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Republican candidates, including two from statewide campaigns, speak in Grant County

By Mary Alice Murphy

Three meet-and-greet events Sunday afternoon had statewide, district and local Republican candidates for office talking one-on-one with constituents and also giving public statements.

Secretary of State candidate Nora Espinoza said she was asked to run. "After I decided I would run, I had only one week to collect signatures to put me on the ballot. I brought in 5,700 signatures in that single week, which was more than had ever been done in the state in that short time before. That was confirmation that I was doing what I was supposed to do."

"I believe in voter ID," Espinoza said. "I was born in the Canal Zone, where I was automatically born a U.S. citizen. I spent 22 years in Christian education. My husband and I own two businesses, although we shut down one, so I could campaign. And I have served 10 years in the New Mexico House of Representatives. It has been with pride and humility that I represent the people in my district.-- Continue reading

Gila Regional Medical Center Rates Four Stars for Quality Care

Gila Regional Medical Center Rates Four Stars for Quality Care

The Medicare Hospital Compare program compares hospitals all over the nation in many important patient care categories such as patient experience, appropriate use of imaging services such as X-rays and CT scans and timeliness and effectiveness of care, among others. From this collected and reported data, a 5 STAR rating system was developed by Medicare to help people to more easily choose the best hospital for their care. The latest report was recently released and New Mexico has three 4 STAR hospitals. One of these three hospitals is Grant County's own Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC).

"We have put in countless hours and hard work to improve our quality of care for our patients" said Peggy White, Chief Nursing Officer at GRMC. "This puts Gila Regional in the top 20% for Quality in the nation. I would personally like to thank each and every staff member in the Nursing Department for their dedication and hard work. Every one of them is invaluable to me."-- Continue reading

NM 90 (MP 33.8 TO MP 40.8) road work through fall

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

The NMDOT along with Braiser Asphalt (Contractor) announces the-- Continue reading

Sandia National Laboratory director explains the facility's activities

Sandia National Laboratory director explains the facility's activities

About 50 people heard Sandia National Laboratory director Jill Hruby speak. (Photo Courtesy of Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos)

Below, Hruby discussed the laboratory's activities in detail.(Photo Courtesy of Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Friday evening, about 50 people showed up at Western New Mexico University's Besse-Forward Global Resource Center Auditorium to hear a presentation by Sandia National Laboratory Director Jill Hruby.-- Continue reading

Classes began today at WNMU

Western New Mexico University Mustangs began the fall semester on Monday. WNMU officials expect enrollment to be equal to the previous year. Pictured are students at the main campus.

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Ohio fugitives identified, arrested in Doña Ana County; one charged in shooting death of Hatch officer

Ohio fugitives identified, arrested in Doña Ana County; one charged in shooting death of Hatch officer

José Chavez at his Law Enforcement Academy graduation on Oct. 31. 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

Two men wanted on murder charges in Ohio were arrested Friday in Doña Ana County, one of which is now charged on an open count of murder in the shooting death of 33-year-old Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez.

Jesse Hanes, 38, and James Nelson, 36, were said to be traveling in a silver 1991 Lexus that had been pulled over Friday afternoon by Officer Chavez. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, who are investigating the shooting death, say Hanes allegedly shot Officer Chavez through the passenger-side window of the Lexus as Chavez approached the vehicle during the stop. Hanes was reportedly the driver of the Lexus. Nelson has been identified as the front-seat passenger of the vehicle, and a third male – who is no longer a suspect in any of Friday’s incidents – was in the passenger-side rear seat.


A responding Hatch officer was finishing his assignment as a school resource officer Friday and reportedly spoke to Officer Chavez on the phone. He told detectives that Chavez said he was about to make a traffic stop in front of the Pic Quik convenience store on Franklin Avenue. The responding officer told Chavez he would meet him there to assist.-- Continue reading

Fugitive from Ohio arrested in shooting death of Hatch officer

A 36-year-old man who reportedly had an outstanding warrant for aggravated murder in Ohio has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez.

Jesse Hanes, whose last known address was in the 3300 block of Parklane Avenue in Columbus, OH, currently faces one count of willful and deliberate first-degree murder. Additional charges are pending.

An investigation was launched Friday after Officer Chavez was shot during a traffic stop near the Pic Quik convenience store on Franklin Avenue in the Village of Hatch.-- Continue reading

GRMC board holds special meeting to address financing resolution

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday, August 12, 2016, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held a special meeting to address a proposed resolution of collaboration between the hospital and GRMC for financing of needed capital building improvements at the facility.

Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia read the resolution, which included the usual whereas describing the hospital as a Grant County-owned non-for-profit, acute-care hospital with inpatient and outpatient services.

Another whereas stated the Board of Trustees is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the land, buildings and equipment.-- Continue reading

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