Drs. Collins and Scrase continue to report good news 021721

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Man arrested for battery on a household member

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at about 12:31 p.m., a Silver City Police Department officer was dispatched to the Motel 6 at 1040 E. Highway 180 in reference to a domestic violence complaint. Officers made contact with a 33-year-old female victim of the address, who told officers she had been involved in an altercation with her partner, Rogelio Cano, also 33-years-old of the address.

According to an SCPD offense report narrative, the victim told officers Cano wrapped a towel around her face to gag her while he struck her in the face several times causing redness to her chin and left side of her face. The report also stated the victim said Cano then shoved her into a table in the room.

Officers made contact with Cano, who admitted a physical altercation had occurred but refused to provide additional information and became uncooperative. Officers allowed one of the two children to retrieve some belongings from the room, while they attempted to place Cano under arrest, who was holding the other child in his left arm. Cano refused to put the child down and refused to allow officers to handcuff him.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 411 new cases, totaling 181,739 - 021821

Eighteen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 411 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

125 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
15 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
2 new cases in Curry County
96 new cases in Doña Ana County
11 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
6 new cases in Luna County
18 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
19 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
24 new cases in Sandoval County
11 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
19 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
5 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
7 new cases in Valencia County
18 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday reported eighteen additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

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NM 152 Bridge replacement roadway closures

HILLSBORO – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One has begun a large, dual bridge replacement project on NM 152.

Starting on Monday Feb. 22, 2021 intermittent lane closure will be in place for blasting. Roadway will be reopened as soon as roadway is cleared. Blasting is scheduled to last daily through Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021. This is required for the replacement of two existing bridges on NM 152 between Hillsboro and Kingston. The bridges are located five and seven miles west of Hillsboro within Sierra County.

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Photo Added: Grant County Commission presents recognition at regular session and hears GRMC update 021121, part 3

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part series on the Grant County Commission work session on Feb. 9, 2021 and regular meeting on Feb. 11, 2021.]

img 0266Retiring Grant County Road Superintendent Earl Moore, with blue gift bag, receives recognition from county commissioners, from left, Chris Ponce, Harry Browne, Alicia Edwards, Billy Billings and Javier "Harvey" Salas. Photo courtesy of Grant County.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular meeting of the Grant County Commission on Feb. 11, 2021, Grant County commissioners recognized the safety performance of the Grant County Road Department for 509 days without a lost-time accident.

Following the presentation to retiring Road Superintendent Earl Moore, commissioners recognized Moore for his leadership and years of service at the department.

"It is my honor to present to Earl Moore this  gift for his 20 plus years at the department," County Manager Charlene Webb said. "I learned a lot from him. I came from the flat lands, where the blading of roads was different because they were all flat. I will certainly miss him. It will be hard to fill his shoes."

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Simple quiz answer (sort of)

I got a couple of responses, but neither was what I thought. One suggested the remains of the track of a coatimundi. I thought they were rabbit tracks, but they don't line up quite right. For sure, they are the remnants of an animal track that dashed across the road in deeper snow and then walked or ran along the side of the road. I didn't take a photo of the tracks in the snow leading to it. So now, I'm rethinking that it might have been a cat of some sort, such as a wandering cat, bobcat or maybe a fox? I guess we'll never know. But for sure, they are the remainder of an animal track is the snow melts away from the print. So, if you're ever out walking after a snow when things are melting, keep an eye to the ground. You can see amazing things!

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 281 new cases, totaling 181,332 - 021721

Twelve additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 281 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

120 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
49 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
3 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
7 new cases in McKinley County
8 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
22 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported twelve additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

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Weapon and ammo stolen from vehicle

By Roger Lanse

A female victim reported to a responding Silver City Police Department officer that the day before, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at about 9:47 p.m., an unknown person had stolen a Ruger LC 9mm handgun and 100 rounds of 9mm hollow-point ammunition from her pickup truck.

The victim stated, according to a police report narrative, the vehicle had been parked in the driveway at her residence and was unlocked at that time. She also showed the officer a video of the incident from her "Ring" doorbell camera which revealed a subject with a backpack and wearing a hoodie, walk to the vehicle, open the door, and reach inside. The time displayed on the video was 9:47 p.m.

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