Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:42
Extremely Critical Fire Weather Conditions Possible On Friday...
.A strong upper low will be moving out of the Great Basin and into the Four Corners region on Friday. Very strong west-southwest winds will increase ahead of this system to 25 to 35 mph.
Warm temperatures and dry low levels will contribute to relative
humidities falling into the upper single digits to lower teens
which when combined with the winds will create extremely critical fire weather conditions. Cooler temperatures will move in for the weekend.
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 110
Southwest Mountains/gila Nf/apache Nf/glz-
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 111
Southwest Deserts And Lowlands/las Cruces Blm/glz-
New Mexico Fire Weather Zone 112
South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley/blm/glz- Read more...
Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:53
ALBUQUERQUE – Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.
Gomez was one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County, N.M. The investigation concluded in April 2015 with the filing of a 34-count indictment against Gomez, Jacquez and ten co-defendants. Read more...
Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:36
March 29, 2017 (Silver City, NM) – For the first time in the Tour of the Gila history, stage 1 will have a flat finish on Whitewater Mesa with no King or Queen of the Mountain points or jerseys awarded. Instead, sprint points and bonus times will be awarded. The changes come due to infrastructure repair taking place in the historic town of Mogollon, negatively affecting road conditions leading up the final climb.
“This is the first time in our history that we have had to alter the route,” Race Director Jack Brennan said. “We lost 2.9 miles of climbing which is the iconic part of Mogollon. It’s so incredible and beautiful up there but we don’t have it this year. It’s going to change the whole dynamics of the race.” Read more...
Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 18:29
Article and photo by Mary Alice Murphy
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, workers from Gila Valley Electric and representatives of the town of Silver City and Silver City MainStreet Project celebrated the installation of one of the final streetlights for the second phase of the streetlight project.
Partick Finch of GVE said the lights would be lit by the end of this week. Read more...
Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:59
(Silver City, NM)—On March 25, 2017 at approximately 8:52 p.m., deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 2400 block of NM 61, Mimbres, NM, in reference to a possible suicide.
On deputies' arrival, it was found that a male subject was deceased in the home. The male subject was later identified as Walter Biebelle, born 06/02/1949. Next of kin has been notified.
At this time, it is undetermined what the actual cause of death is, but is being investigated as a suspicious death. The body was sent to the Office of Medical Investigators for an autopsy.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation. Further details will be released at a later date.
Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:42
By Mary Alice Murphy
New Mexico District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow met with constituents, Republicans and Democrats, Saturday afternoon in Silver City.
In breaking news, she said today, Tuesday, on the record, that by Sunday, a news release should come from the governor on changes to the teacher evaluation. The major changes should adjust absences and student outcomes tied to the teacher evaluation. "This was a commitment she made to the Republican sponsors of two separate reform bills."
Dow said she read all bills as thoroughly as she could. "Often the bills sounded good in theory, until you read the penalty."
Streamlining the state financial situation did not seem to be on the table. The Democrat-controlled Legislature, House and Senate, proposed $1.5 billion in new taxes, with $400 million passed at the same time as well over $400 million in new expenditures were passed.
"The climate of the Legislature was tense," Dow reported. "The first couple of weeks it was fun, getting acquainted with other legislators and learning the ropes."
House Bill 412 did not pass, but it had 117 tax reform issues, including closing loopholes on those who have exemptions. An interim committee will continue working on the bill for next year.
She said one thing brought back was a tax on food, but not on essential food items. Gov. Susana Martinez has already promised a special session.
Dow said she supported a tax on online vendors, such as Amazon. "I did not support a tax on cigarettes or a $14 tax on a gallon of wine. That would have been really hard on local brewers and distillers."
"I want to remove things that are barriers or that increase mandates or costs," Dow said. "One of the biggest ideas was to close loopholes on those who are exempt."
She said the state needs new sources of revenue, not just more taxes on existing businesses.
On health care, she said so many in New Mexico rely on Medicare, Medicaid and Centennial Care that the only thing that can fix getting the state less reliant on those federal dollars is health care reform.
"There was so much posturing on both sides," Dow said. "We need real economic development, because the state has lost 30,000 people since the last census."
She noted that there was talk that the House might send a team to the citizen's race of the Tour of the Gila.
Dow said she needs constituents to come to her with their ideas.
The following comments are major excerpts from her words in a Facebook page right after the session, when she said she was happy to be home.
My first session was a huge learning experience. In addition to committee and floor votes, a lot happens behind the scenes. As an advocate of less government, I believe if we can get things done without another bill on the books, all the better.
Some of my successes include changes to an overreaching environmental rule, changes to a Department of Health Services process that was shutting down rural durable medical providers, a commitment from DHS to pilot a home visiting program using a federal Medicaid waiver process, saving a $1.3 million water project in Silver City, and advocating for the transfer of the New Mexico Veterans Administration from the Department of Health to Veteran's Affairs.
Disappointments include standing with the governor against a veto override on teacher absences. Although a veto override would have been an extraordinary measure, the issue of teacher evaluation and need for reform is real! The frustrating part was all the efforts to help teachers that didn't make the headlines. There were several significant bills that would have reformed teacher evaluation far beyond sick days. These were killed in committee by special interest groups. If they had passed, sick days would have been fixed along with other evaluation changes that are needed. Instead politics prevailed at all levels and no issues were resolved. I hope my Republican governor pulls through for all of us who stand with teachers as well as conservative values. Time will tell!
The Senate and 4th floor spent too much time battling out their differences to get good work done. All of us had good bills left on the table! These bills would have improved schools for teachers and students, would have created economic development and removed barriers for new business to come to our state, and would have made NM a better place to raise a family.
I also learned that killing a bill is just as important as passing one. One example would be gun control. Bloomberg spent over half a million dollars and hired six lobbyists in an attempt to pass gun control bills in New Mexico. Every bill failed!
I can't even tell you how many ridiculous bills were introduced by legislators, without regard to those impacted, by people who have big out-of-state money, yet are totally out of touch with who we are as New Mexicans. If they prevail they will transform our family values and our way of life.
I'm optimistic that the bills that passed for ethics, election and campaign reform will bring more transparency to our law-making process. I am committed to the bigger picture of overall improved education, tax reform, economic development and common sense governance.
Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:56
High wind warning in Hidalgo County, visibility is low due to blowing dust. High profile vehicles please use caution. The NMDOT will continue monitoring the roadway. This event will be updated as conditions change.
Check out a classified ad for a Silver City Farmers' Market manager!
WARNING: All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted. 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.
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.
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
Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.
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.