Local News Releases

These releases come from other sources than the Grant County Beat. This category will include events in and news releases from Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

The Republican Party of Grant County announces its 2019-2021 officers and hosts the first meeting of the year Tuesday, February 5 at the Republican Party Headquarters in Arenas Valley. The meeting starts at 6:30 after the 6:00 potluck.

Mission Statement:  The Republican Party of Grant County will supportlocal, state and national candidates for office, grow the local Party by registering Republicans, educate voters on issues and the voting process, engage our local communities and collaborate with the state and national Parties.

Republican Party of Grant County Officers, 2019-2021 term

Chairman Ray Tavizon

1st Vice Chairman Scott Terry

2nd Vice Chairman Leif Nordell

Secretary Rhonda Billings

Treasurer Cyndi Donovan

libraryjanworkshopNew Mexico - January 14, 2019 - Beginning this week, startups across southern New Mexico will have access to a new business pre-accelerator program, Libraries as Launchpads, offered by Creative Startups, the globally recognized New Mexico-based business accelerator. Launchpads is a partnership of the New Mexico State Library and Creative Startups and will serve entrepreneurs in nine communities: Lovington, Hobbs, Anthony, Las Cruces, Hatch, Deming, Silver City, Los Lunas, and Socorro. The program aims to highlight public libraries as information hubs for startups and expand the depth of their entrepreneur services while serving over 50 entrepreneurs this year. Applications are open now through Sunday, February 17.

Today, with digital information easily available, one might - mistakenly - assume libraries are no longer relevant. National data, however, tells a different story. Visitorship to public libraries has risen over the past decade to meet the demands of navigating an increasingly complicated online world. Librarians are experts professionally trained in navigating through vast inventories of facts and fallacies to direct people to accurate and pertinent information. That’s what makes libraries the perfect place for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. Indeed, according to the American Library Association (ALA), 48% of libraries across the US report offering services to small businesses.

“New Mexico libraries” explains New Mexico State Librarian Eli Guinee, “are quickly growing their capacity to empower community members, and we recognize the critical role we play as trusted democratic institutions in sustainable economic development. We want to see more opportunities for our talented young people to stay in New Mexico and raise their families with a high quality of life, and libraries are an important part of that equation.” Libraries are ready to refresh their image, “I like what [Launchpads] did for the profile of our little library,” said one participating librarian. “We want to stand up and say, ‘we’re not quiet anymore!’” said another.

The regular monthly board meeting of the Grant Soil & Water Conservation District will be held Monday, January 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Natural Resources Conservation Service/Grant SWCD office located at 3082 32nd Street Bypass, Suite C, Silver City, NM.  To request a copy of the agenda or for more information, please call 575-388-1569 or email grantswcd@zianet.com. The public is welcome to attend.

SATURDAY: FEBRUARY 16, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Celtic, Folk & World music concert with Four Shillings

$10 suggested donation

Benefit for the UU Social Justice Committee

Four Shillings Short are coming to town. The Celtic/Folk/World music duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, perform Traditional and Original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Recorders, Tinwhistles, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Native American Flutes, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukulele, Doumbek & Darbuka, Spoons, vocals and even a Krumhorn. 

“Eclectic and unpredictable are apt descriptions of this beguiling duo. Their repertoire joins together traditional Celtic tunes, Indian ragas and American mountain music into an intoxicating mash. Through their many albums and constant touring, they’ve become known for thwarting listeners’ expectations and finding common ground in genres not often associated with one another.” (Connect Savannah, Savannah GA)  ”The delightfully surprising collection of songs and sounds this husband/wife act create, stretch the limits of Celtic and Folk music by stirring in generous amounts of Indian Ragas and Medieval flavorings via some of the tastiest sitar playing this side of Ravi Shankar. ” (Valpariso Times, IN) “Their music is a global potpourri.” (New Times, Miami FL) 

Luna County, NM - On January 12, 2019 at about 7:19 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a one vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 near mile post 76, west of Deming. 

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Cody Lee Wilshusen (25) of San Tan Valley, AZ was traveling west on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons the Jeep drifted off the roadway, entered the center median and crashed into the guardrail, causing the Jeep to roll. Wilshusen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. A child passenger in the Jeep sustained unknown injuries and was transported to a Hospital.  

Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the crash. Seatbelts do appear to have been used properly. No other additional information is currently available. 

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Jan. 11

Welfare check
Hurley Avenue
Caller advised a male is bleeding and throwing up/he went into a house near the Burro Caliente. Officer had contact advising to send EMS for a male in his early 20s who has been throwing up/possibly has stomach flu.

Friday, Jan. 11

Loud music
Lea and Fran drives
Deputy had contact advising a named male was told to turn down the music, which he did.

Welfare check
Highway 180 – MM 115/116 (just east of Walmart)
Deputy out with a named male and his two daughters/they were dropped off at Rio de Arenas.

Friday, Jan. 11

Domestic disturbance
Village Drive
Caller advised that his girlfriend tried to injure him with a drill/she is still there in the house/she also damaged the front door/caller did force her outside. Officer had contact with female who stated that her boyfriend picked her up from Albuquerque and they . . .

Domestic disturbance
S. Pinos Altos Street
Caller advised he had an argument with a named female and now he is locked out of the residence with his 1-year-old daughter. Officers had contact with female on Pinos Altos/Spring Street. Officers advised male called back advising she is on foot/advised she bit him in the arm and left with his medication. Officers have one female in custody/back out at S. Pinos Altos Street/verbal argument/all units clear.

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