Grant County Commission work session 101122, part 4

[Editor’s Note: This is part 4 of a multi-article series on the Oct. 11, 2022 work session and the Oct. 13 regular meeting. This one continues with county reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Detention Center Administrator Joseph Andazola presented the first county report at the Oct. 11 work session.

“We have four new officers in training and one officer opening,” Andazola said. “We are working hard on recruitment. We battle with schedules and losing people. We lost one to Catron County and one to Fort Bayard. We are also working on retention and will promote some to sergeant, so we have a sergeant on each shift and then we will promote some to corporal positions.”

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Grant County Commission approves election canvass 111422

In a three-minute meeting, which included the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the State Flag, District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards moved to approve the Nov. 8 General Election canvass. District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings seconded the motion. 

"As always, I appreciate the amazing job you do in the Clerk's Office," Edwards said.

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce said: "Me, too. Especially nowadays with everything you hear and read, I think you're doing an outstanding job."

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American Legion Post 18 hosted Veterans' Day ceremony 111122

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

David Morrison, Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18, commander, served as master of ceremonies.

He noted Post 18 was chartered in 1919, as one of the first 10 posts in New Mexico.

"Yesterday, I attended a ceremony at San Lorenzo Elementary School," Morrison said. "They put on a Veterans' Day ceremony. About 100 students presented a beautiful token to our veterans."

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Unattended deaths under investigation

On 11/10/2022 at approximately 11:32pm, Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and EMS responded to a residence in the Mimbres area in regards to reported gunshot(s) which woke the Reporting Party who was asleep in the residence at the time of occurrence. Upon their arrival, Deputies contacted the Reporting Party and observed two apparently deceased adults in the residence. Multiple Grant County Sheriff's Detectives were called to the scene and began their investigation along with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator staff.

At the time of release, this matter remains an active Unattended Death investigation by both aforementioned agencies. With respect to the family and to maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Marine Corps Birthday Dinner 111022

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 held its annual Marine Corps Birthday dinner on the 247th birthday of the Marine Corps, which took place at the Western New Mexico University cafeteria. 

Master Gunnery Sergeant Dean Bearup served as the master of ceremonies as he has many times over the years. He introduced himself and said Marines always have had strict regimes, “but Col Clyde Ely, who is our featured speaker, gave me two boxes of crayons.”

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Apparent murder-suicide in Mimbres

By Roger Lanse

According to the Grant County Sheriff, Frank Gomez, a call came into the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, advising a husband and wife had been shot on Panchos Road in Mimbres. Gomez told the Beat the GCSO responded and determined the incident was an apparent murder-suicide with the female being the victim and the male being the suspect. Both were in their 50s.

Gomez said the initial call to GCRDA came from a family member, and the weapon used was a "high-powered" rifle. Gomez also stated a press release with additional information would be forthcoming, possibly on Monday, Nov. 14.

Cross Point Holiday Bazaar 1111-111222

The Cross Point Holiday Bazaar continues on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, for those who want some unusual items for Christmas gifts. The variety, as seen in these photos, is great. Not only gifts are available, but also lunch and desserts to take home.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Birds presentation at the Bayard Public Library

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

On November 4, 2022, the Bayard Public Library hosted a presentation by Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society. Rachelle Bergmann gave the presentation. The program primarily focused on the birds that would be found around the city of Bayard. She explained that different birds could be found in different environments. For each bird she talked about they showed pictures, where the birds most likely would be seen, diet, and the sound or call they made. She went over about eighteen species.

Members of the SWNM Audubon Society gave information on the many bird apps available for phones now. Merlin Bird ID had been the main one. Bergmann said to check Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She said it would be a great place to find pictures and sounds of the birds. It also had a lot of other features. The Merlin app has the ability for you to record the sound of the bird and it will tell you the species. Another one mentioned had been E Bird and it gives information about what birds would be in an area and season.

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