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By Mary Alice Murphy

Early in 2016, an LS Mesa resident and spokesman, Capt. Wout Vantellingen, contacted the Grant County Road Department Superintendent Earl Moore with concerns about the safety of a county-maintained road.

Vantellingen explained that, after heavy rains and especially after decent snow falls, large parts of the Bear Mountain Road turn into a mud road where the mud can be as much as a foot deep. And it is impossible to turn off it. An ambulance without four-wheel five would not be able to come up the road.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dr. Jonni McClure, Au.D, an audiologist with Mimbres Valley Medical Group, said she spent 21 years in Deming growing her practice and working with Dr. Twana Sparks. "Now I have joined the Mimbres Valley Medical Group."

"Hearing is important," McClure began. "It's important to me because it has provided me with a livelihood. Today I'm asking: 'How does hearing loss affect your business?'"

If you love Fort Bayard and want to see it preserved and developed, visit the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce office and sign the petition supporting the transfer of the property to the village of Santa Clara.

Take it around with you and get your friends to sign it, too. Find a copy below.

[Editor's Note: This again was done from a recording, and sometimes it is difficult to hear everyone.The information about Dr. Lash leaving is absolutely INCORRECT. It has been removed from this article. He is not leaving and is still seeing patients.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting On Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

The first item of business was to hear the Safety Moment, which continues to be presented at each meeting at the beginning.

Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said occurrence reporting has mainly, up to now, been paper shuffling, rather than an investigation into what happened and how to address it. "Determining the cause will be a focus going forward."

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The Seventh Annual Natural History of the Gila Symposium was held on the Western New Mexico University Campus at the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center. The events took place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 and 23, with assorted field trips on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2018. 

[Editor's Note: This was written from a recording as have others this past week.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City Town Council District 4 candidates answered questions at a forum put on by the Silver City Daily Press and moderated by the Daily Press publisher, Nickolas Seibel, with audience questions and others from Daily Press reporter Ben Fisher.

Incumbent Guadalupe Cano gave the first opening address. "I am completing my second term since I came on in 2014. This will be my last term. I believe in term limits. The first term is for education and that's when I became a certified municipal officer, which prepares you to be a good officer. My second term was one of enlightenment. I learned what my voice is and how to use it. The third term will be a term of authority. I want to deal with policy changes, especially safety, not only for police officers and firefighters, but for the community."

The 2018 county election season will begin on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, as Grant County residents interested in being candidates will file to run for office.

March 13, from 9 am to 5 pm, the Office of the Grant County Clerk will process declarations of candidacy forms for eligible county residents. There will be a $50.00 filing fee payable in cash or campaign check only. Candidates qualifications will be reviewed and verified by March 20.

img 2221Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest. From left in rear, District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison, District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano, Mayor Ken Ladner, Annette Toney, Membership Manager GSDSW

Photo and article by Roger Lanse

Kelly Hart at the Silver City Town Council's Feb. 27 meeting, presented council with a study titled "The Frequency and Causes of Sirens in Silver City." The summary of the study states, "A year-long study by four citizen scientists, done in four stages, clearly shows that the sirens we hear in Silver City have valid and reasonable causes relating to an emergency." On average we will hear eight sirens a day, with a range between one and 21, he said. Medical emergencies are the most common reason for siren use (65%), requests for police action are the second most common (14%), motor vehicle accidents are third highest (11%). Seven percent of calls were related to domestic disturbances, while three percent were fire alarms. Very few of them had anything to do with traffic, Hart reported.

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