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[Editor's Note: Grant County had announced fire restrictions throughout the county. See http://www.grantcountybeat.com/community/legals/43936-grant-county-has-announced-fire-restrictions-beginning-immediately  ]

Silver City, NM, May 2, 2018—Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented at 12:00 a.m. on May 2 on the Gila National Forest in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. “Forest visitors have been diligent in putting out their campfires and taking care not to spark a human-caused fire,” states Adam Mendonca, Forest Supervisor, “but we feel it’s critical to reduce the potential for any additional fire starts during this period of drought and high fire danger.”

Fire restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and must be in a Forest Service provided metal grill or metal fire pits. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of pressurized, petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3-foot area cleared of all flammable materials. Fireworks, explosives and incendiary devices are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, April 24, at about 5:23 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were informed by the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority that a 50-year-old female weighing about 148 pounds and standing approximately 5’3” was waiting outside the GCSD to speak with officers. The woman told dispatchers she had shot her 55-year-old, approximately 210 pound-6’0 tall, husband in the leg because he wouldn’t let her leave and she was tired of him beating her.

When a female deputy stepped outside to speak with the woman the woman stated the following according to a GCSD offense report “I just shot my husband. He would not let me leave. Again. I told him if you do not let me leave, I’m gonna shoot you. So I did. She wouldn’t mind if he left. She shot him in the left leg lower calf. She showed me (the deputy) scrapes on her back and elbow she said happened during the fight.”

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series on the forum held to hear from Gila Regional staff members on April 26, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Commission Chairman Billy Billings moderated the question and answer period from Gila Regional Medical Center staff members at a forum held Thursday morning at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

"We appreciate the opportunity to hear from you," Billings said. "We also have a survey, if you prefer not to speak."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a potential multi-part series on the forum with GRMC staff members.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission continues its process of investigating options for Gila Regional Medical Center. The process, using Juniper Advisory Services, has been going on since last year.

The commissioners have traveled and spoken to representatives of hospital management companies, to experts in hospital oversight, as well as making visits to other hospitals.

img 9383From San Lorenzo Elementary, students talk about forensic science. From left are L-R: Ixayana Alcorta, Ariana Legarda, Principal Michael Koury, and Executive Assistant Irene Rodriguez From San Lorenzo Elementary, students talk about forensic science. From left are L-R: Ixayana Alcorta, Ariana Legarda, Principal Michael Koury, and Executive Assistant Irene Rodriguez 

Photo and article by Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, April 23, 2018, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour. Board members in attendance included President Ralph Sepulveda, Vice President Ralph Cordova, Secretary Frank Gomez, and Superintendent Robert Mendoza. Board members Gabriel Holguin and Gilbert Guadiana were absent.

No action was taken during executive session and there was no unfinished business.

By Hallie Richwine

The CIty of Bayard Council Meeting on April 23, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria and Adrian Ortiz attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva and Mayor Chon Fierro.

There was no public input, so council moved directly to the consent agenda. In addition to regular monthly reports from the different departments in the municipality, council approved the attendance of Judge Jose Sandoval and alternate Judge Jose Diaz to the Municipal Judges’ Conference in Albuquerque. Approval was also granted for Robert Terrazas and maintenance staff to attend Wastewater Training in Ruidoso and for Kristina Ortiz to attend the Colonias Project Hearing in Las Cruces. Council also accepted the resignation of Nicholas Rosales from the Police Department.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

"Two entities came together to make this charging station possible," Bruce Ashburn of PNM said. "The town of Silver City and PNM worked together."

He introduced PNM President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Vincent Collawn.

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The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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