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By Mary Alice Murphy

A letter from Timothy R. Petty, Ph.D., assistant Secretary for Water and Science, sent on Dec. 20, 2019 to New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez replied to letters sent by the entity to the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Secretary. The first letter was dated Aug. 20, 2019 and the others sent Sept. 17 and Oct. 30, 2019. They, as well as information provided in the Oct. 24 meeting in Washington, D.C. requested the extension of the funding deadline described in the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004. That deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.

The letter to Gutierrez states that the Department of the Interior is committed to supporting the management and development of water supplies critical to communities, farms and the environment.

Photos Courtesy of Shirley Wiegel of the village of Santa Clara

The village of Santa Clara held its annual Christmas Lighted Parade on Dec. 14, 2019. The parade traveled from Fort Bayard Medical Center, where residents had the opportunity to see the floats and individual entries. It traveled across U.S. 180 into the village and traveled down Bayard Street. The photos shown are examples of the floats that took part in the parade. The final float gave tribute to the recently deceased Harry "Rocky" HIldebrand, who always served as Santa Claus for the parade, and as a two-term trustee and a reliable volunteer selflessly offered so much for the village and its residents.

Article and photo by Roger Lanse

new dare vehicleNew GCSO DARE vehicle; from left are Undersheriff Jess Watson, Dep. Jade Benavidez, Sheriff Frank Gomez, and Det. Jason Jordan. Sgt. Manny Maldonado, coordinator of the GCSO’s DARE program, was on night shift, so was not available for the photo.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office took ownership of a brand-new 2020 Chevrolet 4x4 pickup to help in their fight against substance abuse. The vehicle will serve dual purposes, according to Sheriff Frank Gomez, as both a patrol vehicle and in their DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The artwork on the sides of the new vehicle was done by J&J Signs in Silver City.

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at about 3:22 p.m., a Silver City police officer was dispatched to 617 34th Street, regarding a domestic violence call, being advised that a male and a female were fighting outside the residence and that the male may be in possession of a firearm.

According to a SCPD incident report, when the officer arrived, a female was seen standing on the sidewalk yelling toward a male, Lorenzo Berardo Cuhen-Resendiz, 34, of the address, who was standing on the front porch. The officer asked Resendiz where the firearm was and according to the report, he stated he did not have a firearm on him but did have firearms inside. When the officer attempted to search Resendiz for weapons, Resendiz refused, saying, “No, I’m not getting arrested,” went back on the porch and placed his hands behind him where they were not visible to the officer.

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a quick opening to a special meeting on Dec. 18, 2019, the Grant County Commission went into executive session for about 45 minutes, then came back into open session and approved the contract renewal amended version 7 for County Manager Charlene Webb.

Commissioners' reports followed.

District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards said she had two items to address.

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

This year W and N Enterprises, owned by Jim and Debbie Nennich, hoisted its annual dinner to thank the community for patronage of their establishments, which include the Food Baskets in Silver City and Bayard, the Snappy Marts, Wranglers Restaurant, and The Beverage Company.

GRMC held its Light Up a Life on Dec. 4, 2019

Courtesy Photos

On Dec. 4, 2019, Gila Regional Medical Center held its annual Light Up a Life event to honor the deceased members of the community. Residents added photos of their loved ones to a lattice wall, lit by white lights. Located near the front entrance, the ceremony included music, prayer, poems and a keynote speaker, who this year was Dr. Donald Stinar.

Chris McIntosh organizes the event each year, and participants also light candles in memory of their loved departed friends and family.

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 February 3, 2020 to holders of record as of January 15, 2020 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 one of the world's largest publicly traded copper producers.

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