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By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the meeting of the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017, after the approval of the agenda, Taffy Arias, Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, approached the podium to give her report. She asked first that Dr. Tariq Ibrahim introduce himself, as the hospital's newest general surgeon.

"I was born in Dallas, grew up in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and returned to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School," Ibrahim said. "I began my career in New Mexico. I started with the Indian Services in Gallup, went to Ruidoso, then to Mountain View in Las Cruces. I do bread-and-butter surgery and endoscopy, and ultimately I want to build a trauma center here, whether level 3 or 4, I don't know."

Arias said the hospital is looking for a larger space for the two surgeons that work for the hospital and a new urologist when one is recruited. "If you know of any buildings, let us know."

By Hallie Richwine

The regular meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on November 6, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately an hour and twenty minutes.

There was no unfinished business to review or public input to hear.

During the administrative section of the agenda, Central Elementary mathematics students Christopher Draper and Michaela Dominguez presented a lesson to the board. Mathematics students practice daily to retain knowledge of their skills.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The financial report was the first major item at the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 7, 2017, which addressed the review of the regular meeting agenda to be considered on Nov. 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Administration Center.

Financial Officer Linda Vasquez gave the first quarterly report of the 2018 fiscal year.

The beginning balance of the General Fund on July 1, 2017 was $3,566,077, with revenues to date of $898,485, transfers of ($580,000), expenditures to date of $2,506,119 leaving a cash balance on Sept. 30, 2017 of $1,378,443.

By Roger Lanse

Saturday, Nov. 5, about 7 p.m., a mountain lion was sighted by a resident on the 2000 block of N. Silver Street, in the ditch, sitting in plain view, according to a Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority blotter entry and was confirmed by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel. In another GCRDA blotter entry, on Sunday, Nov. 6, about 8 p.m., the cougar was spotted again by the resident in the same location walking in the ditch.

According to Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, on Monday, Nov. 7, around 7 p.m., officers located the cougar in the ditch area east of Silver Street and north of 19th Street, behind the Mormon Church. Aided by a flashlight, an officer fired two shots with a .223 caliber rifle, Reynolds said, killing the big cat. Reynolds said NMDGF personnel picked up the animal.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Redemption of Two Series of Senior Notes

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that notices have been issued to redeem on December 11, 2017, $617 million aggregate principal amount of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) and Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC (FMOG) senior notes. In accordance with the terms of respective indentures governing the notes, the notes will be redeemed at the redemption prices set forth in the table below, together with accrued and unpaid interest on the notes redeemed to, but not including, the redemption date.

fmi to redeem two series of senior notes

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

CrossPoint Church held it's two-day holiday market on Nov. 4, 2017 in the community hall. Vendors lined the walls in the foyer, and in the main room, as well as rows of vendors in the middle of the room. Eddie Evatt made his usually spread of food to sell at the market.

Buyers had two days to peruse the wares and pick up some homemade goodies for Christmas and holiday hostess gifts.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd each year holds a bazaar, with all sorts of books, decorative items, clothes and plenty of baked goods to raise money for special projects. 

This year's bazaar took place on Nov. 4, in the church's community hall. 

cofcwillman110217Dr. Cheryl Willman, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center director and CEO, explains one of her slides. Photo Courtesy of Jane Janson

By Mary Alice Murphy

Toward the beginning of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Nov. 2, 2017, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees member Tony Trujillo introduced GRMC Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias.

"This is a time in history for Gila Regional," Arias said. "We are at the beginning of something bigger than any of us." She introduced Shelly Carter, the Cancer Center Clinical Manager. "She symbolizes what the Cancer Center means to everyone." Arias also introduced the GRMC Interim Chief Financial Officer, JoBeth Vance, who has helped her with the transition of the Cancer Center to the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center as the provider of cancer care services.

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