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Grant County Commission hears reports and updates at work session 111621 and regular session 111821, part 7
[Editor's Note: This is the seventh of several articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 16 and the regular meeting Nov. 18, 2021. This article covers the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly report at the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation of the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 16, 2021, which covered the redistricting of the commission maps can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68669-grant-county-commission-hears-first-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-1. The following link covers the update on the Grant County Outdoor Recreation and Trails Master Plan: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68672-grant-county-commission-hears-second-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-2 . The third link leads to the discussion of a proposed disc golf course on state trust land: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68699-grant-county-commission-hears-third-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-3 . The fourth link covers a presentation from Air Methods: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68748-grant-county-commission-hears-fourth-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-4. The fifth and final presentation discussed a proposal for a new HMS Clinic in Mimbres: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68766-grant-county-commission-hears-fifth-presentation-at-work-session-111621-part-5 The sixth article addressed county reports at the work session: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68795-grant-county-commission-hears-reports-and-updates-at-work-session-111621-and-regular-session-111821-part-6

At the regular meeting on Nov. 18, 2021, the first report came from Gila Regional Medical Center Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Manis. He began by thanking the commissioners and Grant County for welcoming him when he first came and when he returned. "This will be my last Commission meeting. I thank you for allowing us to help you turn your hospital around. On Nov. 29, your new GRMC CEO Kathleen Kahill will arrive. "We will overlap for a week or so. I know the hospital will be in good hands with her. We continue to face challenges with Covid, and it is still challenging to keep staffing up to normal numbers. We will not be able to open the ICU (intensive care unit) by Dec. 1, as we had hoped, because finding nurses is challenging. We expect a few nursing graduates from Western New Mexico University to join us, but it's a long process for them to get ramped up. We continue to watch the situation across the state."

He noted that hospitals at UNM (University of New Mexico), Presbyterian, San Juan County and Alamogordo had had to go to crisis standards of care. [Editor's Note: The American Nursing Association gives definitions of the phrase at the end of this article: https://www.nursingworld.org/~496044/globalassets/practiceandpolicy/work-environment/health--safety/coronavirus/crisis-standards-of-care.pdf. In short, crisis standards of care may cause health care workers to have to ration care by deciding who is most likely to survive through use of certain protocols and medical equipment, such as ventilators.]

[Editor's Note: This is the sixth of several articles on the Grant County Commission work session and regular meeting on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, 2021. This article covers county reports at the work session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation of the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 16, 2021, which covered the redistricting of the commission maps can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68669-grant-county-commission-hears-first-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-1. The following link covers the update on the Grant County Outdoor Recreation and Trails Master Plan: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68672-grant-county-commission-hears-second-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-2 . The third link leads to the discussion of a proposed disc golf course on state trust land: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68699-grant-county-commission-hears-third-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-3 . The fourth link covers a presentation from Air Methods: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68748-grant-county-commission-hears-fourth-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-4. The fifth and final presentation discussed a proposal for a new HMS Clinic in Mimbres: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68766-grant-county-commission-hears-fifth-presentation-at-work-session-111621-part-5

County reports at the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 16, 2021 began with Tim Zamora giving the county manager report. He said New Mexico Counties would be sending someone on Nov. 23 to assess the detention center.

"We are also working on a Grant County calendar to track items in progress," Zamora said. "We have more work to do getting information from all the departments. I am also consulting with all department directors. I need to work with key staff. I will also set a time to meet with all elected officials. The health advisory committee will meet tomorrow (Nov. 17) via Zoom. Priscilla (Shoup, Planning and Community Development director) and I are working on things for the legislative session."

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to Silver Powersports, at 1503 Silver Heights Blvd, at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in reference to a burglary in progress. According to an SCPD incident report narrative, The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised officers that subjects were inside the gated property of the business and that security cameras had been tampered with.

Arriving at the scene, officers, the narrative said, encountered a male dressed all in black running north away from the business. The male was apprehended and identified as Ysidro Montano, 42, of Silver City. He was placed into investigative detention while officers searched the grounds for additional suspects. Officers observed that the business’ chain-link fence in the northwest corner had been cut with what appeared to be fence-cutting tools lying alongside.

By Roger Lanse

Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at Grandview Drive and Timmer Way West in Indian Hills on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at about 5:30 a.m. A female had called the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority stating that her boyfriend was beating her up and not allowing her to leave the home, according to a GCSO news release. A blotter entry also advised the female said at the hospital that he was hitting her and banging her head against the wall.

When deputies arrived, the release said, they had contact with Pete Evans, 38, of Silver City, who attempted to flee on foot. Deputies gave chase and while placing Evans in custody, Evans resisted, resulting in minor injuries to two deputies. Both Evans and the deputies were treated and released at Gila Regional Medical Center.

[Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of several articles on the Grant County Commission work session and regular meeting on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, 2021. This article gives a presentation on a proposed new HMS clinic in Mimbres.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation of the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 16, 2021, which covered the redistricting of the commission maps can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68669-grant-county-commission-hears-first-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-1. The following link covers the update on the Grant County Outdoor Recreation and Trails Master Plan: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68672-grant-county-commission-hears-second-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-2 . The third link leads to the discussion of a proposed disc golf course on state trust land: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68699-grant-county-commission-hears-third-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-3 . The fourth link covers a presentation from Air Methods: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/68748-grant-county-commission-hears-fourth-of-five-presentations-at-work-session-111621-part-4.

The final presentation addressed a proposed new Hidalgo Medical Services clinic in Mimbres.

HMS Chief Executive Officer Dan Otero thanked the commission for its continuing partnership. He introduced HMS Chief Operating Officer Amanda Frost.

james babinskiBy Mary Alice Murphy

James Babinski, a captain with Advanced Air, who flies into and out of the Grant County airport, said he began his career with Advanced Air in November 2018, first based at the home airport in Hawthorne, Calif., and also spent a short time in Phoenix, Ariz.

"I have been with Advanced Air for three years this month," Babinski said. "However, when Covid-19 happened, I spent seven months in Bogota, Colombia, where my mother's family lives.

"It is a testament to the company," Babinski said. "I stayed in contact with management, and they took me back in September 2020. Within a few months, I became captain. I was flying as co-pilot and now I'm captain."

In 2015, he got his pilot's license and got his ratings at Santa Monica Airport and his first pilot job at Van Nuys Airport, California, flying a private jet for about 8-9 months.

"I had friends working at Advanced Air and they encouraged me to apply," Babinski said. "I started flying into Silver City six or so months ago."

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

A week ago Saturday on Nov. 20, 2021, the Tamal y Mas Fiesta took place in the village of Santa Clara, for the fourth time. Before the fiesta became a part of the village celebrations, Silver City had hosted it several times. 

On a pleasant Saturday, Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch welcomed people to the fiesta. 

Guests, who had just arrived that morning, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Conservation Community Corps) youths took part in the fiesta. Their Fire 5 team leader Gavin McNamara of Boston told the Beat the members planned to be in Grant County for about a month. "We will be working at Fort Bayard and at The Commons food bank."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

If you didn't get to the Holiday Fiber Arts Sale put on by the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective, on Friday, make sure to visit the Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. You will find gifts of all types handmade by about 20 vendors in one of the large rooms and baked goodies will be for sale in the lobby.

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