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By Mary Alice Murphy

In a lengthy meeting, with a divided executive session, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, at its regular monthly meeting for September that was rescheduled to Oct. 6, 2017, heard good news on the reopening of the Cancer Center and not as good news on the financial front.

The first item of business was the monthly safety moment, offered by GRMC Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias. "This week we were supposed to have a drill to prepare for active shooters, which have become almost commonplace. The drill was pre-empted by an active shooter situation that tied up law enforcement. We will reschedule the drill."

By Roger Lanse

Leroy Maldonado, 44, of Silver City, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, second degree felonies, based on a Sept. 13, 2017 interview with the victim by Silver City police officers. The offenses occurred in 2007 and 2008, an affidavit for summons said.

According to Silver City Magistrate Court staff, a date for Maldonado to appear in court has been set, and a summons to appear has been mailed, but it is unknown whether he has received it.

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council heard at its Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting, from Dave Romero of Albuquerque’s Balleau Groundwater Inc. Romero presented information contained in the draft update of the Supplement on Water Use and Wellfield Service of the town’s 40-Year Water Plan. This plan needs to be updated at intervals to protect the town’s water rights, Town Manager Alex Brown said.

The town provides water to approximately 20,000 residents and to four water associations; Pinos Altos, Tyrone, Rosedale, and Arenas Valley, Romero said, and the water is supplied entirely by the Woodward and Franks wellfields and the Gabby Hayes well. Two additional wells are planned for the Grant County Airport area. One, according to Brown, is scheduled to be started on later this year.

By Roger Lanse

According to police reports, Michael M. Reyes, 35, of Silver City, held Gila Regional Medical Hospital emergency room staff at bay, Monday, Oct. 9, around 10:12 p.m., after punching a female clerk. Reyes, who had a warrant issued for his arrest due to a prior incident earlier that day at the hospital, had grabbed a chair from the ER waiting room and used it in a threatening manner to gain entrance into the ER, preventing doctors and nurses from having access to their patients.

Witnesses stated, according to the reports that Reyes gained entry to the ER by swinging the chair in an aggressive manner and yelling and threatening that he would hurt them.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The October 5, 2017 monthly meeting of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce featured awards from the PNM Foundation and a speaker on information technology.

img 4516 copyFrom left are PNM grant awarder and awardees. Bruce Ashburn of PNM handed out the financial awards. Next is Michael Metcalf of WNMU, Miriam Kellerman of SWCHI, Bailey Pagels of WNMU, Loren Nelson of Imagination Library, Susan Wilger of National Center of Frontier Communities, and Emily Schilling of SWNMCOG.

Bruce Ashburn, chamber board president and employee of PNM, presented five $10,000 Century of Service awards, honoring the 100 years of PNM serving New Mexico.

Clarified: NM CAP Entity 100317 meeting part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final of a multi-series of articles on the Oct. 3, 2017 New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

As the final part of old business at the Oct. 3, 2017 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, Jeff Riley of the Phoenix Office of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation gave a presentation on gravity flow project components, gravity flow storage options, on-farm storage and other water information. The item was for discussion only.

"I am a civil engineer for the Phoenix Office," Riley said. "I offer my engineering perspective. I would like this to be a discussion. I admire the dedication of all those who oppose a diversion and all those who are for one."

unm announcment photo webThe Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Cancer Center has been in the process of rebuilding and restructuring its cancer program over the past three months in collaboration with its new cancer care provider, the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). As one of the nation’s 49 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, widely considered the pre-eminent cancer treatment programs in the nation, the UNMCCC has been working very closely with the GRMC leadership to identify and credential oncology physicians and to hire key staff to assure that GRMC can provide outstanding cancer care. As the UNMCCC seeks a full time medical oncologist to direct the GRMC Cancer Center, medical oncology and radiation oncology physicians currently practicing at the UNMCCC will provide care. Once hired, the full time medical oncologist will live in Silver City and become part of the community. The UNMCCC has also hired Marvin White, Physician Assistant (PA), who will work with UNMCCC physicians and GRMC staff to coordinate cancer care. Mr. White is currently undergoing intensive training at the UNMCCC to prepare for his new position at GRMC’s Cancer Center. The UNMCCC has also worked closely with GRMC to purchase necessary equipment and computer and data systems to assure that GRMC has a fully integrated clinical operation and infrastructure to deliver high quality cancer care.

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Chairwoman Darr Shannon opened the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, after the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, by asking for a 10-second moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas, NV.

After roll call of the Entity members, she asked those attending by telephone to introduce themselves. They were Interstate Stream Commission Attorney Dominque Work, Paco Larsen and John Sikora of AECOM, and Rob McGregor from Congressman Steve Pearce’s office.

During public comment, Gerald Schultz, representing New Mexico Natural Resource and Conservation Districts, said he had read an article that had a paragraph on a river in the Noatak National Refuge, describing it as the last complete river in the U.S. He said it was available at www.nts.gov/noat/index.php

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