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[Editor's Note: This is part seven of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on March 19, 2019 and regular meeting of March 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on March 19, 2019, commissioners took part in a discussion on holding evening meetings instead of the morning ones as is now the norm.

Commissioner Harry Browne noted that he wanted to include the agenda in the discussion, as "it is not working the way I expected. We put the county reports ahead of presentations, but I expected the department heads could leave after their reports, but they stay around and listen, so it just puts off what other people are here for."

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with TLC Company (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of NM 15 Pinos Altos Road Reconstruction Project.

When: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Where: Silver City Chamber of Commerce, 3031 US-180, Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Purpose: To provide project information regarding construction, detailing project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project in Silver City, NM.

ADA: To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related accommodations for this meeting, contact Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, NMDOT – District One at (575) 640-5981 at least two days before the meeting.

[Editor's Note: This is part six of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on March 19, 2019 and regular meeting of March 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

During Tuesday's work session on March 19, 2019, Grant County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report ending March 13, 2019. Total expenditures equaled $2,620,102.44, including two payroll periods totaling $400,267.25.

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She fielded several questions about the budget from Commissioner Javier Salas and invited him to come to her office so she could explain items.

[Editor's Note: This is the fifth of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019 and regular session on March 21, 2019. It covers elected officials' reports and some public input.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Presentations and department head reports were heard at the work session and can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/50065-grant-county-commission-hears-presentations-at-its-work-session-031919-part-1  and http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/50095-grant-county-commission-hears-presentations-at-its-work-session-031919-part-2 

At the regular session on March 21, 2019, elected officials gave updates.

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[Editor's Note: This is the fourth of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019 and regular session on March 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first items of business on the regular meeting agenda, Thursday, March 21, 2019 included a proclamation and a certificate of gratitude.

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[Editor's Note: This is the third of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019, along with a presentation made at the regular meeting on March 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next two presentations at the Grant County Commission work session on March 19, 2019, featured Hidalgo Medical Services Chief Executive Officer Dan Otero and the annual presentation from the High Desert Humane Society by Heidi Ogas. Also reported here will be a presentation made at the regular session by Autumn Bruton of Amplified Therapy Inc.

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at about 7:16 p.m., the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received a missing-persons' call involving kayakers on the Gila River. Caller advised that 50-year-old Marcos Grado had become separated from the group about three hours before and “got stuck in a canyon.”

According to Mark Levesque, New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue, Grado, from Taos, was kayaking with two friends from Silver City when he became separated from them. Levesque, who acted as deputy incident commander on this event, told the Beat that the Gila River in this area is in a narrow canyon with high bluffs on each side.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today declared a cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on May 1, 2019 to holders of record as of April 15, 2019 for its common stock.

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