Capital Outlay Funding for Senior Services in Grant County

At the Grant County Commissioners meeting held on August 30, 2023, there was a lengthy discussion regarding the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plans (ICIP) submitted to the County for approval by Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS). County officials had requested that a representative from HMS be present at the meeting to discuss these items, which were tabled at a previous commission meeting. Unfortunately, this request for attendance received by email was missed, and representation was not fulfilled. Dr. Dan Otero, HMS CEO, personally apologized for the oversight directly in writing to each County commissioner, the County Manager, and the Planning and Community Development Director. HMS extends its gratitude to the County Commission and County officials for moving forward on their approvals with the limited data and clarification needed.

HMS assumed oversight of the Grant County Senior Centers in 2017 at the request of the County and with the full partnership between the County, the Town of Silver City, and other area agencies. HMS leases the facilities from Grant County and the Town of Silver City. The annual ICIP applications and approved project completion require a collaborative approach between the local agencies and HMS to ensure these funds are utilized for their intended purposes. Since 2017, a total of approximately $1,339,858 has been utilized on 20 different ICIP enhancements (facility upgrades, capital equipment, new vehicles, etc.) for both Grant and Hidalgo Counties. HMS contracts directly with the New Mexico Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to provide congregate meals, home-delivered meals, and transportation to county residents. HMS holds this state contractual partnership in both Grant and Hidalgo Counties and provides services to approximately 400 seniors in the two-county area. In addition to managing the six centers with a federal and state operating budget of over $580,000 a year, HMS has contributed $358,711 since 2017 with in-kind contributions in support of effective services.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Leadership Team, HMS is proud to serve our seniors through our state and local partnerships. We encourage our seniors and community members to call Steven Chavira, HMS Senior Services Director, or Dr. Dan Otero, HMS CEO, at 575-800-1HMS (1467) for questions or concerns.

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option above this to the right, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a simpler option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. Send your information to and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

It has come to this editor's attention that people are sending information to the Grant County Beat Facebook page. Please be aware that the editor does not regularly monitor the page. If you have items you want to send to the editor, please send them to Thanks!

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—

Feel free to notify if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.