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Local News Releases

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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 Thursday May 21, 2020 access to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will be available under the following guidelines:

  • Due to anticipated higher visitation, rangers may limit access to the dwellings and/or provide guided walks to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • On weekends park rangers will give guided walks to the dwellings for no more than 10 visitors at a time.Guided walks will be offered four times daily or more as staffing allows. Visitors will not be permitted access to the dwellings without a ranger if guided walks are going on. For further information, times, or to make a reservation, call the park administrative offices, Monday through Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm, at 575-536-9461 or reach us by emailgicl_information@nps.gov.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, May 11

Welfare check
Empire Street
Caller advised a named female has been missing from her apt to see her children/walking on Highway 180/lives on Virginia Street.

Monday, May 11

Domestic disturbance
2711 Leslie Road
Caller advising that her niece’s boyfriend returned after he was told not to go there/she can hear them arguing/caller advised “Hold on” and line was disconnected. Officer had negative contact with any domestic.

Criminal damage to property
CYFD – 3078 32nd Street Bypass
Broken front window/rock near it/box in front of door. Officer advised to send NMSP re: a suspicious package/blue and white cardboard box sealed with Scotch tape/addressed to law firm in Las Cruces.

Monday, May 11

Dog bite
Arenas Valley Road – Dragonfly Trail
Got bit by a black and white pit bull on the calf/caller was at home when he called/he was going to seek medical attention. Deputy requested ACO to east side entrance to help remove dog. ACO advised taking dog to shelter.

Welfare check
Highway 90 – MM 34 (7 miles south of Hudson Street Bridge)
Female running into traffic. Deputy out with female/giving her a ride into town.

Silver City, NM, May 14, 2020 -- The Gila National Forest will be reopening three more recreation sites by May 15, 2020. 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. Other recreation areas and campgrounds may not be immediately open and available for use.  The sites that will be reopening are Mogollon Box Day Use Area on Silver City Ranger District, the bathroom facilities at Snow Lake on Reserve Ranger District, and the bathroom facilities at the Emory Pass Vista on the Black Range Ranger District. 

Recreation site closures may remain where mitigation measures that support federal, state, and local public health guidelines cannot be implement.  Shortage of personal protective equipment for employees, shortage of sanitizing products, and small spaces that force the congregation of large groups in violation of Center for Disease Control guidelines are some of the factors that may result in sites not opening immediately.

In their fourth free mask give-a-way to seniors in this area, members of the Silver City Rotary Club will distribute masks at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Farmers Market, located at Pope and College Streets in downtown Silver City. 

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

Mountain States Constructors Inc. (Contractor) is milling and paving on Pine Street in Deming.  Traffic can expect various lanes closure as well as overnight lane closures as needed. During construction, Pine Street is very congested; if possible seek an alternate route.

Starting Thursday May 14, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Gold and Pine Street intersection will be CLOSED for several hours. Traffic will be detoured onto Cedar Street utilizing Silver Ave. and from Gold Street detoured onto Spruce Street.  Construction will be in effect Monday through Saturday from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to expedite construction.

unnamed 8Silver City, NM, May 12, 2020 – The Gila National Forest Wilderness Ranger District reopened the restrooms and has set up a large dumpster at the Lake Roberts Boat Dock and recreation area.

Despite the open restrooms and available dumpster, district employees found large amounts of trash on the ground around the locked bear-proof trash cans, Charmin flowers and signs that people are not using the restrooms appropriately.

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