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First Born and Woman's Club team up to give baby shower

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday, Aug. 20, a baby shower took place at the Woman's Club.

Adriana Bowen, First Born director, said: "It was our idea, but it took Vera McGregor of the Woman's Club to make it happen."

"We see some parents who have support and others don't," Bowen said. "We felt every new mom deserves a baby shower. The shower is open to new moms.-- Continue reading

Fort Bayard celebrates 150th birthday with presentations

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday morning, the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society held a birthday party for the Fort Bayard National Landmark. The actual date of the beginning of Fort Bayard was Aug. 20, 1866.

The first presenter was Nancy Owen Lewis, talking about her book Chasing the Cure in New Mexico, which covers the history of treatment of tuberculosis in the state. Fort Bayard held an important place in that history with its sanitariums and care for those with tuberculosis or consumption, as it was called.-- Continue reading

Senior Olympics banquet recognizes local and state winners

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Senior Olympics held its annual banquet Thursday, Aug. 18. Patricia Cano, board member, served as moderator.

She announced that the national Senior Olympics will be held in Albuquerque in 2019, and encouraged all the local Olympians to prepare to compete from Grant County that year.

"We've come a long way this year," Cano said. "We started a new organization and had zero dollars. Elva Quimby and Mario Quintana organized us the Martha Muñiz got us going with an enchilada fundraiser. Corinna Vigil, Margaret Chavez and Katie Romero were also instrumental."-- Continue reading

NM-90 below the bridge

NM-90 below the bridge

Photographer Dave Schuhmann, who chronicled the NM-90 Bridge construction in photo essays, tool a look below the bridge to see what had been accomplished to make it look the same as before. He said: "The contractor must be finished with whatever he had to do there. There is a small parking place and a bullentin board on the west side. Water is flowing."

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Grant County Commission work and regular sessions 0816 and 081816

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the regular session of the Grant County Commission on Aug. 18, 2016, several people from the Sheriff's Department spoke during public input.

Cpl. Manuel Maldonado said he has been with the department since Nov. 5, 2007. "I stand alongside my brothers to speak to you about our concerns. But first I ask for a moment of silence for José Chavez of Hatch and other officers killed recently."

After the moment of silence, Maldonado said the U.S. has more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement personnel, 12 percent of whom are female. More than 1.6 million violent crimes occur each year. Since the first policeman was killed in 1791, more than 24,000 have lost their lives in the line of duty. Their names are on a memorial in Washington D.C.

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Grant County commissioners approve putting four-mill levy on the General Election ballot

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on Aug. 16, Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham explained why the resolution proposing a four-mill levy for the hospital was on the agenda for approval on Aug. 18.

"Three years ago, we were in the hole for $ 9 million," Cunningham said. "We recouped that the following year and continued to be in the positive for the next year. However, at the end of FY 16, we were at a negative $3.2 million. This is the most challenging environment for health care. It is a capital heavy operation. We have reinvested in IT restructuring and keeping the revenue stream going. Quality is still our major focus. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid just gave GRMC a 4-star rating, one of only three in New Mexico, with no 5-star ratings in the state."-- Continue reading

WNMU President Shepard gives State of the University Speech

Article and Photos by Danna Lopez

Saturday, Aug. 13, Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard gave his annual State of the University speech before the Welcome Back Bash got underway. He emphasized that the university needs to be more than just academics—it needs to be a multi-cultural center. From the fitness center to reviving the punch card for community members to showing movies for an unheard of $2 in the newly refurbished Light Hall, the university is becoming even more community-oriented than ever before.-- Continue reading

August 9, 2016 Town of Hurley Meeting

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The Town of Hurley held its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 5 p.m. All members of the council were present for the meeting.

The Hurley Pride report included the full estimate for a pool cover. The Pride presented to the council that they could meet to seek ways of procuring a winter cover for the pool as well as a summer cover for the pool. The Pride stated October would be highway clean up. The Pride will also be setting dates to repair the ornaments for the posts.

Under Engineer’s Inc. report, George Esqueda stated to the council that Engineers Inc. had combined with Occam, a business in Albuquerque, and the new name for the company is Occam Engineers Inc. Esqueda stated the company will hopefully provide more services.-- Continue reading

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