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Man seeking drugs burglarizes local pharmacy

By Roger Lanse

Early Sunday morning, December 18, at about 4:55 a.m., Silver City Police officers were dispatched to the Walgreens pharmacy in reference to a burglary in progress. Officers were advised that the alarm company reported that a male wearing a hoodie could be seen inside the pharmacy, according to a SCPD incident report.

After Grant County Sheriff’s deputies assisted by stationing themselves at various points around the pharmacy, SCPD officers approached the front doors of Walgreens, the report said, and stated they could see a tall Caucasian man through the pharmacy window who appeared to be swallowing pills.-- Continue reading

Laying wreaths at Fort Bayard National Cemetery 121616

Laying wreaths at Fort Bayard National Cemetery 121616

On Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, volunteers laid more than 3,000 wreaths on graves at Fort Bayard National Cemetery.

Included here are photos by Dave Schuhmann—the first three—and one late in the day with late sun by Mark Erickson. Thanks to both for providing photos to the Beat.



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Travel Management Rule for Silver City and Glenwood Ranger Districts goes into effect January 1, 2017

Silver City, NM, December 19, 2016 The Travel Management Rule (TMR) goes into effect across the remaining two districts of the Gila National Forest on January 1, 2017. The TMR is mandated across all national forests and prohibits motor vehicle use off designated routes and roads. This action now implements the travel management decision for the entire Gila National Forest.

Any motor vehicle use map (MVUM) dated 2016 is current and valid. A new MVUM for Big Burro Mountains is now available. You may continue to use your current map or if you would like a new map, without the cross-hatching, you may come into any of the Gila National Forest offices or see the digital address below.-- Continue reading

Tour of the Gila Registration Opens for 2017

Tour of the Gila Registration Opens for 2017

31st Edition kicks off April 19 in Silver City, NM

Silver City, NM (December 19, 2016) – Registration for the 31st edition of the Tour of the Gila opens for the six amateur categories today, Monday, December 19, 2016 at www.bikereg.com . The 5-day stage race begins April 19 and ends on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Categories include the Men Cat 1, 2; Men Cat 3; and Master Men A (Cat 1,2,3). The 4-day races that begin on April 20, include Master Men B (Cat 3, 4, 5), Men Cat 4, 5, and Women Cat 3, 4 categories.-- Continue reading

GRMC Board of Trustees hears financial report and proposed reallocation of hospital space

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees more than doubled their normal meeting time, but shared more information.

Board of Trustees President Jeremiah Garcia recognized two incoming commissioners—Harry Browne and Alicia Edwards—who were in attendance.

Frances Day, Auxiliary president, added to her report. "We recognized Patsy Miller for her 23 years as an auxiliary member, 22 years of which she was gift shop manager. She decided to retire. Mary Jo Tillman is the temporary gift shop manager."

Trustee Tony Trujillo said it was important to highlight the volunteer hours since 2002. The auxiliary originated in 1969.

"I expect we'll celebrate when we reach 200,000 hours," Day said.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission hears public input from several at regular session 121516

Grant County Commission hears public input from several at regular session 121516

The county issues a proclamation on the Grant County Community Health Council's 25th anniversary. From left are Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, Commissioner Chairman Brett Kasten, Grant County Community Health Council Coordinator Cari Lemon and Commissioner Ron Hall.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The first to speak during public input at the Dec. 15, 2016, final Grant County Commission regular meeting of the year was a resident of Wind Canyon II Subdivision.

John Boynton said his property is part of the Wind Canyon Road-Fleming Tank Road improvement district items on the agenda.

"I have closely followed progress on this project since it was started nearly four years ago," Boynton said. "Early on we were told that Grant County would share the cost of the needed road improvements by providing labor and equipment, while the property owners would be charged for materials."-- Continue reading

Firearm fired in Hurley fracas

By Roger Lanse

On Friday, Dec. 9, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 3 Main Street in Hurley in reference to a physical domestic altercation. Deputies were then informed by the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority that the parties involved in the dispute had moved to 313 Nevada Street in Hurley.

Deputies made contact on Nevada Street with a female who advised that a male identified as Nabau Parker, 39, of Silver City, accused her of cheating on him and she in turn slapped him in the face. In retaliation, the female said, according to a GCSD offense report, Parker then slapped her several times, threw her to the ground, and started dragging her around.

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Grant County Commission hears update on solar proposal

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the Grant County Commission work session on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, Steve House of Triple H Solar LLC presented an update to the commissioners on the potential to use a solar system in the county buildings for energy savings.

"Grant County has 34 PNM accounts, with nine rate descriptions and only two that make sense for solar—the 2A and 3C rates are the ones you should consider," House said. "The reason they make sense is the rates in this area did not change a whole lot with the latest increase from the prior rates. You have five accounts that are 2A or 3C. The array size for these five accounts would be 160 kilowatts. The volunteer fire department at 33 Camino Foresta keeps equipment plugged in in the winter."-- Continue reading

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