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By Mary Alice Murphy

After election of officers at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity members discussed proposed legislation to request political subdivision status for the entity.

Changes to the agenda included adding public input, which had inadvertently been left off, as well as deleting a watershed presentation, because the speaker Wendel Hann was unable to attend the meeting. He expects to do it at the February meeting. Also removed was a presentation from New Mexico Wild on the proposed Scenic Rivers designation for the Gila River.

No one spoke in public input.

By Roger Lanse -- Courtesy of minutes from Town Clerk Ann Mackie

At the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Silver City Town Meeting, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. presented his thoughts about how bond issues for higher education, including unpaid student loans, are funded by only property owners. He also brought up the issue of needed trade schools, and that 3-4-year-old kids should not be going to school because teachers were not babysitters. Ray also criticized those who were ‘rude and disrespectful’ at the recent Grant County Commission meeting and how kids should act like kids and adults as adults.

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison provided information to seniors over the age of 62 who wish to apply to live in the new Mountainview Senior Apartments, expected to be completed by mid-2019.

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By Mary Alice Murphy

In a brief special meeting, the Grant County commissioners met to address a single item that needed to be completed in time to have a two-week notice so it could be addressed at the upcoming regular meeting on Jan. 24, 2019

The item was a resolution of a notice of intent to consider a low-income rebate ordinance.

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At the Chamber of Commerce office in Silver City, where the Beat interviewed Ari Ramos, she jumps for joy beside her constant companion—her gear carrier.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Ari Ramos is on a mission. She has a master's degree in public health and wants to teach people how to prevent disease, such as obesity and diabetes, through nutrition and exercise.

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, at approximately 6:13 p.m. while Grant County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic stop between MM 5-6 on Highway 356, another vehicle, a pickup, approaching the stop at speed, ultimately obeyed deputy’s commands to stop.

According to police documents, the pickup was driven by Steven Escobar, 30, of Santa Clara, and carried a passenger, Gabriel Marquez, 25, also of Santa Clara. Deputies stated they were aware of Escobar’s criminal history including being charged with multiple violent felonies. After Escobar was observed possibly reaching for a firearm, deputies, with service weapons drawn, ordered both men out of the vehicle, and they were put on the ground and placed into investigative detention.

Hidalgo County, NM - On January 5, 2019 at about 2:16 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 10 near mile post 31, east of Deming. 

The initial investigation indicated a 2007 Chevy, driven by Maria Consuelo Jaimes (56) of Center, Texas, was traveling west on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons the Chevy drifted off the roadway, entered the median and rolled. Jaimes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the office of medical investigator. There were three other passengers in the Chevy at the time of the rollover crash. All three sustained unknown injuries and were transported to a local hospital. 

Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the crash. Seatbelts do appear to have been used properly. No other additional information is currently available. 

Its first day to fly was Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Several membersof the team were at the airport for its first flights on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Founder and president of Advanced Air, Levi Stockton, piloted the first flight to Albuquerque and back, as well as the first flight to Phoenix and back. Co-piloting with him was Donny Sandusky, executive vice president and pilot.

At the terminal at Grant County Airport were Aaron Krieger, managing director, and Andy Jacobs, marketing consultant.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Although it was delayed by the previous night’s snowfall, Grant County’s newly elected officials were sworn into office Friday morning by Magistrate Court Judge Maurine Laney. Witnessed by a standing room only crowd, Sheriff Frank Gomez, County Assessor Raul Turrieta, Probate Judge Mary Ann Sedillo, and County Commissioners Javier Salas (District 2) and Chris Ponce (District 1) each took the oath of office.

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