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healthinsight award rsTaffy Arias, CEO at Gila Regional, accepting the HealthInsight Quality AwardSeptember 27, 2017 Albuquerque—Five New Mexico hospitals are being recognized today for their high performance on quality of care outcome measures and patient satisfaction.

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, several calls were made to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority regarding phone calls received by residents from a man falsely identifying himself as Kevin Flamm of the GCSD, asking for money to pay for executing warrants on certain people.

According to the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, the man also used names of district court employees in an apparent attempt to gain the trust of residents. “It certainly is a scam,” the PIO said. “We don’t do business that way. We would never call anyone asking for funds of any kind to help pay for our programs.”

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity met in a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, to hear updates from AECOM representatives.

Public input preceded the reports.

Richard Martin, a Grant County resident, said he has been involved at various times in the process, including during the bylaws and agreements. "I decided I wasn't going to follow the Kabuki Theater, but it's still rolling on. I'm alarmed at how much has been spent out of the $54 million. I'm glad you're getting interest. But I'm not seeing any money falling to the four counties. I worry it's another publicly financed operation the only a few will benefit from. Getting local engineers will be great. At a burn rate of $12.6 million, I worry the money is going to evaporate faster than the water. You have no land identified yet for the project. We would be much better served if the funds would be used in the four counties to heal and improve the watershed. I'm from San Diego, where they spend $1,500 per acre-foot for water. I would like to see everyone to use the funds to benefit the four counties. Don't be a charge number for other entities."

photo 1 rsMayor Ken Ladner declares Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 as Southwest Festival of the Written Word weekend. Jeannie Miller, co-chair of SWFWW accepts proclamation.By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved the purchase of a vacant lot downtown next to the Gila Theater for $52,000, which Town Manager Alex Brown said was the appraised price. Brown also said the town's downtown action plan recommends acquiring property downtown when it becomes available, especially vacant property. "The bank came to me and asked if we were interested in purchasing it. It's a bank parking area which we will open to the public," Brown stated.

The Beat and others received a call late yesterday afternoon saying, "An unknown person calling people in the community telling them Capt. Kevin Flamm with civil is scamming for money. This is not true and do not give money. Any questions call GCSD."

We are trying to get hold of the department. Members were in training today. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Fair at the Cliff Fairgrounds hosted not only animals and their keepers, but a carnival that brought people to ride the rollercoaster and rides that slung people around. Vendors promoted their wares and in the afternoon, awards were handed to winners in livestock and poultry contests, as well as clean barn awards, livestock judging awards and the winners of the Second Annual Baking Contest which brought 52 entries in five categories this year.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade started at the Grant County Courthouse, traveled down Broadway over to Bullard Street and up College Avenue to The WNMU campus.

Lots of candy filled small and large bellies that morning and afternoon.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

A reception was held Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 for the work of Barbara Nance that is being spotlighted this month at the Bear Mountain Lodge Art Gallery. Nance works in many different media and her whimsical paintings, sculptures and furniture will be on display at the gallery through the end of October. They can been seen at the Lodge from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and are available for purchase.

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