[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final one of a multi-part series of articles on the mine closure closeout plan hearing held at the Grant County Administration Center on July 24, 2019.This part concludes public comment.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After a short break, the public hearing officer Felicia Orth swore in the next four speakers, Gavin Clarkson, Rachel Valencia, Mary Huekel and Harry Browne, to give comment on the Mine Closure Closeout Plan on July 24, 2019. The hearing had been requested by Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP). Those in attendance included representatives of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, of which the Mining and Minerals Division is a part, and the New Mexico Environment Department, as well as presenters from Freeport and GRIP, who had spoken at the beginning of the hearing.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the mine closure closeout plan hearing held at the Grant County Administration Center on July 24, 2019.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Felicia Orth, hearing officer at the Mine Closure Closeout Plan hearing on July 24, 2019, gave the parameters for comments.
"The presentations were given to the audience, but for these public comments, we ask you to face me and the transcribing recorder," Orth said. "Because about 30 people have signed up to speak, we ask you to limit your comments to 2 to 3 minutes. I'll give you a sign at 2 minutes. We discourage cross-examination of commenters, but if you have a question, you may raise your hand. I may or may not call on you."
The first three speakers were sworn in—Mark Osborn, Sam Morales and Peter Wyman.
The lightning-caused Prairie Fire was reported on Thursday, August 1, and is approximately 1 acre, burning on National Forest System lands in Carton County, NM. This fire lies just east of the scenic overlook on US Hwy 180, seven miles south of Luna, NM. This fire is visible from US Hwy 180. With predicted weather, fire growth is expected to be minimal. The decision has been made to manage this fire and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. It is burning in ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper and oak.
Mining Closure Closeout Plan hearing held on July 24, 2019
[Editor's Note: This author was unable to attend the entire hearing because of other commitments, so this article is written from audio recordings of the event. That is the explanation of the late report, too, but it will be a multi-part series of articles and they will be comprehensive, if often paraphrased.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Felicia Orth, the hearing officer of the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division, part of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, led the hearing on a closure closeout plan for Chino Mine on July 24, 2019.
She noted that the plan is required to be updated every five years, but it has been 11 years since the last update.
The lightning-caused Adobe Fire, reported yesterday, is approximately 25-30 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, Sierra County, NM. This fire lies just east of the private property, Los Adobe Ranch; and three miles south of an El Paso Electric powerline. It is burning in grass and ponderosa pine. This fire is visible from Winston, NM. With predicted weather, values, fire growth potential a decision has been made to manage this fire and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape.
The lightning-caused Antelope Fire was reported today, is approximately 25 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, Sierra County, NM. This fire lies just east of Hermosa, NM, burning in grass and pinyon/juniper. This fire is being scouted for containment and suppression opportunities.
Financials are looking good.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 and the final of a two-part series of articles on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on July 26, 2019.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The recognitions and the Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias report, which consisted of director's reports can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/52405-grmc-board-of-trustees-hears-from-several-directors-during-ceo-report-072619
Chief Nursing Officer Rose Lopez said she is working with a lot of programs, in the community and in the hospital. "Our priority is recruitment, in collaboration with the WNMU (Western New Mexico University) Nursing Department. I have met with the instructors. We are their only exposure to clinical work. Twelve Level 3 students will be exposed to our hospital, and we will try to convince them to become staff. I’m also involving them with our in-house education partner."
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