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By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Ed Stevens, and Richard Maynes attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Freddie Rodriguez. Mayor Fernando Martinez was absent.

Public Input was first on the agenda and SaVanne Kilgore said she was sad to see the train depot was not on the agenda for the evening but she wanted to have her opinion on record. Kilgore believes there is a lot of support in the community to help with the depot and implored the councilors to table any action rather than turning down the opportunity to save the building. Town Clerk Lori Ortiz did respond that the depot should be on next month’s agenda when the mayor returns.

untitled copyOn November 10, 2017, just before 5:00 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were called to meet with victims wanting to report items missing from their residence. The residence is located on the 4500 block of Grandview Road in Indian Hills. According to the owner/victims of the residence, they arrived at their residence at about 4:00 P.M. At that time, they noticed some items had been moved around. The owners of the residence began to review their security video footage. They located footage of a female in a white 4 door passenger car walking on their property. That female would later place some of their items in her car and drive off. The owners of the residence provided copies of that video footage to the deputies.

Deputies were able to identify the female in this security camera footage as Gina Noel Roller (39YOA/Silver City).

Silver City, NM (November 21, 2017) Since taking the helm of Hidalgo Medical Service (HMS) in February 2016, Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, has made it a priority for HMS to begin its Quality New Mexico (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) journey. "The NMPEA program is the state’s only awards program, based on the National Malcolm Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence," stated Otero. Otero added, "As a Piñon Level recipient, HMS has demonstrated initial commitment to long-term process improvement, sustainability, efficiency and excellence. HMS is very proud to receive the Piñon Award at the upcoming Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and NMPEA Awards Ceremony in April 2018."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees members didn't get great news, but it was better than in the recent past.

The meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, began with a safety moment. Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said her department had identified some trip hazards. "Maintenance will take up the carpet and replace it with tile this weekend. We appreciate any staff members bringing such things to their director who brings it to the safety huddle we hold every morning. Patients and their families are welcome to let us know, too."

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By Mary Alice Murphy

Gabriel Ramos, representing Grant County, has replaced, as chairman of the commission, Alex Brown, Silver City town manager, who has handed his role representing the town to James Marshall, assistant town manager.

Ramos said the main topic of discussion for the day was to hear opportunities for the remaining phases of the Grant County Regional Water Project, which will bring water to Hurley, and in the future, additional water as needed to Bayard, Santa Clara and on to Arenas Valley, Silver City and Tyrone.

[Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address public comment.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Almost half the Grant County Commission special session to hear about airspace optimization on Nov. 14, 2017 was dedicated to public comment. Commission Chairman Brett Kasten had requested that public comment be added to the agenda, and it came last after the presentations and commissioners' questions.

The first to speak was Brett Myrick of Gila, who thanked the presenters for their service. "I served SEAL Team 5." He explained that any four-prop planes people see are C-130s, but he commented: "The sound of a jet over you in the wilderness at 500 feet is not good." In 1998, he called Fort Bliss because he had been brought to the ground by the concussion of sound when he was in a slot canyon in the wilderness. He was told it was done by German pilots.

[Editor's Note: This is the third of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address what the County commissioners asked and the replies from the Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commissioner Harry Browne asked the first of many questions from the Grant County commissioners at the special meeting held on Nov. 14, 2017 to hear from Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.

"I hope you get out in the country we're so passionate about," Browne said to Shafer. "We appreciate your apology about leaving us out in the scoping. Can you explain how we got left out?"

"Our Alternative 1 was looking at the Talon Military Operations Area (MOA) near Carlsbad," Shafer said. "Because we fly near Truth or Consequences, that was our second location. For the Lobos MOA in this area, we went for a population area, which was Las Cruces. Three meetings are standard for this size of airspace. We sent a letter to the county administration and to state senators."

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