[Editor's Note: Grant County commissioners held a short special meeting right before a long work session on Nov. 14, 2023. This is the fifth 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 the GRMC monthly update and elected official reports at the regular meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
At the Grant County Commission work session on Nov. 14, 2023, review of the regular meeting and after the public input and presentations and proclamations at the regular meeting on Nov. 16, 2023, commissioners heard the monthly report from the county-owned Gila Regional Medical Center.
Suspect in structure fire resulting in 2 female casualties has been arrested and charged. On December 5, 2023, at approximately 7:33 P.M., a tip was received by the Santa Clara Police Department on the whereabouts of Cassandra Brazeal. Cassandra Brazeal was a person of interest in regards to a structure fire on November 28, 2023. Santa Clara Police Officers made contact with Cassandra at one of the apartments on Mineral Street in Santa Clara.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and transported Cassandra to the Sheriff's Office for questioning. Cassandra was then placed under arrest and transported to the Grant County Detention Center where she is currently being held and awaiting arraignment. Cassandra is being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and aggravated arson. No court date has been set at this time.
[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.