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The Grant County Fair Livestock show featured these winners and the purchasers of their animals. Yes, three individuals placed in the same order for both champions and reserve champions for their animals.

A motion to dismiss the complaint against District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow by her opponent Democrat Karen Whitlock is added below. It's a PDF. 

By Roger Lanse

Mario Balcazar, 23, of Hatch, pleaded guilty in federal court on Sept. 24 to a charge of hostage taking.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Balcazar picked up an illegal alien around May 9, on the U.S. side of the border and drove her to his residence in Dona Ana County. He then detained the victim until her family came up with $1,500.

Balcazar faces up to life in prison for his actions. He remains locked up pending a sentencing hearing.

By Roger Lanse

A single-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 61 at Sherman, NM, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at about 5:25 a.m. when a black 1999 Ford pickup driven by Benny Dominguez of Sherman left the southbound lane of the highway, collided with a barbed-wire fence and a large tree branch, rolled three times, and ended up in the Mimbres riverbed approximately 66 feet from the highway. According to a Grant County Sheriff's Office crash report, the vehicle sustained heavy mechanical and cosmetic damage.

NM CAP Entity met in special meeting Sept. 22, 2020

By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity met telephonically on Sept. 22, 2020 for a special meeting with one item on the agenda.

With no public input, no new business and after approving the agenda and minutes, Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez launched into the item, which was to approve or disapprove the Bureau of Reclamation Project Plan and Budget for NEPA Close-Out Activities.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at approximately 4:03 p.m., to 1605 W. Market Street #29 in reference to a public service call with Vanessa Simpson, 37, of the address. According to a police report, Simpson told officers over the phone that she had gotten into a fight with her sister, Monique Marrufo, 30, also of the address. Later at SCPD, Simpson said that during the argument over who had the right to live there, Marrufo pushed her so she pushed her back and Marrufo grabbed a pair of scissors and threatened her with them. 

Simpson told officers that she just wanted her house back, the report said, as she is the one on the lease and Marrufo just lives there. The officer advised Simpson she would have to evict Marrufo and it would be a civil issue.

The Silver City Police Department in conjunction with the Silver Consolidated School District would like to remind the community of the following: 

Please do not drop off children except in designated areas set forth by the school your children are attending. Silver High School is not currently in session, however surrounding schools in the district are currently in session. Flashing school zone speed limit signs are placed throughout the school district and we want to remind the public to please obey all traffic signals and speed limit signs. Officers will be out in force to conduct traffic enforcement and ensure everyone’s safety. Officers will also be conducting more frequent patrols within the school district for increased visibility and safety. 

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 178 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
48 new cases in Bernalillo County
28 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
17 new cases in Curry County
26 new cases in Doña Ana County
14 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
3 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
11 new cases in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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