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Edward "Lalo" Manuel Carbajal, 54, of Lordsburg, NM

March 28, 2017 Obituaries
Edward "Lalo" Manuel Carbajal, 54, a resident of Lordsburg, NM entered eternal rest Friday, March 17, 2017 at Los Lunas Detention Center in Los Lunas, NM. He was born March 20, 1962 in Bellflower, CA to Ralph Carbajal and Bessie Herr. He is survived by two daughters, Christian Katlyn Carbajal and Laura Renee Carbajal; one granddaughter; one brother, Ralph Carbajal III and wife Melissa of Silver…

More streetlights installed on Bullard Street, south of Broadway

Gila Valley Electric workers, from left Patrick Finch, Sean Jameson and Edward Laney, prepare to install the next to last streetlight on South Bullard, as Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, Town Manager Alex Brown, and Silver City MainStreet Project Board President Patrick Hoskins and Manager Lucy Whitmarsh watch.

Article and photo by Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, workers from Gila Valley Electric and representatives of the town of Silver City and Silver City MainStreet Project celebrated the installation of one of the final streetlights for the second phase of the streetlight project.

Partick Finch of GVE said the lights would be lit by the end of this week. Read more...

Sheriff's Department investigating suspicious death

(Silver City, NM)—On March 25, 2017 at approximately 8:52 p.m., deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 2400 block of NM 61, Mimbres, NM, in reference to a possible suicide.

On deputies' arrival, it was found that a male subject was deceased in the home. The male subject was later identified as Walter Biebelle, born 06/02/1949. Next of kin has been notified.

At this time, it is undetermined what the actual cause of death is, but is being investigated as a suspicious death. The body was sent to the Office of Medical Investigators for an autopsy.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation. Further details will be released at a later date.

New Mexico District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow talks about her experiences at her first legislative session as a member

NM Rep. Rebecca Dow speaks to constituents

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow met with constituents, Republicans and Democrats, Saturday afternoon in Silver City.

In breaking news, she said today, Tuesday, on the record, that by Sunday, a news release should come from the governor on changes to the teacher evaluation. The major changes should adjust absences and student outcomes tied to the teacher evaluation. "This was a commitment she made to the Republican sponsors of two separate reform bills."

Dow said she read all bills as thoroughly as she could. "Often the bills sounded good in theory, until you read the penalty."

Streamlining the state financial situation did not seem to be on the table. The Democrat-controlled Legislature, House and Senate, proposed $1.5 billion in new taxes, with $400 million passed at the same time as well over $400 million in new expenditures were passed.

"The climate of the Legislature was tense," Dow reported. "The first couple of weeks it was fun, getting acquainted with other legislators and learning the ropes."

House Bill 412 did not pass, but it had 117 tax reform issues, including closing loopholes on those who have exemptions. An interim committee will continue working on the bill for next year.

She said one thing brought back was a tax on food, but not on essential food items. Gov. Susana Martinez has already promised a special session.

Dow said she supported a tax on online vendors, such as Amazon. "I did not support a tax on cigarettes or a $14 tax on a gallon of wine. That would have been really hard on local brewers and distillers."

"I want to remove things that are barriers or that increase mandates or costs," Dow said. "One of the biggest ideas was to close loopholes on those who are exempt."

She said the state needs new sources of revenue, not just more taxes on existing businesses.

On health care, she said so many in New Mexico rely on Medicare, Medicaid and Centennial Care that the only thing that can fix getting the state less reliant on those federal dollars is health care reform.

"There was so much posturing on both sides," Dow said. "We need real economic development, because the state has lost 30,000 people since the last census."

She noted that there was talk that the House might send a team to the citizen's race of the Tour of the Gila.

Dow said she needs constituents to come to her with their ideas.

The following comments are major excerpts from her words in a Facebook page right after the session, when she said she was happy to be home.

My first session was a huge learning experience. In addition to committee and floor votes, a lot happens behind the scenes. As an advocate of less government, I believe if we can get things done without another bill on the books, all the better.

Some of my successes include changes to an overreaching environmental rule, changes to a Department of Health Services process that was shutting down rural durable medical providers, a commitment from DHS to pilot a home visiting program using a federal Medicaid waiver process, saving a $1.3 million water project in Silver City, and advocating for the transfer of the New Mexico Veterans Administration from the Department of Health to Veteran's Affairs.

Disappointments include standing with the governor against a veto override on teacher absences. Although a veto override would have been an extraordinary measure, the issue of teacher evaluation and need for reform is real! The frustrating part was all the efforts to help teachers that didn't make the headlines. There were several significant bills that would have reformed teacher evaluation far beyond sick days. These were killed in committee by special interest groups. If they had passed, sick days would have been fixed along with other evaluation changes that are needed. Instead politics prevailed at all levels and no issues were resolved. I hope my Republican governor pulls through for all of us who stand with teachers as well as conservative values. Time will tell!

The Senate and 4th floor spent too much time battling out their differences to get good work done. All of us had good bills left on the table! These bills would have improved schools for teachers and students, would have created economic development and removed barriers for new business to come to our state, and would have made NM a better place to raise a family.

I also learned that killing a bill is just as important as passing one. One example would be gun control. Bloomberg spent over half a million dollars and hired six lobbyists in an attempt to pass gun control bills in New Mexico. Every bill failed!

I can't even tell you how many ridiculous bills were introduced by legislators, without regard to those impacted, by people who have big out-of-state money, yet are totally out of touch with who we are as New Mexicans. If they prevail they will transform our family values and our way of life.

I'm optimistic that the bills that passed for ethics, election and campaign reform will bring more transparency to our law-making process. I am committed to the bigger picture of overall improved education, tax reform, economic development and common sense governance.

High wind warning in Hidalgo County 032817

High wind warning in Hidalgo County, visibility is low due to blowing dust. High profile vehicles please use caution. The NMDOT will continue monitoring the roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.


GRMC Board of Trustees meets interim CFO

By Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees at their regular monthly meeting on March 24, 2017, recognized Judith Tucker, who works in discharge planning, for her 20 years of service to the hospital. She was unable to attend.

Interim Chief Executive Officer Alfredo Ontiveros introducd JoBeth Vance as the interim chief financial officer.

"I met her at a hospital where I was hired," Ontiveros said. "She has a lot of experience at large, rural and small hospitals." Read more...

UCI Teams Announced for 31st Edition of the Tour of the Gila announced 032817

March 28, 2017 (Silver City, NM) – More than two-dozen men’s professional cycling teams and a dozen women’s teams have accepted invitations for the 31st edition of the Tour of the Gila. The race is once again proud to be hosting top veterans and young talent from North America and around the world. The 5-day stage race will begin on Wednesday, April 19 and end Sunday, April 23 with the infamous Gila Monster road stage that includes over 9,000 ft. of climbing for the men, and 5,500 ft. for the women.

Several teams will be racing Tour of the Gila for the first time including foreign teams in the men’s race - Canel’s Specialized from Mexico, Mobius Racing from Australia and Movistar Team Ecuador, and in the women’s race - Rise Racing from Canada. Read more...

Grant County Art Guild Birds of the Southwest Show 2017

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Art Guild had the opening for its Birds of the Southwest Show at Bear Mountain Lodge on Friday, March 24, 2017. Prizes were awarded in two categories, paintings and photography. Paul Geisler judged the show. Guild member Jackie Blurton organized the show.

Bruce Bloy, a newer member of the guild, took Best of Show with his 30-second exposure of a walking egret at Goose Island, Texas, several years ago.

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