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By Pep Parotti

The game that stunned U.C.L.A.

By anyone’s measure, it must have been a long trip home. But when the New Mexico State Teachers College (now WNMU) Mustang hoopsters returned to Silver City from their hugely successful West Coast tour on January 3, 1940, they must have been a supremely happy group of young men. In a matter of two weeks during the Christmas season, including jaunts into Texas and Arizona, they had defeated their opponents seven times losing only one match to the Texas Miners by two points. Along the way, in addition to the game they had taken from the Miners, the Mustangs had twice defeated the West Texas State Buffaloes, twice defeated the Arizona State Teachers College (NAU) Lumberjacks, and snatched a stunning come from behind December 29 victory from Loyola of Los Angeles, one of the four best teams on the West Coast; Eddy Page and Willis Smiley’s skills had put the Mustangs over the top 45-40 in the game’s last six minutes.

By Roger Lanse

According to an official source, an unresponsive 46-year-old man with a Silver City address was found by a city worker lying on the ground near the Gough Park Pavilion at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Cause of death will await the results of an autopsy. However it appears the man may have died from exposure as he was not dressed for cold weather wearing thin athletic pants, T–shirt, and a light jacket, the source said.

The man was transported by EMS personnel to Gila Regional Medical Center ER, where unsuccessful attempts were made to resuscitate him, the source stated.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This author stayed only for the informational part of the meeting.]

Lt. Jonathan Robinson from public affairs at Holloman Air Force Base made announcements. He requested that audience members not applaud or make comments when speakers were talking, plus other items of information for attendees.

The session opened with a video. The sound was not very loud and audience members complained they couldn't hear, but the volume was as high as it would go.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc., on Dec. 4, 2019, through its Community Investment Fund, awarded 12 grants totaling $450,000 to several groups for their projects.

Laura Phelps, strategic community development manager, emceed the event. She introduced Chad Fretz, Chino Mine general manager.

By Roger Lanse

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, a small semi with trailer transporting some form of medical equipment or waste overturned on Highway 180 near the Grant County Airport Road. The vehicle and trailer, from Estrategy, Inc. in Albuquerque, according to Lt. Delvin Castillo of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, flipped and landed on the east shoulder of the roadway. The company performs medical waste collecting, treatment, and disposal, according to their website. Cause of the accident was speed and inattention, Castillo stated.

The driver, Israel Rodriguez-Venegas, 25, of Albuquerque, was shaken but sustained only minor injuries. Originally, Native Air was placed on standby but was not needed.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The evening of December 5, 2019, New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Cabinet Secretary Judy Griego, who has been in the position since January, visited the American Legion Post 18 Hall for a veterans' town hall.

"I took a good look at the department," Griego said. "In spite of the 60-day session, within three months I found that first, we weren't doing enough for veterans. Second, I discovered we have a dedicated staff, most of whom are veterans themselves. They're doing it to make a difference for veterans. And third, the size of the department is small. We have 59 people to cover 33 counties. We have personnel to cover public relations, support staff and auditors. We have only 17 veteran service officers throughout the state to work with the 157,000 veterans we have in New Mexico. My funding comes from the Legislature, and I have to show them where I spend it. Fifty-nine people does not do justice for our veterans. I want to hear some recommendations from you."

rebecca dowBy Mary Alice Murphy

"I am keenly aware of how government regulations impact businesses with the processes they have to go through," New Mexico District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow told Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce members and guests at the monthly luncheon on Dec. 5, 2019.

Dow said when legislators pass policy, businesses are not always made aware of the costs. "There is a major divide between rural and urban businesses. I am starting a rural caucus in the House to address rural issues. I can tell you that the House Education Bill that passed last session, I am one of eight on the committee, created items that benefit Albuquerque schools, but negatively impact rural schools."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On the traditional busy Christmas shopping day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, shops and galleries in downtown Silver City welcomed shoppers and visitors to view their wares,

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