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BOUTIQUE AIR
5 Third Street, Suite 320 San Francisco, CA 94103 t. 415.449.0505
f. 415.737.7671
Department of Transportation
Essential Air Service Division
United States Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
Dear DOT, Grant County Commissioners, and Boutique Air Customers, My name is Shawn Simpson and I am the CEO of Boutique Air.

July 25, 2018
I’m writing today because on July 10th the Grant County Commissioners voted to replace Boutique Air with a new carrier that has no experience in rural community air service: Advanced Air.

Relevant documents may be read under Reference documents on www.nmcapentity.org .

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project is not out of time, as has been alleged. The legal deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. Plans are not incomplete but are evolving, as the NEPA process goes forward.

Many studies and reviews have already been completed in the past 10 years by various consultants and engineers.

Irrigators belonging to the seven diversions along the Gila River and on the San Francisco diversions WANT and NEED this water to fulfill their adjudicated allocations.

By: Paul Gessing

On Friday, July 21, Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that New Mexico's K-12 funding is "inadequate." I read the 75 page decision and there is not a great deal of new information or especially interesting reasoning, but I did learn that "there are four states, including New Mexico, that require that the education be adequate or sufficient." However, three states require that the education be high quality, and nine states require that it be suitable.

On Thursday July 19, Grant County residents asked their commissioners to cancel the county’s contract with Wildlife Services, a rogue federal agency that kills millions of native wild animals each year at the behest of private industry and wealthy individuals. More than 70 people submitted letters and 22 stated their opposition at the meeting to continuing the contract. None spoke in favor of continuing the contract. Despite the overwhelming public opposition, only Commissioners Browne and Edwards listened to and reflected the will of their constituents. Commissioners Ramos, Kasten, and Billings voted to renew the contract with Wildlife Services and continue endangering the public with traps, poisons and snares.

"The Great Divide?"

The current atmosphere in our country appears as divisive as it must have been just before the 1860’s. Rational thought disappearing, the air full of the cacophony of mindless soundbites, talking at--not to--each other, intense polarization----how will it all end?? Hopefully in a stronger America!

Here's a pertinent quote from Newt Gingrich’s new book, “Trump’s America—The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback”—near the end, page 282. (An excellent read, by the way!!)

By far the most common comment I receive from county residents opposed to a sale of Gila Regional Medical Center is that we will “lose local control.” When I ask for more specifics about what they are concerned we will lose, the answer is usually something along the lines of “local input into important decisions.”

Until a year or so ago, I strongly shared this belief. I now see it as largely a myth. The local control that means so much to so many Grant Countians is far lesser in scope and far less effective than is commonly believed.

The Grant County Commission may vote soon on what may be the biggest decision the commission has made in our lifetimes: To sell or not to sell our community hospital - Gila Regional Medical Center.

There are no easy solutions to GRMC’s lingering financial problems and while the decision to remain independent does not come without risk, I have publically stated that I don’t support the sale of the hospital and will vote for GRMC to remain independently owned.

Here’s why:
A lot has changed since we began asking serious questions about the financial condition of the county owned hospital. Then, Gila Regional seemed headed for almost certain bankruptcy, having lost $22M in six years; including the loss of over $6 million in fiscal 2017 alone. The commission had every right and even the responsibility to ask questions and demand transparency. Gila Regional was suffering financially from mistakes of prior administrations - what new GRMC Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes calls “A Self-inflicted wound."

[Editor's Note: Dr. Odocha told this editor, he had originally written this letter to his patients, but the BeatI asked him if we could publish it.]

Here it is:

To the editor:
It is easy to overlook the difficulties that you bear, just to see me. It is equally easy to brush aside the inherent dangers of surgery, of hospitalization that you recently went through, or about to undergo, and just look on the positive side of the outcome. These difficult and dangerous paths you had walked, or may soon walk, quietly, bravely and for the most part alone. Of course, a few tablets here, some drips there, a full house of heaven-bound prayers from family and well-wishers were or will be in the mix, too.

In recent months or so, however, it has been quite common, within context of changes and challenges facing the health care industry in general and Gila Regional Medical Center, Silver City, NM, in particular; to hear a great deal of debates, arguments, deliberations and some noise I must say, from insiders and outsiders—doctors, nurses, other care givers, lawyers, board members, county commissioners, consultants, hospital buyers, etc. From men and women whose role in your illness, surgery, hospitalization and care at Gila Regional Medical Center [GRMC] may have been marvelous or questionable at best. As your surgeon, I too, with much embarrassment may have unwittingly, been part of the latter group. For this, I must ask for your forgiveness before I go any further.

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