Two new members sworn into Cobre School Board

By Lynn Janes

The Cobre Consolidated Schools held a regular board meeting August 8, 2022. They started with the swearing in by Judge Hector Grijalva of the two new board members Gabriella Begay and Elizabeth Dean.

President Gilbert Guadiana called the meeting to order. Other board members in attendance David Terrazas, Elizabeth Dean and Gabriella Begay. The pledge of allegiance and salute to the New Mexico flag took place. Superintendent Jeff Spaletta also attended. Serina Murillo did not attend.

Reading of the board norms took place with each board member reading a norm. The norms consist of five rules the board strives to adhere to during the meeting. They are listed as actively listen to all perspectives, respond to concerns and questions as a unified board, professionalism expected, assume positive intent, and be positive and responsive.

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Hurley getting "textmygov" soon

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a regular meeting August 9, 2022, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attendance at the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes councilors Nanette Day and Freddie Rodriquez. Mateo Madrid came after roll call.

The council approved the agenda for the meeting.

Public input none currently.

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Roadway closure on NM 15 for chip seal operations

SILVER CITY - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be continuing a maintenance operation project to place "chip seal" pavement on various roadways in Grant County. The NMDOT has a planned roadway closure in place for NM 15 from milepost 7 (Pinos Altos) to the intersection of NM 35.

Beginning Monday, August 15, and continuing daily until project is completed. NM 15 will be closed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Detour will be on NM 35 to NM 152. Closure will be in place for the safety of the traveling public and crew in the area.

Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. Center striping will not be present in construction zones.

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Update on status of GRMC Cancer Center

[Editor's Note: This article combines bits of a couple of meetings, one a special meeting of the GRMC Governing Board on Aug. 1, 2022, and another of the Grant County Commission on Aug. 11, 2022. Other items of interest in both meetings will be covered in subsequent articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

During the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board special meeting on Aug. 1, 2022, an item addressed the fifth amendment to the contract with the University of New Mexico Cancer Center to provide cancer services to the GRMC Cancer Center.

Last year, UNM gave notice to the board that they were unable to continue to provide services to GRMC cancer center because of the difficulty in getting oncologists to Silver City. Because UNM and GRMC feel strongly about continuing these cancer services to area residents, UNM has continued providing these services, but this amendment, which ends on Aug. 31, 2022, is the final amendment.

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Bear Canyon Dam upgrade announcement 072822

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

The construction of Bear Canyon dam took place in 1936 and 1937. It had been part of the WPA (works progress administration) to help the economy after the Great Depression. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have managed the reservoir since 1947 to provide fishing and recreation opportunities. New Mexico will invest $10 million to modernize the dam's infrastructure.

Michael Sloane, the department director, headed up the event July 28, 2022. He started the event by honoring all the elected officials attending. He also thanked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales for attending. He also said: "I would be remiss if I didn't make sure to make sure and thank all the people who purchased hunting and fishing licenses that make projects like these possible."

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Breaking News: Grant County Commission names county manager 081122

Following a closed meeting of an hour and 15 minutes, Grant County Commission members, took action on the personnel item discussed in the executive session..

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce made the motion to name Charlene Webb, a native of Grant County, as county manager. District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards quickly seconded the motion almost in synchronicity of seconds from District 2 Commissioner Javier "Harvey" Salas, District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings and District 5 Commissioner Harry Browns. Commissioners unanimously approved the motion, pending contract negotiations.

Webb, former Grant County manager who left to serve Sierra County about a year ago, will have to give notice to Sierra County of her resignation before returning  to Grant County.

[Editor's Note: Welcome home, Charlene!]

SCPD pursuit of suspect ends in hostage situation

By Hallie Richwine

On August 9, 2022, at about 9 p.m., Silver City Police Department officers observed a black 2000 GMC SUV in the 2300 block of Swan Street and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle refused to pull over in response to the officer’s lights and instead initiated a chase through the neighborhood. SCPD continued to follow the vehicle as it drove erratically, at high rates of speed and without stopping at stop signs.

Central Dispatch alerted the officers to a call in the area regarding the SUV attempting to hit another vehicle at the intersection of 17th and Canal Streets. Officers remained in pursuit and identified the suspect as Martin Carrillo, 34, of New Mexico. The officers then witnessed Carrillo’s vehicle nearly strike a Toyota Tacoma near Durango Street. While officers continued the pursuit of Carrillo, the speed of the chase reached 75 miles per hour as the SUV continued northbound on Swan Street.

Near 23rd and Pope Street the officers exited their patrol car to pursue the vehicle on foot. As they followed the sounds of the SUV, which appeared stuck, there was not much light and Carrillo shouted to them that he had a weapon. Carrillo said he would use the weapon if law enforcement continued toward him. As officers got closer they saw Carrillo breaking windows to the vehicle and hiding his right hand, presumably keeping his firearm from view.

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Board members for library needed in Santa Clara

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting July 28, 2022. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza, trustees, Olga Amador, Peter Erickson and Arnold Lopez also attended. 

The council approved the agenda for the meeting .

The council approved the minutes from the July 14, 2022, meeting.

The council approved the June 2022 department reports after receiving some information. The safety committee reported a minor fender bender. The action committee said they have been in the process of planning the Tamale Festival happening November 19, 2022. They reported this year the event would have pinatas for the kids. The cemetery committee said they have had problems with people dumping trash and Bauch said he would see about getting the gates closed at night to hopefully eliminate the problem. The mercado will continue to be closed due to some underground tanks that need to be removed. The senior advisory committee did not have anything to report. 

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