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Town council approves FY 2015-2016 audit

By Roger Lanse

Geoffrey Mamerow, audit manager with Kubiak Melton & Associates, LLC, of Albuquerque, told council that zero findings were reported in the financial statement portion of the audit. In the federal awards segment, Mamerow said a few minor issues were discovered and that all had been addressed in consultations with Town Manager Alex Brown, “Brown is doing a very solid job,” he said.

Stone McGee & Co. of Silver City had been performing the yearly audit, but Brown told the Beat state auditor regulations limit how long a company is permitted to audit a single entity – nine years, and this would be the tenth year for Stone McGee & Co. However, Brown said, after a two-year interval, Stone McGee & Co. can be considered again.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board hears about recent student efforts

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board members met at the high school performing arts center Monday evening, February 8. The closed session began at 6:02, where Toy Sepulveda, board president, said they discussed student identifiable information and limited personnel issues. No decisions were made at that time. Board members present were Frank Gomez, Robert Mendoza, Frank Cordova and Sepulveda.

Frank Quarrell, high school principal, reported on some recent student efforts. Two seniors, Alexis Madrid and Brandy Hernandez, attended a pre-pharmacy event in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 6, where they and about 70 other applicants across the state competed for a place in the program, which was explained to them.-- Continue reading

Hidalgo Medical Services Welcomes Dan Otero as CEO

Hidalgo Medical Services Welcomes Dan Otero as CEO

(Silver City, NM – February 9, 2016)

Hidalgo Medical Services is pleased to announce and welcome Dan Otero as its new Chief Executive Officer. A lifelong resident of Grant County and no stranger to the healthcare field, Dan will formally commence his new duties with HMS on February 22, 2016. Mr. Otero brings more than 26 years of relevant yet diverse experience in healthcare as he transitions to HMS from his previous position as Chief Administrative Officer at Gila Regional Medical Center.

“We welcome Dan’s experience and leadership to the HMS community,” said Dr. Darrick Nelson, who has been serving as the Interim CEO for HMS and also serves as Chief Medical Officer and Residency Program Director. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Mr. Otero in collaboration on issues between HMS and GRMC for almost three years now. I have personally always found him to be very supportive of HMS and our community. He always maintains the highest standards of honesty, integrity and transparency and these attributes will aid HMS in achieving our mission and vision. I can honestly say that having Mr. Otero join our team will help HMS continue to move forward in a positive direction!”-- Continue reading

BAMHS cleared of fraud

Even though New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has cleared Border Area Mental Health Services of Silver City of Medicaid fraud, the options for the organization’s future remain uncertain.

Balderas announced his decision Monday when he said a forensic auditing firm his office hired to investigate the claims had cleared BAMHS and nine other mental health providers of fraud.

“How sad for New Mexicans their government chose to treat the providers as guilty until proven innocent,” Kathleen Hunt, BAMHS executive director, said in a news release. “We have been a grassroots non-profit mental health organization serving clients for more than 40 years in southwest New Mexico.”-- Continue reading

NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Public Involvement Meeting February 17

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruction Project for Silver City, NM.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2016-- Continue reading

Lucero ensures that local governments receive their capital outlay

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Prospectors' Forum last December featured local governments, non-profits and other area organizations laying out their needs in front of the area legislators, Sen. Howie Morales, Rep. Dianne Hamilton and Rep. John Zimmerman.

One of the repeating laments from the local governments was the delay in reimbursements to them for their capital outlay projects. The entities, especially the smaller ones, do not have the cash flow to pay their contractors without the reimbursements, "so you have cranky municipalities and cranky contractors," Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments executive director, and a member of Prospectors, told the Beat. Some of the larger entities, such as Grant County and Silver City can pay the contractors for work completed, but delays cause cash flow problems to pay for other services.-- Continue reading

The Imagination Library of Grant County Reaches New Heights

The Imagination Library of Grant County not only sends high-quality, age-appropriate free books to Grant County preschool children, they are also the 501(c)(3) non-profit umbrella organization for Cur-- Continue reading

Chocolate Fantasia 2016 Awards announced

Mimbres Region Arts Council announced its Chocolate Fantasia 2016 awards Saturday afternoon.

Photos by Sandra Michaud


3rd Place: Diane's Restaurant


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