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POLL: Food Tax Extremely Unpopular with New Mexicans

February 06, 2016 Non-Local News Releases
SANTA FE – A recently released poll conducted by Third Eye Strategies for the Center for Civic Policy shows that while New Mexicans are divided on many issues, they come together in opposition to imposing a new sales tax on food. Data from the poll shows that four-fifths (80%) of registered voters oppose taxing food and just 15% support it. When couched as part of a broader effort to lower the…

New GRMC CFO excited about opportunities for growth at the hospital

New GRMC CFO Michael Metts in the lobby of the hospital.

By Mary Alice Murphy

For www.grantcountybeat.com 

Chief Financial Officer Michael Metts started the job on Jan. 18, 2016.

"I arrived in Silver City the Friday before, so I could begin to get acquainted with the area," Metts said. "I was looking forward to coming to the hospital. When I interviewed I found that everybody is very interactive, so it was possible for me to get engaged quickly. I felt very welcomed at the hospital." Read more...

Forest Service proposes prescribed burn in Cameron Creek area

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(Map Courtesy of Gila National Forest)

By Mary Alice Murphy

For www.grantcountybeat.com

Personnel from the Gila National Forest held an informational meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Grant County Administration Center to talk about a proposed prescribed burn in the Cameron Creek area. Read more...

Shooting puts man in critical condition

On February 3, 2016, at about 12:25 am, officers from the Silver City Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2200 block of Cactus Street, in reference to a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found one person lying in the street. The male victim, 23 years of age, had been shot twice, once in the front upper left shoulder and once in the upper back just below the neck. The victim was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center and then flown out to an El Paso area hospital and is listed in critical condition. Read more...

New Mexico CAP Entity names executive director late in meeting

By Mary Alice Murphy

For www.grantcountybeat.com 

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity held its February 2016 meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Grant County Administration Center

No public comment was heard at the meeting.

Martha Cooper of The Nature Conservancy and alternate representative to the entity for the Upper Gila Irrigation Association presented a study of diversion structure options for the Cliff-Gila Valley, New Mexico.

"Some of its characteristics make the Gila River unique," Cooper said. "They include the variability in flows from 35,000 cubic feet per second to lows of 7 cfs. The low flows come in May and June after the snowmelt runoff is finished and before the monsoons arrive. These low flows are a period of stress for the ecosystem."


Legislators meet with Prospectors

Legislators representing Grant County meet on Wednesday, Feb. 3, with Prospectors. Grant County Day is an annual event at the legislative session in Santa Fe, where Prospectors advocate for interests in the county by meeting with New Mexico administrators and expressing county needs. From left are Rep. Dianne Hamilton, Rep. John Zimmerman, and Sen. Howie Morales. (Photo Courtesy of Priscilla Lucero)

Traffic light repair close, town official says

By Roger Lanse

According to Public Works Director Peter Peña, repair of the traffic light at the intersection of 14th Street and Silver Heights Blvd. will commence soon. Peña said that the Department of Transportation and the Town of Silver City have reached an agreement whereby the DOT will provide a new base, pole, mast arm and light, while the town will install the new structure.

The town contracted with Engineers Inc. for design and, according to Peña, DOT returned the approved design together with plans, scope of work, and cost estimates, to the town yesterday, Feb. 2. The design calls for moving the pole six feet east, closer to Sonic, hopefully preventing another collision. Read more...

SCPD investigating shooting on Feb. 2

The Silver City Police Department is investigating a shooting which occurred in the 1900 block of Trapper Rd. on Feburary 2, at about 7:53pm.

A white male, 36 years of age, died of a gunshot wound to the head. The preliminary investigations indicates the wound may have been self-inflicted. The body has been sent off to the OMI in Albuquerque for autopsy. The investigation is continuing into the incident.

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