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Grant County Sheriff’s Department Blotter – June 23 - June 25, 2017

June 28, 2017 Local News Releases
Friday, June 23 BurglaryBear Mountain RoadAdult male broke into his house and caller has him detained in the back of his truck and is driving to phone service. Deputy advised following caller back to his residence/one male in custody. Welfare checkRio de Arenas RoadCaller advised that an approximately 12-year-old autistic child was crying, appeared to be full of dirt, and left running toward the…

New GRMC CEO, Taffy Arias, talks about her leadership style

By Mary Alice Murphy

Taffy Arias said her new job as Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer is a challenge. "Certain people want life to go on the same way forever and ever, and they're happy that way. I'm one of those who want to make things better and bring meaning to one's life. Whatever we exchange a minute of our life for has to be of value."

"There is no greater honor to me than to bring improvements to healthcare," she said. "We aren't talking about a business, but you are talking about people's lives, human beings. It is no greater honor than to serve human beings in the world and to make their lives better."

 

She said when patients come into the hospital they are scared and so are their family members. "They don't know how their lives will be changed or even if they will go back home. They don't know what financial liability they face. Our obligation as health care workers is to ease that for them, no matter the problem. That's a huge responsibility.

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Grant County 4-H Excels at District Contest

Once again Grant County 4-H has done very well at the annual District Contest. Novice and Junior age division members competed against other 4-H members in the southwest region at the District competition held in Socorro, NM. Members must qualify through an elimination county contest where only the best in each contest move on to district. In order to compete in all 4-H activities members must maintain good standing within their individual clubs by attending meetings, completing community service and giving demonstrations or illustrated talks in their clubs. Read more...

Water temporarily unavailable at Dipping Vat Campground

Reserve, NM, June 28, 2017—There has been a waterline break at the Dipping Vat Campground. Staff are currently working to locate the leak and repair it, but do not anticipate having water available before the 4th of July.

Please bring water with you both for drinking and for putting out your campfires. Remember to be safe, take your trash with you when you leave, leave the campsite better than when you got there and have a safe and happy 4th.

For updated information on this campground, please call the Reserve Ranger District at 575.533.6232.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila 

Copperas Fire 062817

Location: 1 mile southwest of Copperas Mountain, Gila Wilderness, Wilderness Ranger District

Start Date: June 27, 2017 Size: 10 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Heavy fuels including large grass component, mostly ponderosa pine with an oak component.

Resources: 9 person Wilderness hand crew, 3 helitack members

Containment: 0%

Summary: The Copperas Fire is burning west of NM State Highway 15 and south of the Clinton P. Anderson Scenic Overlook on the Gila National Forest in the Gila Wilderness. The weather predictions for the next few days include hotter and drier conditions, with a possibility for a small surge in moisture going into the weekend and early next week. Read more...

Representative Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez receives Chairmanship, interim committee assignments

Representative Martinez named Co-Chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs interim committee, and voting member of the Water & Natural Resources interim committee.

Las Cruces – After the adjournment of the special session in Santa Fe, legislators are quickly getting back to work as interim committee assignments have been announced. Despite the Governor’s attempt to line item veto the legislative body, interim committees will begin organizing and meeting in late June and into July. Representative Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez (D-39) has been named Co- Chair of the Military & Veteran’s Affairs interim committee, which will be used as an opportunity to shape legislation and better understand the needs of Veterans and military personnel around the State. As a Vietnam Veteran, Martinez takes these duties seriously. Read more...

Final air quality reports 062817


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Round Fire – June 28, 2017 @ 0900

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017 Size: 7,269 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 89

Containment: 10% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

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