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Grant County commissioners hear county reports, including GRMC update

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday, June 8, work session, Grant County commissioners heard county reports.

Brian Cunningham, Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, gave an update. "This is from the end of May," Cunningham said. "We want to thank the community for their participation in the foundation's Golf Classic, where almost $20,000 was raised for much needed equipment for the hospital."

He said the linear accelerator for radiation treatment for cancer patients has been installed and saw its first patients June 11. A grand opening saw about 75 people attend. "Rep. (Rodolpho "Rudy") Martinez carried the bill for the funding two legislative sessions ago, and with support from Sen. (Howie) Morales and others got the funding. It was a complex project but we met all deadlines. The technology is not available anywhere else in New Mexico."-- Continue reading

WNMU Cornali Field Dog Park to reopen with conditions

In consultation with the WNMU leadership team, Western New Mexico University has decided to reopen the dog park on the following conditions:

1) Effective immediately the following temporary rules shall be established. The dog park shall reopen when the necessary signage posting the following rules is installed:

a. Dog defecation is to be immediately removed by owner.
b. Aggressive dogs are not allowed in the park. Dogs exhibiting unusually aggressive behavior are to be removed from the park at once.
c. In the event of dog bite or injury, owner/guardian must exchange current tag information and phone number.-- Continue reading

Federal government lists two snakes as "threatened"

By Jim Owen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added two rare types of garter snakes to the list of "threatened" animal species that qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The narrow-headed and northern Mexico garter snakes reportedly live in some drainages of the Gila and San Francisco rivers in Grant, Catron and Hidalgo counties.

Researchers have determined that the biggest threats to the snakes are water sedimentation resulting from erosion, fires and livestock grazing; and competition for prey by invasive species like the American bullfrog, sunfish and bass.

Non-native crayfish feed on the snakes, and vegetation loss along streams resulting from grazing leaves them vulnerable to predation, according to the USFWS.

In 2007, a recovery plan drafted for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stated that "the majority of the populations" of the narrow-headed species were on national-forest lands. However, the document acknowledged that "potential habitat might be found on private property."

Surveys conducted at 16 sites a decade ago concluded that the "most robust population" of narrow-headed garter snakes were in Whitewater Creek (part-- Continue reading

Silver City Town Council approves plastic bag ban ordinance at regular meeting – July 8, 2014

Silver City Town Council approves plastic bag ban ordinance at regular meeting – July 8, 2014

At left,  for "Cynthia Bettison" District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison holds the soon to be banned plastic bags in one hand and an approved reusable bag in the other.

 

At right, for "Hunger Week" Pam Eley, office manager for the Southwest Council of Governments accepts a proclamation from Silver City Mayor Michael Morones declaring July 14 to July 18, 2014, as "New Mexico Hunger Week."

 Article and photos by Roger Lanse

 

 The council approved an ordinance first presented to the council six weeks ago by District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison that amends a portion of Chapter 40 of the municipal code by adding a new section dealing with the reduction of single-use plastic carryout bags.

The ordinance, which allows only reusable bags, recyclable paper bags and/or cardboard boxes to be provided to customers by retailers at checkout, will go into effect six months after its adoption date, July 8, 2014.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission holds special meeting to hear ICIP input

 

By Mary Alice Murphy

The special meeting before Tuesday's Grant County Commission meeting was set to solicit input for the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. County Planner Anthony Gutierrez explained that the ICIP is now mandatory for state funding and some other funding sources. "By next year, it will be also mandated for the Colonias and Community Development Block Grant processes. For them, it is not necessarily a requirement to be in the top five. The only requirement is for legislative capital outlay, and the project has to be in the top three."

Bob Wilson, committee chairman for the community trails group, said the group facilitated getting the Continental Divide Trail Gateway designation. "Are the trails on the ICIP?"-- Continue reading

Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Central Grant County Through 230 Pm MDT 070814

Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Central Grant County Through 230 Pm MDT 070814

Southern Gila Foothills, Mimbres Valley, Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range Nm-Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley, Nm-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin Nm-Upper Gila River Valley Nm-
129 Pm Mdt Tue Jul 8 2014

...Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Central Grant And Extreme
Northern Luna Counties Through 230 Pm Mdt...

At 120 Pm Mdt...National Weather Service Meteorologists Were
Tracking A Line Of Fairly Strong Thunderstorms From South Of San
Lorenzo To West Of Silver City...Moving Southwest At 10 To 15 Mph.-- Continue reading

Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Northwestern Hidalgo And Western Grant Counties 070714

Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Northwestern Hidalgo And Western Grant Counties 070714

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
442 Pm Mdt Mon Jul 7 2014

Lowlands Of The Bootheel Nm-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley
Nm-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range Nm-Southwest Desert/Lower Gila
River Valley Nm-Upper Gila River Valley Nm-
442 Pm Mdt Mon Jul 7 2014

...Strong Thunderstorms Threatening Northwestern Hidalgo And Western
Grant Counties Through 530 Pm Mdt...

At 424 Pm Mdt...National Weather Service Meteorologists Were Tracking
Strong Thunderstorms Mainly Over Western Grant County And West Hidalgo
County. This Activity Was Moving Southwest Around 10 10 15 Mph.

Hail Up To One-Half Inch In Diameter And Wind Gusts Up To 55 Mph Are
Expected With This Storm...Along With Local Heavy Rain With Brief Low
Area Flooding.-- Continue reading

SASS office vandalized and burglarized

The Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services office was broken into and damaged about a week ago.

Last Monday, June 30, Acting Director Stephanie Gonzales walked into the office about 9 a.m. Because she could smell smoke, she backed out and called Dispatch. Police and the Fire Department answered the call and put out the fires of papers smoldering on three desktops and investigated.

"Our three computers, an old and a new projector and their remotes and a brand-new never-used camera, also were taken," Gonzales said.-- Continue reading

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