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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2017, the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center filled with hungry folks ready to partake of the food at the 14th annual A Time for Sharing, put on every year around Thanksgiving by Jim and Debbie Nennich and their W and N Enterprises.

With a new venue for the meal, people found it much easier to find a seat and the room was much less crowded.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Fourth Annual Silver City Holiday Market, with local artists and artisans took place at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Visitors could buy everything from handmade woven items, to jewelry to handmade and painted pottery and soaps.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The first part of the presentations at the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Nov. 17, 2017 featured awards given out by the PNM Foundation, followed by the chamber awards. However, first on the agenda was to hear from the featured speaker.

Bruce Ashburn, chamber board chairman, introduced the featured speaker, Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At last Friday's Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, it was alleged that the Interim Chief Financial Officer JoBeth Vance was slated to make more than $500,000 over a year of service to Gila Regional.

Vance came on board in March 2017 to address the financial issues surrounding the operations at Gila Regional.

Annualized, the payments she receives would total a bit more than two-thirds of what it is alleged she would stand to make. She works an average 79 hours a week, which she describes as getting two for one.

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Ed Stevens, and Richard Maynes attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Freddie Rodriguez. Mayor Fernando Martinez was absent.

Public Input was first on the agenda and SaVanne Kilgore said she was sad to see the train depot was not on the agenda for the evening but she wanted to have her opinion on record. Kilgore believes there is a lot of support in the community to help with the depot and implored the councilors to table any action rather than turning down the opportunity to save the building. Town Clerk Lori Ortiz did respond that the depot should be on next month’s agenda when the mayor returns.

untitled copyOn November 10, 2017, just before 5:00 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were called to meet with victims wanting to report items missing from their residence. The residence is located on the 4500 block of Grandview Road in Indian Hills. According to the owner/victims of the residence, they arrived at their residence at about 4:00 P.M. At that time, they noticed some items had been moved around. The owners of the residence began to review their security video footage. They located footage of a female in a white 4 door passenger car walking on their property. That female would later place some of their items in her car and drive off. The owners of the residence provided copies of that video footage to the deputies.

Deputies were able to identify the female in this security camera footage as Gina Noel Roller (39YOA/Silver City).

Silver City, NM (November 21, 2017) Since taking the helm of Hidalgo Medical Service (HMS) in February 2016, Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, has made it a priority for HMS to begin its Quality New Mexico (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) journey. "The NMPEA program is the state’s only awards program, based on the National Malcolm Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence," stated Otero. Otero added, "As a Piñon Level recipient, HMS has demonstrated initial commitment to long-term process improvement, sustainability, efficiency and excellence. HMS is very proud to receive the Piñon Award at the upcoming Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and NMPEA Awards Ceremony in April 2018."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees members didn't get great news, but it was better than in the recent past.

The meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, began with a safety moment. Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said her department had identified some trip hazards. "Maintenance will take up the carpet and replace it with tile this weekend. We appreciate any staff members bringing such things to their director who brings it to the safety huddle we hold every morning. Patients and their families are welcome to let us know, too."

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