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.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, June 8

Welfare check
101 Tom Foy Blvd.
Female driver slumped over in a white Dodge Neon missing back window/the vehicle is running. Officer made contact advising not slumped over the wheel/advised she was on her cell phone.

Monday, June 8

Grant County Airport
Caller would like to speak to the deputy re: a case she is working on for caller.

Emerald Drive
Advised that she got the call 15 minutes ago from a number that told them they were from the
FBI/they told her she needed to make two transactions to a gift card for $500 each/they told caller that her SS number had been compromised. Caller advised that she did make the transactions and they did take the money out already. Deputy was advised.

Monday, June 8

Welfare check
800 S. Robert Street – El Refugio
Female is outside the door/she has two black eyes/advising they are at capacity/cannot let her in/wants her checked on. Officer advised en route to Super Snappy with female.

Suspicious vehicle
505 N. Hudson Street
Officer advised everything is okay/dropping off supplies.

DEMING – Jury trials in magistrate court cases will resume beginning next week in the Sixth Judicial District of Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

Jury trials in district courts in the three counties will restart in mid-July. Throughout the district, courts have implemented precautions to protect the health and safety of jurors and all others who enter courthouses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Sixth Judicial District and Magistrate Courts are proud to have received approval from the New Mexico Supreme Court to resume our jury trials using social distancing and an array of safety procedures for maximum protection against the virus. Jury trials are the hallmark of the American justice system, and we appreciate each potential juror who comes to court to uphold his or her civic duty to ensure that justice is served," Chief Judge Jennifer E. DeLaney said.

coryphantha vivipara copyPhoto of Coryphantha vivipara (Photo courtesy of Dr. Edwin Leuck)The Gila Native Plant Society will hold another virtual meeting via Zoom on Friday, June 19, 2020, at 7:00 pm MDT. Dr. Edwin Leuck will follow up his May survey of the whole Cactaceae family with a closer-to-home look at the cacti to be found in our state. His presentation, “The Cacti of New Mexico,” will cover most of the native cacti present in New Mexico, their distributions, habitat specificities, and salient (hopefully diagnostic) characteristics, illustrated with photos. Included will be 13 genera and 40+ species.

DEMING – The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office is continuing with roadway improvements.

A Mountain Construction (Contractor) will begin repairing the valve box and manhole covers along Pine Street in Deming starting Monday June 15, 2020. Lane closures will be in place for the safety of the crew, various lanes closures will be in place overnight. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. lasting until approximately June 29, 2020.

The NMDOT thanks you for your patience.  Please use caution in this area, obey the posted speed limit and drive safely. For up-to-date road closure information throughout the state, visit nmroads.com or call 511.

Silver City, NM – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Monday June 15, 2020 the Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds will be open and available for camping. Due to a recent Agreement signed by the Gila National Forest and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the National Park Service will be managing the Upper and Lower Scorpions campgrounds.

The Gila National Forest is currently under a campfire ban, including the use of charcoal. Use of pressurized fuel devices are acceptable. The National Park Service is continuing to comply with this ban.  

Silver City, NM, June 11, 2020—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest will be reopening four more recreation sites by mid-June. Forest Services officials are working hard to reopen sites as soon as possible and as conditions allow.  Some of the factors considered when deciding to open a site include state and local health and safety guidelines, seasonal availability and facility conditions. The sites that will be reopening are Wolf Hollow Campground on Black Range Ranger District, Forks Campground on the Wilderness Ranger District, and Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds on Quemado Ranger District. All of these campgrounds are on a first-come first serve basis.  Reminder – the Gila National Forest has a 14-day stay limit for all campsites.

On April 15, 2020 the USDA’s Forest Service Southwestern Region enacted a campfire ban. The following is prohibited under the April 15 campfire restriction order:

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