Local News Releases

These releases come from other sources than the Grant County Beat. This category will include events in and news releases from Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

Due to the continuing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and in conjunction with our park partner Western National Parks Association (WNPA), the Gila Visitor Center and Gila Cliff Dwellings Trailhead Museum will be closed until further notice. The monument itself will remain open at this time allowing access to the one-mile loop trail to visit the dwellings. Staff will be available at the dwellings but all guided tours that were previously scheduled are cancelled.

National Park Service Rangers and staff will be available in the Visitor Center parking lot and at the trailhead to answer visitor questions and give directions for things to see and do in the area. There will also be small stations with park information, brochures, the park stamp and a model of the dwellings for those unable to visit the dwellings.

For visitors looking for things to do there are several options nearby that will not be affected by the closures. A visit to the Trail to the Past starts at the Lower Scorpion Campground parking lot and leads to several pictographs and a small two room dwelling from approximately the same time period as the dwellings at the monument.

img 0861Max (male German Shepherd mix) and Misty (Female Border Collie Mix) escaped from their fenced yard the evening of March 16. We live on Rosedale and Willow Flat - Silver City NM area.

Both dogs have collars and tags and are chipped. We can be reached at 303-902-8236 or 303-915-0163.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Mar. 13

Suspicious vehicle
Watson Street
Officer had negative contact/did speak to caller who advised it was a named individual who was waiting for the 4-wheeler to come out of the ditch.

“Next Sunday will be the last day at Vicki’s Eatery,” according to owner Greg Bond. “We have really enjoyed being in the restaurant and being a part of Silver City’s Historic Downtown. We will miss our wonderful team, our guests, and downtown neighbors. The current Coronavirus-COVID-19 is just too much for us to weather. We’ll miss everyone."

Cancelled: Grant County Federated Republican Women are hosting a Bowling Tournament at Silver Bowling Center,  2020 Memory Lane, on Sunday, March 22. There will be fun for all ages at two sessions, one at 1 p.m. and another at 4 p.m.  Cash prizes will be awarded for men and women's high scores in the following categories: 18 years old and under, 19 to 64, and 65 and older.  A cost of $25 per bowler will pay for three games - shoes and ball will also be provided.  GCFRW has invited the members of high school bowling teams, who will be allowed to participate at no cost. The Senior Olympics Bowling Team has also been invited. Non-bowlers are welcome to play other board games, or may watch, or perhaps assemble a jigsaw puzzle. Please call (575) 912-3192 to sign up.  

Silver City, NM – March 16, 2020 – The Gila National Forest (GNF) is implementing procedures and protocols to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number-one priority,” GNF Supervisor Adam Mendonca said. “Our intent for now is to continue to support our communities and fulfill our mission with the least possible exposure to risk.”

Examples of steps the forest is taking include asking customers and other stakeholders to minimize personal contact by calling forest offices for assistance rather than coming in person, postponing non-critical business with the Forest Service and practicing “social distancing” when they encounter Forest Service employees in the field.

Friday, Mar. 13

Accident-property damage
Highway 35 – MM 3
Caller advised that someone called her telling her that her son hit their fence and they were going to get it fixed however they cannot do it until later because they are all at work. Advised they cannot leave the fence like that due to owning cattle/it is a rather large hole in the barbed-wire fence. Also advised that the son knocked over some kind of sign or a phone box. It was a 2007 white Dodge pickup.

Friday, Mar. 13

Unwanted subject
Grant Street
A named male is causing problems and caller isn’t going to put up with it. Officer advised male left prior to arrival/advised the female has been allowing the male to stay with her /CTW is void.

Welfare check
Alabama Street
Officer out with two named individuals.

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