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Edwards gave a breakdown of where county revenues come from and the value of benefits county employees receive.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 and the final part of a comprehensive multi-part series of articles on the Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Elected officials gave their monthly reports at the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.

Sheriff Raul Villanueva spoke first. "We had 682 calls during the past month, creating 158 reports, and we went to 29 motor vehicle crashes."

He reported 16 burglaries in October, as opposed to nine in September.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a comprehensive multi-part series of articles on the Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Nov. 9, 2017 Grant County Commission regular meeting, four people gave public input on two different issues.

Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance executive director, commented on the proposed letter to the New Mexico Department of Transportation Cabinet Secretary. "The letter proposes to let OHVs (off-highway vehicles) drive on some segments of highways. I know the commissioners are concerned about this. I don't think we have had enough time to determine the impact on public safety. Why can't we allow a reasonable time to evaluate the safety issues? I urge you to table the letter for at least a year."

By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education Special Meeting took place Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the board room of the Silver Schools Administration Building.

Board President Mike McMillan called the meeting to order and explained the action items were to address the board vacancy - announcing the position and setting up interviews.

Former board member Justin Wecks submitted his resignation effective October 31, 2017 after moving from the district he was elected in. State statute indicates board members cannot serve for a district different from the one in which they reside.

Included in this article is a YouTube video taken of the perpetrator, as well as the letter from the victim.

If you recognize the thief or her car, please call Dispatch and the Grant County Sheriff's Department, using the number listed in the letter.

crop of letter

More photos follow:

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the meeting of the Grant County Commission regular session on Nov. 9, 2017, after the approval of the agenda, Taffy Arias, Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, approached the podium to give her report. She asked first that Dr. Tariq Ibrahim introduce himself, as the hospital's newest general surgeon.

"I was born in Dallas, grew up in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and returned to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School," Ibrahim said. "I began my career in New Mexico. I started with the Indian Services in Gallup, went to Ruidoso, then to Mountain View in Las Cruces. I do bread-and-butter surgery and endoscopy, and ultimately I want to build a trauma center here, whether level 3 or 4, I don't know."

Arias said the hospital is looking for a larger space for the two surgeons that work for the hospital and a new urologist when one is recruited. "If you know of any buildings, let us know."

By Hallie Richwine

The regular meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on November 6, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately an hour and twenty minutes.

There was no unfinished business to review or public input to hear.

During the administrative section of the agenda, Central Elementary mathematics students Christopher Draper and Michaela Dominguez presented a lesson to the board. Mathematics students practice daily to retain knowledge of their skills.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The financial report was the first major item at the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 7, 2017, which addressed the review of the regular meeting agenda to be considered on Nov. 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Administration Center.

Financial Officer Linda Vasquez gave the first quarterly report of the 2018 fiscal year.

The beginning balance of the General Fund on July 1, 2017 was $3,566,077, with revenues to date of $898,485, transfers of ($580,000), expenditures to date of $2,506,119 leaving a cash balance on Sept. 30, 2017 of $1,378,443.

By Roger Lanse

Saturday, Nov. 5, about 7 p.m., a mountain lion was sighted by a resident on the 2000 block of N. Silver Street, in the ditch, sitting in plain view, according to a Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority blotter entry and was confirmed by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel. In another GCRDA blotter entry, on Sunday, Nov. 6, about 8 p.m., the cougar was spotted again by the resident in the same location walking in the ditch.

According to Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, on Monday, Nov. 7, around 7 p.m., officers located the cougar in the ditch area east of Silver Street and north of 19th Street, behind the Mormon Church. Aided by a flashlight, an officer fired two shots with a .223 caliber rifle, Reynolds said, killing the big cat. Reynolds said NMDGF personnel picked up the animal.

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