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By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees met in a regular meeting on Nov. 22, 2019, instead of Nov. 28, to avoid the Thanksgiving holiday.

As is customary at the beginning of the meeting, members heard a safety moment. Chief Quality Officer Tanya Carroccio said it was recently brought up and "we had a dialogue on the issue" that providers were seeing heightened numbers of people on drugs and experiencing it turning into psychosis in the behavioral health unit. "We need to focus on the processes. We have put more security up there, but we need more discussions on making sure that we keep other patients and staff safe."

fb museum 5542Fort Bayard Museum in the former Commanding Officer's Quarters decorated for its 143rd birthday 082819 From left are FBHPS members Martin Miller, Cecilia Bell, Becky Dinwiddie, Doug Dinwiddie, Sheila Hudman and Rocky Hildebrand

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This author has taken part in efforts to preserve Fort Bayard for many of her years living in Grant County, and she is beyond excited at the approval of this lease.]

Santa Clara, after many years of work, and many trips to Santa Fe, had its 99-year lease with the state of New Mexico approved by the Board of Finance this morning, Dec. 17, 2019.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Students at Aldo Leopold Charter School invited members of the public to their Fall Semester Internship Showcase on Dec. 4, 2019, at their new school building on the WNMU campus.

The students each did a short presentation, explaining what they did in their internship and what they learned. Many of the students interned jobs which were similar to one in which they thought they might want to have as a career. Many of them said they would like to continue on that path in their educations, while some said they found out that the job was not what they had thought it would be. Interning is a time for finding out what they really would like to do.

Catalina Claussen, Internship Coordinator said that the program currently has 65 students. “The students are required to participate in one internship per semester from 10th grade on. They graduate with a total of 6 semesters of internship. They can choose between working on a Youth Conservation Corps crew which is murals, eco-monitoring, trails, archaeology, or a garden; or they can set up a one-on-one internship with a community partner.”

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Ruth Seawolf regularly plans a swap and crafts bazaar at The Woman's Club. One took place on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019

By Roger Lanse

Saturday evening, December 14, 2019, about 8:38, Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Newby Road near Bill Evans Reservoir in reference to a vehicle accident with injuries.

According to GCSO Lt. Mike Burns, when deputies arrived on scene at about 9 p.m., they found a Dodge pickup with Utah plates, and attached horse trailer, that had gone off the road and down a steep slope. The pickup came to rest upside down approximately 50 feet below the road with the trailer above the pickup on the slope right side up. Burns told the Beat that the extremely unstable condition of the trailer made access to the pickup very difficult and dangerous.

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Friday evening, Dec. 6, 2019, the festive inaugural Jingle and MIngle took place on the Light Hall Patio at Western New Mexico University.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard said: "We want to bring the families of Silver City together over the holidays and create a tradition that our students, faculty and staff can enjoy and return for year after year."

WNMU Cultural Affairs scheduled a full line up of performances by local musicians, including WNMU Mariachi Plata, Brandon Perrault Duo, Silver High School Choir and Silver Chorale. Seasonal treats were served, and attendees could take photos in front of wintery backdrops as well as purple- and gold-festooned tannenbaums. Santa attended, and the first-year event also included an ugly sweater contest.

A Western New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the possible addition of 20 new degree programs, accepted a donation of property, and passed the mid-year budget adjustment request, the first quarter financial certification, and a revised version of the Five-Year Capital Outlay Projects document, also hearing updates from campus leaders during their meeting on Thursday, December 12, on campus.

Dr. Jack Crocker, WNMU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, presented the five-year degree plan, which includes three new master’s programs, baccalaureate degrees in outdoor leadership studies and political science, five new minors, several certificates and Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences degrees.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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IMG 8804Volunteers fanned out across Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2019, to lay wreaths on every grave for the Wreaths Across America ceremony to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

Come out and see how beautiful Fort Bayard National Cemetery is with every grave adorned with a wreath.

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