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[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a more than 4-hour combination work session and regular meeting held Jan. 9, 2020. It covers the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly report in detail.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation in the combined meeting of the Grant County Commission given by the Grant County Extension Service office can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/55343-grant-county-commission-holds-combined-work-and-regular-sessions-010920-part-1

The second presentation featured Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes giving their monthly report.

img 1648 1World War II veterans Bill Harrison at left, Dan McBride, second from right, and Alfredo Legarda, at right, with author Mary Alice Murphy, second from left.

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society recently honored local veterans of World War II at the society's annual meeting/banquet and membership drive, and local journalist and author Mary Alice Murphy, who has chronicled many of their stories in her book “God’s Umbrella.”

The WW II veterans in attendance included James W. “Bill” Harrison, Dan McBride, and Alfredo Legarda. Harrison served in the U.S. Navy, and worked closely with Admiral Chester Nimitz and his public relations staff and had a seat close to history as he helped tell the world about such events as the Battle of Midway, which stopped the Japanese advance across the Pacific in June 1942.

chavira new c of c director 010920Steven Chavira, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce directorPhoto and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce introduced its new director, Steven Chavira, at its monthly luncheon on Jan. 9, 2020.

Sabrina Pack, board chairwoman, said: "We are honored to bring our new director, Steven Chavira, back home. It is a pleasure for me to work with this board."

World's largest girl-led entrepreneurial program has a sweet new way to celebrate girl leaders.

El Paso, TX —Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest (GSDSW) is officially launching the 2020 Girl Scout CookieTM season. Cookie Season will begin Saturday, January 18, 2020 and GSDSW will be distributing cookies to all troop leaders from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Coleman American Moving Service Warehouse – 9601 Railroad, El Paso, TX, 79924. The council will be distributing more than 135,000 boxes of cookies to get troops through the first week of cookie sales. Last year was our third consecutive year where we ranked number one in the nation in per girl average sales with each Girl Scout in the council selling an average of 452 boxes. This season, Girl Scouts is announcing a sweet new way to celebrate young female leaders: refreshed packaging reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls.

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part series of articles on the long, combined work session and regular meeting of the Grant County Commission held on Jan. 9, 2020. This one covers election of chairman and vice chairman, as well as the first presentation, which was by the Grant County Extension Service.]

The first major item of business on the agenda addressed the election of officers, usually a routine majority decision.

When District 1 Commissioner and Chairman Chris Ponce asked for nominations for chairperson, District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards said she would like discussion on "how we select our chairperson. I thought we should have had a conversation on it last year, but we didn't. The question I have is: Have either of you, who have served as chairman (Ponce and District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings), ever blocked an item on the agenda?"

One-vehicle crash near Bill Evans Reservoir leaves two dead

By Roger Lanse

UPDATE: According to a GCSO offense report the 1989 red and gray Dodge pickup went off the road about three miles past the Bill Evans Lake turnoff on Bird Sanctuary Road. Deputies were guided to the crash site by a Riverside resident who witnessed the accident.

The report stated that deputies found Maryann Poulsen, 34, of Woodland Hills, Utah, deceased, under the wreckage of the pickup, and Leif Aaron Coty Carter, 40, also of Woodland Hills, Utah, also deceased, with what appeared to be a bullet hole in his head and holding a handgun in his right hand

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Chief Freddie Portillo told councilors at the Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2020 town council meeting that 10 code enforcement citations, regarding principally yards, weeds, and structures, were issued in 2019. Calls for service through the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority were 26, while 68 calls were directed to the code enforcement officer. Portillo also mentioned that the code enforcement officer works closely with the animal control officer and the Silver City Fire Department. Uncovered load citations issued in 2019 numbered 28, up from 2018 when 8 were issued, Portillo stated. Approximately 10 businesses were not up to date with licensing and fire inspection and they were helped to come into compliance, according to Portillo.

In answer to a question from District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., Portillo said that a 2-year-old child riding in a side-by-side would need to be in a properly installed and secured car seat to avoid being cited for a child restraint violation.

On January 13, 2020 at approximately 11:30am, Grant County Sheriff’s Detectives served a felony arrest warrant at 36 Old Arenas Valley Road in Arenas Valley. Dominic Munoz, age 21 was taken into custody without incident. Munoz is charged with three (3) felony counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor and one (1) felony count of Child Endangerment. Munoz is being held without bond at the Grant County Detention Center pending arraignment.

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