GRMC Governing Board met for monthly meeting 032521

By Mary Alice Murphy

The meeting of the members of the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board, which consists of the five Grant County Commissioners, Chris Ponce, Javier "Harvey" Salas, Chair Alicia Edwards, Billy Billings and Harry Browne, began with introductions.

Edwards welcomed Human Resources Director Johanna Gramer to the meeting. The chair then announced that Jesse Doubrava, now in the Family Practice Clinic, has served Gila Regional for 35 years. She said she is always pleasantly amazed at how long some people have worked at the hospital.

Ponce said when he served in law enforcement that Doubrava was with the ambulance services at the time, and that "he was always professional and attentive. When I see him now, he's a great person, and I just want to acknowledge his service."

The members then went into a more than two-hour long executive session to hear reports, of which a few were repeated in the open session.

Read more ...

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 238 new cases, totaling 190,716 - 032621

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 238 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

73 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
36 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
8 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
2 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
6 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
15 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
13 new cases in Sandoval County
22 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
20 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
6 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Friday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Read more ...

Grant County Commission discusses new investment policy 032321

[Editor's Note: This is the third and final report of the Commission work session on March 23, 2021.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County commissioners heard two presentations prior to discussing a new county investment policy at the second work session of the month on March 23, 2021. The previous presentations can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63903-grant-county-commissioners-hear-presentations-at-second-work-session-of-month-032321-part-1 and https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63913-grant-county-commissioners-hear-proposal-for-a-county-health-and-human-services-department-032321 .

Grant County Treasurer Patrick Cohn said he has worked hard on the investment policy. "I talked to a lot of other county treasurers across the state, as well as our financial advisor, Larry Lundberg of Moreton Capital."

District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards asked if the investment policy was simply revised or fully new.

Read more ...

Grant County Commissioners hear proposal for a county health and human services department 032321

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the county work session on March 23, 2021]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tuesday, March 23, 2021's work session, the second of the month for the Grant County Commission, featured presentations and discussions.

The first presentation can be read at: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63903-grant-county-commissioners-hear-presentations-at-second-work-session-of-month-032321-part-1 .

Renee Despres, PhD, MPH, NM-EMT/I, a local health consultant, presented a proposal for commissioners to consider planning and budgeting for a Grant County Health and Human Services Department.

She said such an agency, managed by the county, would provide necessary infrastructure to support residents' wellbeing, build local health care, social services, and public health capacity, as well as coordinating existing resources in the county, using a data-driven approach. It would also advise county leadership on evidence-based policy decisions.

Read more ...

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 235 new cases, totaling 190,491 - 032521

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 235 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

94 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
6 new cases in Luna County
7 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
26 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
14 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Read more ...

Grant County commissioners hear presentations at second work session of month 032321, part 1

[Editor's Note: This is likely to be a several part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second work session of each month held by the Grant County Commission is not followed by a regular session. It usually allows for presentations.

The Commission work session on March 23, 2021 included two presentations—the first from the NMSU Arrowhead County Level Revenue and Expenditure Analysis of Eddy County, with Eddy County Commission Ernie Carlson giving most of the presentation, using the graphs and words of the author of the analysis, NMSU Arrowhead Center program director, using his own company, KW Consulting, Kramer Winingham.

Carlson said he kept getting questions from legislators asking how they could explain to their constituents why they had supported items that benefitted southeast New Mexico rather than their own districts. Carlson said it is because southeast New Mexico contributes much more to the state budget than any other area of the state.

Read more ...

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 218 new cases, totaling 190,275 - 032421

Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 218 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

52 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Curry County
59 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
4 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
9 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Read more ...

County residents urged to register for vaccinations

By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021 Silver City town council meeting, the town's emergency management officer, Jeff Fell, urged residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccination even if they do not plan to get the shot. Fell said the reason for registering is to enable county health officials to plan ahead. Fell stressed that registering does not obligate a person to get the vaccination.

According to Fell, about 23,111 Grant County residents are eligible to register for the vaccine, and, so far, about half have. Approximately 9,302 residents have received at least one injection -- about half the initial shot and half the booster. At this rate of about 1,600 per week, Fell said, the county is on an easy track to reach CDC's goal of 70 percent vaccinated by the end of June 2021. Questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine program can be directed to 575/597-7029, M-F -- 8-12 a.m. and 1- 4 p.m., or emailed to grantcountynmcares@gmail.com.

Read more ...

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 https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. 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 cheaper and shorter option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com 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 editor@grantcountybeat.com. 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—www.grantcountybeat.com

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com 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.