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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Last Thursday, this author went out to Fort Bayard to see what has transpired while the Americorps team members are working in Grant County until July 7.]

Several of the participants were at a couple of houses in Officers' Row.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first elected official to present his report at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on May 18, 2017, was Sheriff Raul Villanueva

"In April we had 643 calls for service and two motor vehicle accidents," the sheriff said. "We are doing planning for the Blues Festival and then the Pro Rodeo. My staff has been extremely busy. We are still covering Santa Clara and Hurley quite a bit.

"We are fully staffed, but three of my officers have applied to State Police," Villanueva continued. "We have been doing in-house training to save money. This is Law Enforcement Week, so we are giving them lunch today."

Commissioner Alicia Edwards asked what the difference in pay was between the Sheriff's Department and State Police.

Commissioners Billings, Kasten, Ramos, Browne and Edwards give a proclamation on Fiesta Latina to Raul Turrieta, Manuel Rodriguez, Rosemary Grijalva, Monica Cuevas and Faye McCalmont.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The first person to give public input at the Grant County Commission regular session on May 18, 2017, was Glen Navarro of Loma Verde subdivision, which recently had its roads improved.

"I have talked to the manager, but at the intersection of Loma Verde West and Ventana going south, it doesn't made sense to have a stop sign," Navarro said. "They chopped down trees to clear the view for drivers at the intersection. I walk the road all the time and I have gotten hit twice. I would like both stop signs removed. There is no need to have them there. I also talked to Earl about the ice, and he said it was from a groove from putting water on the road. The manager told me the stop signs were according to the uniform traffic code."

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Over 100 people attended the “50 Years Ago in Silver City” reception celebrating the opening of the Silver City Museum in July 1967. The special exhibition features items from everyday life 50 years ago, as well as examples of life in Silver City and Grant County from around 1962 to 1976. Museum personnel and visitors alike wore vintage clothing from that era and enjoyed the music and various exhibits. The special exhibition will continue through December.

Photographer Dave Schuhmann took these photos Saturday, May 20, 2017. He said the roof is essentially on. People were working on the roof and inside.

Chaparral, NM - The New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the driver of a fatal hit-and-run crash which occurred today around 3:00 p.m. in Chaparral, NM. The crash occurred near 724 Luna Drive in Chaparral when Javier Acosta, (50) of Chaparral, was struck from behind by a vehicle as he was walking east on Luna Drive.

The hit-and-run vehicle was described by witnesses as a blue or black late 1990's or early 2000's model Dodge extended-cab truck. The truck was hauling scrap metal in the bed of the truck. The truck immediately drove away from the scene after the crash.

Anyone with any information regarding this crash is asked to call the New Mexico State Police at 575-382-2500 (option 1).

They also discuss the forum that was to be held that evening

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, heads of county departments gave their monthly reports to the commissioners.

Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo said his department is continuously revising its policies and procedures. He said the jail has two vacancies.

A recent state preliminary assessment of the facility on the 34 standards showed 20 in compliance, 10 deficient and three non-compliant, including one in the kitchen and two in the medical services, as well as a fire safety issue.

He said two officers are in the second phase of training, which should be completed in mid-June.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Because you have access to the entire recording of the comments, this author has chosen to report what the primary players in this scenario had to say, and then will just put into the text some of the comments from others.]

More than 100 people, 112 by one count, attended the Cancer Center Forum on Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017. Many accepted the chance to provide input on the care they receive and why they support the doctors, nurses and system in place.

Almost everyone spoke in opposition to the proposed change of the contractor for the Gila Regional Medical Center Cancer Center from the New Mexico Cancer Center under the leadership of Dr. Barbara McAneny's New Mexico Oncology to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

The dominant theme of the evening was: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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