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[Editor's Note: The Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting of Sept. 18, 2018 will be covered in a multi-part series of articles.]

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, Grant County commissioners at their combined meeting heard first the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly update.

GRMC Chief Executive Director Taffy Arias said she is excited about the several initiatives the hospital has embarked upon. "The Patient Experience program improves every touchpoint a patient has with a caregiver. To the patients, it's what they consider as quality of care. What they understand is the care that is given at a touchpoint. It involves every employee in every department. People have a choice where to receive care."

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Gough Park was filled with people and dogs during the Third Annual Silver City Pride Fest Saturday afternoon. LGBTQ folk and their friends and families were out to enjoy the day and celebrate life and diversity. There were quite a few people from out of town, and one gentleman even said he was visiting from Germany.

image002Canceled: Mr. Mendoza was found in El Paso, TX and is safe.

Deming / Lordsburg, NM -The following information is for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the New Mexico State Police.

New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating Higinio Rodriguez Mendoza, a Hispanic male, seventy-nine-years-old, five-foot-tall, weighing 135 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, dark colored pants, black cowboy hat and eye glasses. He was last seen on September 11, 2018 leaving the Sunshine Haven Nursing Home on Hadeco Dr. in Lordsburg, NM. He is possibly headed to an address on the 1400 block of Birch Street in Deming, NM. He is believed to be in danger if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the New Mexico State Police at (575) 382-2500.

Freeport-McMoRan hosts tour of new Cobre Mine haul road 091318

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Tom Shelley of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. of New Mexico, organized and moderated the tour of the new Cobre Mine haul road, which crosses the newly constructed tunnel over New Mexico 152.

Acres: ~355 Start Date: September 7, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles West of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 38
General Information: The Noland Fire was discovered on September 7 burning in timber and grass at approximately 3 acres.

Fire Operations: There are two type 6 engines, one hot shot crew, and two small handcrew modules on the fire monitoring and assessing and protecting values at risk. The boundaries for this fire are Forest Road 4, Forest Road 14A and constructed handlines; and it is remaining within the boundaries.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias welcomed the Auxiliary members to a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

All photos by Frank Kenney

The Cliff FFA fundraiser held on Sept. 8, 2018 took place at Baird Arena behind the Cliff Fairgrounds.

Ninety-five percent of the photos have working horses in them, The other 5 percent are the fillies and colts of ranch horses picked for their desire and heart to carry on the team roping and barrel racing traditions. 

"I think horses are like wool, leather and goose down, unbeatable at what they are used for," Kenney said. "And the horse is simply the backbone of a ranch in the Gila and her surrounding public lands." He said the Junior Barrel Race was won by 15-year-old Hailly Kerr.

All photos by Frank Kenney

Animas Labor Day Roping is a community-wide gathering and roping competition to celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer. Youngsters get to team up with mom or dad or another adult to learn the "ropes."

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