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At Gila Regional Medical Center's EMS facility, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Air Methods' local Native Air #32 recognized emergency medical services personnel by hosting a luncheon for them. A spokeswoman said, volunteer fire department personnel had also been invited, but were fighting a house fire in Hanover.

img 0053Barbecue brisket, sliced and shredded, and pasta salad

By Mary Alice Murphy

Most of the bi-monthly meeting of the Grant County Community Health Council was a discussion on how to continue the organization when its funding is likely to be depleted late this calendar year.

The members of the health council are in the midst of handing out assessments to community members throughout the county to be filled out to get a new data set of community needs. A minimum of 400 is required to get a reliable sample, but members are aiming much higher than that.

For those willing to complete the surveys online in English or Spanish, visit the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSZBWJH 

Location:

· Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

· 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout

· Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 22, 2018 Size: ~800 acres

Cause: Under investigation Vegetation: Grass, heavy timber

Smoke: Smoke may be visible in the area around Eagle Peak

Resources: Three Type 6 engines, two Type 1 Initial Attack Crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, Heavy Air Tankers.

Incident Commander: S. Norton, ICT3

Buzzard Fire

Location:
Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

· 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout

· Catron County, New Mexico

With steady progress being made on the underground utilities and College Avenue beautification project, College Avenue will be closed at A Street on either Wednesday, May 23, or Thursday, May 24, 2018. The road will be blocked off at the intersection of A Street, so traffic will be rerouted south to 8th Street and back to College Avenue via N. Lyon and B streets.

This closure will allow crews from Western New Mexico University to bore under the pavement of College Avenue and make way for campus utilities.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Three European horseback riders and their driver began their Continental Divide Trail trek on May 11, at Antelope Wells, New Mexico, on the border with Mexico.

Their driver, Juergen Goldmann of Germany, stayed with them until May 17. "I retired to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, but I've worked with Peter before. I was available for this part of the trip to provide water to the riders and horses."

Most items were approved at the regular session on May 17, 2018.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations, which can be viewed at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/44324-grant-county-work-session-held-051518-part-1 Grant County commissioners at the work session on May 15, 2018 addressed the regular meeting agenda for May 17, 2018.

County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report ending on May 8, 2018. Total expenditures were $1,818,522.19, with three payroll periods equaling $389,585.54. Extraordinary expenses over $10,000 are listed in this table:

2018 0519 sgt. thomas vitaleSgt. Thomas Vitale"It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sergeant Thomas Vitale. Sergeant Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty today, May 19, 2018, and did not survive. Sergeant Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed."

Sergeant Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 Deming, NM. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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