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By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched to 1700 N. Virginia Street on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at about 12:18 a.m. in reference to an aggravated battery with deadly weapon call. When officers arrived, they found an adult male lying near Hill Street with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his chest and left thigh. The male was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center.

One additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 518 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
123 new cases in Bernalillo County
30 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
20 new cases in Curry County
102 new cases in Doña Ana County
20 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
30 new cases in Lea County
11 new cases in Lincoln County
20 new cases in Luna County
10 new cases in McKinley County
16 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
11 new cases in Rio Arriba County
9 new cases in Roosevelt County
11 new cases in Sandoval County
16 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
13 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
19 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
24 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

The Department of Health on Monday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce that they will be participating in the DEA's National Drug Takeback on Saturday October 24, 2020 from 1000am until 200pm. The Sheriff's Office will have two locations in Grant County set up.

With the assistance of the Upper Mimbres volunteer fire department one will be at their station house located at 3072 Highway 35. The second will be with the assistance of the Cliff/Gila volunteer fire department at their station house at 621 Hwy 211.

Anyone is welcomed to come and dispose of any unwanted drugs with no questions asked. Please help keep our community safe and participate if you have any prescription or any other unwanted drugs in your household.

Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District
Start Date: August 18, 2020 Size:                    Approximately 33,308 Acres
Cause: Lightning                                              Percent Contained: 15
Personnel: 121                                                 Resources Assigned: 14

Alpine, AZ – October 19, 2020 – The Cow Canyon Fire is burning in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area near the Arizona and New Mexico state border. 26,140 acres of the fire are located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and 7,168 acres are burning on the Gila National Forest.

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of former Silver City police officer Bradley Farrington for killing his estranged wife in 2014.

Farrington is serving a sentence of life imprisonment.

In a unanimous decision, the state's highest court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support Farrington's conviction and it rejected his legal challenge to hearsay testimony allowed at trial.

By Alexis Rico

The City of Bayard Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on October 14, 2020, via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Present for the meeting were Mayor Chon Fierro, Mayor Pro-Tem Raul Villanueva, Councilor Charles Kelly, Councilor Eloy Medina, and Councilor Adrian Ortiz.

The council began the meeting with the review and approval of the agenda for the meeting. The only change made to the agenda was to item number 8, Resolution 28-2020 NMDOT (New Mexico Department of Transportation) Lighting Improvements. Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Ortiz explained that she had received a message that this resolution no longer needed to be approved.

As there was no public input for the meeting, the next item reviewed and approved by the council was the consent agenda.

By Alexis Rico

The Town of Hurley met for their regularly scheduled meeting on October 13, 2020, via Zoom at 5:04 p.m. Present for the meeting were Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor Pro-Tem Richard Maynes, Councilor Esther Gil, Councilor Mateo Madrid, and Councilor Freddie Rodriguez.

The meeting began with the approval of the agenda for the meeting.

There were two people present through Zoom to speak with the council during the Public Input section of the meeting.

By Alexis Rico

On October 8, 2020, the Village of Santa Clara Council met for a regular meeting session through Zoom at 6:07 p.m. at the Village of Santa Clara town hall. Mayor Richard Bauch, Mayor Pro-Tem Albert Esparza, Trustee Olga Amador, Trustee Patricia Montgomery, and Trustee Arnold Lopez were all present for the meeting.

The meeting began with the approval of the agenda, the minutes for the regular meeting held on September 24, 2020, with a small correction made before the meeting began, and the review of monthly department reports. The council took a few minutes to review the monthly department reports and several councilors did agree that the animal control officer's report was much better and more detailed like it was last month after Montgomery requested this in a past meeting.

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