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Life Quest, Inc. (LQI), a non-profit located in Silver City, NM that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and children from birth to 3 with or at risk for developmental disabilities, is announcing its permanent closure. Life Quest has been a very important part of this community for 45 years, providing services for children and adults and had been the sole provider for Early Intervention (EI) services for Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties for the past 30 years. Over these years, Early Intervention services resulted in thousands of children who were prepared for the transition to school and also facilitated community inclusion and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

During the spring of 2017 a decision was made by the NM Department of Health to award an additional provider, who is for-profit provider in the area, the ability to provide contract services for the Early Intervention Program in the four county region. This particular provider had also been the sole therapy contractor for Life Quest for the previous two years. Life Quest was told by the state that this decision was based on population and the allowance of a “Freedom of Choice” for families. This decision did not account for the dwindling population of the rural areas we served nor did it account for the shortage of available therapists in the rural southwest. When the new provider was awarded the Early Intervention contract they ended their contract with Life Quest and subsequently all the therapists and many of Life Quest’s trained staff went with them.

photo 1 rsSen. John Arthur Smith is the speaker.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Spann.
By Danna Lopez

On Monday, April 9, the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 traveled to Deming to participate in the annual Bataan Death March Tribute presented by the Bataan Elementary School's fifth graders.

Mimbres, NM, April 16, 2018—For Immediate Release. The L-T West Prescribed Burn, on the Wilderness Ranger District, is staffed and in a monitor/patrol status. Currently, no further firing ignitions are planned.

Winds are variable, and the edges around the 17 mile perimeter are cooling. Turkey hunters are in the area and report that turkeys have been seen in the burn area. Smoke will continue to be seen for the next week and was drifting into the area of Sapillo Creek this morning.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Richard Maynes, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid attended as well as Mayor Ed Stevens.

During public input, Charles Hubbard spoke to council about reinstating and updating the town website. Hubbard said the website would be a good centerpiece for the town, where information and advertisements could be displayed. Hubbard added that it would be nice to see a Hurley resident as the new webmaster.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dirk Holtman, project manager from TLC Company Inc., the contractor on the NM 15, also known as Pinos Altos Road through the middle of Silver City between U.S. 180 and 32nd Street, explained the project will reconstruct the road, widen it and add storm drains and water lines between U.S. 180 and 32nd Street.

Grey Meyer is the Project Superintendent from TLC staying locally. NM DOT District 1 Project Manager is Brian P. Torres, with Alma Quintana, the NM DOT project office manager. Bryan Johnsen is the traffic control supervisor for TLC.

Holtman said the informational meetings would be held in the even-numbered months on the second Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. The next meeting is slated for June 13.

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Standing, from left: Angelo Moreno, senior, Lordsburg High School; Seth Neal, sophomore, Silver High School; Frankie Camacho, sophomore, Lordsburg HS; Niah Tarpley, freshman, Silver HS; Art Diaz, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg; Lionel Reyes, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg. Kneeling from left: Jose Gomez Jr., freshman, Lordsburg HS; Jose Gomez Sr., (playing the non-uniformed bad guy), Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg; and Brandon Thomas, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg.Article and photo by Roger Lanse

The Beat received a report from a motorist driving by at about 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 14, of an incident possibly taking place outside the new Santa Clara Administrative Center (old Armory). The motorist reported law enforcement officers pointing pistols through the windows of a U.S. Border Patrol truck with the doors open at a man in a small car, with a black tarp on the ground, possibly a body bag.

Silver City, NM, April 14, 2018—Warmer temperatures and high spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila National Forest. In addition, fire crews and forest visitors have been reporting an increase in abandoned campfires in and around the Gila National Forest.

A fire danger rating of HIGH is defined as “all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes.” Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted.

SILVER CITY, NM – Today, the Grant County Board of Commissioners announced the completion of presentations from potential GRMC partners and GRMC leaders. The commissioners heard presentations from Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, LifePoint Health and GRMC leaders. The presentations were an opportunity for the organizations to outline their vision for GRMC and ensuring Grant County’s healthcare future.

No decision has been made about GRMC’s future.

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