GRMC Governing Board met 042723, part 1

By Mary Alice Murphy

During the brief portion of the meeting prior to a fairly short executive session and the pursuant addressing of agenda items, three members of the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board on April 27, 2023 recognized Julie Bighley for her 15 years of service, currently in the GRMC pharmacy. She was not present to receive the award.

Two members of the Governing Board, Chair Alicia Edwards and Member Eloy Medina had committed to volunteering for the Tour of the Gila's second stage the same day as the meeting, so they were not present.

Following the executive session, members approved the consent agenda of minutes for the March 23, 2023 board meeting, as well as noting that at the executive session on March 21, 2023, no action had been taken.

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Tour of the Gila Stage 3 UCI Women and UCI Men Results 042823

Here are the results of the Martyn and Alex Tour of the Gila Stage 3 UCI Women and UCI Men Time Trials on Friday, April 28, 2023 in PDF format below the Read More:

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Tour of the Gila Stage 3 UCI Men and UCI Women 042823 photos

Photos by Paul Michaud

Friday, April 28, 2023, featured Stage 3, the Tyrone Time Trials of the Marty (Pearson) and Alex (Olsen) Tour of the Gila.

The first slideshow is of the UCI Men, with the second slideshow featuring UCI Women. Results will be posted in a separate article when they arrive

Juvenile resisting arrest tased

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Apr, 19, 2023, at about 5:32 p.m. Bayard Police Department officers were dispatched to Our Lady of Fatima property regarding five subjects reported trespassing. According to a BPD incident report, officers made contact with the subjects, one of which was very uncooperative, refusing to identify himself and fleeing on foot. Officers pursued the fleeing male to 1100 Tom Foy Blvd. where the male resisted arrest by pulling away and taking a fighting stance.

At this point, the 15-year-old male was tased, taken into custody, and charged with resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, criminal trespass, concealing identity, and assault upon a peace officer. A juvenile probation officer was contacted who did not approve a hold, the report said.

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Black smoke causes concern on Thursday

By Roger Lanse

Black smoke billowing into the sky southeast of town on Thursday, Apr. 27, 2023, caused some Grant County residents concern about a possible evacuation, according the Silver City Fire Department Chief Milo Lambert. However, Lambert told the Beat that it was only a one-quarter acre grass fire that had reached a big pile of large tractor tires on Glen Ranch Road near the Grant County Detention Center. Lambert said, "It looked terrible."

Lambert stated the fire started while a rancher was clearing weeds, but there was no recklessness or intent to ignite involved. In fact, the rancher helped control the fire and brought drinking water out for the approximately 36 firefighters fighting the blaze. Those firefighters came from SCFD, and the Tyrone, Whiskey Creek, Pinos Altos, and Fort Bayard volunteer fire departments. Any department with a water tender was asked to roll, Lambert said, as the burning tires were difficult to extinguish and no water was available on scene.

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Tour of the Gila Stage 2 UCI Men and UCI Women 042723 photos and results

Photos by Paul Michaud

Stage 2 of the Tour of the Gila takes the men on the Inner Loop, the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Some categories began in Pinos Altos, while six other races began on the grounds of the Fort Bayard National Landmark, west on US 180 and north on NM 15 to NM 35 to NM 15 to NM 356 back to Fort Bayard on US 180 for the finish. The UCI Men ride of 123.9 miles and the UCI Women for 98.2 miles. 

The first slideshow is of the UCI Men, the second of the UCI women.

Below are the PDFs of the race results:

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UCI Men and UCI Women Stage 1 042623 results

[Editor's Note: My apologies, I got sidetracked yesterday evening and did not get them posted when they arrived in my inbox.]

Please view below, in PDF format, the Tour of the Gila Stage 1 results from the 92-mile men's race and 73-mile women's race to Mogollon on April 26, 2023.

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Statement for Public Comments at Cobre CSD Board Meeting and Press Release

On behalf of Dr. Jeffrey Spaletta, Cobre Superintendent

Dr. Jeffrey Spaletta was hired by the Cobre Consolidated School District as a Transitional Administrator on June 2, 2022 and was formally hired as the Superintendent on July 1, 2022. His employment as the leader of Cobre Schools came at a very turbulent time for the District. In April 2022, the then sitting Cobre Board President and Vice President were both facing a recall election due to multiple issues of malfeasance and misfeasance in office involving financial matters of the District and violations of their oaths of office for numerous breaches of local and state ethical policies. The investigation into these allegations were only suspended because both elected officials resigned from their office before formal proceedings began in mid-July of 2022.

After an intensive superintendent search, the Board selected Dr. Jeff Spaletta to lead Cobre during this hectic and unprecedented time due to his experience as a "turnaround" leader and for his ability to effectively advocate for the improvement of student achievement for Cobre ISD students. Dr. Spaletta was charged by the Cobre Board to organize and direct a transitional 120-day plan to steer the District back into compliance with local and state policies. Further, the Board hired Dr. Spaletta to analyze all levels of the District in order to reinstate accountability for the staff and personnel hired to serve Cobre students and families. Lastly, the superintendent was directed by the Board to responsibly evaluate all District resources in order to maximize their effectiveness to meet District educational and safety goals. Dr. Spaletta's continual commitment to Cobre included communicating all expectations to the Cobre community via several public meetings, school staff meetings, and student forums.

During the first 120 days of his tenure, Dr. Spaletta took that opportunity to become more familiar with the District's culture, build trust with community leaders, and to listen and learn from his Cobre constituents in an effort to improve student outcomes. As the school leader, he routinely meets with key administrators of his Cabinet to openly communicate these needs and expectations. The guidance he receives from both his Board and Cabinet are essential to helping move the District forward.

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