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.

Silver City, NM, October 21, 2020 — For Immediate Release.  Warm temperatures and limited precipitation continue to increase fire danger on the Gila National Forest. On October 8 the Gila NF upgraded the fire danger to HIGH and it is trending to VERY HIGH.

A fire danger rating of HIGH is defined as “all fine dead fuels ignite readily, and fires start easily from most causes.”  Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly, and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become difficult to control unless they are successfully stopped while still small. Outdoor burning should be restricted. 

Fire managers consider several factors when elevating the fire danger level. Data from Remote Weather Stations (RAWS) located across the forest are aggregated together, producing the Energy Release Component (ERC). The ERC is a trend line that Fire Managers use to determine “where they are at” in fire season. “Normally” in mid-October the ERC (on a scale of 0-100) on the Gila is below 40. Currently we’re at 80 and climbing.

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner invites you to meet with him and share your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas on anything related to our community.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this month’s Meeting With The Mayor will be from 8:00AM to 11:00AM on Monday, October 26, 2020 using the on-line platform GoToMeetings.

To join the meeting please go to the Town of Silver City web site (www.townofsilvercity.org) and click on “Mayor’s Message” or “News and Announcements”. You can join us anytime between 8:00am and 11:00am.

High-Risk Residents Strongly Encouraged to Attend

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Silver City Public Health Office, 2610 N. Silver Street, Silver City, NM will host three flu shot clinics.

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM 

The annual flu shot is available for no charge for children and uninsured adults, while supplies last.

Truth or Consequences, NM October 20: At the close of business Monday, Sierra County Clerk Shelly Trujillo reported 1780 early votes had been cast. She followed up that 1703 absentee ballots had been mailed to voters. The total, 3483, represents 43% of the 8,100 registered voters who are currently engaged in voting. In Sierra's sister county to the West, Grant County: out of the 20,590 registered voters, they already had 4,074 people lined up to early vote, stated Clerk Marisa Castrillo in a phone call. As of last Saturday, October 17, Grant County opened a second early voting site at the Bayard Community Center open 9am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. This is in addition to voting at the Clerk's office at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City from 8a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday. With still two more full weeks of early voting the brisk pace of people lining up to vote reflects a far greater turnout than usual.

On November 3, Election Day, Grant County will have five sites open for voting from 7am to 7pm. Check their locations on the website: https://grantcountynm.gov/elected-officials/clerk/elections/. Sierra County has eight sites in communities throughout the county for Election day voting, however they are not listed on their website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020; Grant County, NM: For the first time ever, the rural communities of Cliff and Mimbres will have a chance to participate in Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host an opportunity for these rural communities to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications. 

The two drive-through medication disposal sites will be available at the Mimbres Fire Department, 3027 Hwy-35 (right before the Post Office) and the Cliff Fire Department, 621 NM Hwy-211 (across from Cliff School). 

This year provides the unique opportunity to outreach into these outlying communities in the county. Mimbres and Cliff do not contain a year-round medication disposal site where residents can safely dispose of prescription drugs.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Oct. 16

Welfare check
Central Avenue
Male on the ground crying/a red car is next to him. Officer advised one male in unit/dropped male off in Silver at Del Taco.

Friday, Oct. 16

COVID 19
Redacted location
No report.

Burglary
Truck Bypass
Caller advised that his house was broken into last night/they took his laptop/gate was damaged.

Friday, Oct. 16

Domestic disturbance
N. Silver Street
Caller advised that a named male is not letting her leave/wants someone around while she leaves. Officer advised one female and three juvis in unit en route to Glenda Circle.

Fraud/embezzlement
1414 Little Walnut Road
Caller advised she let her nephew borrow her car and it’s been an hour and he has not returned/he said he would be back in twenty minutes. Officer advised that caller just wants an ATL and have him return the vehicle.

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