By Mary Alice Murphy
At the beginning of the Gila Regional Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Friday, June 23, 2017, three caregivers were recognized for their multiple years of service to the hospital.
Linda Bluestone, who accepted a plaque of appreciation in person, has served Gila Regional for 30 years, and is now providing service in the Recovery Room.
Jennifer O'Dell, not present, has served the hospital for 15 years, and is now serving in the Recovery Room.
Holley Hudgins, not present, has also provided service to the hospital for 15 years, formerly in the Marketing Department and now as the director of cardiology and the cancer center.
By Roger Lanse
The Sunday, June 18, house fire at 1450 S. Highway 90, the Beat reported on earlier in the week, turned into standoff between a subject's knife and an officer's firearm.
When a Silver City police officer arrived at the burning single-wide mobile home at about 5:30 p.m., the officer noticed a male, later identified as James Anthony Castillo, squatting down in the trees to the west of the structure fire, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant. When the subject came to the officer at the officer's request he identified himself only as “Jimmy,” and refused to give his last name.
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The Corral Fire is estimated at 17,029 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers. Recent operations have been working to keeping fire from crossing FR 150 and monitoring fire behavior. Wilderness District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton stated “I am very pleased with the effects this fire is having in the wilderness.” This fire is showing low to moderate behavior which is as it should in a fire-adapted ecosystem. The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem.
Forest Service Road 150 is open to motorists. Huddleston-Lorton requests “that motorists use caution, maintain a “heads-up” approach and defer to instructions from the fire crews on the road."
The Gila National Forest public affairs officer, Marta Call, said the air quality changed after the report was run before 7 a.m. She said the smoke in the area is the direct result of drift from the Frye Fire on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.
Photographer Dave Schuhmann continues to take photos of the progress at Denny's. The exterior is looking good.
Dave says: "Not much new to look at, outside progress is noticeable but not spectacular.
"I suppose all the windows are in. Don't know if the electrical work to pass the inspection has been done. From the looks of this it won't look much like any other Denny's."
Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy
Chris Trujillo, shown at left, who was convinced by Copper Country Senior Olympics Coordinator Mario Quintana to play in the Copper Country Senior Olympics, recently placed second at nationals.
"I started playing golf when I was three years old," Trujillo said. "Right here at Scott Park in Silver City and at the Hurley Golf Course. Ron Doan was the pro at Scott Park, and he taught me.
"Mario talked me into doing Senior Olympics," Trujillo laughed. "I won last year in Roswell at the state competition and went to Birmingham, Alabama, this year and got second."
He shot well throughout the tournament until the last day. "I shot an 80. I choked and lost by one shot. I also do bowling, but not well enough for nationals."
Trujillo said he is looking forward to 2019 when the National Senior Olympics will be played in Albuquerque.
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