By Mary Alice Murphy
Early this morning, about 6 a.m., the emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center received a call from the Border Patrol telling them to expect up to 60 people arriving for medical care on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said she received a text from Chief Nursing Officer soon after the call came in that the ER had been notified that they would get 62 patients, six to 10 at a time.
By Mary Alice Murphy
This morning, Gabriel Ramos received a call confirming that he would replace now-Lt. Gov. Howie Morales as the senator for New Mexico District 28, which is made up of portions of Grant, Catron and Socorro counties.
All three county commissions chose Ramos as their preference to fill the seat. Catron and Socorro counties chose him unanimously, with Grant County commissioners splitting 3-2, with the majority choosing Ramos.
On/about January 8, 2019 a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy performed a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 180E in Bayard. The vehicle stopped had been reported-involved in suspicious activity – Firearms were observed being loaded into the trunk. Two firearms were located in the vehicle trunk after consent was given by the driver for a search. Through ongoing investigation by Grant County Sheriff’s Detectives, the firearms were traced back to Steven Escobar’s possession (refer to recent-prior GCSO press release regarding this subject). Following approval by the District Attorney’s Office, Escobar was charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Tampering with Evidence - fourth-degree felonies. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued by Silver City Magistrate Judge Laney.
On/about January 11, 2019 Deputies and Detectives of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at the known residence of Steven R. Escobar in Santa Clara, NM. as part of the continuing investigation regarding an alleged weapons violation.
By Mary Alice Murphy
After election of officers at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity members discussed proposed legislation to request political subdivision status for the entity.
Changes to the agenda included adding public input, which had inadvertently been left off, as well as deleting a watershed presentation, because the speaker Wendel Hann was unable to attend the meeting. He expects to do it at the February meeting. Also removed was a presentation from New Mexico Wild on the proposed Scenic Rivers designation for the Gila River.
No one spoke in public input.
By Roger Lanse -- Courtesy of minutes from Town Clerk Ann Mackie
At the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Silver City Town Meeting, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. presented his thoughts about how bond issues for higher education, including unpaid student loans, are funded by only property owners. He also brought up the issue of needed trade schools, and that 3-4-year-old kids should not be going to school because teachers were not babysitters. Ray also criticized those who were ‘rude and disrespectful’ at the recent Grant County Commission meeting and how kids should act like kids and adults as adults.
District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison provided information to seniors over the age of 62 who wish to apply to live in the new Mountainview Senior Apartments, expected to be completed by mid-2019.
Grant County Commission holds special meeting 011019
By Mary Alice Murphy
In a brief special meeting, the Grant County commissioners met to address a single item that needed to be completed in time to have a two-week notice so it could be addressed at the upcoming regular meeting on Jan. 24, 2019
The item was a resolution of a notice of intent to consider a low-income rebate ordinance.
Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy
Ari Ramos is on a mission. She has a master's degree in public health and wants to teach people how to prevent disease, such as obesity and diabetes, through nutrition and exercise.
By Roger Lanse
On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, at approximately 6:13 p.m. while Grant County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic stop between MM 5-6 on Highway 356, another vehicle, a pickup, approaching the stop at speed, ultimately obeyed deputy’s commands to stop.
According to police documents, the pickup was driven by Steven Escobar, 30, of Santa Clara, and carried a passenger, Gabriel Marquez, 25, also of Santa Clara. Deputies stated they were aware of Escobar’s criminal history including being charged with multiple violent felonies. After Escobar was observed possibly reaching for a firearm, deputies, with service weapons drawn, ordered both men out of the vehicle, and they were put on the ground and placed into investigative detention.
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