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By Roger Lanse

Community Development Department Director Jamie Embick came before the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 meeting, reporting that Kirk Ashton, an adjoining landowner, has applied to purchase a hilltop lot owned by the town at 2830 Little Walnut Road for residential purposes. The application is the ‘very first step’ in the process making it available for sale, she said. The lot measures 1.65 acres and is within walking distance to downtown and Jose Barrios Elementary School, according to Embick. There are no future plans for the property, she stated, and it has previously been used as a residential lot. Embick told council she sees no disadvantage to the town by declaring the lot ‘non-essential,’ also saying the town is under no obligation to sell the lot. Embick told the Beat the property has been appraised at $36,000. Council approved declaring the property ‘non-essential.’

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GRMC Board of Trustees holds special meeting, names interim CEO 022420

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a brief meeting of two parts with a long executive session in between, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees approved agreements with a new nurse practitioner for the hospital behavioral health unit and named an interim CEO.

Immediately after opening the meeting. the members went directly into the executive session to discuss limited personnel issues.

By Roger Lanse

According to a computer assisted dispatch narrative from the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority, on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, a vehicle went off the cliff at the Emory Pass Vista on Highway 152 about 11:20 a.m. Not sure who might be in the vehicle, the Silver City Fire Department was contacted in reference to a rope rescue and a request from EMS1 for Native Air to launch was made as well as for EMS10 to assist. At this point, the narrative stated that the U.S. Forest Service would handle the call.

By Roger Lanse

Macario Arroyos Jr., charged with an open count of murder in the death of Amy Gonzales has been remanded to the Grant County Detention Center on a no-bond hold pending trial. The action took place at a detention hearing in 6th Judicial District Court in Silver City on Wednesday, Feb. 19, according to Assistant District Attorney Norman Wheeler.

miller and swappFrom left, Joann Miller and Jessica SwappPhoto and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silco Theater served as the venue for a panel discussion on "Women in Ranching: Past and Future" hosted by the Silver City Museum and featuring third-generation rancher Joann Miller and New Mexico State University Cooperative Service Grant County Agricultural and 4-H Agent Jessica Swapp.

On February 22, 2020, at approximately 4:15 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers assisted Luna County Sheriff’s Office to locate a male subject armed with a shotgun who led police on a vehicle pursuit and shot at a deputy in Deming, New Mexico. 

The Deming Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit on a red minivan for a male suspect believed to have violated a temporary order of protection. The male suspect led officers through the city of Deming into the county. Luna County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit. During the pursuit, the male suspect attempted to drive over a berm and got his vehicle stuck. The male subject exited the vehicle, armed with a shotgun, and fired at least one shot toward the deputy striking the deputy’s police vehicle window. The deputy did not sustain any injuries and the male suspect fled on foot.

 Grant County Ag/4-H Agent Jessica Swapp received an award for the New Mexico Association of Extension 4-H Agents in the Communicator Category Radio Program for her newest venture with “The Extension Connection Podcasts”. This innovative approach to Extension Education has been met with a great following with listeners as far away as Australia.

According to Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Trujillo, Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias "has chosen to separate herself from the hospital. She was not fired."

He said the official reason for her separation will be discussed at a special board meeting at noon on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in the hospital conference room. 

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