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NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge asphalt almost done 012916

NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge asphalt almost done 012916

These were taken Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, by the anonymous photographer.

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Parents of ALCS students killed in 2014 plane crash come together to attempt to get answers

Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a four-part series on the plane crash of May 23, 2014, that took four lives, including three Aldo Leopold Charter School students and the pilot.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the anguish—audible and silent, external and internal—Aldo Leopold Charter School personnel and the parents of the three students who died in a plane crash on May 23, 2014, as well as the family of the pilot, Dr. Peter Hochla, who also died, began a long road to recovery from grief.

The first organized activity, after the first gathering the evening of the crash, was a memorial for the three students—Michael Sebastian Mahl, 16, Ella Sala Myers, 16, and Ella Jaz Kirk, 14—organized by the school.

You can read a comprehensive article on the memorial at this link: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/16129-memorial-for-the-two-ellas-and-michael-victims-of-a-tragic-plane-crash . The memorial took place Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Theatre to a packed house. Attendees learned about the accomplishments of the three students in various ways—in the pride of the parents who spoke about their son and daughters, in the ways fellow students described the three, in words, in music, poetry, and film.-- Continue reading

GRMC CAO accepts new position

GRMC CAO accepts new position

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dan Otero

At the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, during the executive session after the regular meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Dan Otero, told the board members that he had accepted the position of chief executive officer of Hidalgo Medical Services.

Otero told the Beat he hadn't announced it in regular session, because some of the trustees were unaware of his decision.

A news release sent to the Beat said the Trustees thanked Otero for his years of service and for helping the hospital over the past two and a half years, especially for assisting the organization with the financial turnaround during the difficult transition in 2013 and 2014.

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Follow up to returned voter registrations

In a email to the Beat, Peter Haas, USPS Corporate Communications, said: "We are aware of two voter registration forms that were returned to sender in error by Silver City Post Office personnel, as a-- Continue reading

NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge asphalt placing begins 012716

NM-90/Hudson Street Bridge asphalt placing begins 012716

The anonymous photographer visited his photographic site on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 and grabbed these photos. The north end has had asphalt placed and the south end seems prepared for it.

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SHS student’s threats investigated by SCPD

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Department Chief Ed Reynolds told the Beat Thursday morning that the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised SCPD Wednesday, Jan. 27, of a call received repo-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board approves excellent audit report 012516

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre's board meeting, held at the District Office in Bayard, opened with four members attending; Frank Gomez, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, president. The public meeting began at 7:25, and as Sepulveda explained, the earlier executive session began at 6:04, where they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel and the superintendent's contract extension.

Cordova explained that in the closed session, he had made a motion to table the action on the extension of the superintendent's contract; Kelly said later that there was some minor wording that needed to be changed before the item would be considered final. It would likely be brought up again on the February agenda. Sepulveda agreed.-- Continue reading

At least two voter registrations returned for mail insufficient funds

By Mary Alice Murphy

A caller informed the Beat today that his voter registration had been returned because of insufficient funds.

He said he had had direct contract with a Post Office clerk, who said: "it happens all the time." Whether she was referring specifically to registration forms was not clear.

When the Beat went to the Post Office, no one would talk to the Beat, because it is media and because "we're a federal facility."

So the Beat went to see Robert Zamarripa, the Grant County clerk.

He was very forthcoming with information.-- Continue reading

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