, enough to power 23 homes, prevent putting 86 metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere and will save 50,687 gallons of water.

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East Fire, Mimbres update 042322


Saturday, April 23, 2022

10:00 a.m.

Location of Origin: North of Mimbres, NM near the Gila National Forest
Start date: April 22, 2022 – 4:07 p.m. MST
Size: Approximately 100 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: 53 personnel

Closures: None

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Pedestrian injured in front of police station

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2022, at about 9:10 p.m., a Silver City Police Department officer received information that two males were walking in the middle of the road on Hudson Street in front of the New Mexico Gas Company. Arriving at the scene, the officer, according to an SCPD incident report narrative, observed a male, later identified as Irvan Flores, 33, of Silver City, lying face down on the pavement, his right cheek in a pool of blood. It appeared that Flores had also suffered an injury to his lower abdomen. EMS arrived on scene and began to treat Flores.

At this time, the officer contacted the victim's brother, Lorenzo Flores, who stated, according to the narrative, "What a f*****g idiot, why did he do that?" Lorenzo Flores stated that Irvan wanted to be hit by a vehicle because he was "acting stupid," and that Irvan began making suicidal statements during their walk.

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East Fire - Mimbres 042222

Wildfire Information

Incident Name: East Fire

Start Date & Time: 04/22/22 @ 1620

Start Location: Mimbres, near HWY 35 in East Canyon, Grant County
Latitude: 32 54 19.8

Longitude: 108 00 04.3

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

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NM Tourism Department visits Silver City 040722

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: I did not record the event, so if I inadvertently left anyone's name off, I apologize.]

Silver City MainStreet Project Executive Director Charmeine Wait introduced New Mexico Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary Antoinette Vigil at meeting with community residents at the Murray Hotel Ballroom on Thursday, March 7, 2022.

Vigil said the group had been in Truth or Consequences the day before. She introduced Edward Graves, who is the publisher of New Mexico Magazine; Taylor Lawrence, who does marketing and communications; Nicole Baker, media and events; Lancing Adams, tourism development director; and Holly Kelley, business development.

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports First-Quarter 2022 Results

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports First-Quarter 2022 Results

Freeport-McMoRan Publishes 2021 Annual Report on Sustainability

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Publishes 2021 Annual Report on Sustainability

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today announced the publication of its 2021 Annual Report on Sustainability detailing its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance during the year. FCX has a long history of robust ESG programs and is continuously striving to embrace evolving stakeholder expectations and best practices. This report marks FCX's 21st year of reporting on its sustainability progress.

Richard C. Adkerson, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer said: "In order to position our company to meet the rising demand of copper in a responsible and sustainable manner, we have been working to further elevate and embed our ESG strategy and commitments into the decision-making that drives our business. Our approach is underpinned by the recognition that our work and the products we produce are positively contributing to progress around the world. Our ESG strategy and ambition are simple. We are: Accelerating the Future, Responsibly. This is a clear recognition that as the global energy system continues to evolve, FCX has a vital role to play in progressing a low-carbon future."

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NMDOT prepares for annual Tour of the Gila Bicycle Race

Motorists should expect various road closures and delays

 SILVER CITY - The Annual Tour of the Gila Bicycle Race begins Wednesday, April 27, 2022, running through Sunday, May 1, 2022. Law enforcement agencies will provide traffic control as racers travel through various routes.

Law enforcement will be stationed on NM 90, US 180, NM 152, NM 15, and NM 35 to secure the safety of bicyclists, spectators and motorists. For more race information, visit the Tour of the Gila website at or contact Jack Brennan at (575) 388-3222.

Motorists may encounter intermittent closures. Please expect delays.

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022, Mogollon Race: Begins on US 180 at Gough Park to NM 211 finishing at NM 159 milepost 6.7. from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in both directions with a rolling road closure.

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