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Grant County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting 10/23/15

Grant County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting 10/23/15

New Mexico Farm Bureau Regional Director Benji Segovia. Grant County Farm Bureau President Stewart Rooks, and NM Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn at the Grant County Farm Bureau annual meeting on Oct. 23, 2015.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the annual meeting of the Grant County Farm Bureau at the American Legion Hall on Friday evening, Oct. 23, 2015, President Stewart Rooks held the business meeting prior to the banquet and hearing from New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

Rooks said the books had been audited and accepted. The bylaws were rewritten. The membership approved the changes.

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WNMU Launches Emergency Alert System

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University has launched a new emergency alert system allowing university employees and students to receive text alerts during emergency situations.

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NM-90 Bridge construction continues with deck pans being installed 102415

NM-90 Bridge construction continues with deck pans being installed 102415

These photos, taken by the anonymous photographer on Saturday, show the deck pans that have been installed so far, and it appears the pedestrian walk is being assembled also. The deck pans seem to be very heavy corrugated steel. Lots of cutting and welding going on.

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NM Utiltities Shareholders Alliance meets in Silver City 102315

By Mary Alice Murphy

"Six gas and electric companies are part of the alliance," NM USA Executive Director Carla Sonntag told those attending the lunch at The Red Barn Restaurant in Silver City on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. "Two are in Arizona."

"Always write your elected officials when you have concerns," Sonntag advised. "We, as an organization, are focused on the companies, but keep in mind that the shareholders are also paying customers. We're most cognizant of our customers. It is key to stay balanced between shareholders and customers."

She introduced elected officials in attendance, including Public Regulation Commissioner Sandy Jones, Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith, Grant County Commissioner Ron Hall, Silver City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Bettison, Lordsburg Mayor Pro Tem Alfredo Morelos, Silver City Councilor Guadalupe Cano and Silver City Mayor Michael Morones. Sonntag also introduced PNM Senior Vice President of Public Policy Ron Darnell.-- Continue reading

Gila EDA hears from The Loan Fund and PNM 102315

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Gila Economic Development Alliance Roundtable meeting on Oct. 23, 2015, Marcela Shelby of the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund, better known as The Loan Fund, spoke first.

"We provide technical assistance to people in Southwest New Mexico," Shelby said. She has been on the job since June in Las Cruces, but the organization has been headquartered in Albuquerque since 1989.

"The pilot idea was to work directly with clients to help them in their business development," Shelby said. "We want to make sure they are thriving, growing and expanding in their business. We tailor loans to fit businesses or non-profit organizations."-- Continue reading

Higher co-pays and deductibles contribute to a reduction in surgeries at GRMC.

By Roger Lanse

At the Friday, Oct. 23 meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, members learned that GRMC, along with most of the country, is experiencing reduced volumes of surgeries because persons insured under the Affordable Care Act, in many cases, can’t afford the higher copays and deductibles the ACA requires.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham also related how GRMC is expanding its contracts around supporting the hospital’s revenue cycle, which is a term used to describe collections from patients for services rendered, and how they have retained the largest revenue cycle supporting company in the U.S. to help GRMC manage, and make more efficient, its revenue cycle.-- Continue reading

Southwest Bone & Joint Institute and Silver City celebrate USDA certificates of completion

Southwest Bone & Joint Institute and Silver City celebrate USDA certificates of completion

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At Southwest Bone & Joint Institute, receipients and participants gathered for a group photo Thursday afternoon. They are from left, back congressional delegation representatives Melanie Goodman, Gabe Vasquez and Joe Baca. From left, front row are USDA Rural Development representative Kathy Barrett, Mike McMillan of SWB&JI, Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center, USDA NM RD Director Terry Brunner, Mayor Michael Morones and Christine Logan, NM Economic Development Department representative.-- Continue reading

if you love the Continental Divide Trail, please vote

We have until October 31 to vote DAILY to keep the Continental Divide Trail in the top two spots in a challenge to win $25,000 for trail upgrades and maintenance, including moving the trail away from highways.

Vote EVERY DAY at http://superiortrails.michelobultra.com

Put it in your Apple calendar or your Outlook calendar to remind you to vote every day during this last week of the challenge. Or, as this editor has it, put it as a bookmark in your browser—whatever it takes to remind you to vote every day. Even a sticky note on the edge of your phone, tablet or desktop computer will remind you to vote. 

We are within striking distance of the top contender, but we also have a trail in Florida gaining on us. Don't let Florida take this away from us. -- Continue reading

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