Here are some of today’s headlines:
This past Monday night GRMC held an emergency meeting on the Cancer Center. The board approved, though not unanimously, the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center contract to take over management of the Gila Regional Cancer Center. Jeremiah Garcia, chairman of the GRMC Board of Trustees, stated that he welcomed UNM and their expertise to the GRMC Cancer Center. They are one of only 47 Cancer Centers that have been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In other GRMC news, the new CEO, Taffy Arias, has opened a nationwide search for a new Chief Financial Officer for the hospital.
Congratulations is extended to Silver High School Student, Daniel Castillo, for his achievement in winning first place at the Natural Athlete Strength Association New Mexico Summer National Power Lifting Meet. He competed in Rio Rancho in the 198 pound high-school division.
You might have noticed the new license plate? New Mexico is now offering a new option for a special license plate that features chili and the theme that New Mexico is the Chile Capital of the World. Plates are available at all MVD offices in New Mexico and online.
Yesterday we congratulated some Grant County 4-Hers on their state and national honors. Tomorrow we will continue with some more, but for today we would like to recognize some Luna County 4-Hers on their accomplishments as our stations cover the three counties of Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo counties and we are always thrilled to share news on youth from these counties. From Luna County, the Horticulture team, consisting of Kylan Swinney, Reid Seinner, Truett Shafer, and Destiny Parisi, received the honors of first place team. The second horticulture team from Luna County also placed second overall. That team consisted of Poppy Schultz, Darbi Harrington, Kari Dominquez, and Melody Ruebush. The Pasture and Range Team placed first and consisted of Sam Turner, Stacey Swope, Kylan Swinney, and Sylas Turner. The Wildlife 1 team placed first with members Warren Shafer, Michael Diaz, Susan Turner, and Jarrod Harrington. The Wildlife 2 team placed second overall with membersTatum O’Toole, Truett Shafer, and Destini Parisi. The Entomology team placed first with Ried Swinney, Poppy Shultz, Kamryn Zachek, and Melody Ruebush. The Agronomy Team 1 placed first with members Trueet Shafer, Kylan Swinney, Reid Swinney, and Poppy Schultz. The Agronomy Team 2 placed second with members Kamryn Zachek, Kari Dominquez, Warren Shafer, and Darbi Harrington.
In news about the Mexican gray wolves, the U.S. Interior Department is calling for a study to be done during this coming year to determine whether the Mexican gray wolves are truly a genetically distinct subspecies and then to report these findings to Congress, since there have been very few actual studies conducted since 1996 that have confirmed the Mexican wolf as a valid subspecies of the gray wolf. Depending on the findings, if the Mexican wolf is not validated as a valid subspecies then some of the wolf protection could be lost.
In other news, national parks are getting ready to increase the Lifetime Senior Pass fee from $10 to $80 on August 28th. Seniors are encouraged to get their Lifetime Senior passes now.