Silver City, NM/Grant County
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Silver City, New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that around 1:10 a.m., Grant County Regional Dispatch was notified to be on the lookout for a white 2002 Toyota 4-Runner recently taken from Las Cruces. Dispatchers learned the vehicle was driven by 41 year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City who had cut off a court ordered ankle monitor in Las Cruces, attacked his mother, and stole her vehicle. (This portion of the investigation is being handled by the Las Cruces Police Department.)
Lordsburg, NM - On Friday, October 6, 2017, around 5:00p.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Lordsburg, New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that just prior in the afternoon, Lordsburg Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Gale Street in Lordsburg. The officers made contact with the suspect, 34-year-old Winston Ford of Lordsburg, who had a pistol in his waistband.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a three-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Commissioner Alicia Edwards requested removal of a resolution prior to the approval of the agenda at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said: "It's your resolution and your right to remove it."
The resolution requested support of the County Commission for a proposal to include the Heart Bar property in the U.S. Forest Service Priority list for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Edwards said at the work session that when advocates for the Forest Service to acquire the property go to the Forest Service, such support would be helpful.
Edwards said questions had come up "that we need answers to."
[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias presented her monthly report to the commissioners at the regular meeting of the Grant County Commission on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
"Folks from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center are in town," Arias said. "We announced a board meeting, as there is likely to be a quorum of trustees when the UNM group is introduced. From 10 to 12 noon, we are holding a public open house to meet the UNM staff, to talk to them and voice concerns."
Closure removed, roadway is now open.
ACCIDENT – CLIFF Area
US 180 both lanes are closed at mile post 79 (between Buckhorn and Cliff) due to an accident. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, use extreme caution. Please expect delays.
By Mary Alice Murphy
Colleen Morton has moved from Eastport, Maine, to take on a new job as the Silver City Arts and Cultural District executive director.
"I bought a house here five years ago," Morton said. "I've been trying to get back here ever since. I had looked at Silver City for future retirement or a job, because I still need to work. "
She said, professionally, she has been in high-stress jobs working on policy with leaders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
"This job professionally will be relatively low-stress," Morton said, "but it gives me new opportunities to explore my creative side. I've been slowing down for a while. This job gives me the chance to use my organizational skills and explore new skills."
Grant County commissioners hear county reports 101717
[Editor's Note: This is part two and the final portion of the Grant County Commission work session held on Oct. 17, 2017.]
One report addressed usage of the county Conference Center; another report presented numbers on tax collections.
By Mary Alice Murphy
In county reports, Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias had been at the meeting, but left for another appointment. She would report at the regular meeting.
Susie Trujillo said Arias had wanted to invite everyone to the open house on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Doctors from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center would be in attendance.
Scott Terry, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce president and director and manager of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center handed out statistics from May, when he took over management through December, including rooms that have been reserved for events. He listed the number of events, how many were free and how many people had attended the events.
LANE CLOSURE – LORDSBURG AREA
I-10 westbound from mile post 14.5 (Gary) to 12 the driving (right) lane will be closed due to sign maintenance. Speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the construction zone. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be Wednesday through Friday and lifted daily at approximately 5:00 pm.
The sheer volume of material on the Beat has caused some glitches in the upgrade. We appreciate your patience while we work through them! Thanks!
The Beat totally appreciates its readers!
All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.
Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.
Feel free to notify firstname.lastname@example.org, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
Note: This is another component that is in progress of going to a different software to make it easier for you to use and find classifieds that interest you. Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.
It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!
Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat
When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.
Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.
Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com