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[Editor's Note: This is part one of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of Oct. 22, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

County reports began the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 22, 2019.

Grant County Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo:
We have no vacancies at this time. We have started distributing Narcan kits, 34, so far. The average inmate count for the month was 89, with 88 today and 89 on Oct. 15.

By Roger Lanse

According to Bayard Police Chief Lee Alirez, the Quantar system the Tri-City area uses for public safety communication has crashed. He stated the system has exceeded its life expectancy and intermittently heats and shuts down and then comes back online. Alirez said he was granted permission from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to begin utilizing their frequency effective Wednesday, Nov. 6, at approximately noon. According to Alirez, when he broached the subject with GCSO, “they were all over it.” He said they have a good relationship with the sheriff’s office and were fortunate to have their assistance.

The Motorola Quantar system has been in place almost 30 years, and was supposed to be functional for only 20, Alirez told the Beat. He said the system cannot be repaired and parts are no longer available. ”If we can get state legislative funding for a new system, including car radios and everything, we should have a new one in place sometime next year,” he stated.

Grant County Nov. 5, 2019 election results

Final election numbers were posted at the Grant County Clerk's Office at 8:42 p.m.

Hurley Municipal District Number of votes received
Councilor Position 1
Richard R. Maynes 126

Councilor Position 2
Mateo V. Madrid 95

Municipal Judge
David J. Ramos 157

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society held a three-day Baseball seminar Oct. 17-19, 2019 at the Museum in the Santa Clara Armory and at the baseball field at Bataan Memorial Park. The Fort Bayard Veterans lost the first game to the visiting Arizona Black Sox on Saturday 12-4, but the Veterans redeemed themselves on Sunday in front of a much smaller audience by a score of 12-4, turning the tables on the visiting team. Both teams played with the original baseball rules for the 1800s.

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at about 1 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers were called to an ATV crash at 51 Chamisa Road in Mimbres, New Mexico. According to the NMSP, the 12-year-old male driver of the 2003 Yamaha ATV and his 2-year-old passenger were critically injured and air-lifted to a hospital in Texas. The driver appears to have lost control of the vehicle and crashed due to speed, driver inattention, and other improper driving factors, NMSP said.

The father, Luke Gomez, was cited for operation and safety infractions.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Following a sometimes threatening and confrontational session with members of the Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee meeting in the morning, the NM CAP Entity met in a special meeting Oct. 17, 2019 in the afternoon to discuss a preferred alternative of the proposed action. The elements of the proposed action remain, but one would come out on top at the end of the meeting.

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity was created as an agency by the Arizona Water Settlements Act, which allocated 14,000 acre-feet of new water and funding of about $90 million, which is coming into the New Mexico Unit Fund and up to $62 million to construct a New Mexico Unit diversion project.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2  and the final article of an extended legislative committee meeting on Oct. 17, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After presentations at the Oct. 17, 2019 Interim Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee by several people involved directly and indirectly in the Arizona Water Settlements Act process, including the Interstate Stream Commission and members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, legislators began peppering the speakers with questions at the Western New Mexico University Miller Library.

The first part can be read at: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54135-interim-legislative-water-and-natural-resources-committee-meets-in-silver-city-101719-part-1

LANE CLOSURE – Silver City Area
US 180 from mile post 114 to 115 the westbound left passing lane will have closures on roadway for employees and equipment for road repairs. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 2:30 pm.

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