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Regents meet in Santa Fe, hear from state legislators

Santa Fe, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met for its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday, February 2, in Santa Fe.

The Board heard from state leaders including State Senator John Arthur Smith, Chair of the State Finance Committee, who briefed the Regents members on the current economic outlook.

Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez detailed the efforts of the Governor's office to balance the budget and applauded WNMU's recent work to create relationships with education partners throughout Mexico and Latin America.

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Grant County Sheriff’s Department identifies Western Drive Shooting suspect...Issues Warrant for Arrest.

Grant County Sheriff’s Department identifies Western Drive Shooting suspect...Issues Warrant for Arrest.

David BecknerAt left, David Beckner-wanted on third degree felony warrant

On January 29, 2017 just before 9:30 A.M., Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to #45 Western Drive in reference to a male subject shooting at a blue mobile home. This caller requested to remain anonymous and hung up the phone when dispatchers requested more information.

Deputies arrived on scene and were unable to locate a victim nor the reporting party. While Deputies were investigating this incident, they received information from Central Dispatch that there was a male at Gila Regional Medical Center requesting to be treated for a gunshot wound. Silver City Police Officers, Grant County Deputies and investigators responded to the hospital. The victim in this case was identified as Rodney Chavez (23 YOA/Silver City). Chavez was shot on his left leg. Investigators believe the weapon used in this case was a shotgun. Detectives processed the scene, interviewed witnesses and the victim.

David Beckner (40 YOA/Hanover NM) was identified as the individual responsible for the shooting.-- Continue reading

Two shootings under investigation

By Roger Lanse

Two shootings, which occurred on Sunday, Jan. 29, are being investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

One, according to GCSD Lt. Fermin Lopez, took place on Western Drive i-- Continue reading

Woman reported missing is found

By Roger Lanse

Cassandra Marquez, 34, who has addresses in Silver City, Carlsbad, and Santa Clara, was reported missing after Grant County Sheriff’s deputies responded on Friday, Jan. 27 at about 12:30 a.m., to a car fire on Sacaton Street off of Mountain View Road, where deputies discovered a gold 1994 Acura engulfed in flames, according to GCSD Lt. Fermin Lopez.-- Continue reading

Red Barn demolition quiet 013017

Red Barn demolition quiet 013017

Photographer Dave Schuhmann took some photos of the remaining debris and structural elements at the former Red Barn site. He said nothing was happening Monday morning when he took the photos. He talked to Roger Cruzan, the Silver City Codes officer, who told him that Denny's has its own crew that travels to the site to prepare it and built the new restaurant. Cruzan had no date for the start of construction.


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Grant County Commission holds special meeting to address two items

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business on the agenda for the Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 special meeting was a public hearing and discussion regarding an ordinance authorizing a tax rebate to benefit low-income property taxpayers for taxable years 2017-18.

County Attorney Abigail Robinson said a notice of intent resolution passed the last Commission meeting.-- Continue reading

WNMU hosts regional Science Olympiad 012817

WNMU hosts regional Science Olympiad 012817

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Students from all over the region competed in the Science Olympiad at Western New Mexico University on Saturday to determine who would advance to state competition. In the gym and just outside, feats of engineering, such as electric car, airplane and helicopter, scrambler, robotic arm, tower strength and hovercraft were happening simultaneously. Other students were competing in written and lab tests at Harlan and Martinez halls.-- Continue reading

GRMC Board of Trustees hears promising news on the financial front

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular monthly meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, board members first held a moment of silence for the loss of one of their caregivers.

"I would also like to thank our Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White for helping the grieving caregivers," Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia said.

The members approved the Open Meetings Act, with no changes except for the year.-- Continue reading

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