By Mary Alice Murphy
One of the final hearings on Grant County's infrastructure capital improvements plan to take place at the Grant County Administration Center happened Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the late afternoon. Others will take place this week in Cliff, Mimbres and Hachita.
The main topic was the senior centers, now administered by Hidalgo Medical Services.
The county owns the ones in Cliff/Gila and Mimbres, with Santa Clara owning its senior center, and Silver City owning the one in town. HMS manages all of them.
By Mary Alice Murphy
County Manager Charlene Webb asked, at the beginning of the budget hearing, held by the Grant County Commission on Thursday, May 10, 2018, that presentations by department heads be brief.
Jason Lockett of the Maintenance Department said he had requested basically a flat budget, with a few changes for needed equipment.
Clerk Marisa Castrillo said her department had a position frozen. "I would like to request that it be reopened, but I understand that won't be possible. I want to make sure we don't lose it and that it be revisited."
[Editor's Note: This article covers the questions and comments from community members at the Gila Regional state of the hospital event held May 9, 2018. To view an article on the hospital's presentation, visit http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/44171-grmc-holds-state-of-the-hospital-meeting-050918
By Mary Alice Murphy
After Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias opened up the Wednesday evening meeting to comments and questions from the public, a man asked why she had said earlier she did not want to talk about the past.
"This is a place to talk about the future," Arias said. "Come visit me in my office, and I'll talk about the past and I will find answers I don't know."
Update from National Park Service: Chiricahua National Monument has been evacuated and the park is closed.
The human-caused Pinery Fire was first reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm, in Cochise County. The fire started on private land, moved onto the Chiricahua National Monument, and has since moved northward onto the Coronado National Forest. The fire is estimated to be about 675 acres and is burning through dry vegetation, including grasses and brush, 29 miles SE of Wilcox. The fire is under joint command of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the National Park Service, and the Coronado National Forest. Multiple aircraft have been ordered, including 5 SEATS, 4 heavies, 3 helos, AA, and a lead plane. Seven engines, 2 IA crews, and 2 hotshot crews are working on the ground trying to stop forward progress. Additional resources have been ordered, including four more hotshot crews. The exact source of the fire is under investigation.
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 110
Southwest Mountains/gila Nf/apache Nf/glz-
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 111
Southwest Deserts And Lowlands/las Cruces Blm/glz-
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 112
South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley/blm/glz-
156 Pm Mdt Sat May 12 2018
...red Flag Warning Remains In Effect Until 9 Pm Mdt This Evening For Strong Winds And Low Relative Humidity For Fire Weather Zones 110, 111, And 112...
...red Flag Warning In Effect From 1 Pm To 8
Pm Mdt Sunday For Strong Winds And Low Relative Humidity For Fire Weather Zones 110, 111, And 112...
The National Weather Service in El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 1 PM to 8 PM MDT Sunday.
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and National Grange have selected New Mexico rancher and educator Margaret 'Margie' McKeen as the winner of its Agriculture Advocate Award for 2018.
McKeen won the award for her efforts to establish New Mexico's largest and longest running agricultural event called 'McKeen Ranch Days,' an annual program held at her ranch where more than 30 teachers and 450 students learn about animal agriculture and life on a working ranch. They learn how to milk a real cow, how to make butter and where honey comes from. In addition, they learn about the compartments of a cow's stomach and the nutrients cows absorb by observing a cannulated cow provided by the USDA Research Center. They also learn about how and why cattle are branded and dehorned.
Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.
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