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[Editor's Note: This second and final portion includes the business part of the meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting, commissioners addressed business agenda items after hearing the monthly update from Gila Regional Medical Center and county reports. The article can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54026-grant-county-commission-held-a-combined-work-session-and-regular-meeting-on-oct-10-2019

Commissioners approved the Santa Rita Volunteer Fire Department and Tyrone VFD applications for fire protection funding for fiscal year 2020.

ROAD ADVISORY
LANE CLOSURE – Silver City Area
US 180 from mile post 114.5 to 115.5 the westbound right driving lane will have closures on roadway for employees and equipment for road repairs. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 2:30 pm.

By Taysha Walter

The Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District forum for positions 1 and 2 was held on October 16, 2019. Nick Seibel of the Silver City Daily Press moderated the forum, and asked questions along with Geoffrey Plant, reporter focusing on water, environmental and agricultural issues for the Silver City Daily Press.

The forum opened with candidates presenting their opening statements.

[Editor's Note: This may be abbreviated because of the sheer length of the meeting but will likely be several articles. This is the first.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business was the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly report.

Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias:
We are very excited about the past month. One of the most exciting things was our participation in the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival and Health Fair. The hospital hadn't participated in five years. We, led by our nursing leadership Chief Nursing Officer Rose Lopez, took several folks. We had Native Air and an EMS crew. We had Roberta "Bertie" Berry with the Stop the Bleed program. Bonnie Stone was there as a diabetes teacher. Pediatrician Dr. Andre Worrell was there, as well as surgeon Dr. "Butch" Rosser who gave a 1½-hour presentation on GERD and heartburn. Chris DeBolt, who helped organize the health fair, did an excellent job. We are hoping to be more involved with community activities such as this.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, an event welcomed home veterans from various conflicts with a celebration to honor those who recently and in the past participated in Honor Flights.

Honor Flights for the southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, region, fly veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the various war memorials.

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver School Board candidate forum happened October 14, 2019 in the WNMU Global Resource Center auditorium. The Silver City Daily Press and Independent sponsored the event and Publisher Nick Seibel acted as moderator.

Seibel opened up with an introduction of C.P. Thompson, who covers education for the Silver City Daily Press (SCPD). Thompson asked questions on behalf of the newspaper.

Seibel asked that the audience, should they have questions, use the provided note cards and pencils to write them down and turn them in. He asked that questions be succinct and to have them addressed to all candidates rather than a specific candidate.

He also asked that applause be held until the end of the closing statements.

Photos by Frank Kenney

The annual Luna County Fair Junior Rodeo took place on Oct. 6, 2019 at the Luna County Fairgrounds in Deming. Frank Kenney was on hand to chronicle the event with his photography.

arts and military photo mrac Lt. Gov. Howie Morales spoke to participants at the Arts and Military Roundtable on Oct. 8. (Photo Courtesy of Mimbres Region Arts Council)Article by Mary Alice Murphy

According to New Mexico Arts, which in conjunction with the Mimbres Region Arts Council, organized the Arts and Military Roundtable on Oct. 8, 2019, The event at the Fort Bayard National Landmark New Deal Theater drew one of the largest crowds in their statewide outreach.

Attendees included veterans, art organizations, the Grant County Community Foundation, the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society, the Silver City Museum, and those interested in arts and veterans.

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