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By Roger Lanse

A sentencing hearing for Brad Farrington, 31, of Silver City, has been set for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at 10 a.m., in Silver City’s 6th Judicial District Court. Farrington was convicted Aug. 16, 2018, of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Cassy Farrington.

According to George Zsoka, lead prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office, the conviction carries a mandatory life sentence with an automatic appeal to the New Mexico State Supreme Court. Zsoka said he expects no argument at the hearing from either prosecution or defense attorneys.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, to hear updates from hospital administrators.

The first item of business was the Safety Moment. Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said her department has been focusing on communication, using the SBAR (situation-background-assessment-recommendation) tool. "We are hoping to tighten up communication, always with safety in mind."

Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes said communication was key to the recent Meditech 6.15 update. He said the implementation went live one minute past their target time. "We had a couple of dozen issues that were fixed within the first day. One has yet to be resolved, so we turned it off. The smooth implementation prevented any impacts to the hospital."

Thoreau, NM – On August 30, 2018, around 12:30 p.m., the New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal collision involving a semi-tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County. Interstate 40 westbound was completely closed for approximately eight (8) hours because of this crash and subsequent investigation.
 
This crash scene occurred in a rural area between Gallup and Grants, NM. Multiple agencies responded to assist at the scene, including the Milan Police Department, Navajo Nation Police Department, McKinley County Sheriff's Office, Cibola County Sheriff's Office, McKinley County Fire Department, Cibola County Fire Department, and numerous surrounding volunteer fire departments. As officers and EMS arrived at the scene, they encountered passing motorists who had stopped to render aid to the injured. Those injured were transported to area hospitals via ambulances and multiple medical helicopters.

These Grant County 4-H Achievement Day winners will be entered at the New Mexico State Fair.

Silver City, NM, August 31, 2018 – Gila Regional Medical Center, a 68-bed hospital in Silver City, New Mexico, today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Gila Regional underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey on April 17-19, 2018. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Photos by Frank Kenney

The Hidalgo County Fair roping contest took place on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds. 

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Monday morning, Aug. 27, 2018, Democrats brought their top-of-the-ticket candidates to Grant County to speak and rally the troops.

Prior to the arrival of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham and lieutenant governor candidate Grant County's Senator Howie Morales, three candidates for the court of appeals were intriduced to the crowd at Q's Bistro.

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