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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:

[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.

Summary
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.

Background
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.

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