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NM CAP Entity receives several verbal 'threats' from two area residents, one young and one retired

Editor's Note: This article was written separately so as not to provide distraction to the importance of the meeting agenda and its documents and discussion.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, which was formed in accordance with the Arizona Water Settlements Act, met on Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016 to address agenda items.

After a roll call of members present and introduction of telephone guests, members heard public comments.

Claudia Duerinck, Gila Valley resident, brought some federal statistics to the group. "They are pertinent." She said the population in Grant County between 2010 and 2015 has lost five percent of its population, and less than half the residents are in the work force, and those are making a median income of $38,000. The unemployment rate is 9.3 percent, with 2,661 people being unemployed. About 19 percent or 5,465 are struggling below the poverty line with about 5,000 on food stamps. 1,900 are single mothers.-- Continue reading

NM CAP Entity members hear update on possible website, on audit, and discuss two agreements

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity met on Nov. 1, 2016 at the Grant County Administration Center.

Potential website discussion

NM CAP Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez said he had sent to the members the quote from Rose Hessmiller, who helped design the ISC;s nmawsa.org website.

"I want the site to be interactive and to be able to integrate our information into it," Gutierrez said. "Rose has given us some examples and how we can put GIS and data to drive the process forward. To perform the tasks, she is requesting $15,500."-- Continue reading

Dias de los Muertos Celebrations in Silver City on November 1, 2016

Photos by George Plant

Late Tuesday afternoon of El Dia de los Muertos, a crowd gathered on the lawn of the Silver City Museum to listen to the music of the Canto Mi Tierra mariachi band and to enjoy-- Continue reading

Information and background on GRMC salaries

By Mary Alice Murphy and Margaret Hopper  

The Beat has received several inquiries from readers wanting to know if Gila Regional Medical Center is top-heavy in administrators.

In fact, GRMC has one fewer top-level, C-class administrator, than it did before the new administration came into being in the summer of 2013.

When the new administrators were brought in from in-house positions during that summer of financial turmoil, they began with salaries much lower than the previous administrators.

Then-Interim Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham, who, after months to prove himself, became the full CEO, asked at the time that he not receive a raise to the going rate for hospital CEOs. He served for two years at well below what he would have received at most other similar hospitals.-- Continue reading

Burglaries reported in Silver City

Two burglaries were reported this morning by the Silver City Police Department. One at Harrison Schmitt School and one at Habitat for Humanity on Market Street

Twenty computer tablets were taken from-- Continue reading

New live from Silver camera up and showing the scene from atop W Mountain.

The TerraFox Network cameral is now live from atop W Mountain. Here's the link: http://livefromsilver.com/w-mtn/ 

Don't forget to check the downtown Silver City camera at http://livefromsilver.com


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Lecture and Ballet Performance on Monday, October 31 at WMNU Fine Arts Center

Photos by George Plant

GRMC Board of Trustees holds regular monthly meeting 20161028

Finances a main topic

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the reading of the mission, vision, and values of Gila Regional Medical Center by Trustee Tony Trujillo at the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, the first act of business was to recognize Angelia Barrios for her 15 years of service in the surgery recovery room. She was not present to accept the recognition.

Auxiliary President Frances Day presented her report. She said two new volunteer members were working at the front desk that day.

Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia noted that the auxiliary calculates the work of the volunteers at $22 an hour, which equals about $93,400 of benefit to the hospital each year.-- Continue reading

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