By Frost McGahey, Investigative Journalist
When the Grant County's Clerk's office was asked to give the number of Independents* registered to vote, it was discovered that they are now lumped in with Others for a total of 4,092. Independents until recently were separated out. Others include the Green Party and other small parties that usually totaling 77 to 130 voters. Both the Democrat and Republican voter count has remained stable.
The total number of registered voters as of January 2024 is 20,254. Since the adult population of Grant County is 20,839, that signifies a registration rate of 97%. According to Pew Research the national average is 66%. Democrats are 10,092, Republicans 5,692, and Libertarians are at 185.
[Editor's Note: This is part 6 and the final article of the Grant County Commission work session on Jan. 9, 2024 and the regular meeting on Jan. 11, 2024. This continues the work session review of the regular meeting agenda and the decisions and actions taken at the regular meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
County Manager Charlene Webb continued the review of the Jan. 11, 2024 regular meeting agenda at the Jan. 9, 2024 work session.
After the approval of minutes came the Financial report dated Jan. 2, 2024. Financial Officer Linda Vasquez gave the report at the work session. Expenditures totaled $3,859,872.41 including two pay periods and the clothing allowance and the LERF (law enforcement retention fund) for the Sheriff's Office, totaling $516,521.95. Extraordinary expenses are shown in the graph below:
Sierra County Lakes-Southern Gila Region Highlands/Black Range-
Including the cities of Truth Or Consequences, Kingston, Derry,
Lake Roberts, and Spaceport
708 PM MST Fri Feb 2 2024
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM MST SATURDAY...
* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
By Roger Lanse
A Bayard Police Department officer was dispatched to a reported group of juveniles fighting near the Mi Ranchito store at about 4:17 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. When the officer arrived, he encountered three male juveniles, a 15-year-old and two 13-year-olds, walking along Central Avenue, the two 13-year-olds bleeding from their faces.
According to a BPD incident report, one of the juveniles ran from the officer, ignoring his commands to stop. Pursuing on foot, the officer caught up to the fleeing juvenile near the post office and immediately smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the 13-year-old male. He was detained and placed in the back of the officer's patrol unit.
Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-Southwest Desert/Lower
Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-Southwest
Desert/Mimbres Basin-Eastern Black Range Foothills-Northern Dona
Ana County-Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-Western El
Paso County-Rio Grande Valley of Eastern El Paso/Western Hudspeth
Counties-Rio Grande Valley of Eastern Hudspeth County-
Including the cities of Winston, Garfield, Columbus, Grant County
Airport, Vado, Upper Valley, Deming, West El Paso, Antelope
Wells, Virden, Hachita, Las Cruces, Downtown El Paso, Lordsburg,
Red Rock, Hurley, Animas, Hatch, Faywood, Sunland Park, Fabens,
Hillsboro, Indian Hot Springs, Tornillo, Radium Springs, and Fort
1243 PM MST Fri Feb 2 2024
NM 90 is reported as clear and drying, removed from NM Roads.
Fair Driving Conditions in Silver City Area
The Silver City Patrol has reported roadways as snow covered and could be icy. Please be sure to drive with caution, reduce speed, and follow all posted traffic signs. The NMDOT will continue to plow and monitor. This event will be updated as conditions change.
Fair Driving Conditions in Lordsburg to Silver City
NM 90 from milepost 10 to 25(White Signal) is reported as snow covered and could be icy. Please be sure to drive with caution, reduce speed, and follow all posted traffic signs. The NMDOT will continue to plow and monitor. This event will be updated as conditions change.
Fair Driving Conditions in Cliff
The Cliff Patrol has reported roadways as wet and could be slick. Please be sure to drive with caution, reduce speed, and follow all posted traffic signs. The NMDOT will continue to plow and monitor. This event will be updated as conditions change.