Bear released from dumpster

By Roger Lanse

On Sunday, June 18, 2023, at about 4:14 p.m., Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies were 

dispatched to 5212 Little Walnut Road in reference to a bear in a dumpster that couldn’t get out. When deputies arrived at the dumpster, the local New Mexico Game and Fish office was called and Don Jacquez responded.

Jacquez and Derrick Theobold, also of NMG&F, told the Beat that a small, adult, male, dark-colored bear weighing perhaps 75 pounds, had climbed into the dumpster at the edge of the forest and was unable to get out. Bruin was apparently attracted by the smell as there was no garbage in the dumpster. The NMG&F and GCSO rescuers were able to unlatch one of the dumpster’s sides to allow the bear to escape, Jacquez and Theobold said.

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Revised: Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies to request better pay at Tuesday Special meeting

In a news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office, deputies made a request:

“On June 20, 2023 at 09:00 AM there is to be an emergency session [Editor's Note: The meeting is not an emergency meeting, but a special meeting.] with the Grant County Commissioners at the County Building in the Commissioners Chambers. One of the topics of discussion is the requested wage increase for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office so that the deputies may obtain competitive wages with surrounding agencies for employee retention. [Editor's Note: A similar topic is on the agenda, but not this specific topic.] This topic was brought up on the last session on June 8, 2023 without an official decision rendered.[Editor's Note: Commissioners made no decision, because the topic was not on the agenda for decision] 

This session will be open for public input, allotting five (5) minutes of speaking time per person. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking for local support from our citizens to ensure the agency can serve the best interests of the community as effectively as possible.”

[Editor's Note: An article to be written later today, June 19, 2023, will cover comments made by deputies and officers of the GCSO at the June 8, regular meeting of the Grant County Commission. during public input.]

HMS holds Jump Into Summer 061723

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a balmy, breezy day, Hidalgo Medical Services hosted its annual event for kids and their parents at Gough Park on June 17, 2023. Kids took advantage of bouncy houses, challenging balance paths and looking for hidden "treasures," along with always refreshing water slides. Parents watch their kids having fun, and talked to some of the information booths to find out about how to maintain good health in they children.

Toss No Mas 061723

[Editor's Note: This photographer was on her way to the HMS Jump into Summer and came upon the final hour of Toss No Más. The organizers promised more photos, so they will be added as received.]

Two photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Toss No Más is an ongoing program in Silver City that focuses on community-wide cleaning up trash. It usually meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Gough Park parking lot.

img_7072.jpgEmily Cox, Zakaira Baca, and organizer and mom, Candace Baca beside the beginning of the trash pile

img_7093.jpgimg_7093.jpgSilver City Mayor Ken Ladner in his trash pickup gear.

Grant County Commission held work session 060623, part 2

[Editor’s Note: This article is the second of a series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on June 6, 2023 and the regular meeting on June 8, 2023. This one continues county director reports at the work session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next report at the Grant County Commission work session on June 6, 2023 was presented by General Services Director Randy Villa.

Villa reported that the Grant County Airport fuel farm construction was underway. “It will not interrupt any flights.”

He said the fire situation wasn’t too busy [although at the time the Pass Fire was happening, with the Forest Service maintaining it for resource management]. “Rebekah (Wenger, airport manager) said the fire base is ahead of schedule in preparedness.”

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Santa Clara man issued arrest warrant

By Roger Lanse

A Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to a Bard Street address in Santa Clara on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at about 7:10 a.m., in reference to a criminal trespass complaint. The complainant, who is the homeowner, told the deputy, according to a GCSO offense report, that she witnessed Eddie Herrera, (36), of Santa Clara, standing on her front porch and knocking on her door. She could see him on her phone which has access to the surveillance cameras installed on her property.

The complainant stated Herrera has a CTW to her address issued by Santa Clara Police Department Chief Lonnie Sandoval and was not welcome on her property. After seeing him on her phone she did not open the door for him and immediately called the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority to request a deputy. She said she wanted to pursue criminal charges against Herrera for violating the CTW. The deputy advised he will be filing a warrant for Herrera's arrest.

Fatal crash on Hwy 152

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, June 10, 2023, at about 7:24 a.m., Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Highway 152 – MM 24.3, where a vehicle had been found in a deep canyon by a hiker. According to a GCSO offense report, the silver Toyota truck's license plate returned to a Thomas Peter Lane of Angel Fire, NM, who had been reported missing on May 28, 2023, by his wife, who lives at Fort Bayard Medical Center.

Deputies stated, the report said, the vehicle appeared to be headed west on Highway 152 when it encountered a sharp left and downward curve, went airborne, and ended up in the bottom of an approximate 70-foot canyon. The driver was found deceased about 20 feet in front of the vehicle. Apparently, he had been partially ejected through the passenger side windshield and then dragged out and partially eaten. The report stated large bear prints were found near the vehicle.

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Pass Fire FINAL Daily Update June 14, 2023

 Gila National Forest Incident Commander – Jorge Amaya
 Information Phone: 575-388-8211 Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm

Acres: 50,123
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 54
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

Today is the final update on the Pass Fire. Moving forward, updates will be released twice per week, unless fire behavior changes significantly. Please also note the Pass Fire information phone number has changed.

Southwest winds for the past couple of days have aided the Pass fire to steadily consume ground fuels and surface vegetation. An infrared flight last night showed 288 acres of new growth within isolated pockets of heat.

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