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By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting approved an amendment to the town’s municipal code requiring owners or custodians of an animal, who, having knowledge of that animal biting a person, shall immediately surrender said animal to animal control or the police department for quarantine and observation.

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison, who sponsored the ordinance, stated that the new ordinance, if followed, eliminates the need for authorities to have to hunt the animal down, authorizes only the animal control officer or the police officer to make a decision to quarantine the animal, and shortens the time the bite victim has to wait to find out if the animal is infectious.

Nomination forms for each award category were sent to judges outside of Grant County over the weekend. Today, the winning nominations have been announced.

bruce ashburn copy2017 Grant County Citizen of the Year:

Bruce Ashburn first arrived in Grant County in 1995. During his time in Grant County, Bruce has:
• become an active member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board of directors
• has served as a coach and sponsor in Silver City Little League programs
• helped with the local Youth Football program
• worked with Silver City MainStreet on storefront design
• serves on the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce
• opened and operated the Domino’s Pizza franchise
• worked at Silver City Bowling Center
• worked for the Small Business Development Center in Silver City
• received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Operations Management & Supervision from Western New Mexico University
• Bruce joined PNM in 2014
• Past president (current member) of Grant County Prospectors
• Current Board Member of El Refugio Domestic Violence Shelter
• Member of the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Committee
• Past board member of the Mimbres Region Arts Council

Photos by Harrison Schmitt Elementary Teacher Mercy Leyba and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Harrison Schmitt Elementary School Veterans' Day program, Jeremy Gonzales, veteran, was the guest speaker. "You guys should be proud. This is one of the best Veterans' Day programs I've seen."

"Today we honor our veterans," Gonzales said. "We enjoy our freedoms because of veterans' sacrifices. It will well worth going into the right, because we know our family and friends are safe. We have a personal relationship with the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance."

Edwards gave a breakdown of where county revenues come from and the value of benefits county employees receive.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final part of a comprehensive multi-part series of articles on the Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Elected officials gave their monthly reports at the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.

Sheriff Raul Villanueva spoke first. "We had 682 calls during the past month, creating 158 reports, and we went to 29 motor vehicle crashes."

He reported 16 burglaries in October, as opposed to nine in September.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a comprehensive multi-part series of articles on the Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Nov. 9, 2017 Grant County Commission regular meeting, four people gave public input on two different issues.

Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance executive director, commented on the proposed letter to the New Mexico Department of Transportation Cabinet Secretary. "The letter proposes to let OHVs (off-highway vehicles) drive on some segments of highways. I know the commissioners are concerned about this. I don't think we have had enough time to determine the impact on public safety. Why can't we allow a reasonable time to evaluate the safety issues? I urge you to table the letter for at least a year."

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education Special Meeting took place Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the board room of the Silver Schools Administration Building.

Board President Mike McMillan called the meeting to order and explained the action items were to address the board vacancy - announcing the position and setting up interviews.

Former board member Justin Wecks submitted his resignation effective October 31, 2017 after moving from the district he was elected in. State statute indicates board members cannot serve for a district different from the one in which they reside.

Included in this article is a YouTube video taken of the perpetrator, as well as the letter from the victim.

If you recognize the thief or her car, please call Dispatch and the Grant County Sheriff's Department, using the number listed in the letter.

crop of letter

More photos follow:

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the meeting of the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017, after the approval of the agenda, Taffy Arias, Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, approached the podium to give her report. She asked first that Dr. Tariq Ibrahim introduce himself, as the hospital's newest general surgeon.

"I was born in Dallas, grew up in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and returned to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School," Ibrahim said. "I began my career in New Mexico. I started with the Indian Services in Gallup, went to Ruidoso, then to Mountain View in Las Cruces. I do bread-and-butter surgery and endoscopy, and ultimately I want to build a trauma center here, whether level 3 or 4, I don't know."

Arias said the hospital is looking for a larger space for the two surgeons that work for the hospital and a new urologist when one is recruited. "If you know of any buildings, let us know."

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The Beat as a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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