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SILVER CITY - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be continuing a maintenance operation project to place "chip seal" pavement on various roadways in Grant County. The NMDOT has a planned roadway closure in place for NM 15 from milepost 7 (Pinos Altos) to the intersection of NM 35.
Beginning Monday, September 26, and continuing through Thursday, September 29, NM 15 will be closed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Detour will be on NM 35 to NM 152. Closure will be in place for the safety of the traveling public and crew in the area.
[Editor's Note: The Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 6 and the regular meeting on Sept. 8, were both long meetings, so this series of articles will be numerous. Part 4 continues county reports. The previous articles are linked at the bottom of this article.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Continuing county reports at the Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 6, 2022, Road Department Superintendent Joe Grijalva said with all the rain, his crews have been scrambling to address road issues. He said truck drivers are hauling fill materials to all districts of the county. Grijalva said weather has set his department back about a month for starting on special projects, such as curb and gutter at North Hurley Agua Blanca and setting culverts and lifting and capping Little Walnut Road.
"The bridge on Hamilton Road has been shut down and we're waiting on a report and recommendation from the New Mexico Department of Transportation engineer to how to proceed," Grijalva said. "We received the solar warning lights for Airport Road and Tyrone townsite school bus zones. We will install them when time allows. As always, we ask for patience and understanding from the public as we work to address work orders."
By Lynn Janes
The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting September 8, 2022. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza, trustees, Olga Amador, Arnold Lopez and Peter Erickson also attended.
The council approved the agenda for the meeting.
The council approved the regular meeting minutes from August 25, 2022.
The council approved the August 2022 department reports. Bauch commented that all the departments had been busy, and the animal shelter had reached capacity.
By Roger Lanse
Responding to a loud music complaint, a Bayard Police Department officer arrived at 711 Fahey Street on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at about 8:03 p.m. and asked Rogelio Cano, 39, of the address, who answered the door, if he would lower his music. After waiting several moments and not hearing the volume being toned down the officer knocked again, according to a BFD report.
When the officer again requested that Cano turn his music down, Cano responded by telling the officer "to get off his property and he had the right to protect himself." Cano then told the officer his front door was open if the officer wanted to come in and test his luck. The officer stated he was only asking for a favor to turn his music down/and Cano responded by saying "he was just trying to chill." Cano then proceeded "to say for the last time to get off his property or I was going to get two to my chest." Because of the loud music and the dog barking, the officer was having trouble hearing Cano, the report said, and he let Cano know he was having trouble hearing him. The report stated Cano responded by saying "get off my property or you're going to get two bullets in your f*****g chest, las f*****g warning."
By Roger Lanse
On Sunday, Sept, 18, 2022, at about 3:33 in the afternoon, the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received a call from someone trying to flag people down along Highway 152 near Emory Pass. The Sierra County Sheriff's Office then called advising of a possible fatal crash at that location where a motorcycle may have gone off the mountain. SCSO requested traffic control from the Grant County Sheriff's Office on the Grant County side of the Pass advising the crash site is about one-half mile outside of Grant County. GCSO then contacted the New Mexico State Police to ask them to provide the needed traffic control.
Personnel from the SCSO told the Beat on Thursday, Sept. 22, that there was no crash and no fatality. It seems Roger Lewis, 73, of Las Cruces, was traveling home from Silver City and had gotten off his motorcycle at the location to rest following a medical issue. A passserby noticed Lewis to be disoriented and helped him to stand up his bike from where it had been lying on its side. As the passerby was walking back to his vehicle, according to an SCSO deputy, Lewis lost his balance and tumbled 15-20 feet down an embankment off the highway.
Photo and article by Lynn Janes
On September 9, 2022, and for the next two days Teatro Paraguas and Virus Theater presented the play "Save the Bees" at the El Sol Theatre. Duchess Dale directed the play and Geoffrey Pomeroy and Noah Segard starred.
Although the play had been based on fictional situations, its inception came from a real situation in the legislature between two real senators here in New Mexico.
[Editor's Note: The Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 6 and the regular meeting on Sept. 8, were both long meetings, so this series of articles will be numerous. Part 3 gets into county reports. The previous articles are linked at the bottom of this article.]
Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy
The first county report came from Detention Center Administrator Joseph Andazola. He said he has two new officers in training and two openings. "I want to congratulate Charlie Muñoz, who retired on Sept. 1, after 15 years of service to the Detention Center. He also served as a Marine before that."
Andazola said he was working with the Primary Care Association to get a health care position in the Detention Center. He also reported statistics to the commissioners. As of Aug. 31, the population of the jail stood at 87. The August daily population was 96, with the day of the meeting, 90 inmates. He said the RISE program had 25 participants, with 13 in the facility and 12 receiving services in the community. He said he had signed a contract with Guardian RFID and the jail had been assigned a project manager. "This contract will help our accreditation by keeping documents. We are working with the county procurement officer (Veronica Rodriguez) for a request for proposal for medical and food service. We've also met with the IT department and maintenance director for development of a long-term plan for computer equipment and the like. We need to determine how long computers last. We are continuing with updating policy and procedures, as well as the five-year plan, which we hope to complete in October. Lt. Rios will attend the New Mexico Counties Training for Trainers in Las Cruces."
A good time was had by all at the 67th annual Catron County Fair held August 25-27, 2022. Events ranged from Junior Livestock shows, PeeWee shows, to indoor exhibits, to Rodeos and a Horse Show. There was a goat roping held on Saturday after a very well attended Junior Livestock Auction. The BBQ this year was donated by Williams Ranch Supply. The fairboard would like to thank all the numerous donors, buyers, volunteers, and exhibitors that showed up to make this a huge success. Here are the 2022 Champions:
Steers: Grand Champion: Shaylee Padilla
Reserve Champion: Taylor McQueen
Senior Showman: Shaylee Padilla
Junior Showman: Taylor McQueen
Senior Herdsman: Shaylee Padilla
Junior Herdsman: Taylor McQueen
Heifers: Grand Champion: Taylor McQueen
Reserve Champion: Adriana Hood
County Bred Beef: Grand Champion: Shaylee Padilla- Breeder: Tommy Padilla/911 Land & Cattle Co