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One of the requirements for students at Aldo Leopold Charter School is to do an internship at various local businesses or to work on one of six Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews. Thirty-five students worked on these crews and the remaining students learned various skills by working with mentors in careers such as information technology, physical therapy, elementary school education, engineering, veterinarian care, welding, and architecture. The interns gave presentations about their experiences in these various fields, and what they learned from their mentors. Here are a few of the students who interned in businesses around Silver City, with their presentations.

Silver School District directors prepare to name a replacement on the board for Justin Wecks, who recently resigned his position. Today, Friday, December 01, 2017, was the last day to place names and credentials for consideration. That deadline, according to Linda Hernandez, secretary to the superintendent, ended at 4:30. Then, other procedures governed the process, as stated earlier by the board.

According to the Hernandez report, Daniel Arrey and Nancy Stevens had applied recently and placed applications on file for the District 4 position. Today, four more applications were received. The applicants include Nicolas Bobo, S. Otto Khera, Seth Traeger and Michelle Diaz.

Melanie Alfaro, a math teacher at Deming Intermediate and New Mexico's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award recipient, addresses the assembly at her surprise notification.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This author is not an attorney, but has been covering the Arizona Water Settlements Act process since it was signed in late 2004].

The information contained in the letter and attachment is outdated, as it addresses allegations received in 2015, as well as ongoing allegations that have been settled and does not address the current status of projects by the New Mexico Central Arizona Project.

It is an issue between the state auditor's office and the Interstate Stream Commission, so it is expected that the ISC will provide a detailed response to this letter.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools. The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.

"We see our fair share of fraud, but it's especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from kids by an employee for personal use," stated State Auditor Tim Keller. "We appreciate the cooperation of the district and law enforcement in working with us to get to the bottom of these serious allegations."

The OSA will be forwarding the report with potential criminal violations, including fraud, larceny, embezzlement, forgery, and making or permitting a false public voucher to law enforcement and the District Attorney. The Deming Police and the Sixth Judicial District Attorney's Office were also previously made aware of potential violations when concerns were first raised.

The full report is available here: https://www.saonm.org/media/audits/7021__Deming_Public_Schools__Forensic_Consulting_Report_-_November_2017.pdf

The Office of the State Auditor helps government work better by providing transparency and accountability for government spending; informing policy choices; and tackling fraud, waste and abuse. OSA is an independently elected executive agency responsible for examining the use of public dollars in New Mexico.

By Roger Lanse

Mayor Ken Ladner, District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman Smith, and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano announced at the Tuesday, Nov. 28, Silver City Town Council meeting that they are planning to run for re-election in the March 6, 2018 municipal election.

Town Clerk Ann Mackie told the Beat that she never knows for certain who is going to be on the ballot until filing day, which is Jan. 9. “Sometimes candidates change their minds after announcing,” she said.

cloud rsWestern New Mexico University Foundation Director Jodi Edens-Crocker (far left), beside her husband Provost and Vice President W. Jack Crocker and WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard (third from right) accept the gift of "Cloud" from Pete Nebbia, pictured here with his wife Michelle. "Cloud" is a symbol of perseverance through the journey of life and all that WNMU offers our students, faculty, staff, community and region.Silver City, NM – Donors who contribute to the Western New Mexico University Foundation's new President's Society fund before the end of this fiscal year will get lifetime recognition as supporters and also help WNMU meet the needs of its students and faculty even in bleak economic times.

Individuals and Groups Invited to Help Carry Bones to Permanent Site

One Million Bones-THE PROJECT has arrived at Bear Mountain Lodge (60 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd.) in Silver City. On behalf of Western New Mexico University, the Town of Silver City, and Grant County, the Bear Mountain Lodge owners are thrilled to say Bear Mountain Lodge will be its permanent home.

Bear Mountain Lodge views One Million Bones as not only public art but also as a chance to make a small inroad into world peace. The installation will create a space for reflection and thought.

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