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By Mary Alice Murphy

With an audience of more than 100 people, the Grant County Commission, including its two newly elected members, Javier "Harvey" Salas and Chris Ponce, took on a difficult charge. It was to replace, according to statute, the vacant District 28 senatorial post, caused by the election of Sen. Howie Morales to lieutenant governor under the newly inaugurated New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The meeting opened with public input, limited to two minutes each. Commission Chairman Billy Billings asked that all comments be positive.

(Silver City, NM) - On December 27, 2018 at approximately 6:12 am, Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the area of Fairway Dr. near Silver City in reference to multiple shots-fired at the reporting party from a parked-then pursuing vehicle. Due to the serious nature of this reported incident, multiple Deputies and Officers from the Silver City Police Department responded to the area immediately. The Reporting Party was contacted, he was unharmed and interviewed at-scene. Despite efforts to locate a suspect vehicle/suspect(s) in the area, none were found. This matter remains under active investigation.

Sheriff Frank Gomez would encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact the Sheriff's Department at (575) 574-0100 or Grant County Dispatch at (575) 388-8840.

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 and the final one of a multi-series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions held Dec. 18 and 20, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday work session, commissioners heard presentations, and at the regular session, recognized outgoing officials, held a public hearing and heard public input. These articles can be read at: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48245-grant-county-commission-work-session-features-monthly-reports-121818-part-1  , http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48262-grant-county-commission-hears-another-presentation-121818-part-2http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48270-grant-county-commission-work-session-121818-part-3 , http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48281-grant-county-commission-has-special-recognitions-at-beginning-of-regular-meeting-122018 , and http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48291-grant-county-commission-holds-public-hearing-and-hears-public-input-at-the-regular-meeting-122018-part-5.

Commissioners heard the financial report from County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez at the work session and approved it at the regular session.

Luna County, NM - On January 1, 2019 at around 2:00 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal crash involving two vehicles on U.S. 180 near Mile Post 151 north of Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2001 GMC Truck was traveling south on U.S. 180. For unknown reasons the GMC crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a northbound 1993 Buick Roadmaster sedan, driven by Omar Holguin (61) of Silver City, NM. The driver of the 2001 GMC Truck, who has not yet been positively identified as well as Mr. Holguin both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

[Editor's Note: This is part 5 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission's work and regular sessions. This one addresses the public hearing and public input at the regular meeting. The next and final article will address the rest of the agenda.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 began with a public hearing on the issuance of taxable industrial revenue bonds for the proposed Great Divide Wind Farm in southern Grant County near the Hidalgo County boundary.

Luis Carrasco of the Rodey Law Firm attended the meeting to answer questions.

[Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a multi-part series of articles on the work session and regular meetings of the Grant County Commission on Dec. 18 and 20, 2018.]

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

 

The first main item on the regular meeting agenda was a recognition of the departure of two commissioners and the sheriff for being termed out.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The traditional first comment of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting is a safety moment.

At the special meeting on Dec. 19, 2018, held in lieu of a regular meeting in December, as the regular session would fall between Christmas and New Year's Day, Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said the hospital is seeing about 13 or 14 immigrants at a time come into the Emergency Room accompanied by Border Patrol personnel.

[Editor's Note: This is part three of a multi-article series on the work session of Dec. 18, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission at its work session on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, reviewed the agenda for the regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20. 2018.

The first item on the regular agenda was a public hearing on an ordinance to authorize and issue Grant County, New Mexico, taxable industrial revenue bonds in the maximum amount of $400 million for the proposed Great Divide Wind Farm in Grant County near the Hidalgo County border.

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