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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, Republicans gathered in Gough Park to hear from local and statewide candidates and to partake of homemade goodies, along with hamburgers and hot dogs. It rained on the "parade," but shelter was available under the large covered area.

August 23, 2018 – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, is happy to announce their successful update to MediTech 6.15 went exactly as planned.

“This update was planned and executed exactly to specifics as detailed in our Strategic Plan,” said Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Taffy Arias. “The smoothness in which the upgrade was implemented is a reflection of the planning, training, and supervision of our Leadership Team.”

On August 25, 2018 around 5:00 a.m., New Mexico State Police officers investigated a single-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 at mile marker 91 in Luna County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a Chevrolet SUV with three occupants was traveling westbound on Interstate 10. Around mile marker 91 the vehicle left the roadway and subsequently rolled. The front passenger, Ariel llerenas (27) of Watauga, TX, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported from the scene to the University Medical Center in El Paso, TX where she succumbed to her injuries sustained in the collision. No other serious injuries were reported.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, 2018, PNM filed documents to the Public Regulations Commission for the utility to enter the Energy Imbalance Market.

"We foresee a $17 million savings through better utilization of renewable energy through the EIM," Tom Fallgren, PNM vice president of generation, said. "The EIM was created in 2014, as a voluntary real-time balancing of energy resources. If our filing is approved, PNM would be the 13th entity in the EIM. Energy imbalance occurs when the supply of energy doesn't meet the actual demand for energy. The EIM pools the resources of all members and enables the utilities to buy and sell electricity for short periods of time, such as five minutes and 15 minutes, at the most economical rate."

swapp 7524Last year, Grant County Agricultural Agent Jessica Swapp attended a National Association of County Agricultural Agents conference. Presenters encouraged participants to apply for awards from the NACAA,

This year, she looked through the categories and chose to enter a promotional flyer for a workshop she was hosting at the Grant County Extension Office.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission special meeting held Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, although public input is not on special meeting agendas, commissioners allowed input before making decisions on two forest road issues—one on designating Bear Creek area of interest a motorized trail and the decommissioning of already closed roads in the Burro Mountains.

An item on the agenda to appoint an alternate member to the County Valuation Board, which had been requested by Assessor Raul Turrieta at the previous week's regular meeting, was removed from the agenda.

On August 21, 2018, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Catron County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Preliminary information indicated both a CCSO deputy and male suspect had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Through initial investigation State Police learned that on the morning of August 21, 2018, CCSO deputies had been dispatched to investigate an incident in which an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) had been stolen from a residence on US 60 near the New Mexico/Arizona border. The owner of the stolen ATV informed deputies he witnessed a male suspect driving his ATV from his property. The ATV also had a rifle attached to the front.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Copper Cruizers had 155 entered in the annual Run to Copper Country Car Show held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Gough Park in Silver City. Vintage automobiles of all types circled the park. Owners had cleaned and shined their special vehicles to look their best. Awards were given out early afternoon. 

The list of winners follows:

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