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By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at about 10 p.m. Silver City police officers responded to a possible homicide at 1417 N. Silver Street, behind Domino’s. According to an SCPD incident report narrative, upon arrival officers made contact with Darlinda Little, 65, of Silver City, who advised officers that Amy Gonzales, 39, also of Silver City, was deceased inside Little’s trailer. Officers then entered the home and found Gonzales on the living room floor with what appeared to be bruising and blood on her face, head, and neck, the report said. EMS personnel from the Silver City Fire Department and Gila Regional Medical Center arrived on scene and advised that the victim was not breathing and was cold to the touch.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Adam Mendonca, Gila National Forest Supervisor, led the revised Forest Plan exercise, with help from facilitator Heather Bergman.

"The Gila National Forest is operating under the 1986 plan, which was the last major revision," Mendonca said. "The new plan will be a high-level guiding document revising the existing plan. The draft EIS (environmental impact statement) and draft plan are more than 1,000 pages. The comment period ends April 16, 2020."

He said the reason for the Jan. 27 session was to address "key decision points where we have conflicting direction on them, and we need more input."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes, after talking to their hospital personnel about the proposal to change Gila Regional to a critical access hospital, spoke to media representatives today.

"We wanted to give you a heads up about decisions made by the Board of Trustees after their executive session last Friday," Arias said.

She gave a brief overview of what she came into 2½ years ago when she took the position as CEO of GRMC.

ROAD ADVISORY
LANE CLOSURE – Silver City Area
NM 90 southbound lane at milepost 41 “Hudson Street Bridge” will have workers and equipment in the area for rock shoulder placement. A flagger operation will be in place for the safety of our crew. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. This closure will be in place daily from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm all week.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual District Science Olympiad for middle school and high school students took place at Western New Mexico University, including in the Intramural Gym, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Students from Silver High School, La Plata Middle School, Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City joined students from schools around the area, including Hatch, Deming, Lordsburg and Las Cruces to compete in active experiments in the gym, as well as competing in written tests in other buildings on campus.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting held Jan. 27, 2020, Grant County commissioners approved the transfer of the dispenser of the liquor license for the Buckhorn Saloon and Pinos Altos Opera House.

Debbie Rogers with Remax, who is handling the sale, explained that the Buckhorn had been purchased from the Tatsch family by Richard and Charlotte Griffin and daughter Lindsay Cantrell and her husband Alex.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration took place at Light Hall on the Western New Mexico University campus on Jan. 20, 2020. The event was hosted by Brewer Hill Baptist Church, the Concilio Campesino de Sudoeste and WNMU.

By Roger Lanse

Michael Mercer, 76, of Silver City, was found unresponsive on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, inside his white Toyota pickup about 60 feet down an embankment along Highway 15 about 4 ½ miles above Pinos Altos. According to Silver City Police Chief Freddy Portillo, Mercer had sustained a gunshot wound to the left side of his head and a 9 mm handgun was located inside the cab of the pickup.

The Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene, followed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, according to the GCSO, who then assisted the SCPD with the case as the city had originally reported Mercer as missing. According to Portillo, the call reporting Mercer’s discovery came in to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority at approximately 3:20 p. m.

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