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[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of at least two articles on a long GRMC Board of Trustees meeting held 012618.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

As is customary for each Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, the latest of which was held Friday, Jan 26, 2018, trustees ask to hear a Safety Moment.

Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said the hospital has been getting "inundated with attempted hacks." She said they are seeking to get into medical records, among other items. "Our IT (information technology) has been great at blocking them and no one has gained access."

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a brief meeting on Friday, Jan. 256, 2018, Commission Chairman Gerald W. "Billy" Billings called the meeting to order, the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the Flag took place and then the commissioners went into a more than hour-long executive session to discuss disposal of real property.

By Roger Lanse

The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received official certification in November 2017, as an "Emergency Medical Dispatch Center" by the New Mexico Department of Health, according to GCRDA Director Barbara Schalkofski. All dispatchers are now certified, as well, Schalkofski said, by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, as recently hired Sonia Ray and Emmanie Villanueva completed telecommunicator certification classes in December 2017.

Schalkofski stated that Ray was named class leader and received an award for her achievement, and that GCRDA is one of a few in the state to have both the dispatch center and all its dispatchers certified.

aarpSanta Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez (D-Silver City) received the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “Capital Caregivers” Award, a distinction given to a select group of bipartisan legislators across the country.

“Being the recipient of the AARP Capital Caregivers Award is a great honor and certainly a highlight of my career,” Martinez said.

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday, January 22, 2018, following an executive session, which lasted approximately one hour. All board members attended with the exception of Frank Gomez.

The meeting began with a presentation by Terri Tapia of the New Mexico Public Education Department initiative, "FOCUS." Funded through the state and developed in conjunction with the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability, NM PED FOCUS has provided educators with a tiered quality rating and improvement system to gauge where schools rank in their early childhood development programs. This is a new initiative, and Cobre Consolidated Schools' Associate Superintendent Jose Carrillo was very instrumental in supporting the program.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council meeting on January 22, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 20 minutes long. Mayor Pro Tem Chon Fierro, Councilor Zeke Santa Maria, Councilor Raul Villanueva, and Councilor Adrian Ortiz attended. Mayor Charles Kelly was unable to attend.

During Public Input Johnny Montenegro of Copper Little League took the floor. He thanked the council for the improvements at the little league fields and asked about further renovations to get the field ready for the season. Painting of the clubhouse and dugouts needs to be done as well as help maintaining the concession area.

By Hallie Richwine

This month's Public Forum at Western New Mexico University's Miller Library tackled the topic of "Poverty and Decline of the Middle Class and the New Tax Law." The program was presented by Miller Library, Grant County Democratic Party, WNMU Young Democrats, and MEChA.

The forum opened with moderator Lynda Aiman-Smith introducing the panelists and explaining how to engage with them. Note cards were given to the public to write down questions they wanted to ask the speakers.

[Editor's Note: Registration and absentee and early voting information is listed at the end of this article.]

By Margaret Hopper

The March 6 Silver City municipal elections are coming soon. Most incumbents are challenged, and all were given opportunity to state why they are running and what they hope to see happen for Silver City in the future.

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