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Grant County Commissioners approve preliminary budget for fiscal year 2016

Commissioners also hear opposing views on CAP Entity JPA and hold a public hearing

By Mary Alice Murphy

At Thursday morning's regular Grant County Commission meeting, during public input, Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest fire and aviation staff officer, gave an update on fire season.

"We had a fire on Monday, which burned 2 ½ acres in Dry Blue Canyon, south of Luna," Holguin said. "It's been a slow season. The temperatures and precipitation for the next eight to 14 days are for above-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation."

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Photos of NM 90-Hudson Bridge demolition 052615

Photos of NM 90-Hudson Bridge demolition 052615

Photos courtesy of a Beat reader taken from a high vantage point on Tuesday, May 26.

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GBIC discusses whether to join NM CAP Entity

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Basin Irrigation Commission first heard reports from the various ditches on their Gila River and ditch water levels.

Don Stailey, representing the Gila Farm Ditch, said the levels were a little low.

Topper Thorpe, representing the Fort West ditch, said he was noticing a decline of water in the river. "It suggests to me that in the not too distant future, we may have to go on terms."-- Continue reading

Blotto burglar surprises homeowner

By Roger Lanse

A Silver City Police Department officer was dispatched to the 1500 block of Bennett Street on Sunday, May 24 at approximately 10:20 a.m. in reference to a burglary, where the officer made contact with the homeowner.

The homeowner, according to a statement of probable cause, advised that she was using the home for storage and is fixing it up, and when she arrived earlier that morning she saw that a padlock on the side door had been broken off and the door was wide open. She told the officer that during her initial search she discovered her belongings had been rummaged through and that a 12-pack of Dos Equis had been consumed. She also stated that whoever had broken into the house had defecated in the toilet and didn't flush it and that a zip-up bag of old money had been stolen.-- Continue reading

NMSP to hold sobriety checkpoints

The New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and registration, insurance, and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during June, 2015.

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Police investigate shooting on Gold Street

By Roger Lanse

On Sunday, May 24, at about 11:40 p.m. Silver City police officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Gold Street in reference to a male who had been shot in the leg. When offic-- Continue reading

Bayard City Council hears about new cemetery in work session

Approves budget in regular session

By Mary Alice Murphy

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Bayard Cemetery, city officials held a City Council work session and a regular session.

Bayard Clerk/Treasurer Kristina Ortiz gave an overview of the budget, which was to be approved at the regular session.

"The only items removed from the first budget were two vehicles," Ortiz said. "Salaries are the same. Those on the agenda are in the budget. Those hired and serving on an introductory basis are included with the increase when they go to full time.

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Bayard Cemetery holds ribbon-cutting

Bayard Cemetery holds ribbon-cutting

Photo and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Bayard, up until Tuesday, May 26, was the only community in Grant County that did not have a cemetery.

On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting officially opened the Bayard Cemetery, located about a mile east of the city limits. The overall size of the cemetery is 40 acres. The first phase developed 11 acres, which holds 800 plots and 96 areas for cremains. A committal shelter will shield mourners from the sun, rain or snow.

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