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NM 90 northbound and southbound lanes at milepost 26(White Signal) are now open, removed from NM Roads.
CRASH –Silver City/White Signal Area
NM 90 northbound and southbound lanes at milepost 26(White Signal) are closed due to a motor vehicle crash. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, and equipment. Please expect delays.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission special meeting on Sept. 26, 2023, which lasted almost three hours. This one continues with a presentation from WNM Communications.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The article continues the Grant County Commission special meeting on Sept. 26, 2023. The second presentation at the meeting came from WNM Communications representatives to answer questions from commissioners on the projects WNMC plans to expand broadband service to Fierro and Pinos Altos.
WNM Communications General Manager Daniel Meszler and Director of Operations Wayne Baxter represented the company.
The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Robert Whitaker as Chief Executive Officer effective October 30, 2023. Robert has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, primarily in critical access hospitals. Robert holds a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston. Robert and his family will move from Gallup, NM where he most recently served as the CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services. He also serves as the incoming president of the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network.
"We are delighted that Robert will be joining the GRMC team as the CEO as we continue a new chapter of leadership at the hospital," said Board Chairman Dr. Fred Fox, in a written statement as he was unavailable for the meeting.
By Roger Lanse
The Silver City Fire Department Fire Investigator, Eloy Vasquez, told the Beat the smoke seen on the eastern part of town, Thursday, Oct. 5, about 3:30 p.m., was from a small, controlled burn that was in full compliance with town regulations.
Bayard Police Department Chief Hector Carrillo announced the Pink Patch will be worn by his officers as part of their uniform during the month of October 2023 to honor Cancer Awareness Month.
[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-article series on the Grant County Commission special meeting on Sept. 26, 2023, which lasted almost three hours. This one begins with public input.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Only three commissioners attended the Grant County Commission special meeting on Sept. 25, 2023, District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce, District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings and District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne. Ponce noted that District 2 Commissioner Eloy Medina was called away on urgent business and District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards was unable to attend.
Brenna Brown was the only one to speak in public input. "I work with the Beginning Years Program as a home visitor here in Silver City. When we make visits with our families in our parks, we have seen a lot of dangers in our parks—paraphernalia, needles and other items that have been up inside the playground equipment. Our families, ourselves and especially our children could be in danger. Children pick up things and put them in their mouths. It seems like the parks are not being kept clean. This includes Penny Park, Gough Park and in the county, such as Bayard Community Park. These are the ones I've been to, but I've heard the other county parks aren't any better. We are concerned. There are also lots of cigarette butts. We want to make sure our children are safe."
By Roger Lanse
As a Bayard Police Department officer was driving on Tom Foy Blvd, at 7:36 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, he noticed a white GMC Yukon in the Snappy Mart parking lot. Ther officer knew the vehicle belonged to Janice Chavez, who had active warrants for her arrest. According to a BPD criminal complaint, on his way to contact Ms. Chavez, the officer saw a male identified as Joseph Chavez, 39, of Bayard, running out of the store and into the white Yukon where he attempted to hide on the floor of the vehicle.
Knowing Mr. Chavez also had warrants, the officer placed him under arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Chavez pulled out a wallet and money from a pocket and placed them on the seat of the vehicle. When the officer asked him why he did that, the criminal complaint stated Mr. Chavez claimed the wallet and money weren't his. Opening the wallet, the officer found a foil packet with 20 blue pills inside, each pill marked with an "M" on one side and a "30" on the other side, a designation used for fentanyl.
[Editor's Note: This is part 9 and the final of a series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 12, 2023 and the regular meeting on Sept. 14, 2023.. This article continues with the review of the regular meeting agenda at the work session and decisions made at the regular meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Continuing the review of the Sept. 14, 2023 regular meeting agenda at the Sept. 12, 2023, work session, the next item on the agenda addressed county asset deletion. County Manager Charlene Webb turned the item over to Procurement Officer Veronica Rodriguez who said two vehicles would go up for auction and two vehicles from the Sheriff's Office are too damaged, so they will be up for scrap, but other capital items such as computers would be thrown away. One airport vehicle will be transferred to the Road Department, and one vehicle from the Detention Center to the Road Department, and a portable building from Hachita to the Detention Center.
Commissioners approved the deletions and transfers at the regular meeting.