Letters to Editor

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The Upper Gila Arroyos Watershed District (UGAWD) is one of those things Cliff and Gila residents depend on but forget it is even there. The Gila Valley is a picturesque farming community, with strong property values and is rapidly becoming a bedroom community to Silver City. The Gila Valley is a livable place partly due to the Watershed District.

Between 1958 and 1964 twelve flood control structures were built in side canyons entering the valley. These dams protect two state highways, three irrigation ditches and numerous farms. The quality of water entering the Gila River is much improved because the sediments carried by the flood water settles out behind the dams. New Mexico’s soil is retained in the watershed and does not go to Arizona in the form of muddy water.

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The Finale for Cobre's 1959 60th Cobre Reunion (The Milestone Class)

Brief background: After eight years of elementary classes and passed grades, you became a graduate with cap and gown and received your diploma. The diploma was your ticket to attend four more years at the newly constructed Cobre Consolidated High School to again get your ticket to attend Western New Mexico University. Many of us did and many left to other cities.

The unity of the not three (there was no Junior High then) but four years gained the rapport and the friendship, including with the teachers.

Silver City Golf Course Pod Cast

This is written to corrtect some of the facts given in the Silver City Golf Course pod cast.

The speaker says that no funds from WNMU were spent on the golf course when in fact $166,000 of University funds were expended on the course, not to mention support for the University such as accuonting, pay roll , human resourses, liability insurance ect.

A 60th Cobre High School reunion will take place Sept. 20-23, 2019. This reunion honors the first graduating class at Cobre Consolidated Schools that spent their entire high school career as Cobre Indians.

Organizers had planned for and hoped to spend 8-12 minutes during halftime at the Cobre-Deming High School football game to honor their 38 deceased classmates.

However, they have been told that they cannot hold such a ceremony because of New Mexico Activities Association rules that limit the amount of time for halftime. They have been told that they can hold it earlier in the parking lot in front of the high school where they will have no chairs to sit on.

WNMU Golf Course
Financial results July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Food, Beverage, Pro shop..$217,033.44
Golf Operations..$215,680.23
Total Income from Operations.. $432,713.67
Loss from Operations...$238,295.83

I recently learned that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has issued a removal order of a Mexican Gray Wolf currently on national forest lands in Arizona that includes killing the endangered species, if necessary. The reason? For allowing the wolf to live its natural life as a predator while not expecting owners of introduced species to provide protection for their own animals. The bare-bones facts are that a few private individuals are making personal profit on public lands and expect our tax dollars to support them when their non-native animals are victims of natural processes. Now, I love to garden and grow my own food. Why doesn’t the Forest Service allow individuals to conduct permaculture practices on public land and then reimburse us when rabbits and elk eat our carrots and cabbages? And I would also expect the FS to fence my garden and provide me with a well so I can sell food and make a living. There is no difference in this scenario; this is how the cattle industry is supported. So, let’s all join in on the bounty and garden on public land! And to top it off, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has actually killed and continues to kill endangered species to protect private profit. This is absurd, inexcusable, unconscionable, and morally wrong. Please contact your US Forest Service District Rangers and let them know we all want to profit on our public lands just as the ranching industry is successfully doing.

Carol Ann Fugagli
Silver City, NM



I want to report voter fraud in the case of the 2004, 2006, and 2008.

I voted via absentee in the 2004 and 2008 election, and I did not vote in the 2006 election. My vote was not noted in the 2004 and 2008 according to your webpage. And in 2006 I was living in Brandon, FL and didn't ask for an absentee ballot and didn't cast a ballot at Hurley elementary school.

These days, when it comes to health insurance, it seems that most people want to talk about the ups and downs of the national policy debate, or maybe the costs and requirements of purchasing a plan, rather than focusing on the positive side of our current health coverage situation. I have been serving on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, beWellnm, since 2013, and I can say unequivocally that guaranteed access to health insurance, regardless of pre-existing conditions, employment status, or income, has changed so many lives for the better.

This year, I learned of an elderly woman in Belen who served as a missionary overseas for her entire life, only to come back to the United States to find that she had Parkinson’s Disease. Unable to qualify for Medicare she felt helpless. It was only through beWellnm that she was able to take advantage of available subsidies and find an affordable plan that could help her pay for medical expenses.