US 180 fog sealing operations in Silver City

SILVER CITY – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One will begin Fog Sealing US 180 from milepost 115 (32nd Street) to 128 (east of Hurley) in Silver City.

Fog sealing is a single application of emulsified asphalt to an existing asphalt surface. This type of maintenance treatment can be a valuable aid to renew weathered (oxidized) asphalt surfaces and improve the surface appearance, seal minor cracks, surface voids, and inhibit unraveling. Most importantly, fog sealing helps preserve the underlying pavement structure allowing the roadway to last for many years to come.

On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, drivers can expect lane closures in both eastbound and westbound lanes. Use caution for workers and equipment in the area, reduced speed limits and flagging operations. Repairs are expected to take two weeks to complete, weather pending.

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Grant County Commission holds special meeting 032123 part 2

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the Grant County Commission special meeting held March 21, 2023. It begins with the presentations by those who applied to serve on thea Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Applications are still open to those interested in throwing their hat into the ring.)

By Mary Alice Murphy

After hearing public input and a presentation from the county's bond counsel, commissioners, at the March 21, 2023 special meeting heard from some of those who applied to serve on the Gila Regional Medical Center governing board. District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce noted that each applicant had five minutes to speak."

They spoke in alphabetical order of their last names. First up was Susan Beck. "I was pleased to submit my application. You've had a chance to review my application, and you also know me from my volunteer work to get out the information on the once-proposed extended air space area for pilot training. I'm now gearing up to volunteer information prior to the draft environmental impact statement this fall on three proposed extended areas for pilot training out of Arizona."

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Clarification: No residents or campers supported the Gila National Forest plan to close the Grapevine Campground at public meeting 032123

[Editor's Note: Thanks to Allen Campbell, Gila Hotsprings resident, for writing up this report]

A public meeting on March 21, 2023, concerning the Gila National Forest's proposal to close Grapevine Campground on the East Fork of the Gila River near Gila Hotsprings. The meeting took place at Doc Campbell's Post, starting at 1:00 pm. The weather was cold and windy, so everyone gathered inside the store. With about 45 people present, many were standing, as the seating was limited. Most of the Hotsprings residents and all the businesses were present. About as many interested individuals who were not Hotsprings residents, who were current or past campers, attended the session. Many had used the Grapevine Campground in the past and felt strongly about the proposed closure.

Henry Provencio, the Wilderness District Ranger, opened the meeting, explaining why the USFS was considering closing the Grapevine Campground permanently. The only reason he gave for closing the Grapevine Campground was due to compliance with Executive Orders 11988 and 13690. He explained that these orders precluded any "federally funded projects (that) is at the 1-percent-annual-chance flood elevation and corresponding horizontal floodplain for nonessential action."

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Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock  032223

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 May 1, 2023, to shareholders of record as of April 14, 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.

FREEPORT: Foremost in Copper

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