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This is the second half of the forum, for the first part, go here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54027-first-part-of-grant-soil-and-water-conservation-district-candidate-forum-on-oct-18-2019

The sixth question came from the audience about the lack of awareness about elections.

Athena Bailey-Wolf, challenger for position 2, responded first. “I didn’t hear about the elections before this one, there was a district-wide election of supervisors as required, but the positions were uncontested so there were not elections even though they did the necessary procedure.”

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Water Commission met to hear a presentation, but when members gave their reports, the news and discussion replaced the presentation.

Alex Brown, Silver City manager, serves as chairman of the commission. A bare quorum was at the meeting, with Hurley Mayor Ed Stevens and Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch making up the second and third members of the quorum. The commission usually has a representative from the county, but Commission Chairman Chris Ponce had an emergency and Bayard Mayor Chon Fierro was not present.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

In the Walmart parking lot next to Del Taco, fire trucks and personnel from the Silver City Fire Department and from volunteer fire departments from Whiskey Creek, Pinos Altos, Fort Bayard, Tyrone, Lower Mimbres and Santa Rita welcomed guests. Sparky, the fire dog, was on hand to interact with the kids and adults. Del Taco sponsored the  event ending Fire Prevention Week with food and treats for all.

By Roger Lanse

At approximately 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2019, a firearm was accidentally discharged in the parking lot of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. According to a GCSO press release, one deputy sustained a non-life threatening injury. A GCSO spokesperson confirmed to the Beat it was a handgun, but information as to whether it was a duty or personal weapon or its caliber was not made available. The deputy was treated at Gila Regional Medical Center shortly after, and released.

The incident remains under investigation.

[Editor's Note: This second and final portion includes the business part of the meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting, commissioners addressed business agenda items after hearing the monthly update from Gila Regional Medical Center and county reports. The article can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54026-grant-county-commission-held-a-combined-work-session-and-regular-meeting-on-oct-10-2019

Commissioners approved the Santa Rita Volunteer Fire Department and Tyrone VFD applications for fire protection funding for fiscal year 2020.

ROAD ADVISORY
LANE CLOSURE – Silver City Area
US 180 from mile post 114.5 to 115.5 the westbound right driving 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.

By Taysha Walter

The Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District forum for positions 1 and 2 was held on October 16, 2019. Nick Seibel of the Silver City Daily Press moderated the forum, and asked questions along with Geoffrey Plant, reporter focusing on water, environmental and agricultural issues for the Silver City Daily Press.

The forum opened with candidates presenting their opening statements.

[Editor's Note: This may be abbreviated because of the sheer length of the meeting but will likely be several articles. This is the first.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business was the Gila Regional Medical Center monthly report.

Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias:
We are very excited about the past month. One of the most exciting things was our participation in the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival and Health Fair. The hospital hadn't participated in five years. We, led by our nursing leadership Chief Nursing Officer Rose Lopez, took several folks. We had Native Air and an EMS crew. We had Roberta "Bertie" Berry with the Stop the Bleed program. Bonnie Stone was there as a diabetes teacher. Pediatrician Dr. Andre Worrell was there, as well as surgeon Dr. "Butch" Rosser who gave a 1½-hour presentation on GERD and heartburn. Chris DeBolt, who helped organize the health fair, did an excellent job. We are hoping to be more involved with community activities such as this.

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