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[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles about the Grant County Commission work session of Dec. 18, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission held a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, to hear presentations, updates and to review the regular agenda.

The article on the first two updates, from Gila Regional Medical Center and Hidalgo Medical Services, can be read here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/48245-grant-county-commission-work-session-features-monthly-reports-121818-part-1 

By Roger Lanse

A Securities and Exchange Commission complaint, unsealed on Dec. 6, 2018, against Silver City businessman Thomas H. Laws, alleges that during 2016-2018, Laws misappropriated investor funds transferred to himself from Santa Fe Gold Corporation, of which he was CEO. According to an SEC litigation release dated Dec. 14, 2018, Laws misappropriated approximately $1.1 million and attempted to hide his theft from the company and its independent auditor by fabricating documents; including vendor invoices, agreements, bank records, and communications.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the Grant County Board of Commissioners work session on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2018, Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias introduced the new podiatrist, Dr. Gregory Iwaasa, who has opened a clinic in Silver City.

"We moved here with our five kids from North Dakota," Iwaasa said. "We are excited to be part of the community. Our kids are loving it. We are feeling support from the community. I treat feet from toenails to bunions to biomedical issues and sports medicine."

Grant County, NM - On December 24, 2018 at about 8:25 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 10 around mile post 47, between Lordsburg and Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2000 BMW, driven by Debra J. Harriman (56) of Albuquerque, NM was traveling west on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons the BMW left the roadway and spun into the eastbound lane where it collided into a 2017 Honda Civic that was going east. The driver of the BMW, Harriman was pronounced deceased at the scene by the office of medical investigator. The driver and passenger in the Honda sustained unknown injuries.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Monday, Dec. 17, newly-elected Congresswoman Xochitl Torres-Small visited Silver City and met with different groups of individuals to find out the pulse of the area.

This meeting took place between Torres-Small and local government officials, who met her at the Western New Mexico University ABC rooms.

By Hallie Richwine

The Grant County Water Commission met December 17, 2018 to discuss plans to move forward. The first order of business was the nomination of Alex Brown for Chairperson and Richard Bauch for Vice Chairperson. Nominations closed with no objections.

The commission then took time to address general input. The main topic of conversation was the wastewater treatment plant in Bayard. The drying beds are not adequate for the volume of wastewater produced. The first dryer is insufficient.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

A small group of residents and visitors gathered at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center Saturday morning, Dec. 15, to learn the results of the 2018 Merchant Window Contest. Of the 15 entrants, nine would be chosen in three different categories: Community Choice, Largest Display, and Most Creative. 

And there was a special announcement, the establishment of the Ward A. Rudick Spirit of Christmas Award. Patrick Hoskins, Board President of Silver City MainStreet spoke of all the things that Ward Rudick has done to make Silver City a good place to live. Rudick chuckled as he received the plaque, which is installed on a wall of the Visitors’ Center. “Not bad for a Jewish boy,” he laughed.

Take a stroll in Downtown Silver City, and enjoy all the windows.

Article by Mary Alice Murphy. Photos by Mary Alice Murphy and Courtesy of Mark Erickson as noted

On the 10th anniversary of the first greenery and red-bowed Wreaths Across America being laid on graves at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, the challenge of laying a wreath on every grave was met.

Dr. John Bell, an Army Medical Corps physician, Vietnam Veteran, and long-time medical practitioner in Grant County, served as master of ceremonies.

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