Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The Town of Silver City Council approved a resolution introduced by Assistant Town Manager, James Marshall, clarifying and expressing the Town’s policy of neither seeking nor desiring the annexation of developed property to the town. Harris Gray, an owner of land in “The Ridges” off of Ridge Road, has formally requested the town annex a portion of his holdings. Marshall also reported that inquiries have also been made for other areas along Mountain View Road, 7th Street, and Indian Hills.
In an updated report, a Silver City resident, Richie Ehrlich, was located by Grant County Sheriff deputies after walking away from Gila Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. Ehrlich has had a history of threats and was brought to Gila Regional after making additional threats to law enforcement and the community on Wednesday. While missing, an alert was sent out to the community asking for public assistance in locating Ehrlich. He was later found at the Cherry Creek Campground on Thursday morning and returned to the hospital for medical evaluation.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Condition (ACSC) hospitalization rates have fallen in the state, an important measure that indicates New Mexicans are getting both more and better out-patient medical care. Statewide, the overall ACSC hospitalization rates have decreased from 783.8 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 760.9 in 2017. In further statistics, the largest component of the acute conditions rate for 2017 was for bacterial pneumonia hospitalizations, which was 134.3 per 100,000 population. The largest component of the chronic conditions rate for 2017 was for “heart failure without a cardiac procedure” which was 255.8 per 100,000 population.
City of Deming officials reviewed the 2018 financial audit this week during their regular meeting on Monday. The firm hired to complete the audit, Cordova CPA’s from Albuquerque, reported two minor findings that have been corrected with updated measures. Finance Director, Laura Holguin, and her staff was credited by City Administrator, Aaron Sera, for successfully managing an approximate budget of $30 million. A copy of the audit is available on the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor’s webpage located at s a o nm dot org. For more information from the city, contact 575-546-8848.
Luna County commissioners featured the presentation of a 10-year service award to Felipe Chavez in the Maintenance Department, and five-year service award to Patricia Rodriguez in the Planning Department and to Jaime Aldana and Cody Owens from the Road Department. Congratulations!