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Jimmy Arvil Maddox (Big Jim), 81, of Silver City, NM

May 22, 2017 Obituaries
Jimmy Arvil Maddox (Big Jim), 81, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Gila Regional Medical Center. His wife of 54 years, Lucinda, was at his side. He was born on October 9, 1935, to James W. Maddox and Earlene Wilson Maddox in Port, Oklahoma. After graduation from High School, he moved to NM and lived with his maternal Grandmother Mary Myrtle Mathews while he…

GRMC Board of Trustees reviews and approves FY 2017-18 budget

By Mary Alice Murphy

Public input came toward the beginning of the special budget meeting held by the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees on May 22, 2017.

Chris DeBolt, who retired from Gila Regional, said: "I will continue to be at meetings that concern the hospital, because I care deeply about Gila Regional. I think what has been neglected is the voices of the patients, their families and friends. They spoke last week at the forum on the Cancer Center. I was impressed by them. They are afraid and angry."

She said the three worst words a person can hear are: You have cancer.

"I hope you are open to listening to them before you make a decision," DeBolt said. Read more...

Silva Family Splash Park opens in Santa Clara 052017

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silva Family Splash Park in Santa Clara had its grand opening on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The warm day with nice weather brought out plenty of kids who wanted to get wet. Parents and grandparents sat or stood out of range of the large water gun and watched their kids play in and run through the water, which came from many directions, including deluges from overhead.




Local law enforcement agencies searching for bank robber.


Courtesy Photos of suspected bank robber and his hands and weapon used in the robbery

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank at 1201 Pope Street on Friday, May 19, at approximately 5:33 p.m., in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.

According to a SCPD incident report, bank employees and witnesses told officers that a tall, Caucasian male wearing all green camo, a camo fishing hat, and dark glasses entered the bank through the north side doors, walked up to a teller, pointed a black handgun at her, and aggressively demanded money from the teller. The frightened teller handed the robber the tray from the top drawer, and the male grabbed the money from the tray and ran out the north side doors, the report stated.


Baca Fire, May 22, 2017 at 0930

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake

Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 12, 2017

Size: 672 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, grass, and mixed conifer

Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM

Resources: 1 Wildland Fire Module

Incident Commander: Felix Valdez IC4

Pro-Trump rally held Saturday, May 20, 2017

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A rotating group of members of the Republican Party of Grant County and the Grant County Repupblican Women held a pro-Trump rally to support the President of the U.S., Donald J. Trump.

An update on Americorps team and the work at Fort Bayard

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Last Thursday, this author went out to Fort Bayard to see what has transpired while the Americorps team members are working in Grant County until July 7.]

Several of the participants were at a couple of houses in Officers' Row. Read more...

Grant County Commissioners hear elected officials' reports and discuss GRMC more 051817

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first elected official to present his report at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on May 18, 2017, was Sheriff Raul Villanueva

"In April we had 643 calls for service and two motor vehicle accidents," the sheriff said. "We are doing planning for the Blues Festival and then the Pro Rodeo. My staff has been extremely busy. We are still covering Santa Clara and Hurley quite a bit.

"We are fully staffed, but three of my officers have applied to State Police," Villanueva continued. "We have been doing in-house training to save money. This is Law Enforcement Week, so we are giving them lunch today."

Commissioner Alicia Edwards asked what the difference in pay was between the Sheriff's Department and State Police. Read more...

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