Deming officials have plan to deal with immigrant influx

KOAT reports on Deming's plans to deal with immigrant influx after the expiration of Title 42. Short article and video at the link. 

Grant County Commissioners choose new GRMC Board of Trustees members 051123

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission regular meeting on May 11, 2023, commissioners after an executive session, came out of closed session and named new members to the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.

The county about three years ago took over the county-owned hospital as it approached bankruptcy. The hospital at the time was under an interim chief executive officer, as the previous one had abruptly resigned. The commissioners took on additional duties to serve as members of the GRMC Governing Board. One of their first items of business was to choose a management company. After research and due diligence, they chose HealthTech S3, now known simply as Health Tech.

Representatives of the company soon named a new Interim CEO Scott Manis. Vice presidents and various other officers of Health Tech began to work on bringing the hospital back to fiscal stability. Some layoffs occurred, and work on fiscal responsibility consumed the first year of operation under Health Tech.

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Woman leads officers on chase then crashes

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched on Sunday, May 7, 2023, to the Motel 6 in reference to a criminal damage to property complaint, Officers were advised a female was in the parking lot holding a bottle of alcohol and had caused damage to a motel window. As officers made contact with the female, she was seen to be driving recklessly in a red Chevrolet Camaro in the Comfort Inn parking lot.

According to SCPD reports, the female sped out of the Comfort Inn parking lot turning north onto Mountain View Road and then turning west onto Highway 180. Refusing to comply with the officer's lights and sirens, the driver traveled through the McDonald's parking lot, then north on Pinos Altos Road at a high rate of speed. The driver continued through the property of Mando's Body Shop, striking his mailbox, traveled up a dirt berm, collided with a metal light pole on the south side of Pinos Altos Road, crashed into two trees in the 1400 block of Pinos Altos Road, and nosed into a dip on that 1400 block property. The vehicle then flipped end-for-end landing on its roof and sliding about 10 yards.

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Freeport-McMoRan announces Richard Adkerson Selected for Induction into National Mining Hall of Fame

adkersonPHOENIX, AZ, May 10, 2023 - Richard Adkerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan, has been selected for induction into the National Mining Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the company and the global mining industry.

Adkerson has been a long- time champion of responsible mining. As a founding member and past Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals, he advanced initiatives to strengthen environmental and social performance in the mining sector. Today, all 12 of the company's copper producing sites globally have achieved the Copper Mark, a comprehensive responsible production assurance framework, developed specifically for the copper industry.

Adkerson was the primary architect of the "dream come true" acquisition of Phelps Dodge Corporation in a $26 billion transaction that created one of the world's largest publicly traded copper companies. More than 15 years later, he has continued to lead the company and champion its reputation as a responsible producer and leader in technological advances.

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DHSEM responds to school safety threats; Florida student arrested

A Florida student was arrested for the threat: 

SANTA FE –On Wednesday, a student in Roswell, NM received a social media message stating that an attack on the school was imminent. The same messaging has been received by students at school districts across the state. Local law enforcement has increased their presence at schools in response to the threat. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is coordinating information from local law enforcement and the FBI who are investigating the cause of the threats but currently, they are not considered credible. DHSEM is coordinating with law enforcement partners and the New Mexico Public Education Department to ensure student safety.

Statement issued by Silver City Consolidated Schools:

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Citizens report smoke

By Roger Lanse

According to Silver City Fire Department Chief Milo Lambert, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at about 11:45 a.m., the department rolled one brush truck a few feet to the edge of the ditch on the south side of the Public Safety Building and "hosed down" a hot fire in some cottonwood duff. "That cottonwood cotton is like gas," Lambert said. "We already had a truck on scene before we knew a fire had started next door. We had it completely out in about 30 minutes."

It seems the cause of the fire was someone smoking, Lambert told the Beat. No damage to structures or injuries were reported.

Give Grandly deemed success on Saturday 050623

Donors may continue to donate to their favorite nonprofit organizations

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

In early donations prior to the Give Grandly event when all the nonprofits set up tables and booths at the MainStreet Plaza in downtown Silver City, the funds totaled about $50,000. After Saturday's event, the total rose to about $160,000. But the overall goal is to surpass last year's total of $230,000. If you have not yet donated, visit the list below and go to Give Grandly's website to make your contribution.

Sixty-three nonprofits and their multitude of causes, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community wellbeing, domestic violence, historic preservation, education and youth engagement, border programs, environmental, and food security, benefit from your donations. This is the largest fund-raising event for many of the groups. Be as generous as you can.

This is the complete list of nonprofits that continue to accept donations through May 26, 2023 at or personally to the groups.

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Body of deceased found by hiker identified and murder charges issued

Body of deceased found by hiker on the early afternoon of May 3, 2023 has been identified. The Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call from the US Forest Service in regards to a deceased body found in the area of Highway 15 mile marker 18. Sheriff's Detectives responded to the area conducting an ongoing investigation. With the assistance of El Paso Sector Evidence Collection Team, the deceased found was positively identified as the missing person Adrian Torres. Adrian Torres was reported missing on April 30, 2023 after not returning home that night. The Grant County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest on Luis Vega, 38, and charged him with an Open Count of Murder and one charge of Tampering with Evidence. He is currently being held at the Grant County Detention Center awaiting to be arraigned. Family of decedent has been notified and this is still an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information please contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 575-574-0100 or Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840.

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