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[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multiple part series of articles of the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 13, 2020 and the regular meeting on October 15, 2020. APOLOGY: forgot to include chart. It's in now.]

After the traditional opening items of the Grant County work session on Oct. 13, 2020, commissioners heard a presentation from Becky O'Connor, chairman of the Grant County Lodger's Tax Committee, and Joanie Griffin of Sunny505 (Griffin & Associates), a marketing firm.

The issue at stake was the approval of a professional services agreement for marketing services in the amount of $24,730.

By Etta Pettijohn

The democrat opponent for Rep. Rebecca Dow's (R-38) seat had not filed a response to a motion to dismiss the ethics charge she filed with the new state Ethics Commission by last Wednesday's deadline.

Karen Whitlock filed the ethics complaint in September, claiming Dow violated state conflict-of-interest and financial disclosure laws when seeking state grants for the non-profit Appletree Educational Center.

The complaint was filed during the Commission's blackout period, a 60-day window established in the law to prevent political candidates from filing frivolous complaints to be used as political weapons.

By Roger Lanse

A Silver City Police Department incident report narrative states that on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at about 5:35 p.m., officers responded to a dog bite call. Arriving at Gila Regional Medical Center, officers found a 12-year-old boy who had been bitten by a 'pit bull terrier' in his yard on Valle Drive. Officers interviewed the child and his mother who stated the child had been playing with neighbor kids outside when the dog climbed under the fence from an adjacent yard. Although the boy ran from the dog it chased him and bit him, they said. The officer observed the boy to have open wounds and he stated he was in pain.

Eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 827 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
292 new cases in Bernalillo County
27 new cases in Chaves County
13 new cases in Cibola County
28 new cases in Curry County
172 new cases in Doña Ana County
42 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
36 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Lincoln County
13 new cases in Luna County
10 new cases in McKinley County
16 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
10 new cases in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
64 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
16 new cases in Valencia County
9 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Roger Lanse

According to a Silver City Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the intersection of 12th and Pope streets Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at approximately 2:17 a.m., in reference to people fighting. When officers arrived they encountered about 30 individuals, some juveniles, fighting in the middle of the street, most of which ran away when they heard and saw the officers' lights and sirens.

By Roger Lanse

A criminal complaint was filed on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Magistrate Court, against Jonathan A. Jones, 43, whose address is listed as 2708 Cardenas Drive NE, Albuquerque, charging him with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, false imprisonment, aggravated fleeing from law enforcement, aggravated assault against a peace officer, and driving with an invalid or revoked license.

Officers were dispatched to the Silver City Beverage Company (2005 E. Highway 180) at about 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in reference to a stolen vehicle. The caller, Nathan Salas, advised that somebody stole his Coors Light semi-truck and headed west on Highway 180 toward McDonald's.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – James Christopher Benvie, 45, was sentenced to 21 months in prison in Las Cruces on Oct. 15 on two counts of false personification of a Border Patrol agent.

A federal jury previously returned a guilty verdict towards Benvie on March 3. According to public court records and evidence at trial, Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who established a "camp" at the Southwest border in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. Many members of the group wore badges, camouflage and other military-style clothing, often covered their faces with masks, and carried pistols and assault rifles. Benvie misrepresented himself as a Border Patrol Agent when stopping immigrants he suspected of crossing into the United States illegally.

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