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By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Richard Maynes, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid attended as well as Mayor Ed Stevens.

During public input, Charles Hubbard spoke to council about reinstating and updating the town website. Hubbard said the website would be a good centerpiece for the town, where information and advertisements could be displayed. Hubbard added that it would be nice to see a Hurley resident as the new webmaster.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dirk Holtman, project manager from TLC Company Inc., the contractor on the NM 15, also known as Pinos Altos Road through the middle of Silver City between U.S. 180 and 32nd Street, explained the project will reconstruct the road, widen it and add storm drains and water lines between U.S. 180 and 32nd Street.

Grey Meyer is the Project Superintendent from TLC staying locally. NM DOT District 1 Project Manager is Brian P. Torres, with Alma Quintana, the NM DOT project office manager. Bryan Johnsen is the traffic control supervisor for TLC.

Holtman said the informational meetings would be held in the even-numbered months on the second Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. The next meeting is slated for June 13.

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Standing, from left: Angelo Moreno, senior, Lordsburg High School; Seth Neal, sophomore, Silver High School; Frankie Camacho, sophomore, Lordsburg HS; Niah Tarpley, freshman, Silver HS; Art Diaz, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg; Lionel Reyes, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg. Kneeling from left: Jose Gomez Jr., freshman, Lordsburg HS; Jose Gomez Sr., (playing the non-uniformed bad guy), Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg; and Brandon Thomas, Border Patrol agent, Lordsburg.Article and photo by Roger Lanse

The Beat received a report from a motorist driving by at about 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 14, of an incident possibly taking place outside the new Santa Clara Administrative Center (old Armory). The motorist reported law enforcement officers pointing pistols through the windows of a U.S. Border Patrol truck with the doors open at a man in a small car, with a black tarp on the ground, possibly a body bag.

Silver City, NM, April 14, 2018—Warmer temperatures and high spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila National Forest. In addition, fire crews and forest visitors have been reporting an increase in abandoned campfires in and around the Gila National Forest.

A fire danger rating of HIGH is defined as “all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes.” Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted.

SILVER CITY, NM – Today, the Grant County Board of Commissioners announced the completion of presentations from potential GRMC partners and GRMC leaders. The commissioners heard presentations from Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, LifePoint Health and GRMC leaders. The presentations were an opportunity for the organizations to outline their vision for GRMC and ensuring Grant County’s healthcare future.

No decision has been made about GRMC’s future.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Auxiliary raises money with fundraisers throughout the year to purchase needed equipment for GRMC departments.

At the Auxiliary's monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 11, Emergency Medical Services Director Eloy Medina and EMT Laurie Tavonatti demonstrated some equipment that the Auxiliary had purchased for the department.

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018, students at Bayard Elementary got to meet two professional cyclists from Rally Cycling. Evan Huffman, last year's Tour of the Gila overall winner in the General Classification for men, and his team member Kyle Murphy talked to the students and answered some of their questions.

Hello Grant County Resident

The Grant County Community Health Council is conducting a community health assessment (CHA) and we want your voice included. The last time an assessment was done was 2012/2013. It's time to update the information. Many organizations, local municipalities, non-profits, and others use this information when applying for funding so this is a crucial project for our community, and YOUR VOICE IS MOST IMPORTANT to determine what our current needs and priorities are.

Please take about 10 minutes to complete the survey. Choose to complete the survey in Spanish or English. Puede tambien responder a la encuesta en español. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSZBWJH  Feel free to share the link with other Grant County residents.

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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.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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