Silver City brought to task by public

By Lynn Janes

The Silver City Town Council held a regular meeting February 27, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ken Ladner, council members included Guadalupe Cano, Rudy Bencomo, Nicholas Prince, and Stan Snider.

The council approved the agenda with one change. They will table the mayor's appointment to planning and zoning commission. Snider wanted to know why, and Cano said they had changes coming and wanted to hold off. Snider voted against the change.


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Fort Bayard DAV Chapter 1 receives funding; Honor Flight makes presentation

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

img 0205Honor Flight representatives, from left, Linda Widber, John Poland and Dustin Martinez.
At an Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 meeting on March 13, 2023, the Beat learned from Art Sierra of the Fort Bayard Disabled American Veterans Chapter 1 that the organization had been the charity of the month at The Silver City Food Co-op.

Sierra said they had received more than $1,000 from the Rounding up program, which rounds people's cash register totals up to the next dollar.

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CORRECTION GCSO handling child death with "utmost care and integrity"

The investigation of the death of a five-year-old child, is still underway by the Grant County Sheriff's Office. The Grant County Sheriff's Office, due to respect of the family of the decedent, minimal information was released. There are multiple factors that could have caused this tragedy to take place.

All these factors are taken into consideration within the active ongoing investigation. Relevant information will be released to the public at the appropriate time as to not have certain information compromise the investigation. The Grant County Sheriff's Detectives are working diligently on this case.

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Hurley fails to approve agenda

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a regular meeting March 12, 2024. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, councilors Nanette Day, Reynaldo Maynes and James Langley. Keana Huerta didn't attend.

The council did not approve the agenda therefore the meeting could not continue. Lori Ortiz, city clerk said they could add a discussion but not take any action or if they had something on the agenda, they did not want to address it could be stipulated to be tabled in the approval. The council still would not approve the agenda.

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Ramos gives resignation to Bayard council

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a regular meeting February 26, 2024. Attendance included Mayor John L. Ojinaga, councilors, Frances Gonzales, Eloy Gonzales, and Gilbert Ortiz. Gabriel Ramos, city clerk, also attended. Mayor Pro Tem Eloy Medina did not attend.

Public input

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GRMC Board of Trustees held meeting 022824 part 2

[Editor's Note: This part 2 and final article on the GRMC Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 28, 2023. it begin swith the report from CNO Ron Green.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second update at the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 28, 2024 came from Chief Nursing Officer Ron Green.

Green said: "An update on our nursing resident program—all six of our residents passed the state boards and will finish their residency program toward the end of March and will be given the freedom to be out on the nursing floor by themselves pretty soon."

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ADDITION: Local Grant County Candidates who filed today 031224

According to the New Mexico Secretary of State website, these are the Grant County candidates for the primary to take place on June 4, 2024. Write-in candidates may file on March 19, 2024

Candidates for each office are listed below:

State Senator District 28 (4-year term)
Siah Correa Hemphill, incumbent DEM
Gabriel J. Ramos, Former state senator REP

State Representative District 39 (2-year term)
Gabrielle Begay, DEM
Gilbert Guadiana, DEM
Luis M. Terrazas, incumbent REP

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The District Attorney and the Democrat Councilwoman – Part Two

By Frost McGahey, Investigative Journalist

On June 6, 2023, Frances Gonzales, a member of the Bayard Town Council and the Grant County Democratic Party, was arrested because she made a false report about an attempted break-in at her home. This report occurred during a May City Council work session where her comment could be reasonably interpreted as critical of the Bayard Police Department and, specifically Bayard Police Chief Hector Carillo.*

The break-in was investigated by the Bayard City Police and found to be false. Gonzales was charged with a misdemeanor, arrested, and released on her own recognizance. Her release was approved by Judge Hector C. Grijalva.

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