Silver City downtown faces challenges

By Lynn Janes

The Silver City Town Council held a regular meeting May 14, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ken Ladner, Mayor Pro Tem Guadalupe Cano and councilors Rudy Bencomo, Nicholas Prince, and Stan Snider.

The town of Silver City recognized Heather Franklin, Silver City poet Laureate for 2024-2026, with a proclamation. She thanked them for the honor and looked forward to advocacy for poetry and support for literature and literacy.

Council comments

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Man resists arrest by Tri-City officers

By Roger Lanse

Two Bayard Police Department officers and an officer from the Santa Clara Police Department were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 113 S. Yucca Street in Bayard on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at about 5:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they found two males on the ground, with one, later identified as Danny Ray Young, 38, of Santa Clara, having the other in a headlock.

According to a BPD incident report, Young resisted when officers attempted to cuff him and place him in investigative detention, saying, "Kill me, shoot me, just kill me." An officer requested an ambulance and Young was cleared medically by EMS.

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Safe containing gold coins stolen

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, at about 7:31 a.m., a Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to an address on Brushy Mountain Road in Mule Creek in relation to a burglary involving a safe that had been removed from the house.

According to a GCSO offense report, the victim told the deputy she had been living at the location constantly for four months taking care of her mom and had not left the house until Wednesday, May 22. According to the victim, the only people who knew she would be gone were her ex-husband and son. This morning, May 25, she said she noticed her safe, measuring four feet tall, one foot wide, and weighing approximately 100 pounds, normally kept in a back room, was missing. The safe contained coins valued at more than $20,000, including four solid gold coins worth $3,000 each.

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Silver City Blues Festival 2024

Photos, videos and articles by Martha Hamblen

[Editor's Note: The Beat has had several tech challenges in the past few days. We had videos to post, but the software did not cooperate, so videos will be added as they become available.]

Opening Day of the 29th Annual Silver City Blues Festival was met with a perfect day - a clear blue sky and mild temperatures. Even though Festival goers were faced with gusty winds, it only served to quickly spread the delicious smells from the many food vendors.   

At the start of the Festival early Saturday morning there were already dozens of exuberant, dancing Blues fans at Gough Park. 

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Traffic Alert Chip seal operations continue for NM 15 in Grant Co.

Motorists should expect roadway closures. 

SILVER CITY- The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One along with Highland Enterprise Inc. (Contractor) will be continuing a maintenance operation project to place “chip seal” pavement on NM 15 and NM 35 in Grant County. The chip seal process is a surface treatment that is placed on the existing pavement. It is designed to seal out moisture and create a more durable surface extending the longevity of the roadway.  

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Grant County Commission holds special meeting 042324, part 3

[Editor's Note: This is the third of a series of articles of a long Grant County special meeting on April 23, 2024. It will begin the budget hearing]

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations, a public hearing and the approval of the Grant County fire and emergency services ordinance, the commissioners went into the fiscal year 2025 budget hearing at the April 23, 2024 special meeting.

Public Works Director Jason Lockett gave the budget justification report for the Maintenance Department.

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Hurley makes plans for Big Muddy

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a workshop and special meeting May 21, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, councilors Nanette Day, Reynaldo Maynes, Keana Huerta, and James Langley.

The workshop took place to discuss the recreation improvements and budget for 2024-2024.

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Bayard Mine Mill Hall project presentation

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a regular meeting May 13, 2024. Attendance included Mayor John L. Ojinaga, Mayor Pro Tem Eloy Medina, Councilors Frances Gonzales, Eloy Gonzales, and Gilbert Ortiz. Martha Salas, city clerk/treasurer also attended. 

Public input

Chuck Gray, Bayard beautification committee chair, let the council know they had held the first music in the park. The turnout had been light but he thanked Tany Ortiz, deputy clerk and the the police chief for their help to make the event successful. 

Eloy Gonzales asked the council to consider George Reyes for recognition. He has helped with baseball and little league for many years and has been a real asset to the community. 

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