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Catron County, NM – On September 27, 2018 at around 3:50 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated an incident on US Highway 60 around mile post 5 where a pedestrian had been fatally struck by a vehicle.

The initial investigation indicates that for unknown reasons, Joseph Wayne Stewart (57) of Veguita, NM stopped his vehicle on the side of US 60, exited his vehicle and was standing in the middle of the west bound lane of US 60 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle traveling west on US 60. The vehicle that struck Stewart fled the area and did not report the incident. A passing motorist who later saw Stewart reported the incident.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces PT-FI Divestment Agreement with PT Inalum

 PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it has entered into a Divestment Agreement on previously agreed economic terms with the Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) (Inalum) in connection with Inalum’s acquisition of shares of PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI).

As previously reported, Inalum will acquire for cash consideration of $3.85 billion all of Rio Tinto's interests associated with its Joint Venture with PT-FI (Joint Venture), and 100 percent of FCX's interests in PT Indocopper Investama (PT-II), which owns 9.36 percent of PT-FI.

img 8277Silver City Police Department Officer Manny Jaure talks about enforcement.By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner began the program for the Pick It Up and Toss No Más kickoff held Sept. 25, 2018. "This is the introduction to our new initiative to clean up Silver City."

He noted that President Joseph Shepard at Western New Mexico University has been a great partner to the town of Silver City.

"Our program is not designed to take anything away from other programs that pick up litter," Ladner said. "This initiative is designed to be sustainable. Over the past six months, I've been involved with the monthly Monday with the Mayor meetings with citizens. Three ladies told me sternly: 'You must do something about the litter in our community. We want to help.'

cameringo 20180918 183103From left are District 39 candidate and incumbent Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez; District 38 candidates Karen Whitlock and incumbent Rebecca Dow; and Grant County Sheriff candidates Frank Gomez and Ray Tavizon. (Courtesy Photo)By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series of articles on the candidate forum on Sept. 18, 2018]

Two groups of candidates answered questions at the candidate forum hosted by the Grant County Prospectors and the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Western New Mexico University's Besse-Forward Global Resource Center Auditorium.

This article covers the second part of the forum, which featured candidates for Grant County sheriff, Republican Ray Tavizon and Democrat Frank Gomez; state representatives for District 38, incumbent Republican Rebecca Dow and her challenger Democrat Karen Whitlock: state representatives for District 39, Republican Lee Cotter (who did not attend) and incumbent Democrat Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez.

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, 2018 to holders of record as of October 15, 2018 for its common stock.

FCX is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer.

cameringo 20180918 170732From left are Commission District 2 candidates Javier "Harvey" Salas and Tyson "Ty" Bays; District 1 candidates Chris Ponce and Sheila Hudman; and 6th Judicial Court Judge candidates Tom Stewart and Will Perkins. At far right is moderator Bruce Ashburn. (Courtesy Photo)

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a two-part series of articles on the candidate forum on Sept. 18, 2018]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two groups of candidates answered questions at the candidate forum hosted by the Grant County Prospectors and the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Western New Mexico University's Besse-Forward Global Resource Center Auditorium.

The first group featured candidates for 6th Judicial District Judge, Republican Will Perkins and Democrat Tom Stewart; candidates for Commissioner District 1, Republican Sheila Hudman and Democrat Chris Ponce; candidates for Commissioner District 2, Republican Tyson "Ty" Bays and Democrat Javier "Harvey" Salas.

[Editor's Note: This is the second in a multi-part series of articles on the combined work session and regular meeting of the Grant County Commission on Sept. 18, 2018. Apologies for the lateness, but the week had several problems that had to be worked out—technical and personal.]

Photos and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners after hearing the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly update and public input, delved into the business of the meeting. They can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/46708-grant-county-commission-holds-combined-work-and-regular-session-091818-part-1.

The first item was the monthly expenditure report, as presented by County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez. The total expenditures for the month were $1,807,253.88 for the period ending Sept. 7, 2018. The total included two payroll periods totaling $414,184.62.

By Hallie Richwine

The Public Forum on Thursday, September 20 at WNMU’s Miller Library gave Democratic hopefuls the chance to speak out about the current state of education in New Mexico. Jamie Newton served as the moderator and the panelists included Phyllis McDonald of Lordsburg Municipal Schools; Barbara Pearlman, retired educator from the Truth or Consequences School District and 2011 Golden Apple recipient; Howie Morales, candidate for Lieutenant Governor; Karen Whitlock, candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives District 38; and Rudy Martinez, incumbent from District 39.

Morales was first to speak, “It is education that is the biggest concern, and it should be, because you can link economic development and you can link jobs and quality of life. Education is the heart of that.”

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