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dsc9982 31 1024x683The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Pictured from left are Jerry A. Walz, Arlean Murillo, Dr. Carl Foster, Janice Baca-Argabright, and Dr. Dan Salzwedel.

Regents Discussed Legislation Pertaining to Higher Education, Approved Audit Report

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Victor Arambula attended as well as Mayor Richard Bauch. Trustee Richard Esparza joined via speakerphone, and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza was absent.

Bauch reported that he is hopeful the Fort Bayard legislation goes well this year. After being in Santa Fe for Grant County Days he believes the transfer will happen during this legislative session.

They ratified CEO contract and discussed future options and challenges for Gila Regional

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 and the final article on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting held 012618. This article primarily addresses the regular monthly agenda items.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a short executive session prior to addressing the main topic of the day-ratification of the CEO contract-at least according to all those who filled the room, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees asked for more public comments before making a decision.

On January 29, 2018, at about 8:42 a.m. officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Rosedale Rd at the city limits.

According to preliminary investigation, a Tan 2005 Toyota 4-door was traveling south on Rosedale Road when it left the roadway and struck a sign and then hit a tree where the vehicle came to rest.

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of at least two articles on a long GRMC Board of Trustees meeting held 012618.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

As is customary for each Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, the latest of which was held Friday, Jan 26, 2018, trustees ask to hear a Safety Moment.

Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said the hospital has been getting "inundated with attempted hacks." She said they are seeking to get into medical records, among other items. "Our IT (information technology) has been great at blocking them and no one has gained access."

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a brief meeting on Friday, Jan. 256, 2018, Commission Chairman Gerald W. "Billy" Billings called the meeting to order, the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the Flag took place and then the commissioners went into a more than hour-long executive session to discuss disposal of real property.

By Roger Lanse

The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received official certification in November 2017, as an "Emergency Medical Dispatch Center" by the New Mexico Department of Health, according to GCRDA Director Barbara Schalkofski. All dispatchers are now certified, as well, Schalkofski said, by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, as recently hired Sonia Ray and Emmanie Villanueva completed telecommunicator certification classes in December 2017.

Schalkofski stated that Ray was named class leader and received an award for her achievement, and that GCRDA is one of a few in the state to have both the dispatch center and all its dispatchers certified.

aarpSanta Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez (D-Silver City) received the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “Capital Caregivers” Award, a distinction given to a select group of bipartisan legislators across the country.

“Being the recipient of the AARP Capital Caregivers Award is a great honor and certainly a highlight of my career,” Martinez said.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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