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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

 Lordsburg, NM - On Friday, October 6, 2017, around 5:00p.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that just prior in the afternoon, Lordsburg Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Gale Street in Lordsburg. The officers made contact with the suspect, 34-year-old Winston Ford of Lordsburg, who had a pistol in his waistband.

Photo and article by Hallie Richwine

daca forum100417From left are Lydia Huerta, Grecia Rivas, Stephanie Dayana Baez Mendez, Marco Ravelo, and Matthew Lara, DACA Forum panelists.

The Celebrating DACA Forum happened October 4, 2017 at the Miller Library on the Western New Mexico University campus. The Office of Student Life, WNMU Miller Library, and WNMU MEChA Club sponsored the event.

Director of Communications Abe Villarreal opened the evening by going over ground rules and introducing the panel of speakers. DACA students Stephanie Dayana Baez Mendez, Grecia Rivas, and Marco Ravelo spoke to the crowd along with Lydia Huerta from the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies and Matthew Lara, Director of Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment.

Photos by Shirin McArthur

Western New Mexico University’s Foundation hosted its annual Hats in the Garden fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. In honor of the University’s 125th anniversary, the theme was Victorian Impressionism and the entertainment included a fashion show of vintage clothing.

By Roger Lanse

Around 9:43 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, near MM 87 (Riverside, NM) on U.S. 180, a New Mexico State Police officer was involved in a crash with a motorcyclist.

According to the NMSP, the officer had slowed in his lane of traffic and initiated a U-turn in his marked patrol unit to assist a motorist who had flagged him down. A motorcyclist was traveling in the same direction, southbound, the motorcyclist behind the police vehicle. NMSP stated the motorcyclist crashed into the patrol unit causing non-life threatening injuries to the rider, who was transported by helicopter to a Tucson hospital for treatment.

Witnesses stated traffic was detoured through Gila and Cliff via State Route 211 for several hours.

Silver City, NM/Grant County

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Silver City, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that around 1:10 a.m., Grant County Regional Dispatch was notified to be on the lookout for a white 2002 Toyota 4-Runner recently taken from Las Cruces. Dispatchers learned the vehicle was driven by 41 year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City who had cut off a court ordered ankle monitor in Las Cruces, attacked his mother, and stole her vehicle. (This portion of the investigation is being handled by the Las Cruces Police Department.)

Albuquerque, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met in Albuquerque on October 2 and approved several items that will begin development in upcoming semesters.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard reported that the fund balance and reserve monies were considered healthy for the university and requested that the Board approve $500,000 in funds to be dedicated to athletic and academic scholarships.

The Board approved unanimously for the use of the designation of the scholarship monies, available to students beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

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