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[Editor's Note: This is the second in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

gc comm oscar lopez 4156From left are Commissioners Billy Billings and Brett Kasten handing Oscar Lopez recognition for his striping of spaces in the Administration Center parking lot for his Eagle Scout award. Commissioners Alicia Edwards and Harry Browne are at right.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission at its combination work session and regular meeting on Sept. 19, 2017, addressed a long agenda, including a public hearing and working through the proposed ordinance to approve the use of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) on county paved roads.

During the hearing, Louise Hummingbird, said she is concerned about the proposed ordinance for ATVs to be used on public roads. "They drink a lot of beer, go out into nature and tear up a lot of country, and they stress out wildlife."

She said insurance statistics show they have a higher rate of accidents than other vehicles, because of drunkenness.

Phoenix, AZ (September 21, 2017) — For the fifth consecutive year, Freeport-McMoRan has been named to the Civic 50 list of most community-minded companies in the U.S., and for the second consecutive year was named the top company in the materials sector. This marks the company as one of 15 U.S. companies who have been named to this list for five years in a row.

The Civic 50 is conducted by the Points of Light Corporate Institute, a resource for companies looking to build and expand effective community engagement programs. The national survey and ranking initiative, developed through partnership with researchers and community as well as industry thought leaders, sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The initiative reflects leading insight about how corporations can connect with communities in a twenty-first century economy.

The Community Development Council met September 13, 2017 to award Community Development Block Grant Awards. The Council awarded $12,274,835 to project around the state and allocated $1.5 to the Economic Development Set-aside and $507,000 to the Planning Set-aside. A special acknowledgement was given to the Town of Hurley ranking 4th for expending funds efficiently and effectively and coming under budget. Award recipients are as follows:

Village of Santa Clara
Bayard St. Improvements

santa clara rsSam Baca, Community Development Council Representative,
Stephanie Schardin-Clarke, Community Development Council Chair,
Richard Bauch, Mayor, Jolene Slowen, Local Government Division Bureau Chief

[Editor's Note: This is the first in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour-long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission addressed a long agenda, including a public hearing and working through a proposed ordinance, but the first item on the agenda was to hear a report from Gila Regional Medical Center

Because Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias was unable to attend, Interim Chief Financial Officer JoBeth Vance gave the report.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Most of the Grant County Community Health Council meeting featured New Mexico Department of Health employees talking about Grant and Hidalgo counties suicide statistics.

The first part of the meeting featured updates from Health Council Director Cari Lemon. She had earlier sent out to members her report, which had some of the same items. Member Kathleen Hunt, representing the mental health sector, said she appreciated the written report and "learned a lot."

hartmanOn September 10, 2017, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Mimbres area in reference to a Criminal Sexual Penetration Complaint. A 13 year old female was identified as the victim. Detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to continue the investigation. Investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect in this case.

On September 14, 2017 just before 2:30 P.M., Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrived at the suspects’ residence (Mimbres, NM) to serve the arrest warrant and execute a search warrant. At that time, the suspect in this case was taken into custody.

Cary D. Hartman (Mimbres NM/54YOA) was arrested for one

Photos by Sandra Michaud

On a pleasant Saturday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2017, hundreds of people went to Gough Park to celebrate the 2017 Silver City LGBTQ Pride Festival. There were over 40 informational and vendor booths, a food court, face painting, a Kid Zone, singing and dancing and, of course, the ever popular Doggie Drag Show.

By Mary Alice Murphy

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Last Wednesday, September 13, Annette Toney, a resident of Arenas Valley, took her usual early-morning walk, although a bit earlier than usual, and left her house at 6:39. "I always check my phone because I want to walk for an hour. I walk past this house just about every day of the week."

But on this particular morning at about 6:45, as she walked by the house where she had seen three other dogs, but never before, the pit bull "came at me with the intention of doing harm and did. It bit my head at least twice. I had a hole about 1½-2 inches around, which now, of course, is stitched up. It also bit me in the upper thigh, shoulder, twice on my back and two bites on my butt. My arm is bruised from the elbow to the shoulder. " The dog knocked her down, and she struggled to get to her feet as the dog continued to maul her. "I was screaming for help, while I tried to get away from it."

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