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By Roger Lanse

A Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy responding to a shooting call at about 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Gila Regional Medical Center made contact with Rudy Marquez, 39, of North Hurley, who had been admitted to the ER.

According to a GCSO offense report, the deputy observed wounds on Marquez' left leg, one on the inside of the leg about four inches above the ankle and a second on the outside about two inches above the ankle.

By Roger Lanse

Thursday, June 11, 2020, at about 11:30 a.m., Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon call at 8682 Highway 180 in Riverside. Deputies were advised that a man was running around waving a gun and had hit someone with it.

According to a GCSO offense report, when deputies arrived, they found Justin Williamson, 45, of Cliff, on the porch holding onto his walker and the porch railing. The report stated that Justin is disabled, suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Justin told deputies that his brother, Jubal Williamson, broke into his house by throwing a brick through his glass screen door and pushed him down on the coffee table. Justin said, according to the report that he defended himself by hitting Jubal with a pistol but didn't point it at him.

Location: between Blood Canyon and Brushy Mountain, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: June 6, 2020 Size: ~ 8,370 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon Juniper Containment: 15%
Resources: Two 20-person Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC)

Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 104 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
16 new cases in McKinley County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
15 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
14 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

Location: 12 miles north of Silver City Start Date: June 6, 2020
Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 179
Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, brush, and Chaparral
Resources: Two type 1 20-person handcrews, two 20-person initial attack handcrews, one 8-person handcrew, one Type 3 heavy fire engine, four Type 6 light fire engines, one Type 3 medium helicopter, and one Type 1 heavy helicopter, and one dozer, Air tankers are available at the Gila Aerial Fire Base.
Acres: 6,600 Containment: 15%

SUMMARY:

Location: between Blood Canyon and Brushy Mountain, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: June 6, 2020 Size: ~ 8,370 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon Juniper Containment: 15%
Resources: Three 20-person Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC)
The strategy for today is for two IHCs to hot spot and cold trail the northeast/east flank and contain any portion of the fire that could potentially threaten NM Hwy 15 and the private residences or business within the highway corridor. The third IHC will continue prep of the Little Creek drainage to the west. There is a temporary closure order #03-06-05-20-004 dated June 11, 2020, that includes Trail #160 which comes out of the Gila Center, and Trail #161 at Little Creek.

IMG 1417These photos were sent to the Beat by a photographer (another one) who wishes to remain anonymous. It shows the helicopter lowering the bucket into the West Fork of the Gila River to collect water to pour out onto the Tadpole Fire raging not very far away. More photos below:

Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 102 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
6 new cases in Curry County
12 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
3 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
28 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
3 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
10 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

The Department of Health on Saturday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

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