Here’s some local news:

The Grant County Commission will convene in a Special Meeting on Monday at 8:00 A.M. in the Commission Room at the Grant County Administration Center located at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City. Some of the published agenda items at this time include, the approval or disapproval of a resolution requesting the USDA Forest Service to Designate Bear Creek area of interest (also known as Forest Road 506) as a designated motorized trail, and in addition, to decommission certain closed roads in the Burro Mountains.

This week has been recognized as National Health Center Week, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. One of the community health centers promoting the celebration, Hidalgo Medical Services, took time out to promote and appreciate the important contributions of their employees this week. According to Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, “Between HMS’ twenty-three sites throughout Hidalgo and Grant Counties – fourteen of which are clinical sites with practicing health care providers – HMS employs more than 240 employees and is is one of approximately 1,400 Community Health Centers across the United States.” This annual celebration is observed with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the 50 years.

The Luna County Humane Society is continuing to investigate an incident at the Ruff Ruff Animal Sanctuary, where sadly, ten dogs perished and employee, Michael Thomas Muir, was charged with ten counts of animal cruelty resulting from his admitted negligence. The remaining animals at the sanctuary, located at 7390 Rockhound Road SE, have been examined by a veterinarian and deemed healthy. The Ruff Ruff Sanctuary is one of eight licensed through the Deming-Luna County Humane Society and has passed routine inspections. According to the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, there were over 100 dogs at the facility.

The first load of copper ore was delivered in a haul truck crossing State Highway 152 over the newly constructed bridge that was the part of a $60 million project to connect the Cobre mining district to the concentrator and leach piles of the adjacent Chino mine. A release has stated that, “initial mining at Hanover Mountain is estimated to provide 364 million pounds of recoverable copper over a seven-year mine life.” In addition to the newly construction haul road from Hanover, two additional bridges, 16 culverts, a new electrical substation and a rerouting of powerlines, completed the project.