[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part series of articles on this meeting. It addresses public comment and old business agenda items.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity roll call, approval of agenda and minutes, public comment was presented at the Monday, March 5, 2018 monthly meeting.
Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition and Gila Resource Information Project executive director, said: "Public discourse over the Gila Diversion has taken an ugly turn… with name calling, accusations of a sexual nature and personal attacks. I sincerely hope we can get back on the path of civil discourse." She gave a definition of civil discourse from the National Institute of Civil Discourse, as the free and respectful exchange of different ideas. "It doesn't mean we have to agree, but it means we can disagree respectfully We all want to secure a sustainable water supply for southwest New Mexico for the benefit of our communities and future generations."
By Roger Lanse
Several roadside fires flared up on Monday, Feb. 26, scattered along the east side of Highway 15 between Silver City and Pinos Altos. According to Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert, at three of the estimated six ignition points, bits of tissue or other flammable paper were discovered. Lambert also told the Beat they received a citizen's report that a vehicle was seen throwing burning paper out the window in the area.
The Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire and Rescue assisted, and the Whiskey Creek VFR was put on standby, Lambert said. "The response time was incredibly short for SCFD's Station 2 and PAVFR."
In Santa Clara, Mayor Richard Bauch, who was unopposed, garnered 104 votes.
For Trustee, Harry "Rocky" Hildebrand received 76 votes; Olga Amador, 106; and Thomas Caddell, 54. The top two vote-getters will serve as Trustees.
In Bayard, unopposed candidate for mayor, Chon Fierro received 230 votes. In the order the candidates for City Council were named on the ballot, Eloy H. Medina received 144; Steven J. Jimenez, 30; Raul D. Villanueva, 154; Frances L. Gonzales, 105; and Thomas James Muniz, 61. The top two vote-getters will serve as councilors.
Bayard, NM - On March 5, 2018 the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau investigated threats made by a student towards a teacher at Snell Middle School in Bayard.
The initial investigation determined that a fourteen-year-old male student at the school posted a video message on his social media threatening a teacher. The threat indicated the student would commit acts of violence against the teacher if his grade was not raised.
A boy who receives Early Childhood Education in Western New Mexico University’s Child Development Center and Growing Tree programs, which were recently given five stars and ranked in the nation’s top tier.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children Put WNMU’s Early Learning Programs in the Top Tier
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