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Fatal Crash I-10 mile post 46/ Luna County

Tuesday May 23, 2017, 5:25 a.m. /Luna County

Yesterday morning, May 23, 2017, around 5:25 a.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to Interstate 10, mile marker 46 in reference to a fatal motor vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Minivan driven by Ashley Henriquez (26) from Las Cruces New Mexico, passenger Joseph Henriquez (27) also of Las Cruces New Mexico, along with three children were traveling east on I-10 when the vehicle entered the median and overturned several times.-- Continue reading

Town council approves property tax rate increase

By Roger Lanse

At Tuesday’s, May 23, town meeting, and citing “a whole lot of uncertainties about our revenues for the next fiscal year,” and the requirement to adopt a preliminary budget by the end of May, Town Manager Alex Brown recommended approval of a resolution to increase property tax rates for residential and nonresidential properties within the town by one mil. According to County Assessor Raul Turrieta, the increase on a $50,000 property valued for tax purposes at $16,000 would be $16, and on a $150,000 property with a taxable value of $50,000 the increase would be $50. Brown hedged a bit by saying, “As Mr. Turrieta reminded us at the last meeting we do have a deadline of July 15 to rescind this resolution if we don’t need it. But, we’re just doing this to be proactive just in case it is necessary to be imposed so that we’re not put behind the eight-ball, and have to come up with a bunch of additional revenue this next year.” Council approved the resolution.-- Continue reading

New Mexico State Police Investigation Leads to Arrest in Grant County

On Monday May 22, 2017 around 8:15 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer was notified of a vehicle crash on State Road 90 at mile post 37. While en route to the scene, the responding officer learned that the situation had escalated.

When the officer arrived on scene, he learned that Michael Aguirre, (40) of Silver City, NM, had driven his vehicle and deliberately forced another vehicle off the road, causing the crash. Mr. Aguirre then threatened the passengers of the second vehicle, who were family members, including three children, with a fixed-blade knife while attempting to gain access to the vehicle. The incident was the culmination of an ongoing domestic dispute.-- Continue reading

Grant County 4-H Shooting Sports Excels at County and State Competition 2017

The Grant County 4-H shooting sports county contest was held April 12-15 which determined the teams for the state competition. Several 4-H members competed for coveted spots on the shooting sports teams competing at state. All 4-H members did exceptionally well during the grueling county competition and at the State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM.

Archery is the most popular shooting sports discipline in Grant County. Numerous members competed at the county contest. Taylor Brown, Tanna Goar, Parker McMillan, Cooper Miller, Ian Valenzuela, Julian and Javiel Garcia, Bristan and Jacobi Lockett, Morgan Bighley and Riley Brabson all competed in the archery contest at the county level. At the end of the day, Riley Brabson, Julian Garcia, Jacobi Lockett and Morgan Bighley qualified to move on to state for team one. Qualifying on team two was Javiel Garcia, Ian Valenzuela, Cooper Miller and Bristan Lockett.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board hears report on special project and discusses financial options for paying off construction debt 052217

Cobre School Board hears report on special project and discusses financial options for paying off construction debt 052217

Liz Nations, at right, with some of her Coding Club students, Isaac, Sergio, Mica and Keana

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board members were all present Monday evening for the May 22, 2017 meeting, which began at 7:22. The earlier session began at 6:02, according to Toy Sepulveda, board president. Others present were Gabriel Holguin, Gilbert Guadiana, Frank Gomez and Frank Cordova.

Liz Nations’ special project students were moved up on the agenda to get them home sooner. Four of her 5th and 6th graders were on hand to demonstrate the games they had developed electronically under the topic of “Coding Club Presentation.” In its unfinished business, Alicia Edwards was back to help the board finish preparing the Healthy Kids Healthy Community work that has the plan to put all policies into one organized unit by the end of this June.-- Continue reading

Town Council considering property tax rates adjustments

By Roger Lanse

According to its agenda, the Silver City Town Council, at its Tuesday, May 23 meeting, will consider a resolution to adjust property tax rates within the town. Town Manager Alex Brown t-- Continue reading

Jacking operations to take place on Hudson Street Bridge

NM 90/ Hudson Street Bridge
Silver City, NM

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Tuesday May 30, 2017:

The New Mexico Department-- Continue reading

GRMC Board of Trustees reviews and approves FY 2017-18 budget

By Mary Alice Murphy

Public input came toward the beginning of the special budget meeting held by the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees on May 22, 2017.

Chris DeBolt, who retired from Gila Regional, said: "I will continue to be at meetings that concern the hospital, because I care deeply about Gila Regional. I think what has been neglected is the voices of the patients, their families and friends. They spoke last week at the forum on the Cancer Center. I was impressed by them. They are afraid and angry."

She said the three worst words a person can hear are: You have cancer.

"I hope you are open to listening to them before you make a decision," DeBolt said.-- Continue reading

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