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mou signing rsPictured at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Western New Mexico University and the Bemba tribe of Zambia are (left to right) Western New Mexico University Chairperson Jerry Walz, His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez and Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard.Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard and His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, the king of Zambia's largest ethnic group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of exploring the possibility of bringing higher education opportunities to the Bemba people both online and in face-to-face classes.

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced H.R. 5721, The Village of Santa Clara Conveyance Act of 2018, to allow for the Village of Santa Clara to acquire land that was previously considered the Fort Bayard Military Reservation but was not included in the 1972 land transfer to the National Forest System.
"I'm pleased to introduce this bill today to help the Village of Santa Clara create a more prosperous future for the surrounding community. This land transfer will not only bring greater economic opportunities to the Village, but will create value for land that was otherwise locked up without any purpose. This means more businesses will be able to open up shop, increasing revenues and creating jobs for the local community. With this bill, the Village of Santa Clara will be granted a voice in the future management of these lands to protect and promote the priorities of the community," stated Rep. Pearce.

By Roger Lanse

Tuesday, May 8, the three Democrat candidates running for the Lt. Governor nomination in the June 5, primary, Billy Garrett, Howie Morales and Rick Meira, participated in a public forum at the Bayard Community Center sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. The candidates gave opening and closing statements and fielded questions from the audience and SCDPI.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At the monthly meeting of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cook, Community Development Manager for Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. handed out checks to Community Investment Fund grant recipients. The non-profit organizations received a total of $375,000 at the luncheon.

king of zambia rsHis Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, who is scheduled to meet with Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard on Wednesday, May 9.
Photo by Kalebalika Mukuka[CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons.
Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard will meet with His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, the king of Zambia's largest ethnic group, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Albuquerque.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity held on May 3, 2018, three people attended by telephone, including the CAP Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez, who was attending a workshop.

Ron Troy, who described himself as a Grant County resident, gave public input. "I've been hearing the term new water. I don't believe it's new water in an over-adjudicated basin. If you impound it or extend the time you hold it, you are hurting someone downstream. You will be doing the same thing. I believe you will be in litigation over this water. This area is rich in threatened and endangered species. You will give this water to young farmers at such high dollars that the young farmers will never be able to compete with municipalities."

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 7, 2018—The Black Range Ranger District began the Area 74 Prescribed Burn today. At 11:30 MDT test ignitions were successful and the burn is in progress.

Today’s plan includes planned ignitions on approximately 1,200 acres protecting values in the area such as power lines, phone lines, and archaeological sites, and private lands. The Black Range Ranger District has a long history of burning in the spring, and this will be a second entry for Units 9 and 10.

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