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Councilors approve new audit firm, application for CDBG funds for A Street

By Hallie Richwine

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Richard Maynes and Mayor Ed Stevens.

During public input, Charles Hubbard updated the public on the status of the Town of Hurley website. The website is now up and running and there is a page for announcements. Darlene McBride is the contact person who will be coordinating the updates twice per month. Hubbard encouraged community members to use this resource at www.townofhurley.us.

By Hallie Richwine

The Democratic Candidate Forum for the District Two candidates happened Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Bayard Community Center. The event was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. The candidates for District Two are Cindy Renee Provencio and Javier Salas.

During the candidates’ opening statements, Provencio talked about the influence her grandfather had on her interest in Grant County history and discrimination. Through her graduate research she learned about trauma, triumphs, and overcoming barriers associated with discrimination and segregation. Provencio vowed to listen to the stories of Grant County residents.

Salas was born and raised in Grant County and received his degree in Psychology and criminal justice. He went on to get a Masters’ degree in Psychology and Counseling and Educational Leadership. He worked in the Cobre Consolidated School District as the Director of Special Education. The culmination of this education and experience shows his understanding of business, budgets, and making leadership decisions.

wnmu regents rsThe Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met on campus in Silver City on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Pictured from left to right are the regents: Dr. Dan Salzwedel, Arlean Murillo, Jerry A. Walz, Janice Baca-Argabright and Dr. Carl Foster.Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents debated the methodology behind salary studies, approved a number of changes to policy, promoted 20 faculty members, approved tenure for six faculty members, granted emeritus status to six faculty and staff members, and also elected new officers during their meeting on campus Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Regent Chair Jerry Walz; Regent Vice Chair Janice Baca-Argabright; Regents Dr. Dan Salzwedel and Dr. Carl Foster; and Student Regent Arlean Murillo met in the seminar room of WNMU's Student Memorial Building.

Early voting has begun at the County Clerk's officer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Saturday, June 2, same hours. At the Bayard Community Center, early voting will begin from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 19 and run from Tuesday through Saturday starting again on May 22 through June 2 at the same hours. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

One of the final hearings on Grant County's infrastructure capital improvements plan to take place at the Grant County Administration Center happened Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the late afternoon. Others will take place this week in Cliff, Mimbres and Hachita.

The main topic was the senior centers, now administered by Hidalgo Medical Services.

The county owns the ones in Cliff/Gila and Mimbres, with Santa Clara owning its senior center, and Silver City owning the one in town. HMS manages all of them.

By Mary Alice Murphy

County Manager Charlene Webb asked, at the beginning of the budget hearing, held by the Grant County Commission on Thursday, May 10, 2018, that presentations by department heads be brief.

Jason Lockett of the Maintenance Department said he had requested basically a flat budget, with a few changes for needed equipment.

Clerk Marisa Castrillo said her department had a position frozen. "I would like to request that it be reopened, but I understand that won't be possible. I want to make sure we don't lose it and that it be revisited."

[Editor's Note: This article covers the questions and comments from community members at the Gila Regional state of the hospital event held May 9, 2018. To view an article on the hospital's presentation, visit http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/44171-grmc-holds-state-of-the-hospital-meeting-050918

By Mary Alice Murphy

After Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias opened up the Wednesday evening meeting to comments and questions from the public, a man asked why she had said earlier she did not want to talk about the past.

"This is a place to talk about the future," Arias said. "Come visit me in my office, and I'll talk about the past and I will find answers I don't know."

Update from National Park Service: Chiricahua National Monument has been evacuated and the park is closed.

The human-caused Pinery Fire was first reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm, in Cochise County. The fire started on private land, moved onto the Chiricahua National Monument, and has since moved northward onto the Coronado National Forest. The fire is estimated to be about 675 acres and is burning through dry vegetation, including grasses and brush, 29 miles SE of Wilcox. The fire is under joint command of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the National Park Service, and the Coronado National Forest. Multiple aircraft have been ordered, including 5 SEATS, 4 heavies, 3 helos, AA, and a lead plane. Seven engines, 2 IA crews, and 2 hotshot crews are working on the ground trying to stop forward progress. Additional resources have been ordered, including four more hotshot crews. The exact source of the fire is under investigation.

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