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On Saturday, the Town of Silver City celebrated Territorial Charter Day, the Saturday closest to February 15, when, after much political acrimony, including a threat to secede and join Arizona, a bill was signed in 1878 authorizing a Territorial Charter for Silver City. This allowed residents to elect city officials and participate in self-government.

tanya carroccio rsTanya CarroccioGila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, today announced the appointment of Tanya Carroccio, MSN RN, as Chief Quality Officer. Ms. Carroccio is relocating from Phoenix, AZ but is originally from Southern New Mexico. Born and raised at White Sands Missile Range, her father moved the family to Las Cruces after military retirement. Ms. Carroccio received her initial nursing degree at New Mexico State University, and is due to graduate this May with her doctorate from Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation.

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Silver Schools Administration Building. Board President Mike McMillan and Board Members Ashley Montenegro, Patrick Cohn, Michelle Diaz, and Eddie Flores attended as well as Superintendent Audie Brown.

The board heard a presentation from Klayton Bearup, Silver High School Agricultural teacher and FFA advisor, about the possibility of building a agricultural structure for animal rearing and teaching. The ideal location would be part of the existing campus near the auto shop complex. With many things that need to be considered before such a building exists, Bearup wants to overcome those challenges.

Silver City MainStreet has conducted a historic district vacancy survey. The survey was conducted by the Economic Vitality committee with volunteers from the community. The historic district is bounded by San Vicente Street to the south, Cooper Street to the west, College Street to the north and Bullard Street is the east boundary. The results are a ten percent vacancy rate in the district.

The survey was conducted on the commercial buildings in the district. "We have heard people state that half of downtown is empty, but that is not accurate," states Silver City MainStreet board president Patrick Hoskins. Some of the buildings that are empty also happen to be the larger buildings and most of those are located on Bullard St. giving a distorted view of the actual vacancy rate."

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By Roger Lanse

According to Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, his department was made aware of a threat circulating on social media referring to a possible shooting at Silver High School at about 6:30-7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Reynolds immediately dispatched uniformed officers to the high school and to La Plata Middle School, as well as sending additional patrols to other area schools.

Continuing to investigate the possible source of the threat, SCPD determined the threat originated in Springfield, Ohio, Reynolds said. The public information officer for the Springfield Police Department stated the threat is localized to the Springfield area and is being investigated by their department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police officers were dispatched on Saturday, Feb. 17, at about 8:36 p.m., to 25th and Yucca streets in reference to a shots-fired complaint.

Being flagged down at the location, officers were told, according to a police document, a male had been shot. Officers then saw a white Chrysler 300 with a bullet hole in the front bumper. Several shell casings and one unspent round, all appearing to be 9mm, were on the ground in front of the car, and what appeared to be drops of blood.

February 20, 2018 - Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

"This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community," said Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Taffy Arias. "This is a reflection of the commitment each and every caregiver has to the community and the patients we serve."

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The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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The Beat has 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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