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Sandia National Laboratory director explains the facility's activities

Sandia National Laboratory director explains the facility's activities

About 50 people heard Sandia National Laboratory director Jill Hruby speak. (Photo Courtesy of Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos)

Below, Hruby discussed the laboratory's activities in detail.(Photo Courtesy of Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Friday evening, about 50 people showed up at Western New Mexico University's Besse-Forward Global Resource Center Auditorium to hear a presentation by Sandia National Laboratory Director Jill Hruby.-- Continue reading

Classes began today at WNMU

Western New Mexico University Mustangs began the fall semester on Monday. WNMU officials expect enrollment to be equal to the previous year. Pictured are students at the main campus.

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Ohio fugitives identified, arrested in Doña Ana County; one charged in shooting death of Hatch officer

Ohio fugitives identified, arrested in Doña Ana County; one charged in shooting death of Hatch officer

José Chavez at his Law Enforcement Academy graduation on Oct. 31. 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

Two men wanted on murder charges in Ohio were arrested Friday in Doña Ana County, one of which is now charged on an open count of murder in the shooting death of 33-year-old Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez.

Jesse Hanes, 38, and James Nelson, 36, were said to be traveling in a silver 1991 Lexus that had been pulled over Friday afternoon by Officer Chavez. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, who are investigating the shooting death, say Hanes allegedly shot Officer Chavez through the passenger-side window of the Lexus as Chavez approached the vehicle during the stop. Hanes was reportedly the driver of the Lexus. Nelson has been identified as the front-seat passenger of the vehicle, and a third male – who is no longer a suspect in any of Friday’s incidents – was in the passenger-side rear seat.


A responding Hatch officer was finishing his assignment as a school resource officer Friday and reportedly spoke to Officer Chavez on the phone. He told detectives that Chavez said he was about to make a traffic stop in front of the Pic Quik convenience store on Franklin Avenue. The responding officer told Chavez he would meet him there to assist.-- Continue reading

Fugitive from Ohio arrested in shooting death of Hatch officer

A 36-year-old man who reportedly had an outstanding warrant for aggravated murder in Ohio has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez.

Jesse Hanes, whose last known address was in the 3300 block of Parklane Avenue in Columbus, OH, currently faces one count of willful and deliberate first-degree murder. Additional charges are pending.

An investigation was launched Friday after Officer Chavez was shot during a traffic stop near the Pic Quik convenience store on Franklin Avenue in the Village of Hatch.-- Continue reading

GRMC board holds special meeting to address financing resolution

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Friday, August 12, 2016, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held a special meeting to address a proposed resolution of collaboration between the hospital and GRMC for financing of needed capital building improvements at the facility.

Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia read the resolution, which included the usual whereas describing the hospital as a Grant County-owned non-for-profit, acute-care hospital with inpatient and outpatient services.

Another whereas stated the Board of Trustees is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the land, buildings and equipment.-- Continue reading

The public gives input on county animal control ordinance 081116

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Attorney Abigail Robinson led off a discussion about the newly developed animal control ordinance proposed for approval by the County Commission at its meeting next week.

"We are taking comments and concerns today," Robinson said. "The ordinance will be on the agenda for discussion at the work session next Tuesday. It will be on the agenda for adoption on Thursday."

Heidi Ogas, president of the High Desert Humane Society, which manages the animal shelter through a contract with the county, also spoke.

"A revision of the animal control ordinance was brought up," Ogas said. "Someone asked if I would throw it out and start over. I said a resounding, 'Yes.'"-- Continue reading

Veterans gather to hear update on Fort Bayard National Cemetery renovations 081016

By Mary Alice Murphy

Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 Commander Ray Davis introduced Steve Davis, project manager for the construction efforts at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, to a full house of veterans on Wednesday, Aug. 10. "He's no kin to me," he chuckled.

[Editor's Note: The name Davis in the rest of the article unless noted otherwise, will refer to Steve Davis.]

"I take responsibility for where the project's at," Davis said. "The National Cemetery Administration generally tries to do its construction with veteran-owned businesses, especially disabled veterans.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board hears second readings of policies

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board met briefly on Monday, August 8, at the District Office. Four board members were there—Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, the president. After the early closed meeting, in which they discussed limited personnel and student identifiable issues, without reportedly arriving at any decisions, they went into open session.

Old business on the agenda included second readings of the Sick Leave, Bereavement and Annual Leave policies. They discussed the Department of Transportation plans for paving the girls’ soft ball field, which they figured to cost $21,000 from DOT and $10,000 locally. The board approved the resolution. The three policies should be on the next agenda for approval.

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