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Grant County commissioners approve compensation plan in special meeting

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a special meeting held Tuesday morning, Feb. 28, 2017, the Grant County Commission met for the purpose of approving a resolution adopting a position classification schedule and compensation plan for Grant County, New Mexico.

District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne thanked the treasurer and assessor for their extensive comments in writing and talking to him about the plan.

"It is an incredibly complicated process," Browne said. "I know how tough it is to be fair, but I'm satisfied this was an adequate process. I am hopeful there will be room to include your comments in future reviews. There will be an annual review, correct?"

County Manager Charlene Webb said the usual recommendation is to review every two years, "but I believe an annual review is more appropriate."-- Continue reading

Town Council approves endorsement of Fort Bayard Project

Town Council approves endorsement of Fort Bayard Project

Photo provided by Annette Toney: Back row, Troop 196; Toney, third from right; Ladner, second from right; Bettison, right; front row, Troop 322.

By Roger Lanse

Scott Terry, CEO of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, told members of the Silver City Town Council on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, 2017, of the deteriorated condition of old Fort Bayard, the grounds and the buildings. Terry stated the area could be a tourist attraction if it was revitalized and maintained, and would be economically beneficial to all of Grant County, including Silver City. Terry said that under state management, the place has been allowed to fall into disrepair. What maintenance has been done has been accomplished by the Village of Santa Clara.-- Continue reading

Was the protest a result of 'fake news' in Silver City today?

Was the protest a result of 'fake news' in Silver City today?

Or was it just a major misunderstanding?

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and (the close up ones) Courtesy of Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos

More than 100 protesters, many with posters, showed up in front of Western New Mexico University Watts Hall this afternoon because a call to action to be at Watts Hall between 12:30 and 1:20 p.m. had been sent out by unknown senders, but might have included the Grant County Democratic Party, as it was on the list of organizing groups in the email.

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Cobre school board audience euphoric about four-day week for 2017-18 school year

Cobre school board audience euphoric about four-day week for 2017-18 school year

Retiring Cobre School Board member Frances Kelly, left, accepts from Chairman Toy Sepulveda a plaque honoring her services, as Robert Montoya, at right, who is also retiring, looks on.

Photo and article by Margaret Hopper

The Cobre school board opened its February 27, 2017 meeting with all five members present: Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Fran Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, chairman. The earlier closed session reportedly began at 6:05, where they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues but made no decisions. The open session began at 7:10 p.m.

The major topic of the evening was again the four-day school week coming this August in all the district’s schools—elementary, middle and high. School staff and public were on hand to join the discussions where possible; well over a dozen were present to see the project through to its finish.

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St. Francis Newman Center Parish holds Mardi Gras 022517

St. Francis Newman Center Parish holds Mardi Gras 022517

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise noted

St. Francis Newman Center Parish used to regularly hold Mardi Gras events on the Saturday before Lent. However, under the past couple of pastors, it had lapsed.

George Cruz, an active parishioner, suggested to Fr. Jaroslaw "Jarek" Nowacki that it might be time to bring the party back. Father Nowacki, who has been the pastor since last July, agreed and a committee was formed to plan the event.

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GRMC CEO Selection Committee meets for first time 022717

By Mary Alice Murphy

The committee made up of 15 Gila Regional Medical Center personnel and retirees, and community members representing physicians, county and municipal government, county school districts, Freeport McMoRan Cooper & Gold Inc., Western New Mexico University, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Hidalgo Medical Services met at noon Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. A few were unable to attend, but will be caught up on the overview by GRMC Board of Trustees Chairman Jeremiah Garcia and Trustee Tony Trujillo, CEO Transition Committee chairman.

"This is an orientation session for committee members," Trujillo said. "We appreciate your coming and engaging with us." He said the process would be led to fulfill the mission, vision and values of Gila Regional. The mission is "Providing exceptional quality, patient-centered care in healing"; the vision is "To be the best place to: Receive Care, Work and Practice Medicine"; and the values are "I.C.A.R.E.: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence."

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North Hurley grandfather hurt in aggravated battery

By Roger Lanse

Wednesday, Feb. 22, at approximately 6:22 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Gila Regional Medical Center in reference to an aggravated battery that occurred between Danny R. Chavez and his 69-year-old grandfather at 8A Agua Blanca in North Hurley.

When deputies arrived at GRMC’s Emergency Room, according to the offense report, the grandfather was being treated for a 12-centimeter laceration which started near his right temple and went back to the rear of his head.

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Expanding Your Horizons 2017

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Expanding Your Horizons brought more than 200 girls to the Western New Mexico University campus to learn about science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for careers for girls.

In this 25th year of the program, girls from the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades from Silver Schools, Cobre schools and from Lordsburg, Deming and Columbus school took part in the 21 different activities. Three sessions of each gave girls the opportunity to choose from the various potential career options.

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