Adult slaps juvenile and takes his bike

By Roger Lanse

The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised the Silver City Police Department of a reported robbery which occurred around 4:41 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, near Pizza Hut off W. Highway 180. GCRDA stated a juvenile male was inside Pizza Hut crying and asking someone to call the cops.

The responding officer, according to an SCPD incident report, noted the male child's left cheek was red and his nose was bleeding. The victim told the officer he had an argument earlier with another kid on the bus and was on his way to Family Dollar to buy his brother a birthday gift. When he got there, the child said, an adult male got out of a black car and asked if he knew the child he had had the argument with. The victim stated, "Yes, he did," and the man slapped him in the face.

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Man accosted by fake officer

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at about 8:57 p.m., a Silver City Police Department officer responded to an attempted robbery call that took place at 1011 Hudson Street about 20 minutes earlier. According to an SCPD incident report, the officer made contact at the SCPD station with a 29-year-old male who advised he had been jogging in the area of Market and Black streets, when a male on a bicycle stopped him, pointed a bright light at his face and said, "Silver City Police. Get on the ground and empty the contents out of your pockets."

As the light, presumably from a flashlight the victim said, was on his face he could not determine if the assailant was a police officer or not but did as the attacker ordered. The thug then stated, as the light was on the victim's face, "Oh, f***. Wrong person," and rode off quickly on his bike.

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Freeport-McMoRan Publishes Updated Climate Report

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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today announced the publication of its annual Climate Report outlining FCX’s ongoing progress to advance its climate strategy focused on reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhancing its resilience to climate risks and contributing responsibly produced copper to the global economy.

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WNMU hosts Cecil Howard's 68-year art career to date 090723

img 7963WNMU hosts a retrospective of Cecil Howard's 68-year art career at McCray Callery 090723

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: A slideshow of his work on exhibit is below the Read More.]

Cecil Howard, who served as an art professor at Western New Mexico University, told the Beat that when he was in high school, no art courses were offered. "But one of my teachers liked art and knew I was interested in it. She helped me get a piece of stone from a quarry. Her husband was a gravestone carver, and he loaned some of his tools to me." One of the photos shows the first carving he made.

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Home on N. Corbin damaged by fire

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1000 block of N. Corbin Street at about 6:04 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. According to SCFD Fire Investigator Eloy Vasquez, the fire started in a bedroom where a lit candle on a dresser may have fallen over. A person working on a vehicle outside the home smelled burning plastic and tried to extinguish the flames but was unsuccessful, Vasquez said. Although the fire was principally limited to the bedroom of the two-bedroom mobile home, heavy smoke, fire, and water damage to the rest of the dwelling deemed it unsafe and the occupants were displaced.

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SCFD Station 2 gets new engine

new engine station 2SCFD Chief Milo Lambert, second from right, and personnel, push new fire engine into bay at Station 2.

Photo and article by Roger Lanse

On-duty personnel of Silver City Fire Department No 2 Station on 32nd Street pushed their new engine into its bay Tuesday morning. Sept. 12, 2023. According to SCFD Chief Milo Lambert, the 'pushing' is a commemoration of a decades long custom dating to the horse-drawn engine days when after working a fire, the horses were unhooked from the engine and the engine pushed backward into the bay by the firefighters.

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SC-GC Chamber of Commerce holds monthly luncheon 090723

Photos by Lynn Janes
Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Director Romeo Cruz opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Before introducing the speaker, he noted the caterer for the lunch was Mi Casita.

dsc 0002Bruce AshburnBruce Ashburn, community development manager for the local PNM office, introduced the speaker for the day. "Today we are going to hear about something that's near and dear to my heart and probably yours, too, and that is economic development."

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GRMC Board of Trustees holds regular meeting 082323

img 6984 3Two GRMC staff members receive recognition for their years of service to GRMC. From left are Tammy Drew, 5 years of service in registration and Fredina Rogers for 20 years in infusion services. Behind is Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Fred Fox, who presented the recognition certificates.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Aug. 23, 2023, to open the monthly meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, Chair Dr. Fred Fox read the mission, vision and values of the hospital, as is customary at the beginning of each board meeting.

He said he had one comment: "I will contribute to the weekly GRMC internal newsletter. I will do sort of an introduction of each of the board members."

The board recognized several hospital staff members for their years of service to Gila Regional Medical Center.

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