Santa Clara fills deputy clerk position

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting September 14, 2023. Mayor Richard Bauch called the meeting to order. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza, trustees, Olga Amador, and Peter Erickson attended. Arnold Lopez didn't attend.

Mayor's report

Bauch said the Bellm Street project had been going well. He had worried that problems of getting materials and parts would hold it up the progression, but the contractors have been able to work around those problems. He said the splash park would be closing that next day.

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Grant County Commission work session 091223 and regular meeting 091423 part 6

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on Sept. 12, 2023 and the regular meeting on Sept. 14, 2023.. This article continues with the review of the regular meeting agenda at the work session. This article begins with a GRMC report.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

County Manager Charlene Webb at the work session, said the next report would come from Gila Regional Medical Center for the monthly update.

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Sept. 28, 2023 supermoon two photos

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Photo taken by Mary Alice Murphy with her phone right after rising. 

It does look larger than usual!

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Bayard officer uses taser

By Roger Lanse

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, at approximately 9:15 a.m., employees of the Chevron Snappy Mart in Bayard, called the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority asking to have a female removed as she was bothering customers. When officers arrived, the female would not give her right name and said her birthday was in 1884, according to a BPD incident report. The officer issued her a criminal trespass warning and allowed her to leave.

Santa Clara Police Department Chief Lonnie Sandoval arrived and recognized the female. The officer advised from past experience he knew there was major health issues with the female and offered her a ride to Santa Clara, asking her to empty her pockets before she got in the patrol vehicle. The report stated the female did not empty her pockets completely and during a pat-down a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and a metal pipe used for smoking marijuana was found.

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Bayard man found with fentanyl

randy medina 1By Roger Lanse

On Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at about 10:21 a.m., a Bayard Police Department officer was asked by BPD Chief Hector Carrillo to go to the Orchard Street area and search for a man who had fled on foot and asking the officer to make a traffic stop on a red vehicle on Orchard Street.

According to a Bayard Magistrate Court criminal complaint, the officer made the traffic stop and found the driver to be Randy Medina, 46, of Bayard, who was known to the officer. Medina had an active warrant for his arrest. A search of Medina's person yielded a small glass bottle containing blue pills marked with an "M" and the number "30," which identify fentanyl, in his pants pocket. The pills were field tested showing presumed positive for fentanyl.

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Grant County Fair 2023 final results

To see the winners in every animal, poultry and indoor exhibits category, please see the PDF below, courtesy of Jessica Swapp of the Grant County Extension Office.

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Bayard appoints Eloy Medina Mayor Pro tem

By Lynn Janes

The town of Bayard held a work session and regular meeting September 11, 2023. Attendance included Mayor Chon Fierro and councilors Eloy Medina, Frances Gonzales, Eloy Gonzales, and Jose Diaz. The work session allows the council time to ask questions about items on the agenda and discuss them.

Frances Gonzales asked how many animals they euthanized at the shelter and what that cost has been.

Diaz wanted to know if they would be getting new trash bins and Gabriel Ramos, city clerk, said it had been part of the contract. Also, the council wanted to make sure they would still be doing the community clean up twice a year with the large bins.

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Grant County Fair Wrapup

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The 2023 Grant County Fair 2023, as always, featured students who had spent many hours and days over the past year feeding, grooming and keeping their animals and birds healthy. It took place from Wednesday, Sept 20 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

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