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Lordsburg, NM - On Friday, October 6, 2017, around 5:00p.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that just prior in the afternoon, Lordsburg Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Gale Street in Lordsburg. The officers made contact with the suspect, 34-year-old Winston Ford of Lordsburg, who had a pistol in his waistband.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a three-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commissioner Alicia Edwards requested removal of a resolution prior to the approval of the agenda at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said: "It's your resolution and your right to remove it."

The resolution requested support of the County Commission for a proposal to include the Heart Bar property in the U.S. Forest Service Priority list for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Edwards said at the work session that when advocates for the Forest Service to acquire the property go to the Forest Service, such support would be helpful.

Edwards said questions had come up "that we need answers to."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias presented her monthly report to the commissioners at the regular meeting of the Grant County Commission on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

"Folks from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center are in town," Arias said. "We announced a board meeting, as there is likely to be a quorum of trustees when the UNM group is introduced. From 10 to 12 noon, we are holding a public open house to meet the UNM staff, to talk to them and voice concerns."

Closure removed, roadway is now open.


US 180 both lanes are closed at mile post 79 (between Buckhorn and Cliff) due to an accident. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, use extreme caution. Please expect delays.

morton 5422By Mary Alice Murphy

Colleen Morton has moved from Eastport, Maine, to take on a new job as the Silver City Arts and Cultural District executive director.

"I bought a house here five years ago," Morton said. "I've been trying to get back here ever since. I had looked at Silver City for future retirement or a job, because I still need to work. "

She said, professionally, she has been in high-stress jobs working on policy with leaders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

"This job professionally will be relatively low-stress," Morton said, "but it gives me new opportunities to explore my creative side. I've been slowing down for a while. This job gives me the chance to use my organizational skills and explore new skills."

Grant County commissioners hear county reports 101717

[Editor's Note: This is part two and the final portion of the Grant County Commission work session held on Oct. 17, 2017.]

One report addressed usage of the county Conference Center; another report presented numbers on tax collections.

By Mary Alice Murphy

In county reports, Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias had been at the meeting, but left for another appointment. She would report at the regular meeting.

Susie Trujillo said Arias had wanted to invite everyone to the open house on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Doctors from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center would be in attendance.

Scott Terry, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce president and director and manager of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center handed out statistics from May, when he took over management through December, including rooms that have been reserved for events. He listed the number of events, how many were free and how many people had attended the events.

I-10 westbound from mile post 14.5 (Gary) to 12 the driving (right) lane will be closed due to sign maintenance. Speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the construction zone. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be Wednesday through Friday and lifted daily at approximately 5:00 pm.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: The main purpose of each Grant County Commission work session is to discuss the details of items on the regular meeting agenda to be approved or not at the regular meeting usually held two days later.]

At the Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, Grant County Commission, the review of the regular meeting agenda set for the Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 session was the main topic of discussion.

County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez gave the expenditure report for the past month.

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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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