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By Lorie Hildebrand

The Bayard City Council met on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. The work session at 1:30 consisted of a review of the upcoming agenda for the regular meeting starting at 2 p.m. Clerk/Treasurer Kristina Ortiz updated the Council on the DOT Funds recently released throughout the State. Bayard did not receive funds this year for the projects submitted. “Our projects came out on the list just below the number of projects that were funded.”

She reported PNM is scheduled to inspect well sites #3 and #12 for electrical services.

 mayor ken ladner kyle marshall milo lambertSilver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert and Deputy Chief for Fire Prevention Kylle Marshall accept proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner declaring Oct. 6-12 as Fire Prevention week.By Roger Lanse

Town Manager Alex Brown told the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 meeting that the town has $250,000 in a previous award to build new restrooms and concession stand at Scott Park. The bid to complete this construction came in at $480,000, so more funding is needed, Brown said. He asked council to approve another loan agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority for $616,000, out of which $300,000, combined with the $250,000 on hand, should complete the concession stand-restroom project, with the remainder used to repair one of the baseball fields that has settled.

Council approved another loan agreement with the NMFA, in the amount of $544,000, to purchase a new fire truck and brush truck for the Silver City Fire Department.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today declared a cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on November 1, 2019 to holders of record as of October 15, 2019 for its common stock.

presentationSilver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert (center) received the Carl Joe Standerfer Meritorious Service Award recently at the annual New Mexico Fire and EMS Expo awards banquet in Socorro. The award was presented by Brad Brunson (left), deputy chief of training for the State Fire Marshals Office, and John Standerfer, retired state fire marshal and son of the award's namesake. Silver City-- Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert was awarded the Carl Joe Standerfer Meritorious Service Award recently in Socorro at the annual New Mexico Fire and EMS Expo awards banquet.  The award, given just six times since 2011, was created to honor a fire service leader whose career has demonstrated "an exemplary role in providing exceptional service to effect positive change, and who has made a significant impact on the fire service capability throughout the state of New Mexico."

"I'm honored to be recognized by my colleagues, said Lambert, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do work that I love, and to help improve fire services in New Mexico."

By Etta Pettijohn

People who depend on cutting firewood in the Gila National Forest for extra income, or for their livelihood, will not be able to do so in the near future, after a federal judge suspended all timber cutting in all of New Mexico’s national forests last week in response to a lawsuit by an environmental agency that routinely sues to stop any logging or thinning on federal lands.

U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins halted tree-cutting activities in all of New Mexico’s national forests and one in Arizona—essentially stalling for an undetermined time the thinning activities taking place to prevent massive forest fires like the Silver Fire, which burned almost 140,000 acres in the Gila in 2013, causing evacuation of Kingston and Hillsboro and later enhancing the severity of flooding that occurred the same year.
When asked if the injunction would include firewood cutting, Marta Call, public affairs officer for the Gila, said, “All timber management activities (referring to the order), so we have suspended issuance and implementation of fuelwood cutting permits.”

[Editor's Note: Because of the length of the meeting and the lateness of this article, as a result of severe allergy issues, this author will report the meeting in short bursts of synopses of each speaker's comments. It likely will be a multipart series of articles.)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners approved the regular meeting agenda of Sept. 12, 2019.

Photographer Frank Kenney took photos at the Grant County Fair Junior Rodeo held Sept. 21, 2019 at the Cliff Fairgrounds. 

The Baird Arena in Cliff held Cowboy Draw evening ropings every other Thursday during the season. The last one took place on Sept. 12, 2019. Photographer Frank Kenney often attended the events to chronicle them with his photographs. All photos by Frank Kenney

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