Citizens report smoke

By Roger Lanse

According to Silver City Fire Department Chief Milo Lambert, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at about 11:45 a.m., the department rolled one brush truck a few feet to the edge of the ditch on the south side of the Public Safety Building and "hosed down" a hot fire in some cottonwood duff. "That cottonwood cotton is like gas," Lambert said. "We already had a truck on scene before we knew a fire had started next door. We had it completely out in about 30 minutes."

It seems the cause of the fire was someone smoking, Lambert told the Beat. No damage to structures or injuries were reported.

Give Grandly deemed success on Saturday 050623

Donors may continue to donate to their favorite nonprofit organizations

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

In early donations prior to the Give Grandly event when all the nonprofits set up tables and booths at the MainStreet Plaza in downtown Silver City, the funds totaled about $50,000. After Saturday's event, the total rose to about $160,000. But the overall goal is to surpass last year's total of $230,000. If you have not yet donated, visit the list below and go to Give Grandly's website to make your contribution.

Sixty-three nonprofits and their multitude of causes, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community wellbeing, domestic violence, historic preservation, education and youth engagement, border programs, environmental, and food security, benefit from your donations. This is the largest fund-raising event for many of the groups. Be as generous as you can.

This is the complete list of nonprofits that continue to accept donations through May 26, 2023 at or personally to the groups.

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Body of deceased found by hiker identified and murder charges issued

Body of deceased found by hiker on the early afternoon of May 3, 2023 has been identified. The Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call from the US Forest Service in regards to a deceased body found in the area of Highway 15 mile marker 18. Sheriff's Detectives responded to the area conducting an ongoing investigation. With the assistance of El Paso Sector Evidence Collection Team, the deceased found was positively identified as the missing person Adrian Torres. Adrian Torres was reported missing on April 30, 2023 after not returning home that night. The Grant County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest on Luis Vega, 38, and charged him with an Open Count of Murder and one charge of Tampering with Evidence. He is currently being held at the Grant County Detention Center awaiting to be arraigned. Family of decedent has been notified and this is still an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information please contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 575-574-0100 or Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840.

Silver City Councilman Lucian Farmer's last meeting

sc1Crime Victims Rights Week – left to right , Mayor Ken Ladner, . Albert Placencio, Maya Chavarria
sc3Farmer Appreciation – front row Councilor Guadalupe Cano Back row - Town Clerk Alfred Sedillo, Town Attorney Jim Reynolds, Chief of Police Freddie Portillo, Councilor Lucian Farmer, Mayor Ken Ladner, Assistant Town Manager James Marshall, Councilor Nicholas Prince, Councilor Joe Ray.Photos and article by Lynn Janes

Silver City held a work session April 25, 2023. The meeting started with Mayor Ken Ladner calling the meeting to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico state flag. Council members attending the meeting included Lucian Farmer, Jose Ray, Nicholas Prince, and Guadalupe Cano.

The council approved the agenda for the work session.

This work session would address the names each council member had for the committee to start the process of deciding what they would be looking for in a new town manager. Alex Brown, town manager, will retire in November of 2024.

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Medevac lifts off from Cobre HS

By Roger Lanse

The Beat received information from a local citizen that a medevac helicopter lifted off from the Cobre High School parking lot the morning of Monday, May 8, 2023. The Beat contacted the Bayard Police Department, the Cobre School Administration, and the Grant County Sheriff’s officer, all stating they did not respond to that incident or had no knowledge of it.

EMS told the Beat that the chopper was air-lifting a patient to another facility and the CHS parking lot zone was the one closest to the medical event.

Update on NMDOT plan for U.S. Highway 180 in Grant County

By Mary Alice Murphy

Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill called the Beat to say that she had finally gotten some information from the New Mexico Department of Transportation on the future improvements to U.S. Highway 180.

She said the NMDOT expects to go out to bid in October, with potential construction beginning in January 2024.

"This is for Phase 1 and Phase 2 only," Hemphill said. "It covers the area between Bayard to just outside Hurley by the railroad tracks. It is expected to take about a year, because of the complexities with rights-of-way and land ownership. The department said this would be the most complex part of the project. Phase 3 will take place at a later date likely several years out, and will go to the Luna County line."

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National Day of Prayer in Silver City's Gough Park 050423

Article by Diane LeBlanc, co-chair of the event. Photos are marked as taken by LeBlanc or Mary Alice Murphy.

More than 200 people attended the Grant County National Day of Prayer event at Gough Park on May 4 and united in prayer. Attendees were from many different congregations, along with many who do not have a church affiliation, united in prayer. More than 20 churches from various denominations and towns across Grant county supported the event.

The National Day of Prayer has a history that dates back to 1775, when the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, many called for a day of prayer, including President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. President Harry S. Truman established the first National Day of Prayer in 1952 through proclamation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. Since then, every United States President has proclaimed the event.

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Aldo Leopold Charter School internship showcase 050323

Photos and article by Lynn Janes

On May 3, 2023, Aldo Leopold Charter School held the end of the semester showcase for the internships that some of the students participated in. The event took place at the school location on the Western New Mexico University campus in Ritch Hall located at 410 W. 10th Street.

Aldo Leopold started with the premise that many students learn best by doing and having direct experience. The school developed out of the community wanting to provide a choice to the area's students. The mission statement of the school, the human and natural environments, serve as a text and lab for learning through direct experience, inquiry, and stewardship.

Some of the students had done individual internships with different businesses in the area and had displays that explained the job, what they did, and what they learned.

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