Grant County Commission holds special meeting 042324, part 2

[Editor's Note: This is the second of a series of articles of a long Grant County special meeting on April 23, 2024.]

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Following two presentations at the April 23, 2024 Grant County Commission special meeting, people were invited to testify on the Grant County Fire and Emergency Services Administrative Ordinance O-24-01. An ordinance providing for the administration of the County Fire Department.

Tom Wyatt (spelling?) of the Sapillo Volunteer Fire Department, after being sworn in by District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce, identified himself and said he had lived in the Lake Roberts area for the past four years. "I joined the volunteer fire department after they recruited me. I'm 77 with a bad knee, but I am trying to be beneficial in what they said they needed."

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Current U. S. Flag could be Obsolete if Heinrich's Puerto Rican Statehood Bill Passes.

By Frost McGahey

hinrichPhoto from Sen. Martin Heinrich's website
Recently the Albuquerque Journal ran an editorial on Senator Martin Heinrich's bill that could make Puerto Rico the 51st State. This would give them two senators and four house seats. Overlooked was the consequence that it would make all current American flags obsolete.

Of concern to the Journal was the 2020 Census in which New Mexico barely kept the 3 House Congressional districts and five Electoral College votes that it has because of the lack of population.

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LOCATED: Nicole Vannatter Missing person Silver City NM 052324

nicole vannatter 1LOCATED: Name: Nicole Vannatter
AGE:2 9
WEIGHT:150 H A I R : Brown

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistant in locating Nicole Vannatter. She was last seen on Monday May 16, 2024 at the Javelina Coffee House in Silver City, NM. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts and brown sandals.  Her direction of travel and destination is unknown. Any one with information on the whereabouts of Nicole Vannater is asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 575-388-8840 or dial 911.

See the New Mexico State poster below:

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Update: Investigation on death of 5-year-old results in arrests of parents

The investigation of the death of a 5-year-old child has resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old mother, Music Lee Adame and 39-year-old father, Mathew Curtis Bynum.

On March 10, 2024 at approximately 11:14 A.M., deputies responded to the area of 97 Quail Run Road, in regards to a non-responsive 5-year-old female. Deputies did perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation while waiting for EMS. Life-saving measures performed on the 5-year-old child were unsuccessful.

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Bayard hires new clerk-treasurer

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a regular meeting April 22, 2024. Attendance included Mayor John L. Ojinaga, councilors, Frances Gonzales, Eloy Gonzales, and Gilbert Ortiz. Mayor Pro Tem Eloy Medina didn't attend.

The council approved the consent agenda that included meeting minutes, wastewater report and police report. It also included emotional survival for law enforcement training for all officers and weapon system training for two of them.

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Hurley passes dog ordinance

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a regular meeting May 14, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, councilors Nanette Day, Reynaldo Maynes, Keana Huerta, and James Langley.

Langley wanted to table personnel items on the agenda because he wanted evaluations before he would approve the removal of probation for some new employees. He didn't feel the department heads' recommendation would be enough. The council approved the agenda with the tabling of those items and will address it at the upcoming special meeting.

Public input

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Freeport-McMoRan Named One of the Top Community-minded Companies in U.S.

PHOENIX, AZ, May 22, 2024 – Freeport-McMoRan has again been named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States with its inclusion on The Civic 50 list that recognizes corporate volunteerism and community engagement.

Freeport has made the list 11 times since its inception in 2012. The list is compiled by the Points of Light Foundation, a nonpartisan global nonprofit organization. It recognizes companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in investment of resources, stakeholder engagement and volunteerism that is embedded in their policies and demonstrate measurable impacts.

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Grant County Commission holds special meeting 042324

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles of a long Grant County special meeting on April 23, 2024.]
img 7911Commissioner Edwards and other commissioners presented a Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation to recipients

img 7917A presentation by Financial Officer Linda Vasquez to Samuel Hernandez, payroll specialist.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission declared two proclamations, both at District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards's request at its special meeting on April 23, 2024.

She read the first one which proclaimed May 2024 as Mental Health Awareness Month. Commissioners approved the proclamation.

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