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Grant County Commission Proclaims “Walk for Heroes Day” and Approves Numerous Resolutions

Grant County Commission Proclaims “Walk for Heroes Day” and Approves Numerous Resolutions

Article and photo by Charlie McKee

Photo: "Walk for Heroes Day" Proclamation (left to right) Frank Donahue, Cos Erwin, Raul Turrieta, Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, Commissioner Ron Hall, Liz Lopez, and Commissioner Gabriel Ramos.

In a Special Meeting on Aug. 28, 2014, preceding the Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, the Board conducted a Public Hearing regarding the issuance of a restaurant beer and wine liquor license to La Tienda del Sol of San Lorenzo. Two citizens testified during the hearing: Kendra Milligan of the Grant County Health Council, who urged the Commission to consider public health and safety in their deliberation; and Thomas Law, CPA, who stated that the establishment in question was an "excellent contributor to the business community." The Commission approved Application No. 912075 Restaurant Beer and Wine License for La Tienda del Sol and adjourned the Special Meeting.

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New Agreement Strengthens Medical Transport for Silver City

New Agreement Strengthens Medical Transport for Silver City

Photo: CareFlight Air Ambulance

Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), TriState CareFlight (TSCF) and Elite Medical Transport are pleased to announce their new partnership, which is expected to vastly improve life-saving air medical services to the residents of Silver City and the surrounding areas.

"This newest agreement allows emergency medical services in the Grant County region to streamline the transport process to provide a heightened efficiency in our response times," said John Cole, director of business development for TriState CareFlight, which is headquartered in Bullhead City, Ariz. "We're pleased to be able to continue to offer the highest quality of critical care transport services to the people living in rural southwest New Mexico."

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Cement Truck Flips Over in Santa Clara

Cement Truck Flips Over in Santa Clara

Photo and article by Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at about noon, a Southwest Concrete and Paving Company cement truck flipped on its side on U.S 180 at the intersection of State Highway 152 in-- Continue reading

Legislators React to State Revenue Forecast

By Jim Owen

Should state officials spend "new money" projected for next year on programs and services, save it for future needs, or take advantage of the opportunity to reduce taxes? Legislators representing Grant County have differing opinions.

Members of the Legislative Finance Committee (including Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City) learned about the latest state revenue forecast during their meeting in Las Vegas, NM, on Monday.

Officials of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reported that, based on current trends, $285 million in additional funds will be available for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The main reason for the increase is that oil and gas extracted in New Mexico are being sold at higher prices.

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Mimbres Region Arts Council Holds Annual Meeting

Photos and article by Shirin McArthur

 

The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) celebrated an outstanding year of successful programming at its annual meeting at The Commons on Tuesday evening, August 26, 2014.

Ashleigh Garcia, MRAC Board President, opened the brief annual meeting; and Anna Howell, Board Secretary, read the 2013 annual meeting minutes, which were approved. Volunteer and former MRAC Treasurer Jane Janson then gave the financial report.

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Cobre School Board Receives Updates on Elementary and High School Construction Projects

By Margaret Hopper

The Cobre School board met Monday, August 25, at the district office. The open meeting was preceded by a long closed session, from 6:00 until 7:20 pm, according to Board President Toy Sepulveda. In the closed session, he said they discussed student identifiable information, limited personnel, food service information and goals for the superintendent, Robert Mendoza. Although much was discussed and it is conceded that students liked the new food better and that more students were now eating in the cafeteria, no decisions were made. All board members were present, and the public meeting began at 7:25 pm.

In the superintendent's report, Mendoza said the new student representative will be introduced at the September 8 meeting. High school staff and principal usually choose this person. In a follow-up, it was decided that Gerhart's band members would need to select a different fundraiser. The band's discount card was the same as the football's plan, and they had asked first. Raymond Gonzalez is the new basketball coach for the girls' varsity.

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Bear Creek Cabins and Diane’s Restaurant in the Spotlight at Gila EDA Roundtable

By Charlie McKee

At the August 22, 2014, meeting of the Gila Economic Development Alliance Roundtable, this month's guest speakers, Diane Barrett of Diane's Restaurant and Billy and Dawn Donnell of Bear Creek Cabins, shared stories of their respective businesses' successes and their challenges as small businesses operating in Grant County.

Barrett described the evolution of Diane's from a small bakery 19 years ago to expanding the business with the help of her son to a restaurant serving dinners; then adding the separate bakery seven years ago; and lastly expanding again to incorporate The Parlor four years ago. She noted that she also operates a catering business as a fourth line of business.

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Grant County Flash Flood Watch from 8/26/2014 12:00 PM to 8/27/2014 6:00 AM MDT

Grant County Flash Flood Watch from  8/26/2014 12:00 PM to 8/27/2014 6:00 AM MDT

Urgent - Immediate Broadcast Requested
Flood Watch
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
513 Am Mdt Tue Aug 26 2014

...Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding Will Be Possible Today and Tonight...

.Abundant Moisture Was Pushing into the Region This Morning. This Moisture Will Combine with An Upper Level Storm System Passing Through the Rocky Mountains to Help Generate Numerous Thunderstorms This Afternoon and Evening. with the Excessive Moisture in Place Thunderstorms Will Be Very Efficient Rain Producers and Will Be Capable of Rainfall Totals of 1 to 3 Inches Of Rain in An Hour. This Excessive Rain Could Lead to Flash Flooding...especially of Normally Dry Arroyos...low Water Crossings and Other Flood Prone Areas. the Threat for Flash Flooding Will Lessen as We Move into the Morning Hours on Wednesday.

 

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