This one addresses a discussion on potential road abandonment and begins county reports.
[This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Grant County Commission meetings.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Following the presentations [links at the bottom of this article] at the work session on June 21, 2022, commissioners held a discussion on the vacation and abandonment of a portion of Bald Knoll Road.
Planning and Community Development Department Director Priscilla Shoup said she had been in contact with the Bureau of Land Management, "which gave the county the waiver for right-of-way of the road, back in 1984, as it contains a portion of BLM land. So, we have taken the accompanying resolution off the table, because we need more time to investigate the issue. If the county decides to continue with this, the private property owner of the land next to the BLM land would like to have the ability to obtain the right-of-way. The BLM has a process, he would have to go through to get that right-of-way. Mr. Ty Bays was here, and he serves on the road abandonment committee. He was unable to stay, but he wanted to give the reasons why the committee agreed to abandon the road. He said one reason was that the county was not maintaining the road in a satisfactory manner for safety of travel for residents and commercial vehicles. The property owners have done significant maintenance on the roads themselves. County maintenance to acceptable standards would be very expensive and would likely cause unintended consequences for other more traveled roads in the county. Closure of the road will not prohibit public access to the public land, except for access to a small block of 40 acres of BLM land. The landowners are in agreement on maintenance of the road, as well as closure of the road. Abandonment of this road would release county resources to better maintain other more traveled county roads. There are two portions of BLM land affected that the agency granted the waiver on. The road affects Mr. Bradberry and Mr. Norris, who would maintain the road. The abandonment of the two portions would be taken over by the two property owners."
[Editor's Note: This editor issues an apology to the author and to readers. I've been swamped with personal business in addition to Beat business this week, and haven't done a very good job of keeping up with either. Here is the belated posting of the Tuesday evening Silver City Town Council meeting.]
By Roger Lanse
Several employees of the SPIN shelter spoke before council, including Elizette Dominguez, Gail Stanford, Mark McAllister, Joseph Dominguez, and Karissa Andazola, stating the shelter helped them from regressing back into addiction or crime, one saying it actually saved their life. Executive Director Christine Wolford said when she heard the suggestion to build a new shelter behind Walmart as a way to avoid problems in the residential area, she was more excited than stressed. "I would be uber excited if the city built us a big facility behind Walmart. That would just make my day."
District 2 Councilor Nicholas Prince focused on the SPIN shelter which at the last council meeting was objected to by many residents due to its presence in a residential neighborhood. Prince stated he was 'gravely concerned' by the language that many used which dehumanizes, and distances those of us who are fortunate enough to have inherited or can afford homes from those who haven't. He said he 'absolutely' needs to warn that the consequences of using this type of language may make it easier to commit acts of violence among those who are already disenfranchised. Prince stated he was impressed with the shelter board and staff and their diversity of programs.
[Editor's Note: Some of these areas have turned into Flash Flood Warnings, so be prepared.]
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.
* WHERE...A portion of southwest New Mexico, including the following
area, Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range.
* WHEN...Until 9 PM MDT this evening.
Dan Otero, HMS CEO, announced on Friday that at the recommendation of the current program General Medical Education Committee (GMEC), the HMS Family Medicine Residency Program will need to close, at least temporarily. To effectively run a residency program, at minimum it requires a Program Director and a Core Faculty. Since the program's inception, the program had transitioned through six faculty. When Dr. Darrick Nelson resigned on February 8, 2022, as the Program Director and Designated Institutional Officers (DIO), an immediate national search for permanent faculty ensued and interim faculty were located and assigned.
HMS expresses sincere thanks to these interim individuals who filled faculty positions within the residency program. Dr. Oliver Hayes served as the DIO, Dr. John Andazola served as the Program Director (PD), and Dr. Salvador Adame-Zambrano, served as the Associate Program Director (APD). Additionally, Dr. Pedro Armendariz and Dr. Teresa Arizaga served as a part-time faculty.
Multiple agencies respond to fatal accident at intersection of HWY 190 E and Fort Bayard Road 070122
On July 1, 2022 at approximately 10:56 am, Grant County Central Dispatch received an emergency call from an off-duty Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy who reported a serious motor vehicle accident in the intersection of U.S. Highway 180 East and Fort Bayard Road in the Village of Santa Clara. It was reported that a black SUV traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed had collided with the rear-end of a commercial semi-tractor trailer combination which had stopped for a red traffic signal in the intersection.
Multiple Deputies responded and were assisted on-scene by the Hurley Police Department, the City of Bayard Animal Control Officer, Employees of the Village of Santa Clara and an Employee of Hamilton Construction. Traffic on U.S. Highway 180 East was affected in both directions for approximately 30 minutes.
Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin NM-
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley NM-
729 PM MDT Thu Jun 30 2022
...A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of south central Grant,
western Luna and central Hidalgo Counties through 10:30PM MDT...
At 729 PM MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 5
miles north of Separ. This storm was nearly stationary.