Revised: Council approves settlement agreement

james william harrisonJames William "Bill" Harrison, at left, receives the honor of his 100th birthday being named James William Harrison Day from Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner. Photo Courtesy of Clerk Alfred Sedillo

Council approves settlement agreement

By Roger Lanse

At its June 14. 2022 meeting, the Silver City Town Council entered into closed executive session and approved a resolution approving the $10,000,000 settlement agreement relative to the lawsuit brought by the estate of Nikki Bascom against the Town of Silver City. The lawsuit arises from the events which led to the April 21, 2016, death of Bascom, in which she was shot to death by her partner, Silver City Police Department Captain Marcello "Marc" Contreras. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim the event resulted in injuries to them.

Following are statements given at the council's meeting by Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown and Silver City Police Department Chief Freddy Portillo

Brown – "Mayor and Council. We are here today to announce a settlement between the Town of Silver City and the estate of Nikki Bascom.

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Black Fire - June 15, 2022 Daily Update 

Very dry weather conditions test the Black Fire June 15, 2022 Daily Update 

Acres: 317,676 acres            
Containment: 48% 
Total Personnel: 1,098         
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass 

Highlights: Firefighters are working in very dry weather conditions throughout the day and night to fully suppress the Black Fire. The weather is expected to shift later this week as thunderstorms bring moisture into the fire area. 

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra CountyCatron County, and Grant County

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El incindio Black en español - Actualización diaria del 15 de junio de 2022

Las condiciones climáticas muy secas ponen a prueba al incendio Black


Actualización diaria del 15 de junio de 2022




Acres: 317,676 acres

Contención: 48%

Personal total: 1,098        

Causa: de orígen humano, a ser determinada

Fecha de inicio: Viernes 15 de junio de 2022

Ubicación: 31 millas al noroeste de Truth or Consequences, NM

Combustibles: Coníferas mixtas y hierba alta

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Roadway closure for chip seal operations NM 15 from Pinos Altos to NM 35 intersection - see dates

SILVER CITY - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be continuing a maintenance operation project to place "chip seal" pavement on various roadways in Grant County. The NMDOT has a planned roadway closure in place for NM 15 from milepost 7 (Pinos Altos) to the intersection of NM 35.

Beginning Wednesday, June 15, and continuing Thursday, June 16, Tuesday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 22, 2022, NM 15 will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Detour will be on NM 35 to NM 152. Closure will be in place for the safety of the traveling public and crew in the area.

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GRMC held governing meeting May 26, 2022, part 3

[Editor's Note: This part 3 and the final of a multi-part series of articles. It continues with leadership reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After Interim Paul Rogers' financial report at the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board meeting on May 26, 2022, he presented a draft preliminary budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, that he said he would present in more detail at the June board meeting.

"It is not in your packet, because it just came together yesterday," Rogers said.

The first section addressed budget assumptions. Volumes include acute inpatient admissions, which are expected to be consistent with forecasted fiscal year 2022 admissions. Swing bed admissions will increase above the two forecasted for this year by 21 incremental admissions, with an average length of stay of 11.2 days. The acute average length of stay is expected to be consistent at 3.6 days. Deliveries, outpatient visits, surgeries and emergency visits are expected to be consistent with the FY22 forecast.

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Domestic dispute at the Drifter

By Roger Lanse

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, at about 3:07 p.m., the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received a call from the Drifter Motel in reference to a domestic disturbance advising that a female was heard yelling, "Call the cops," from one of their rooms. The caller stated it sounded physical inside the room. According to a Silver City Police Department incident report, when officers arrived seconds later, they made contact with the victim, a 55-year-old female residing at the motel, the suspect, and two male witnesses.

The victim told officers, the report said, she was involved in a domestic disturbance with her boyfriend of seven years, Demetrio Lucero, 56, also of the motel, whose advances that day were not wanted by the victim. The victim stated that Lucero had recently returned from Mesilla Valley Medical Center in Las Cruces and was "worse than before." They began to argue, the victim stated, according to the report, and Lucero physically restrained her from leaving the room. She said she yelled for help and hit and scratched Lucero to get him to release her. The victim refused medical attention.

Lucero told officers the argument was about the victim accusing him of cheating on her. Officers noted Lucero had a cut on the bridge of his nose and scratch marks on his chest. He said the cut was two days old and the marks on his chest were from the victim scratching him.

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Grant County Commission approves 2022 primary election canvass

By Mary Alice Murphy

With a bare quorum available online and by phone, Grant County Commissioners Chair Chris Ponce, Alicia Edwards and Billy Billings approved the June 7, 2022 primary election canvass in a special meeting that took three minutes on June 13, 2022.

Black Fire June 14, 2022 Daily Update 

Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 Assumes  Command of Black Fire 

June 14, 2022 Daily Update 

 312,519 acres 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Containment: 47% 
Total personnel: 1,019 
31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass 

Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Aaron Hulburd, assumed command of the Black Fire at 6:00 AM this morning, Tuesday, May 14, 2022. Southwest Team 4 will continue the full suppression strategy implemented by Southwest Team 3 over the previous weeks.  

 To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra CountyCatron County, and Grant County

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