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[Editor's Note: This is part one of several articles on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees monthly meeting on Oct. 26, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees began its monthly meeting on Oct. 26, 2018 with a safety moment from Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White.

"Flu season is upon us," White said. "Our Chief Quality Officer Tanya Carroccio suggested the Fist Bump initiative, so that during flu season, people don't shake hands, which tends to spread germs, but just do fist bumps."

Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said the hospital had gone on lockdown for safety reasons. A patient had been admitted to the hospital, as a result of being hit during a family dispute. The alleged perpetrator had been arrested, but then was let go. "We were afraid he would come back and do something else to her or to our staff. As the patient was being discharged, he came back through the emergency room for something that was not an emergency, so we went on lockdown. Always be aware ad keep safety in mind."

Photos and video by Sandra Michaud

One of the events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month was a Chicano Street Fest at Old James Stadium at Western New Mexico University. The Saturday festival featured live music, food vendors, arts and crafts and information stalls, games and raffles. And of course, a classic car show.

Photos and video by Sandra Michaud

It was a sunny, windy day at Gough Park on Saturday, when people from Silver City and surrounding areas met to celebrate children with a difference, children with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

Article and photo by Mary Alice Murphy

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Michelle Garcia Holmes, lieutenant governor candidate, on the ticket with Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce, spoke at the monthly luncheon of the Grant County Federated Republican Women.

Garcia Holmes described the differences between her and Pearce and the Democratic opposition as "polar opposites, from beginning of life to end of life."

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Business Expo, sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc., and hosted by the Western New Mexico University Small Business Development Center, featured businesses from throughout the area offering information about their services and products.

[Editor's Note: This is part 4 and the final article of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 16 and regular meeting on Oct. 18, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first resolution reviewed at the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 16, 2018 and decided at the Oct. 18, 2018 regular session addressed the vacation and abandonment by the county of Burcher Road near Mule Creek.

County Manager Charlene Webb said the road ends at a ranch house. "The residents have requested the vacation and abandonment of the road. They will maintain it for their purposes."

She said that access to nearby state land continues to be available by foot. "They don't want traffic to their house. They do not want the county to maintain it."

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 16 and regular meeting on Oct. 18, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a work session presentation on the Great Divide Wind Farm proposal for the county, which can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/47247-grant-county-commission-hears-presentation-on-proposed-wind-farm-at-work-session-101618, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the expenditure report. The county spent $2,093,291.26 from Sept. 8, through Oct. 11, 2018. That total, including two pay periods, plus pay period 18 corrections, Sheriff's Department Boot allowance and academic incentives equaled $400,605.79.

New Mexico State Fair Results:
Grant County 4-H members competed at State Fair in Albuquerque with their animal and indoor projects September 6-16. The following are those who placed with their projects.
Junior-Lizzy McDonald 1st place Photography project
Novice- Itzel Valdez 3rd place Rifle Exhibit
Novice- Kaleb Newman 1st place Barbed Wire Art
Novice- Alandra Wilson 2nd Place Biscuits
Novice- Emily Wood 3rd Place Chocolate Chip Cookies
Novice- Logan Wood 2nd Place Sugar Cookies

Grant County Fair Results:

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