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ec354504 5f66 476e 9afa 9a2ba9fc1628Photo Credit Tom MaxfeldtMarch 28, 2018 (Silver City, NM) – Amateur racer Dermot Kealey is almost 5,000 miles away from home, but he’s all smiles when he takes the Tour of the Gila start line for the ninth time in his cycling career. An Irish native, Kealey has won the demanding stage race in 2015 and 2017, but it isn’t just the red jersey that keeps him coming back to New Mexico.

“I love Silver City. I love Jack Brennan, he’s just amazing. I love the Javalina Coffee Shop,” said Kealey, who races for the Finchley Racing Team. “This is my second home here. I know everyone in this town. It’s just a great, friendly place to be. It’s unique and bohemian and genuine.”

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Joseph Trujillo, who manages Fort Bayard National Cemetery, served as moderator.

He introduced the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 358 Color Guard, who posted the colors.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Wednesday morning at Gough Park, members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 358 raised new flags on the poles at Gough Park.

Town Councilor José Ray Jr. said Silver City donated the American flag, the New Mexico flag and installed lights so the flags can fly 24 hours a day.

Photos and article by Roger Lanse

img 2247Mayor Ken Ladner proclaimed April 2018 as Fair Housing Month. Left to right, Kim Clark, Executive Director Silver City Regional Association of Realtors; Ladner; Cissy McAndrew, President, SCRAR; and Priscilla Lucero, Executive Director Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments.

Jackie Blurton of the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society, and residents Carol Fugagli, Indigo Quinn, and Chris Overlock encouraged council to add more protection to San Vicente Creek, especially the lower part, where open gates and ATV damage are evident. Citing the attractiveness of the trail system along the creek within the town limits as a draw for tourists and residents alike, the four speakers applauded what the town has done so far to protect the waterway. However, they said more work needs to be done.

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 May 1, 2018 to holders of record as of April 13, 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.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Special Meeting took place Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Richard Maynes, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mayor Ed Stevens attended.

First on the agenda was the appointment of the vacant council position. “We have four candidates and that is a wonderful thing for the town of Hurley. Everyone should be congratulated, and we appreciate it,” said Stevens.

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, March 26, 2018, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. All board members attended with the exception of Gabriel Holguin.

No action was taken during the executive session and the only unfinished business was the 2018-2019 calendar.

Joyce Barela represented the calendar committee and reported their findings to the board. Two final calendars were taken back to the respective campuses and 78% of the responses were for Calendar B. San Lorenzo preferred Calendar A and the high school deferred their vote because the difference, the summer program, did not affect them. The difference concerns when the K-Plus program starts and ends. Calendar B allows more time between the end of school and the beginning of summer school, and fewer days at the end of the summer program before the fall semester begins.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on March 26, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria and Eloy Medina, Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva, and Mayor Chon Fierro attended.

Councilors heard from David Wilguess regarding the road conditions on North East, North Foy, and Alta Vista. Wilguess said the roads are dangerous and too narrow. They were graded in the past but now they are only easily passable by four-wheel drive vehicles. Drainage issues complicate any easy fixes. Wilguess said an ambulance has gotten stuck before and he believes a fire truck would not be able to get through either. Wilguess would like the council to see if anything can be done to repair the roads. Council received a petition from property owners and residents.

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