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Two others arrested with individual involved in Sunday’s, Mar. 12 shooting in North Hurley.

By Roger Lanse

Two other individuals were arrested Tuesday, Mar. 21, at 605 Hutchinson Street, Santa Clara, along with Rudy Marquez III, 36, of Bayard, who is accused of shooting another man in the leg on Mar. 12, during an argument.

Marquez has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence. He has been released on a $75,000 cash only bond and is to wear an ankle bracelet, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Investigators executed a search warrant at 173 North Hurley Road on the day of arrest and recovered the handgun used in the shooting, GCSD Lt. Fermin Lopez said.

According to the GCSD, also arrested were Ace Alvarez, 35, of Santa Clara on an outstanding warrant with a $331 cash or surety bond out of Judge Laney’s Magistrate I Court for failure to appear, and Leonela Pena, 29, of Hurley, on an outstanding warrant with a $753 cash only bond out of Judge Grijalva’s Magistrate II Court for failure to pay.

All three were arrested without incident.

Alvarez is no longer at the Grant County Detention Center, while Pena remains incarcerated there.

Marquez was arrested in January 2010, in Texas, Lopez stated, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

High Wind warning in Hidalgo, Luna and Dona Ana counties 032317


NM 11 from Deming to Columbus is closed due to high winds , blowing dust and zero visibility.


High wind warning in Luna County, visibility is low due to blowing dust. High profile vehicles please use caution. The NMDOT will continue monitoring the roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.


Silver School Board prioritizes projects for bond funding, continues discussion on four-day week 032117

By Margaret Hopper

The regular school board meeting was preceded by a work session, which started at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the bond projects needed in the district, which the recent reinstatement of bonding capacity in the February elections made possible. All board members, the superintendent, and the Maintenance Director, Barry Ward, were on hand to discuss the months of recent search and survey findings with personnel from George K. Baum and Associates, the bonding company the district has been working with to bring the project this far.

Mark Valenzuela, who has made many trips to the district to this date, and others of the firm, looked over the re-prioritized list and discussed the initial steps to be taken, now that the bond issue has passed. Read more...

Grant County Commission to issue proclamations, will consider a contract for conference center management, hears bad financial news

By Mary Alice Murphy

In the financial expenditure report at the Grant County Commission work session, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Financial Officer Linda Vasquez said the total expenditures from Feb. 10, 2017 through March 10, 2017, equaled $2,771,721.73.

The payments included payroll checks for two pay periods for a total of $404,440.57. Checks of larger amounts include the January 2017 fuel charges to Wright Express Fleet Services for $21,917.64; North Hurley Road construction Colonias Project to Morrow Enterprises Inc. for $50,083.63; off road diesel for road department equipment to fuel Center Plus for $17,318.11; for 2017 insurance coverage contributions for multi-line and law enforcement liability to New Mexico Insurance Authority for $660,530; final payment for Forgotten Veterans Memorial at Bataan Park to Sacaton Construction for $24,169.57; for fire truck for the Fort Bayard Volunteer Fire Department to Siddons Martin Emergency Group for $220,091; for three roof top air-conditioning units for the Courthouse to Cooperative Educational Services for $92,029.84; for January, February and March 2017 medical management services at the Detention Center to HCP Systems for $51,993; and for engineering services for North Hurley Colonias project, Rosedale Road and Tyrone Colonias project to Occam Engineering Inc. for $46,927.66. Read more...

Subject dies after traffic stop

At about 12:38 am, an officer of the Silver City Police Department made a traffic stop on a pickup on Highway 90 South near Victoria Street in Silver City. The vehicle was stopped for having a rider standing up in the bed of the pickup.

The subject, later identified as Ruben Diaz, 63 years of age, from Silver City, jumped out of the back of the truck and attempted to push the officer away and get into the driver’s seat of the police unit. The officer gained control of Diaz and placed Diaz in handcuffs. The subject had a medical crisis and emergency medical services was called to the scene. A short time later he was pronounced deceased.

The New Mexico State Police was contacted and is conducting an investigation into the incident.

High wind warning in Hidalgo County 032217

High wind warning in Hidalgo County, visibility is low due to blowing dust. High profile vehicles please use caution. The NMDOT will continue monitoring the roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.

Wind advisory in effect from noon-8 p.m. Thursday 032317

Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-
Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Uplands of the Bootheel-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-
Eastern Black Range Foothills-Sierra County Lakes-
Northern Dona Ana County-Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-
Central Tularosa Basin-Western El Paso County-
Including the cities of Cliff, Buckhorn, Gila Hot Springs,
Mule Creek, Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Fort Bayard,
Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport, Lordsburg,
Red Rock, Virden, Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita, Cloverdale,
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Derry, Spaceport, Garfield, Hatch, Radium Springs, Las Cruces,
Vado, Sunland Park, Alamogordo, Tularosa, White Sands Monument,
Downtown El Paso, West El Paso, and Upper Valley
1206 PM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

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