Grant County Commission work session 102522 part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final article of a multi-article series about the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The final discussion at the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022 addressed the potential of the county funding a Health and Human Services Department, as requested by District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards.

"I asked in September for an ordinance to create and fund a county Health and Human Services Department," Edwards said. "I'm sharing information I gathered in response to questions. I've been calling it the Health and Human Services Department, but Jamie in Dona Ana County says not to call it that, because it makes it look like it is too closely connected to the state department with that name. I don't know what we'll call it, but it won't be the HHS. Dona Ana is one example of a county with a similar department and Rio Arriba County is a better comparison for us. They had the highest heroin addiction rate in the nation. They created a health and human services department, which currently has 25 people doing a lot of interesting things. It is a direct services department, but I don't think we should do direct services. But their department can be a model for us. We can augment what we do using the services of partners. We allocated ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to Incite to help us create a network to determine our priorities. We will hear from them in November on the funding process."

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Grant County Commission work session 102522 part 2

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of likely a multi-article series about the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next discussion at the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022 addressed the potential to adopt a local option gross receipts tax.

District 2 Commissioner Javier "Harvey" Salas said he asked for the item to be placed on the agenda. "I am the last one to want more taxes, but I want a discussion on adopting a local option gross receipts tax. It's an option."

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce said it is always hard to raise taxes, "but we have needs. I'm open-minded. The only thing I would ask is that we have a plan to use the extra funding."

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Robert A. Montoya, Cobre alumnus, promotes the U.S. Naval Academy

fb img 1669172047834By Mary Alice Murphy

Robert A. Montoya, who graduated from Cobre High School in 2020, talked to the Beat about his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy and why high schoolers should consider the academy for their higher education goals.

"I am a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, a midshipman," Montoya said. "The academy chooses a few students to come back to their congressional district to do interviews to encourage potential candidates that the academy is the best place to apply when they are considering where to go to college."

He said the application process begins at the end of a student's junior year in high school.

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Grant County Commission work session 102522 part 1

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of likely a multi-article series about the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce at the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 25, 2022, welcomed back former and rehired County Manager Charlene Webb.

The first presentation came from Evangeline Zamora, co-chair of the Grant County Community Health Council. "Since last month, we've been working with the New Mexico Department of Health on a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), as well as on a statewide CHIP. Each community is to determine its own plan with social determinants. We had two meeting to listen to the data that was gathered by Dr. Josh Whaley. [For a report on the first meeting, visit:].

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Grant County Commission work session Oct. 11 and regular meeting Oct. 13, 2022, part 5

[Editor's Note: This is part 5 and the final of a multi-article series on the Oct. 11, 2022 work session and the Oct. 13 regular meeting. This begins with presentations at the regular meeting and includes the review of the regular meeting at the work session and the decisions made at the meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission regular meeting began with the monthly update from Gila Regional Medical Center

GRMC Interim Chief Executive Officer Greg Brickner explained the hospital had switched to UKG for the human resources functions. "They are processing their first payroll under the new system today. We noticed some mistakes, so we corrected them. The money won't hit bank accounts until today and tomorrow. Because our Chief Financial Officer Patrick Banks is checking everything, I'm reporting for him today."

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Luna County Resident Calls 2022 Election Certification Into Question

In a split vote Luna County Commissioners decided to certify the 2022 General Election results. Commissioners John Sweetser and Linda Smrkovsky voted in favor of, and Commissioner Barbara Reedy voted against certification. Reedy voted against certifying after hearing a public presentation from private citizen Leslie Bronken that questioned the accuracy of the certification results.

Bronken asked the Luna County Board of County Commissioners to delay certification until the commissioners had a chance to meet with the county clerk to review records and determine if there were any errors or omissions in the certification.

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Clarification on one item: Hurley getting a Dollar General store

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a regular meeting November 8, 2022, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes, councilors, Freddie Rodriquez, and Nanette Day. Mateo Madrid did not attend.

The council approved the agenda for the meeting.

Public input

Esther Gil wanted to recommend Mateo Madrid be appointed judge.

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