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By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This is the main part of the presentations. Questions and answers from the community will be covered in the next article.]

Gila Regional Medical Center presented its State of the Hospital meeting to about 80 people on Wednesday, May, 9, 2018. The leadership team addressed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They also laid out portions of the strategic plan going forward to remain independent.

GRMC Board of Trustees Chairman Jeremiah Garcia opened the session.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

After wending their way through all the Give Grandly booths, regulars to the Silver City Farmers' Market found some of their favorite vegetable and plant vendors on site.

The market is held each Saturday through October in the Main Street Plaza. A second market is held at Ace Hardware each Wednesday morning starting about 10 a.m. during the season from May through October.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Community Foundation reached its goal for 2018. The fifth annual Give Grandly 24-hour fundraiser on May 5, 2018, had a goal of $150,000 to reach its goal of Five (hundred thousand) in Five (years). The preliminary numbers as of 3:21 p.m. May 10, showed preliminary numbers of $159,224, which comprised 928 donations to 53 organizations.

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 9, 2018—The Black Range Ranger District continued the Area 74 Prescribed Burn today.

Fire crews continued to use hand ignitions to place fire on the ground working towards, including Burnt Cabin Flat and down Forest Road 226. An estimated 3,200 acres were burned yesterday and 3,400 acres today, making a three day total of ~7,800 acres. Ignition operations have ceased and the fire will now move to a monitor status.

mou signing rsPictured at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Western New Mexico University and the Bemba tribe of Zambia are (left to right) Western New Mexico University Chairperson Jerry Walz, His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez and Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard.Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard and His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, the king of Zambia's largest ethnic group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of exploring the possibility of bringing higher education opportunities to the Bemba people both online and in face-to-face classes.

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced H.R. 5721, The Village of Santa Clara Conveyance Act of 2018, to allow for the Village of Santa Clara to acquire land that was previously considered the Fort Bayard Military Reservation but was not included in the 1972 land transfer to the National Forest System.
"I'm pleased to introduce this bill today to help the Village of Santa Clara create a more prosperous future for the surrounding community. This land transfer will not only bring greater economic opportunities to the Village, but will create value for land that was otherwise locked up without any purpose. This means more businesses will be able to open up shop, increasing revenues and creating jobs for the local community. With this bill, the Village of Santa Clara will be granted a voice in the future management of these lands to protect and promote the priorities of the community," stated Rep. Pearce.

By Roger Lanse

Tuesday, May 8, the three Democrat candidates running for the Lt. Governor nomination in the June 5, primary, Billy Garrett, Howie Morales and Rick Meira, participated in a public forum at the Bayard Community Center sponsored by the Silver City Daily Press and Independent. The candidates gave opening and closing statements and fielded questions from the audience and SCDPI.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

At the monthly meeting of the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cook, Community Development Manager for Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. handed out checks to Community Investment Fund grant recipients. The non-profit organizations received a total of $375,000 at the luncheon.

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