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By Roger Lanse

At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, Silver City Police Department officers were called to Walmart in reference to a possible gunshot.

According to Silver City Police Chief Freddie Portillo, when officers arrived they were advised by store employees that a male, later identified as Isaac Vigil, in his 30s, of Silver City, attempted to shoplift a knife when employees heard a loud noise described as a ‘pop.’ Portillo emphasized that an actual gunshot has not been confirmed as employees did not see a firearm and SCPD has not recovered one.

By Mary Alice Murphy

According to a news release from the Grant County Commission, Chairman Chris Ponce said: "Evaluating and supervising the county manage is probably our most important function as a governing body."

No corroboration for the rumors that are flying about a shooting at the Silver City Walmart earlier today. 

Rumor one: No one was injured, but the facility went into lockdown.

Rumor two: One or two suspects have been taken into custody. 

Article and Photos by Roger Lanse

Cobre 5th graders greet DARE LionsCobre 5th graders greet DARE Lions

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office practiced a dress rehearsal for the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation program with about 125 Cobre School District 5th graders at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Cobre High School Performing Arts Building. The graduation event is planned for 6 p.m. that evening at the same location.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

A local foraging group, The Mesquitos, held a mesquite milling workshop Saturday, NOv. 16, 2019, where people could bring their harvested mesquite pods to be milled into flour. Dr. Richard Felger gave a short talk about the tree and its fruits and afterward, attendees learned how to choose, dry and process their pods. A Wild and Local Foods Potluck Brunch with dishes featuring mesquite flour and other locally produced and foraged ingredients.

Asher Gelbart and Antonia Young explained to the group how to pick and sort the mesquite pods. They stressed the importance of picking them from the tree, not from the ground, of making sure they are completely dried before storing and processing, and checking for mold before using them. The pods should be stored inside in a cool place.

All parts of the mesquite pod can be used. The seeds and pods are milled into flour, and the chaff, the coating around the actual seed itself, is separated during the milling process, can be boiled down into a syrup, which can be used for many things.

If you would like to learn more about foraging and wild foods go to https://www.desertharvesters.org.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

About a dozen people attended Gila Regional Medical Center’s free session on Nov. 20, 2019, to learn how to keep blood glucose levels under control with the holiday challenges of meals, treats, shopping, travel and other challenges.

Bonnie Stone, RD/CDE with Diabetes and Nutrition Services and Allison Schmid, GRMC Dietician, offered tips and treats while they answered questions from the attendees. Not everyone at the session had diabetes, but the ideas offered can help anyone get through the Holiday Season in good health.

Some of the tips offered:

1. Maintain your schedule – Get up, eat, exercise and take medications at the same time you usually do.
2. Check your blood sugar regularly
3. Budget your sweets and treats – Include them as part of your carbohydrate budget,
4. Watch your beverage and alcohol intake – Don’t drink on an empty stomach. The amounts of calories and sugars vary so check the nutritional information.
5. Fix favorite dishes your way and take them to parties, dinners etc. – There are many low-carb, diabetes friendly dishes that you can bring to holiday parties.
6. Be party smart – Enjoy vegetable-based appetizers first, then meat or cheese. Place them on a napkin instead of a plate to be less likely to overdo. Don’t stand near the buffet table while chatting. And stay hydrated.
7. Keep active or add activity – If you can’t stick to your usual exercise program, add a fun activity with family or friends, or break up your exercise into shorter segments.
8. Take healthy snacks with you when you go shopping. That way you won’t be tempted to eat a carb-heavy restaurant meal.
9. Keep expectations reasonable – Holidays are stressful for everyone. Don’t try to make things perfect. If you are feeling stressed, take some time for yourself, take a walk, a nap. Breathe deeply.
10. Remember the reason for the season – Put the focus on family and friends, not on food.

You can find out more information at Cornerstone4Care.com.
Healthy low carb recipes can be found at https://healthyrecipesblogs.com or https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/recipes

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Tamal Fiesta y Mas took place in Santa Clara on a balmy fall day, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. A car show lined one side of Bayard Street and booths were on both sides of the street. Performers and speakers used Viola Stone Park as their venue.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: For details on some of the items approved at this meeting and discussed in the work session, please visit https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54638-grant-county-work-session-held-on-nov-12-2019 ]

Grant County commissioners at the regular meeting on Nov. 14, 2019 approved the proclamation for the Tamal Fiesta y Mas that took place on Nov. 16, 2019.

"It's a great event. Get out and support Santa Clara," Commission Chairman and District 1 Commissioner Chris Ponce said.

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