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[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles about the Grant County Commission work and regular meetings on Oct. 16, and 18, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular Grant County Commission meeting on Oct. 18, 2018, the first presentation came from Gila Regional Medical Center.

GRMC Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said the hospital is doing a new ad campaign, which is service-based and will feature two billboards. "We're also looking at the look of the hospital. We have been allowed to say we're on a new road. The new campaigns are what we want to look like in the future. We have a new design, not just in the logo, but in our operations."

Luna County, NM - On October 23, 2018 at around 2:41 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal crash involving four vehicles on State Road 26 near Mile Post 12 between Hatch and Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Toyota passenger car was traveling east on State Road 26 following behind a 2004 Toyota Van pulling a flatbed trailer with a Jeep on it. The Toyota car began to pass the Toyota Van pulling the Jeep. The 2016 Toyota was traveling east in the single westbound lane when it collided head on with a Dodge Charger that was traveling west in the westbound lane of State Road 26. The male driver of the 2016 Toyota car, Roy Edwards (75) of Silver City and the male driver of the Charger, Alexis Chavez (23) of Deming both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

By Roger Lanse

At its Oct. 23, 2018 meeting, Assistant Town Manager James Marshall recommended council approve the bid of $160,131.60, including gross receipts tax, from Southwest Concrete and Paving of Silver City for an overlay of 32nd Street between Silver Street and Ridgecrest Drive. The project is scheduled for Nov. 15-17, Marshall said, and two lanes will be kept open at all times. Marshall said there is money already in the budget for the project.

Silver City Police Chief Freddy Portillo announced the second annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ will be held Friday, Oct. 26, from 5-9 p.m., at Stout Elementary School. Free food will be available. Cost is $2 for individuals and $5 for groups. Portillo said that other law enforcement agencies have been invited to participate.

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation (the Department) is selecting Advanced Air, LLC (Advanced Air) to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Silver City/Hurley/Deming, New Mexico (Silver City) for the two-year period from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2020. Advanced Air will provide 17 nonstop round trips each week to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and 7 nonstop round trips each week to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), using twin-engine 9-seat King Air 350 aircraft, at an annual subsidy rate of $3,513,367 for the first year and $3,601,202 for the second year.

By Order 2016-10-13, issued on October 25, 2016, the Department re-selected Boutique Air, Inc. (Boutique Air) to provide EAS at Silver City, for the two-year period from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. Under the terms of that contract, Boutique Air continued to provide 17 nonstop round trips each week to ABQ and seven nonstop round trips each week to PHX, using single-engine 8- or 9-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, at an annual subsidy rate of $3,285,885 for the first year and $3,368,032 for the second year.

By Hallie Richwine

The candidate forum for the NM House of Representatives seat in District 38 occurred October 10, 2018 at the Western New Mexico University Global Resource Center. The event was sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent with SCDP Publisher Nick Seibel acting as moderator. The Democratic Party candidate is Karen Whitlock and the Republican Party candidate is incumbent Rebecca Dow.

The Silver City MainStreet Project and the Silver City Arts & Cultural District (ACD) have petitioned the State Arts & Cultural District Coordinator to move the State Authorization back to New Mexico MainStreet. Arts and culture are an integral part of downtown Silver City’s Cultural and Creative Economy.

Rich Williams, New Mexico MainStreet State Coordinator has responded favorably to the move and re-authorization. He has asked the New Mexico Arts Commission the governing body for state authorization to adopt the request. The New Mexico Arts Commission next meets in the middle of November.

By Roger Lanse

 Silver City police officers were dispatched to the Stagestop Trailer Park at 1605 W. Market Street on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at approximately 8:51 p.m., in reference to an unattended death call. According to the police blotter, a caller advised dispatchers that a female, about 60-years-old, had fallen, hit her head, was not breathing, and blood was everywhere. The caller also advised it was too late for CPR and that the female might have been there for a while.

Commissioners move it ahead by one step at regular session 101818

[Editor's Note: These two Grant County Commission sessions on Oct. 16 and 18, 2018, will be covered in a multi-part series of articles, combining the actions where appropriate.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

During discussion at the October work session on Oct. 16, 2018, on the November meeting dates, commissioners agreed to hold a combined work-and-regular-sessions meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Administration Center.

The first item of business on the work session agenda was a presentation by Bob Karsted, wind farm project manager of Scout Clean Energy, and Mike Greczyn, a consultant with Altis, on the proposed development of the Great Divide Wind Farm LLC project in southern Grant County off Separ Road.

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