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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday afternoon, as part of the Clay Festival 2017, the tile Big Ditch mural on the side of the cliff created by the floodwaters of the late 1890s and early 1900s, Diana Ingalls Leyba, Youth Mural Program director under the auspices of the Mimbres Region Arts Council, dedicated the mural. The mural is on a stabilized wall behind Diane's Restaurant.

By Roger Lanse


At a July 24 arraignment hearing in Silver City’s 6th Judicial District Court, which turned into a kind of impromptu release hearing, according to district court staff, an attorney for Molynda Brewer requested her release. However, that request was denied and she was remanded to the Grant County Detention Center where she remains in custody under a $100,000 cash only bond.


Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 2450 Highway 61, Mimbres, on Saturday, March 25, at approximately 8:52 p.m., in reference to a caller who advised that 67-year-old Walter Risdon Biebelle of Mimbres, had shot himself.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday, July 22, 2017 Clay Festival events included the workshop at Syzygy Tile for people to make bowls for the Empty Bowls Community Dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at The Volunteer Center to benefit the Grant County Food Pantry, "Helping to end local hunger one bowl at a time."

All materials for the bowls were provided to those creating them.

By Roger Lanse


On Monday, June 19, a warrant for the arrest of James Anthony Castillo, 43, of Arenas Valley, was issued out of Grant County Magistrate Court. Castillo was charged in the warrant for concealing identity, and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. According to an arrest report, he was arrested by Silver City Police Department officers on Thursday, June 22, at the KISS building on the corner of 13th and Bennett streets and booked into the Grant County Detention Center.

Sunday, July 23, Arizona law-enforcement officers were allowed to extradite Castillo back to Arizona to face multiple charges in that state, according to GCDC staff.

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, July 19, at about 7:21 p.m., the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received a call stating a 3-year-old female, who was sexually assaulted, was in the emergency room, according to a Silver City Police Department blotter entry. Caller advised that possibly the child’s cousin or uncle was the assailant. The blotter also stated that the mother was on scene at Gila Regional Medical Center, and that an officer would be following subjects to La Clinica.

In answer to the Beat’s question, SCPD Chief Ed Reynolds, on Monday, July 24, stated that the incident is under investigation, but could not say more due to the nature of the blotter account.

Editor's Note: Part five and the final article of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions of July 18 and 20, 2017, will address county and elected officials' reports.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on Tuesday, July 28, 2017, Grant County Community Health Council Director Cari Lemon presented the first report.

"The Health Council is expanding its communication among members," Lemon said. "We have moved from quarterly meetings to a meeting every other month. The members at their meeting yesterday (July 17, 2017) approved new co-chairs, Judy O'Loughlin and Mary Alice Murphy, to replace the long-serving Priscilla Lucero and Terry Anderson."

Editor's Note: Part four of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions will address the rest of the regular meeting agenda, with discussion during work and regular sessions included.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Grant County commissioners went over a resolution that would be approved on Thursday at the regular meeting.

Resolution R-17-28 would authorize and approve the submission of a completed application for financial assistance and project approval to the New Mexico Finance Authority. The application requests funding of $50,000 for a planning document, specifically for the development of an asset management plan.

Dave Schuhmann continues his photographic chronicle of the construction of Denny’s. Only slight changes this time, and the big hole on Gold Street is still open.

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