By Hallie Richwine
The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.
Aubrey Dunn, New Mexico State Land Commissioner, presented to the Board. Eighty-four percent of funds generated from the New Mexico State Land Office goes to the public schools. Nine million acres of surface estate and thirteen million mineral acres are held in trust for public schools, special schools, universities, hospitals, correctional facilities, water conservation projects, and public building construction and repair. Dunn informed the Board that gas and oil provide the main sources of revenue and that wind and solar only generate a fraction of that wealth. The maintenance fund uses about 1% (approximately 1 million dollars) for restoration and remediation,. Patrick Cohn asked how this affects the state when mining is the main economic driver. Dunn said that there is a local gravel pit located on state land, and some of the mine, too, put royalties go into the State Land Office fund, which in turn goes to the schools.The State Land Office holds a contest each year to design a bookmark. The contest is open to all New Mexico fourth-grade students and entries are due by October 14, 2017. Five categories with one winner being chosen fr
[Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Two more items under new business in the Grant County Commission's combination work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, took up some time and will be covered in this article.
The first took little time. County Manager Charlene Webb asked that some items from the Road Department be approved for removal from inventory to be slated for auction. "They include a Suburban and a trailer to be auctioned. Santa Clara has asked for the side mower." The inventory removal was approved.
[Editor's Note: This is the third in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After public input and the public hearing that took almost two hours of the meeting, the agenda became the focus of discussion and approval.
County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the Expenditure Report for approval.
For the period ending 9/11/2017, expenditures totaled $3,368,362.27. They included three pay periods—16, 17, and 18— for an amount of $616,493.72.
Las Cruces, NM- On 09/20/2017, the South West Investigative Fugitive Taskforce (SWIFT) was looking for one of the most recent additions to the New Mexico’s United States Marshals Most Wanted list. Jorge Ramos (25) was wanted by the NM Department of Corrections for absconding and fleeing law enforcement officers by cutting off his ankle monitor and fleeing from officers. Ramos was spotted in Las Cruces at the Comfort Inn near South Valley and La Posada by several passersby that noticed the fugitive with the easy to spot tattoo was hanging out in the parking lot.
SWIFT members consisting of the Security Threat Investigative Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Marshals Service were advised of this information and moved in on the area. As his history states, fugitive Ramos was spooked and the chase was on. Ramos ran South on Valley, then onto University when he attempted to climb the steep hill up to Interstate 10 in an attempt to lose law enforcement, but was immediately surrounded from all sides and too tired to put up any kind of a fight. Ramos was placed under arrest and was transported to the hospital for not being able to catch his breath. He was then booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Facility without further incident.
[Editor's Note: This is the second in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The Grant County Commission at its combination work session and regular meeting on Sept. 19, 2017, addressed a long agenda, including a public hearing and working through the proposed ordinance to approve the use of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) on county paved roads.
During the hearing, Louise Hummingbird, said she is concerned about the proposed ordinance for ATVs to be used on public roads. "They drink a lot of beer, go out into nature and tear up a lot of country, and they stress out wildlife."
She said insurance statistics show they have a higher rate of accidents than other vehicles, because of drunkenness.
Phoenix, AZ (September 21, 2017) — For the fifth consecutive year, Freeport-McMoRan has been named to the Civic 50 list of most community-minded companies in the U.S., and for the second consecutive year was named the top company in the materials sector. This marks the company as one of 15 U.S. companies who have been named to this list for five years in a row.
The Civic 50 is conducted by the Points of Light Corporate Institute, a resource for companies looking to build and expand effective community engagement programs. The national survey and ranking initiative, developed through partnership with researchers and community as well as industry thought leaders, sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The initiative reflects leading insight about how corporations can connect with communities in a twenty-first century economy.
The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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