Here’s a look at today’s news:
Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman, Jeremiah Garcia, made his last official appearance at the board meeting on Friday. Garcia served a total of seven years on the board. Trustee, Mike Morones, has been elected to take over the chairman position, in addition to Dr. Victor Nwachuku, being re-elected as Vice-Chair, and Joel Schram as Secretary/Treasurer. The board elected a new member, Edwin Wilmot, and Tony Trujillo was reappointed to his seat as a trustee on the board.
U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped individuals from smuggling over 20 pounds of methamphetamines during a checkpoint stop on Highway 54 in Alamogordo. Two subjects in a black SUV were questioned during the stop and found the illegal narcotics hidden in the spare tire compartment area. The male subject, a United States citizen admitted to having an affiliation with the Barrio Azteca gang and was found to have a history of previous arrests including various assaults and drug incidents. The additional subject is a female and a United States citizen. Both suspects were placed under arrest and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for continued investigation.
The Grant County Clerk’s Office executed a state ordered recount of ballots for the three- way Republican primary election for the District 5 Public Regulation Commission race. The New Mexico State Canvassing Board orders auto matic recounts when any race is closer than 1 percent. All votes tallied the same result with Chris Mathys at 545 votes, Ben Hall with 480 votes, and Joseph Bizzell with 267 votes. The recount was conducted by a group of 11 people made up of five Republicans and six Democrats chosen by the Grant County Clerk.
An anonymous donor gave $350 to the Village of Santa Clara to repair recent damages from vandalism at Viola Stone Park. An area of crumb rubber flooring in the park was purposely torn out, leaving the village to come up with funds for the repair. The replacement material has been ordered and the area will be repaired in a few weeks. Thank you to the anonymous donor for caring about the community!