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Location: Southwest of Coffee Pot Reservoir, Wilderness Ranger District

Start Date: May 26, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Grass and dead/down trees

Resources: Type 3 Helicopter, one FS Engines, one seven–person hand crew

[Editor's Note: This editor thanks the following photographers for their generosity and sharing of photographs when she was out of town. They are part of the Grant County Community Foundation, which puts on Give Grandly to raise money for non-profits in the area each year.]

Photos courtesy of Carol Ann Fugagli, Barrett Brewer and Tyler Bingham.

These photos were taken on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Most are from the Give Grandly portion of the event, but it was also the opening day for the Silver City Farmers' Market, so some chronicle that event. Fifty-five non-profit organizations participated in Give Grandly to benefit their missions. They raised a preliminary total of $151,099 from 818 donations.

By Mary Alice Murphy

img 0194Jason Lazich, with the Virgin Galactic Team at Spaceport America, visited Silver City on May 2, 2019 to talk to Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce members about the spaceport.

He said the owner of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, owns more than 100 Virgin-branded companies around the world. "Virgin Galactic at the spaceport is his No. 1 priority," Lazich said. "We already have 600 future astronauts signed up. That's just the beginning."

By Lorie Hildebrand

Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch and three of four trustees met Thursday evening for a regular Village Council meeting at 6 p.m. Various committees gave reports to the community. The Safety Committee received good news from Albuquerque while Village employees attended training. Santa Clara has a very good safety rating at .88. A 1.0 is the grading scale and anything above that number shows a low safety rating while anything below shows a very good safety rating. The Santa Clara Action Committee will host free movies in the park every Saturday evening through the summer at the Viola Stone Park. The first movie night will be June 1, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. It was not announced what movie will be shown, so check the Village of Santa Clara Facebook page. Hotdogs and popcorn along with drinks will be sold.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Agreement to Sell Portion of Cobalt Business

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today an agreement to sell its cobalt refinery in Kokkola, Finland and related cobalt cathode precursor business to Umicore for total consideration of approximately $150 million, plus working capital at the time of close.

Under the terms of the agreement, FCX will separate its cobalt business prior to completing the transaction. Umicore will acquire the refinery and cathode precursor business, which represents approximately 60 percent of the refinery’s historical revenues. FCX and its partners will retain Freeport Cobalt’s remaining cobalt business with operations in Kokkola, Finland and with sales offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The retained cobalt business is a leading global producer of cobalt fine powders, chemicals, catalyst, ceramics and pigments.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Saturday, April 27,, 2019, at the Continental Divide Trail Days event, vendors and information providers set up in tents at Gough Park to sell items and to talk trail tales.

GRMC Board of Trustees hears that the recent safety-net-care-pool changes do not create a loss from the hospital. The amounts were funding the hospital expected to receive, but will receive smaller amounts. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

The safety moment usually begins the monthly meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. On April 26, 2019, instead of a safety moment, Interim Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Rodriguez told a story to illustrate how the hospital cares for its patients. A little girl, 7 years old, was a patient in the hospital and was going to miss the Father-Daughter banquet she was looking forward to. The nurses and certified nursing assistants planned and attended a special dinner in her room with her father. "That's why we're here," Rodriguez said.

This is a video shot on a recent Saturday during a tour of the southwestern border of New Mexico, with Mexico,  including Deming and Columbus, NM. 

The blogger says: "My deep appreciation to Russ Johnson for providing the tour, his input and a candid history for the last 101 years to date on the New Mexico border with Mexico. Here are our shared observations."

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Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let editor@grantcountybeat.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.

Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it

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