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The annual chocoholic's dream day occurred in Silver City on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 just in time for Valentine's Day. The event, hosted by Mimbres Region Arts Council and manned by many volunteers, takes place in downtown Silver City, this year in 29 venues.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Some photos by Mary Alice Murphy. Those of the group photo and the dedication of the WNMU Cultural Center are Courtesy of WNMU.

An event celebrating Founders' Day at Western New Mexico University kicked off at 11 a.m. Friday with WNMU president Joseph Shepard introducing dignitaries in the audience.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of major business on the Gila Basin Irrigation Commission agenda at its meeting on Feb. 7, 2018, was to hear updates from the ditches represented on the board.

Wendel Hann of the Gila Farm Ditch said the ditch and the diversion are in good shape, although some cleaning needs to be done. "We had to spend $9,000 last year to rebuild the diversion. The seasonal precipitation forecast for this year is dire. It is red on the prediction map all over the Southwest. All the precipitation is going north. We need to build up subsoil moisture while we can. I'm guess we will go on terms [voluntary sharing of scarce water resources among ditches and users on a ditch] around the first of June, if not before."

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 and the final article on the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting on Feb. 6, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a presentation and discussion at the beginning of a regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity on Feb. 6, 2018, public comment was heard.

The first to speak was resident Janet Wallet-Ortiz, who said she has lived in Silver City for more than 30 years. She said the Legislature killed two memorials. "I'm thrilled about that. They were memorials supporting the diversion of the Gila River. I'm excited that the legislators want to keep the Gila free-flowing." She then read verbatim a number of comments from representatives and senators from large municipalities bragging about killing the memorials. "Take the advice of the legislators and quit wasting money and time on a project."

Chairwoman Darr Shannon said she normally does not respond to public comment, but, she said: "Most of the people you just talked about and quoted don't have the faintest idea of what we're trying to do."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting held Feb. 6, 2018 at the Grant County Administration Center.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Chairwoman Darr Shannon, when the agenda was being approved asked that the presentation by Norm Gaume, retired engineer and former Interstate Stream Commission director, be moved to before public comment. A motion was made and approved to do so.

Gaume said he would discuss two items. The first was the application of basic arithmetic to the facts. Second, he would present a model to estimate the amount of usable water out of a proposed reservoir.

stokesFebruary 8, 2018 - Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, today announced the appointment of Richard Stokes, Jr. as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stokes is relocating from Vernon, Texas, where he served as interim CFO for Wilbarger General Hospital, a 47-bed rural hospital. Prior to his role at Wilbarger General Hospital, Mr. Stokes was at Clarendon Health Systems, an 81-bed hospital with 240-bed long-term facility in Manning, South Carolina, where he began as CFO in 2003 until finishing his tenure as CEO from 2013 to 2016.

By Roger Lanse

According to a Silver City Police Department statement of probable cause, at approximately 2:09 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, a patrolling officer observed an open door at a residence at 204 1/2 W. 12th Street. The officer also noticed a broken window adjacent to the open front door. Looking inside the unoccupied residence, the officer saw a person covered with sheets in a bed in the living room.

The person was identified as Casey Munoz, 26, homeless, of Silver City. Munoz stated he did not live at the residence. He then was placed in investigative detention and in the back of the officer's patrol unit and transported to the Grant County Detention Center. Munoz was charged with breaking and entering.

Munoz remains in the GCDC under a $7,500 cash or surety bond, according to GCDC staff.

Hidalgo County, NM - On February 7, 2018 at about 1:00 a.m. New Mexico State Police investigated a crash where a pedestrian walking across I-10 was struck by a semi-truck. The incident occurred on I-10 at about mile post 34 east of Lordsburg, NM.

The initial investigation determined that a pedestrian was walking south across the lanes of travel of east bound I-10. The pedestrian was struck by an east bound semi-truck. The pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Office of the Medical Examiner is working to identify the pedestrian. The driver of the semi-truck was not charged with any crime.

The incident is currently under investigation by New Mexico State Police with no additional information available at this time.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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