LANE CLOSURE – Mule Creek Area
Uretek (Contractor) will have lane closures on NM 78 at mile post 2.8 due to bridge maintenance repairs. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Closure will be lifting daily at approximately 5:00 pm.
[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multipart series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on January 22, 2019 and regular meeting on Jan. 24, 2019.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
At the beginning of the Jan. 24, 2019 Grant County Commission regular meeting, Chairman Billy Billings asked that agenda items IV and V, elections of chairman and vice chairman, be moved to the end of the regular meeting agenda to right before county elected official reports.
Commissioner Harry Browne asked: "Why?"
By Mary Alice Murphy
The Silver City Arts and Cultural District received a grant to study the feasibility of creating a makerspace as well as training creatives for entrepreneurial development.
The USDA grant is being used to fund the effort using Creative Startups, a non-profit based in Santa Fe as the consultant. "We create economic development in the creative industry," Julia Youngs said.
LANE CLOSURE – Glenwood/Cliff Area
Uretek (Contractor) will have various lane closures over next week on US 180 at mile post 58.6, 85.03 and 94.53 due to bridge maintenance repairs. These closures will be set up at one location at a time, once complete relocating to the next. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Closure will be lifting daily at approximately 5:00 pm, and is scheduled to be completed by Friday February 8.
Luna County, NM –On January 25, 2019 at about 10:25 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head-on crash involving two vehicles on NM Highway 11, near Mile Post 16, south of Deming, NM.
The initial investigation indicated a 2007 Ford Focus driven a thirty-eight year old male of Mountain Home, AR was traveling north on NM Highway 11. For unknown reasons the Ford Focus crossed over into the southbound lane into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a southbound 2003 Toyota Corolla that was driven by Eduardo Rincon Jimenez (48) of Deming, NM. The driver of the Toyota Corolla sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash and seatbelts appear to have been properly utilized. This investigation is still active and ongoing. Charges for the driver of the Ford Focus are pending.
Deputies arrest man for aggravated battery
By Roger Lanse
According to a Grant County Sheriff’s Department news release, on Wednesday, Jan. 23., at approximately 10:55 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence on Fairway Drive regarding a domestic violence incident in progress. When deputies arrived, an adult female reported her boyfriend had struck and attempted to strangle her and threatened her with a large knife. The suspect, later identified as Josh Robles, 28, of Santa Clara, had fled prior to the arrival of deputies.
At approximately 11:12 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Bobwhite Drive (close to the Fairway Drive address) for a breaking and entering in progress. The responding deputy observed a male subject matching the description of Robles exiting a residence. The deputy told him to “Stop right there,” but Robles re-entered the residence, the release stated.
By Roger Lanse
At Monday’s Jan. 28, 2019 Special Meeting of the Silver City Town Council, council voted to approve a settlement agreement resolving those issues arising out of a lawsuit against the Town by the New Mexico Secretary of State regarding the town’s March 5, 2019 municipal election. State held that recent legislation prohibits municipalities from holding annual elections, arguing the legislation requires municipalities to hold elections only in even-numbered years. However, Silver City wanted to continue, under its Territorial Charter, to hold annual elections, which the Town has been doing since 1878, according to Assistant Town Manager James Marshall. Marshall explained that the mayor and councilor positions are for two-year terms, and annual elections are needed to stagger the voting choices.
In the agreement, the State agrees not to oppose an amendment to the Local Election Act during this year’s session which would give Silver City permission to hold annual elections. The catch is that Legislature must approve the amendment.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the Jan. 22, 2019 Grant County Commission work session and Jan. 24, regular meeting. Part 2 covers the HMS monthly report. Future articles may address the work session and the regular meeting on Jan. 24.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The second presentation at the Grant County Commission work session featured Hidalgo Medical Services Chief Executive Officer Dan Otero giving updates on the organization.
"It's interesting to listen to the challenges in health care, and obviously, we all face them," Otero said, in reference to the report from Gila Regional Medical Center, which can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48732-grant-county-commission-holds-long-work-session-012219-part-1-grmc-report
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