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[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Jan. 22, 2019 Grant County Commission work session. It will cover the GRMC monthly report. Other articles may include parts of the Jan. 24 regular meeting.]]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation of the meeting featured Gila Regional Medical Center's monthly update with Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes.

Arias said one of the items high on the CEO's list is recruitment. "We have recruited a new surgeon, Dr. James "Butch" Rosser. He is starting Feb. 10. We have two additional surgeon interviews this week, one today and one Thursday. We hired two nurse practitioners orienting right now at the GRMC Family Clinic. They are part of our strategic plan expansions. Dr. Iwaasa's podiatry patient volume is growing. One of our programs we are developing right now is really exploding. It's our occupational and physical therapy and rehab at the Wellness Center. We hired a new director in September. His name is Frank Graokmer. He has developed several new programs. One is women's health/pelvic floor. It's a new program. It started in September with revenue of $1,500 and in December it was $7,000 and more in January. We hired a new specialist for the program, and she has really started marketing women's health. The second program we are developing is lymphedema. It's not a brand-new program. We started it in January 2018, when revenue was $5,780 and in December it was $21,000, after our new director started."


To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended 2018 Results

  • Net income attributable to common stock totaled $140 million, $0.09 per share, in fourth-quarter 2018. After adjusting for net charges of $21 million, $0.02 per share, fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $161 million, $0.11 per share.
  • Consolidated sales totaled 785 million pounds of copper, 266 thousand ounces of gold and 24 million pounds of molybdenum in fourth-quarter 2018, and 3.8 billion pounds of copper, 2.4 million ounces of gold and 94 million pounds of molybdenum for the year 2018. Fourth-quarter 2018 consolidated copper and gold sales were lower than consolidated production of 841 million pounds of copper and 334 thousand ounces of gold because of timing of shipments.
  • Consolidated sales for the year 2019, which reflects a transition year, are expected to approximate 3.3 billion pounds of copper, 0.8 million ounces of gold and 94 million pounds of molybdenum, including 0.8 billion pounds of copper, 255 thousand ounces of gold and 24 million pounds of molybdenum in first-quarter 2019.
  • Average realized prices in fourth-quarter 2018 were $2.75 per pound for copper, $1,255 per ounce for gold and $12.75 per pound for molybdenum.
  • Average unit net cash costs in fourth-quarter 2018 were $1.54 per pound of copper and $1.07 per pound of copper for the year 2018. Unit net cash costs are expected to average $1.73 per pound of copper for the year 2019.

By Roger Lanse

Assistant Town Manager James Marshall, in a Jan. 24, 2019 press release, explained the ongoing feud between the Town and Santa Fe’s Secretary of State regarding the town’s March 5 municipal election.

The release stated, “Silver City is the only municipality in New Mexico that has two-year terms for our Mayor and Town Council. The two-year terms make annual elections a requirement to maintain staggering of the terms for the Council. The Town has conducted annual elections since 1878. The State of New Mexico has now made an objection to elections in March of odd-numbered years and the two-year staggering of terms.

January 21, 2019 – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, hosted the first Southwest New Mexico Regional Consortium to address medical facility issues emerging from the migrant crisis.

Several government agencies and healthcare facilities participated in the two-hour meeting, including the New Mexico Department of Health, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming, Hidalgo Medical Services in Lordsburg, Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, and BorderRAC out of El Paso. According to Tanya Carroccio, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer at GRMC, “This multi-disciplinary meeting was the beginning of a collaborative effort to better understand and support the care management of clinical decision-makers who are encountering Border Patrol detainees.”

img 2298Mayor Ken Ladner presents the proclamation declaring Feb. 16 as Silver City’s 2019 Territorial Charter Day to Raul TurrietBy Roger Lanse

The Beat asked Silver City Town Attorney Robert Scavron at the town’s Jan. 22, 2019 council meeting if he could comment on rumors circulating that the March 5 municipal election was off. Scavron answered, “It’s not ready for discussion.”

Following is an excerpt from the Beat’s Dec. 11, 2018 report on that day’s town council meeting, which sets the stage for the rumors of a cancellation of the municipal election.

hrtm padilla andresChef holds ingredients in a kitchen.Andres Padilla, a chef at Topolobampo restaurant in Chicago, will be the featured chef at the second annual Guest Chef Dinner and Silent Auction, a benefit for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at New Mexico State University. The event will take place Jan. 31. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

Editor's Note: This article fails to mention that Padilla grew up in Silver City and graduated from Silver High School. His mother, Diane, said that her son, Andres, who lives in Chicago, is the culinary director of all of Rick Bayless' restaurants, which feature traditional Mexican food. Andres is the son of Andy and Diane Padilla, who owns Hair Creations in Bayard. Diane said her son was the featured chef last year, also

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The event has taken place over the past several years on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thanks to the organization by people in the community. The sponsors this year were Concilio CDS, represented by Gloria Bradford, the Grant County Democratic Party, with Frances Vasquez, and Western New Mexico University, where it was held at Light Hall Theater.

img 2503Photo Courtesy of Nick and Shannon Mittica

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