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Four Campgrounds closed on Wilderness Ranger District

Mimbres, NM, December 30, 2016—The Gila National Forest wishes to notify the public of the closure of four campgrounds on the Wilderness Ranger District. A large section of the access road being washed out by floodwaters at the west fork of the Gila River has resulted in the closure of Woody’s Corral, TJ’s Corral, Scorpion campgrounds, and the West Fork Trail Head parking access.

Adam Mendonca, Forest Supervisor stated the closure will remain in effect until further notice to protect the safety of the public. In addition, New Mexico Highway 15 will be closed at mile marker 42.1, one mile southeast of the cliff dwellings until further notice.-- Continue reading

Grant County elected officials sworn in

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The three new commissioners for districts 3, 4 and 5 of the Grant County Commission—Alicia Edwards, Billy Billings and Harry Browne—the re-elected treasurer, Steve Armendariz, and the newly elected clerk, Marissa Castrillo, were sworn in this morning by District 1 Magistrate Judge Maurine Laney at the Grant County Administration Center in front of a standing room only crowd.

The newly elected officials take office at midnight Jan. 1, 2017.-- Continue reading

Grant County Search and Rescue gives trapped hikers a Christmas present

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two groups of hikers spent Friday and Saturday's Christmas Eve trapped in the Gila Wilderness, but rescue arrived after the snow and windstorm passed, bringing a window of opportunity early afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, Christmas Day.

Marc Levesque, long-time member of the Grant County Search and Rescue Team, told the Beat that he, serving as incident commander, got the first call and activated a team on Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, to head out first thing Saturday.

A hiker from the first stranded group hiked his way out on Friday cross-country over rough terrain to reach the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Visitor Center, where he alerted personnel to his group being trapped by high waters on the west side of the Gila River Middle Fork.-- Continue reading

GRMC CNO gives Beat reporter a peek into internal operations

GRMC CNO gives Beat reporter a peek into internal operations

GRMC Chief Nursing Officer gives behind the scenes peek at the hospital.

Photo and article by Margaret Hopper

Every Tuesday people move in and out of the meeting room at Gila Regional Medical Center. The Project Management Steering Committee (PMSC) is about three-and-a-half years old, the brain-child of Brian Cunningham, outgoing CEO of Gila Regional, who believed that the best way to run a hospital was to empower the people who work there by giving them a voice and some choices about what the future of the workplace could and should become.

The morning’s agenda has a long listing of projects, beginning with a programmed computer relaying scripted information to a camera that projects the topics to a large screen at the end of the room. Topics are at all stages; some are nearing a conclusion after many reports, analyses, input from those most interested in that project, and consensus that they meet the tests of need, efficiency, cost and quality guidelines. It is time to plan how to present those ideas to the rest of the staff, the board and community at large. Implementation dates will be added.-- Continue reading

Roadway to Gila NM now open

NM 211, which was closed due to Bear Creek flooding from mile post 3 to 4 is now open.

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Roadway to Catwalk open

The roadway, NM 174 mile post 1 to the Catwalk near Glenwood, NM,is now open.

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GRMC Board holds interviews for and will offer interim CEO position

By Mary Alice Murphy

The members of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees met in a brief open session Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2016, before going into closed session to interview several potential candidates interested in the interim chief executive officer position.

Trustee Tony Trujillo heads the search committee looking for an interim CEO and the search for a permanent CEO to replace Brian Cunningham. Cunningham, at the end of November, tendered his resignation as chief executive officer, which was approved at the Dec. 5 special board meeting. Cunningham promised to be available through Feb. 3 for transitioning the interim CEO.

The trustees went into executive session to hold three interviews and deliberate among themselves on their choice for interim.-- Continue reading

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across the State in January 2017

Statewide - State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of Januar-- Continue reading

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