[Editor's Note: Grant County commissioners held a short special meeting right before a long work session on Nov. 14, 2023. This is the fourth of a series of articles covering the work session. it continues with a review of the regular meeting agenda for Nov. 16, 2023 and will include decisions made, as well as public input, proclamations and presentations.]
Photos((later in the article) and article by Mary Alice Murphy
County Manager Charlene Webb led the review of the Nov. 16, 2023 regular meeting agenda at the Nov. 14, 2023 work session.
Carlos Lucero, Western Bank vice president led off public input at the regular meeting. "I want to thank you for giving Western Bank the opportunity to bid for banking services to Grant County."
[Editor's Note: Grant County commissioners held a short special meeting right before a long work session on Nov. 14, 2023. This is the third of a series of articles covering the work session. it continues with county director reports.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Following the first county reports from the Detention Center, the Finance director and the Planning director, Emergency Manager Scot Fuller presented his report at the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 14, 2023.
Fuller said he had completed the memorandum of agreement with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) but said he had not yet submitted the additional paperwork the agency had requested for IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) so the county could get access to Code Red for testing. He said, as of the end of October, all wireless providers are required to submit everything in 13 languages for alert transmission. "Also each county will be allowed two tests a year without FCC permission."
Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, below the Read More
Western New Mexico University held its annual Jingle and Mingle at Old Graham Gym on Dec. 1, 2023.
Originally slated for Regent's Square, due to the rainy, chilly, weather, about 2 1/2 hours before the event was set to begin, everything was moved inside the gym to keep the performers, elves and Santa Claus, participants, decorations, as well as the kid's activities and the hot chocolate and decorated trees for voting all dry and warm. Outside, a contained fire let kids and adults make their own s'mores. Also available were tamales.
Photos by Mary Alice Murphy (below)
The annual Holiday Market took place today, Dec. 2, 2023, and will continue tomorrow, Dec. 3, 2023, from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. Lots of people visited the market today to purchase Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Vendors offered a variety of goods, from jewelry to paintings to photographs to digital art to different types of fabric art, such as woven, knitted, felt, bright silk clothing, and wood carvings and furniture. See the photos below to learn what artists will be present and the variety of their wares.
Monday, Nov. 27
Caller advised a named female called her to go pick her up advising she was very scared and felt things weren't right. When caller arrived at the home no one would answer the door but caller could hear people inside the home. Officer advised knocked on the door several times with negative contact.
809 N. Hudson Street
An approximately 30-year-old male took a bag of chips/they do have footage available/left walking toward 7th Street.
Report, no narrative.
Sheriffs' Deputies responded to a structure fire resulting in 2 female casualties. Victims have been identified as 60 year old Sara L. Maes and 78 year old Mary Lou Maynes. On November 28, 2023 at approximately 11:49 P.M. Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 600 W. Lincoln in Santa Clara, NM in regards to a structure fire.
The Grant County Sheriff's Detectives were called and started an active ongoing investigation. New Mexico State Police Criminal Division arrived to assist in processing the scene. Grant County Sheriff's Detectives have identified a person of interest named Cassandra R. Brazeal, 34, in connection to the fire.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is requesting any information on the whereabouts of Cassandra or any information relating to the fire. New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office has an active ongoing investigation as to how the fire started and is still undetermined what the cause of the fire was at this time.