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[Editor's Note: This is the final article of the Commission work session of Sept. 10, 2019. Articles on the regular session on Sept. 12, 2019 will come later.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

As is customary at the Grant County Commission work session, County Manager Charlene Webb went over the regular meeting agenda for review and discussion. Previous articles from the work session can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53238-grant-county-commission-hears-public-input-at-work-session-091019, http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53249-grant-county-commission-hears-updates-from-grmc-and-hms-at-work-session-091019-part-2, and http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53291-map-added-grant-county-commission-hear-two-more-presentations-at-work-session-091019 .

The regular meeting would take place on Sept. 12, 2019, where items reviewed at the work session would be discussed and approved or disapproved.

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Glenwood, NM, September 19, 2019—Forest Supervisor, Adam Mendonca has signed a Temporary Closure Order Number 06-19-008 Native Fish Restoration Activity Closure Order for both sides of Whitewater Creek and other areas as described in the order. This closure order is effective from 8:00 a.m. September 25, 2019 through midnight on October 3, 2019 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

As part of the Gila Whitewater Trout Restoration Project, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) will be using rotenone to eradicate non-native fish from the waterways in Whitewater Canyon. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that rotenone is highly effective for selective removal of invasive fishes and that the resulting concentrations of ingredients poses little, if any, hazards to public health. Once the rotenone has been introduced, the water will then be treated with a neutralizing agent, potassium permanganate, which prevents the treated water from being carried beyond the project area. It is Federal regulation that people cannot be near the water corridor while these treatment and neutralizing processes are in place.

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The southwest slope of Apache Mountain, on National Forest System Lands, Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest, Catron County, NM

Incident Start Date: September 4, 2019 Size: 180 acres Cause: Lightning
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September 12, 2019, Silver City, NM – Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 68-bed acute care hospital serving Grant County in southwest New Mexico, hosted over 50 members of the GRMC Auxiliary at an annual banquet to honor the volunteers. Auxilians provide information and assistance throughout the hospital for patients, staff, and visitors. In 2019, volunteer hours per person ranged from 100 to over 9,000 hours.

The luncheon is held annually to recognize the Auxiliary for their dedicated service. This year held special significance as the Auxiliary marks its 50th Anniversary as a non-profit service organization affiliated with GRMC. At the luncheon, the Mayor of Silver City, Ken Ladner proclaimed the month of October a time of celebration for the Auxiliary’s 50 years of service. Honored guest Andrea Lohse offered congratulations from the New Mexico Hospital Association State Auxiliary.

[Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of the Grant County Commission work session that took place on Sept. 10, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The work session of the Grant County Commission held on Sept. 10, 2019, heard public input mostly on the proposed Wild and Scenic designation, which can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53238-grant-county-commission-hears-public-input-at-work-session-091019 and updates from Gila Regional Medical Center and Hidalgo Medical Services, which you can read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53249-grant-county-commission-hears-updates-from-grmc-and-hms-at-work-session-091019-part-2.

Silver City, NM, September 17, 2019—The Gila National Forest has noted that there is a blue-green algae bloom at Snow Lake on the Reserve Ranger District. The forest is advising caution as it can cause health risks in humans and pets if ingested, inhaled or touched.

The lower water levels and high heat can cause algae growth along the shorelines of the lake and along any coves. The forest advises against humans and pets swimming in or drinking from the water.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 10, 2019. More articles to come.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

County reports and public input began the Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 10, 2019, mainly on the wild and scenic river designation, which was up for a decision at the Thursday regular meeting and can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/53238-grant-county-commission-hears-public-input-at-work-session-091019.

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias led off the presentations.

On the night of July 21, 2017 Rick McBride, 61, of Walker, Louisiana, was brutally slain in his home by Blayson Fife who shot him as he lay in a reclining chair. Fife and several other young men had broken-into McBride’s residence to burglarize it. McBride was killed with one his own firearms, which Fife had taken. Fife returned to McBride’s home multiple times after the murder to steal more of his remaining possessions, with McBride’s undiscovered corpse present. Shortly thereafter, Fife and his friends fled to California. While enroute, they used the murder weapon (a handgun) to shoot at signage along Interstate 10 in Grant County New Mexico. One of Fife’s friends video-recorded and posted this activity. Fife and his accomplices were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol Agents at a checkpoint near El Paso, Texas on July 26, 2017 and extradited to Louisiana to stand trial.

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