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On October 5, 2019, Western New Mexico University celebrated its homecoming with a parade. Several alumni who had received awards, including induction into the halls of Fame,  rode in the parade.

ALBUQUERQUE, October 23, 2019 - Today, the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. In September, USDA Forest Service received an order from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona stating that the agency’s “timber management” actions must cease on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. On October 21, 2019, the plaintiff and the Forest Service submitted a stipulation to modify the injunction for certain activities.

By Roger Lanse

Retired Air Force Colonel Susan Beck told the Silver City Town Council at its Oct. 22, 2019 meeting that a draft environmental assessment (EA) is being prepared for a personnel recovery training program out of Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. These training flights, Beck said, are to prepare flight crews to recover military personnel who have gone down or are trapped behind enemy lines.

Four southwestern states are involved in this training proposal; Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico, Beck stated. In New Mexico, the White Sands Missile Range, the Melrose Range near Clovis, and several locations in the western and southern portions of the state have been selected for these exercises. Beck said this training would be over forested land, including wilderness areas. Aircraft to be deployed would be A-10s, C-130s, helicopters, and F-16s and F-15s. “Training will include small groups of people, and aircraft, and ground forces as well as medium forces and large forces,” Beck stated, “And training sites are chosen in consultation with the appropriate land managers. It’s not something that the Air Force just does. They consult and get agreement to use the land each time -- it’s not a blanket agreement.”

Photographs by Sandra MIchaud

About 40 people attended the reception for photographer Don Bartletti at the McCray Gallery Friday evening. The exhibit is part of the “Borders. Past, Present and Future” show, one of the features of the Southwest Festival of the Printed Word. Bartlletti’s introduction to the exhibit said, “Over a period of three months I rode 12 freight trains for 900 miles in Mexico. I crossed rivers at both ends of the country. I was threatened with a machete by a Mara Salvatrucha gangster in southern Mexico. I was robbed of all my gear in central Mexico. I shot about 300 rolls of color film…”

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To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Third-Quarter and Nine-Month 2019 Results


Net loss attributable to common stock totaled $131 million, $0.09 per share, in third-quarter 2019. After adjusting for net charges of $123 million, $0.08 per share, third-quarter 2019 adjusted net loss attributable to common stock totaled $8 million, $0.01 per share.
Consolidated sales totaled 795 million pounds of copper, 243 thousand ounces of gold and 22 million pounds of molybdenum in third-quarter 2019. Consolidated production totaled 864 million pounds of copper and 333 thousand ounces of gold in third-quarter 2019.

Photos by Frank Kenney

As Kenny says: "So, these guys are all elders either by age and/or skill levels, and they frequent the Baird Arena in Cliff....most come from this area, one from Duncan, and one from Animas." He also noted this album has been very popular on his Facebook page. 

By Etta Pettijohn

An agreement has been reached between WildEarth Guardians and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in a lawsuit filed over the Mexican spotted owl, which would allow prescribed burns and commercial wood gathering to presume in New Mexico national forests.

The stipulated agreement still needs a judge’s approval. It would also allow the cutting of personal Christmas trees and the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from the Carson National Forest.

A U.S. judge recently halted tree-cutting activities on 18,750 square miles in the Southwest national forests until federal agencies can get a better monitor the population of a threatened owl.

By Taysha Walter

The Cobre School Board Forum was held on October 10, 2019 and moderated by Matthew Runnels. Runnels along with C.P. Thompson of the Silver City Daily Press took turns asking questions to the two candidates, Manuel Maldonado and incumbent candidate Frank Cordova.

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