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Sculpture dedicated at WNMU

Sculpture dedicated at WNMU

WNMU President Joseph Shepard explains some of the symbolism of the sculpture at the School of Nursing.By Mary Alice Murphy

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard said he is trying to turn the institution into a cultural facility. "Putting up sculptures like this one by Rose B. Simpson encourages the amplification of culture. The arts represent it best."

He said one might say: "Huh?" on the first viewing, but then when that person learns more about it, they get excited, and hopefully they talk with others about it.

Shepard said the piece, called "Alter 1," comes from a spiritual place.

Simpson said the piece originated from a conversation about what a "sacred place" is. Simpson wrote in her artist statement: "I realized that the most sacred of spaces, for me, is that moment when we consciously connect with one another and are forever influenced by their energy, just as they are transformed by ours."

The original installation consisted of two large figures facing one another. Simpson wrote: "The viewer stumbled upon the moment of the two creating an 'altar' of connection, wherein they are both altered by the presence, power and influence of the other."

The two pieces are now one to represent every one taking a moment to allow a transformation by a moment with another person.

A copy of the artist statement is available for any visitor or student at the School of Nursing. Read it to find out what all the symbols represent.-- Continue reading

Gila EDA Roundtable hears from GRMC CEO

CEO answers questions about mill levy

By Mary Alice Murphy

Participants at a Gila Economic Development Alliance Roundtable held Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, heard a presentation from Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham on the 4-mill levy initiative on the General Election ballot.

"I want to talk about our Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community initiative," Cunningham said. "I want to simply provide information so people can vote in an informed way. There are challenges everywhere, in every industry, in government and, yes, in health care."

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State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Luna County

Deming, NM - Around 10:00 p.m. last night, the New Mexico State Police investigated a motorcycle crash on Pine Street and New Mexico Highway 549 in Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a mo-- Continue reading

Grant County Water Commission talks about Regional Water Project

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Water Commission met in Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, to hear about a report on the Regional Water Distribution Project that will be presented to the Interstate Stream Commission in November.

Alex Brown, Silver City town manager who serves as the chairman of the water commission, said he would report to the ISC at its November meeting the status of the project for which the ISC allocated $2.1 million from the Arizona Water Settlements Act funding in the New Mexico Unit Fund.

"We need to report the status by the end of December, so I got on the schedule for the November meeting," Brown said. "When I talked to Helen Sobien (ISC engineer), she wanted to know who would be the fiscal agent."-- Continue reading

GMRC celebrates 4-Star Quality rating 20161020

GMRC celebrates 4-Star Quality rating 20161020

GRMC Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham By Mary Alice Murphy

On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, Gila Regional Medical Center celebrated, in the courtyard with hot dogs and hamburgers, the recent awarding of a 4-Star Quality rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid.

"We are proud to have received the 4-Star Quality rating," GRMC Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham said. "It is our mission to deliver high-quality care. I thank all our caregivers; I thank our board members; and I thank our community for continuing to support us."

He said he wanted also to talk about another initiative—Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community. "We put in a request to the county commissioners for help, which culminated in a ballot initiative, which is on the General Election ballot."

Cunningham said at least 14 or 15 other hospitals in New Mexico receive financial support from their counties.

"The question on the ballot asks for citizens to vote for or against a 4-mill levy to be used by the hospital for capital equipment and building upgrades only," Cunningham said. "We are trying to supply all the information you need to make an informed decision."

He gave an example: anyone who owns a property worth $100,000, actually has a net taxable valuation of $33,000, and will pay $132 extra a year, which is about $11 a month. The levy sunsets in four years, and the only way to continue it is to put it back on the ballot.-- Continue reading

Tour of the Gila Moves to April in 2017

Silver City, NM (October 22, 2016) – USA Cycling announced the dates for the 2017 Pro Road Tour Calendar Thursday, confirming Tour of the Gila’s new date for April 19-23. Race Director Jack Brennan is hop-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission addresses long agenda, including proclamations, bids, contracts, appointments and county reports 20161020

Grant County Commission addresses long agenda, including proclamations, bids, contracts, appointments and county reports 20161020

Pro Bono Proclamation presented. From left are Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, Timothy Aldrich, and Commissioner Ron Hall.

Below, Dyslexia Proclamation presented. From left are Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, Fred Baca, and Commissioner Ron Hall.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission combined work and regular session held Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, two people spoke during public input.

A resident of Spring Creek Road, off Rosedale Road, said that parts of the road stand full of water, where mosquitoes can breed. He said the grading of the road does not put a ditch all the way down the road, because people complain about putting a ditch in their driveways.

"I have talked to Commissioner (Gabriel) Ramos and the Road Department superintendent," he said. "The county said it would send out letters to residents offering to put in culverts, but the letters weren't sent out. Also I can't get my culvert cleaned out, and the grader berms up the ditch."

Ramos said the different levels of roadway are the problem. County Manager Charlene Webb said she is aware of the problem and would try to get it addressed.

Rebecca Dow, Republican candidate for New Mexico House District 38, gave out her cell phone number, 575-571-1056 and invited anyone with questions to call her. "And I encourage people to get out and vote early."

Financial Officer Linda Vasquez gave the financial report. The total expenditures for the month were $2,720,477.88, with three payrolls totaling $654,570.52. Extraordinary expenditures included about $22,000 to PNM for electrical service work at the county courthouse; $92,000 to the state of New Mexico for the first quarter safety net care pool payment; $43,000 to Sacaton Construction for work at the Forgotten Veterans Memorial Park; $16,000 to Department of Finance and Administration for reversion of unexpended money in a DWI grant; $52,000 for engineering work in North Hurley, on Rosedale Road and in Tyrone; and $17,000 first quarter payment to New Mexico State University for the Grant County Extension Service.-- Continue reading

Man arrested by Grant County Sheriff’s Department was on New Mexico’s most wanted list

Man arrested by Grant County Sheriff’s Department was on New Mexico’s most wanted list


Grant County Sheriff’s Department investigators were able to gather information that Michael Lester Sproul (48 YOA/ Silver City) was still in the area of Grant County. With that information investigators, along with US Marshals, were able to pin point some locations within Silver City where Sproul had been seen. Law Enforcement Officials set up surveillance in those areas.

On October 20, 2016, just before 11:00 a.m., Investigators with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department were conducting surveillance in the area of the Albertson’s Shopping Center located at 1956 Highway 180 East in Silver City. At that time, they were able to locate Sproul. Sproul was arrested without incident and transported to the Grant County Detention Center. Sproul was arrested for a probation violation warrant issued by Judge JC Robinson, which has no bond. Sproul was on probation for Aggravated Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Embezzlement of a Vehicle, Forgery and Resisting Evading an Officer.-- Continue reading

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