By Roger Lanse
On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at about 11:11 a.m., in reference to an aggravated assault call, Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to 317 Shrine Mine Road in the Oak Grove Subdivision. The caller advised that people were cutting wood illegally and shooting guns on forest property next to his property.
According to an offense report, deputies made contact with two males cutting firewood on forest land; a 30-year-old from Wibaux, Montana and a 42-year-old from Ruidoso, New Mexico, who advised they were cutting wood "just minding their own business." The report stated the two males said they heard some gunshots but didn't think too much about it until they heard more shots and could see bullets hitting around them, as close as three-four feet away from them.
[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a series of articles that will cover the Grant County Commission work session of Jan. 10, 2023, as well as the regular session of Jan. 12, 2023.)
By Mary Alice Murphy
To continue the Grant County Commission Jan. 10 work session and Jan. 12, 2023 regular meeting, County Manager Charlene Webb began with a work session review of the regular meeting agenda, and this report also presents the decisions commissioners made at the regular meeting.
Financial Officer Linda Vasquez, at the work session, presented the monthly expenditure report ending Jan. 4.
Expenditures totaled $2,576,231.32, including three pay periods totaling $476,007.76. The chart of extraordinary expenditures is shown below.
Silver Consolidated Schools applied to the US Department of Education for the School Based Mental Health Services Grant and received a $6.5 million award grant to be dispersed over the next 5 years! A purpose of the SBMH grant is to increase the number of credentialed mental health services providers providing school-based mental health services to students with demonstrated need.
For this year, Silver will receive a disbursement of $1,210,500 to begin work on our proposal to begin to place additional mental health professionals in each of our schools across the district serving over 2,500 students and staff. Over the next 5 years Silver Schools hopes to develop treatment programs and services that address the various mental health needs of students; develop student & family supports and resources; develop a school culture in which teachers and other student support staff are trained to recognize the early warning signs of mental health issues with students; help identify warning signs in students; work toward key ways to mitigate and manage concerning behaviors; all to make steps to invest in student mental health to create a positive school climate.
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By Roger Lanse
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at about 4:32 p.m. Bayard Police Department officers responded to a school threat at Snell Middle School. According to BPD Chief Hector Carrillo, a juvenile male student was arrested two days later on Friday and charged with making unlawful shooting threats. After making a court appearance, Carrillo stated, the case was turned over to the Juvenile Probation Office and District Attorney, however, Carrillo does not believe the juvenile was incarcerated.
The BPD, Carrillo said, is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, and will frequently patrol the school during school hours and at school functions until further notice.
By Lynn Janes
On January 19, 2023, Senator Siah Correa Hemphill held a townhall meeting through Zoom. Drew Prestridge hosted, and Lieutenant Howie Morales and Senator George Munoz participated. Approximately 40 people participated in the Zoom meeting.
Morales opened the meeting by expressing how proud he was to be there and supporting Hemphill. He praised Munoz as chair of the senate finance committee and Hemphill’s knowledge of education. He announced some of the items they would be introducing and their priorities. Families will continue to be a huge priority. Last year they had been able to introduce early learning programs and had made significant changes. They had also been able to cut taxes for people receiving social security and for veterans. Morales said they knew covid had caused a significant impact to education and they planned to invest in that problem. Public safety has become a big concern to New Mexicans, and they plan to invest in that problem. Behavioral health has become a big concern in Grant County, and they will be doing something to address that. They will also be looking at protecting the environment in a responsible way.
Munoz said he knew Hemphill works hard for her community and makes the commitment to make her state better. Hemphill serves on the finance committee along with Munoz. He said she would be carrying some large education bills. “Rural New Mexico matters, and Hemphill cares.”