Front Page News

GRMC ver copyBy Mary Alice Murphy

Early this morning, about 6 a.m., the emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center received a call from the Border Patrol telling them to expect up to 60 people arriving for medical care on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said she received a text from Chief Nursing Officer soon after the call came in that the ER had been notified that they would get 62 patients, six to 10 at a time.

img 1238.jpgtGabriel Ramos speaking to commissioners before his appointment. Photo Courtesy of Tom VaughanBy Mary Alice Murphy

This morning, Gabriel Ramos received a call confirming that he would replace now-Lt. Gov. Howie Morales as the senator for New Mexico District 28, which is made up of portions of Grant, Catron and Socorro counties.

All three county commissions chose Ramos as their preference to fill the seat. Catron and Socorro counties chose him unanimously, with Grant County commissioners splitting 3-2, with the majority choosing Ramos.

On/about January 8, 2019 a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy performed a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 180E in Bayard. The vehicle stopped had been reported-involved in suspicious activity – Firearms were observed being loaded into the trunk. Two firearms were located in the vehicle trunk after consent was given by the driver for a search. Through ongoing investigation by Grant County Sheriff’s Detectives, the firearms were traced back to Steven Escobar’s possession (refer to recent-prior GCSO press release regarding this subject). Following approval by the District Attorney’s Office, Escobar was charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Tampering with Evidence - fourth-degree felonies. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued by Silver City Magistrate Judge Laney.

On/about January 11, 2019 Deputies and Detectives of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at the known residence of Steven R. Escobar in Santa Clara, NM. as part of the continuing investigation regarding an alleged weapons violation.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After election of officers at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity members discussed proposed legislation to request political subdivision status for the entity.

Changes to the agenda included adding public input, which had inadvertently been left off, as well as deleting a watershed presentation, because the speaker Wendel Hann was unable to attend the meeting. He expects to do it at the February meeting. Also removed was a presentation from New Mexico Wild on the proposed Scenic Rivers designation for the Gila River.

No one spoke in public input.

By Roger Lanse -- Courtesy of minutes from Town Clerk Ann Mackie

At the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Silver City Town Meeting, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. presented his thoughts about how bond issues for higher education, including unpaid student loans, are funded by only property owners. He also brought up the issue of needed trade schools, and that 3-4-year-old kids should not be going to school because teachers were not babysitters. Ray also criticized those who were ‘rude and disrespectful’ at the recent Grant County Commission meeting and how kids should act like kids and adults as adults.

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison provided information to seniors over the age of 62 who wish to apply to live in the new Mountainview Senior Apartments, expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Grant County Commission holds special meeting 011019

By Mary Alice Murphy

In a brief special meeting, the Grant County commissioners met to address a single item that needed to be completed in time to have a two-week notice so it could be addressed at the upcoming regular meeting on Jan. 24, 2019

The item was a resolution of a notice of intent to consider a low-income rebate ordinance.

img 0888 to use 2
At the Chamber of Commerce office in Silver City, where the Beat interviewed Ari Ramos, she jumps for joy beside her constant companion—her gear carrier.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Ari Ramos is on a mission. She has a master's degree in public health and wants to teach people how to prevent disease, such as obesity and diabetes, through nutrition and exercise.

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, at approximately 6:13 p.m. while Grant County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic stop between MM 5-6 on Highway 356, another vehicle, a pickup, approaching the stop at speed, ultimately obeyed deputy’s commands to stop.

According to police documents, the pickup was driven by Steven Escobar, 30, of Santa Clara, and carried a passenger, Gabriel Marquez, 25, also of Santa Clara. Deputies stated they were aware of Escobar’s criminal history including being charged with multiple violent felonies. After Escobar was observed possibly reaching for a firearm, deputies, with service weapons drawn, ordered both men out of the vehicle, and they were put on the ground and placed into investigative detention.

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Welcome to our new version of classified ads.  We invite you our readers to post your own classifieds, which are available for viewing 24/7 and are very reasonable in price. Right now you'll see a classified for mobile home lots for rent.

We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include one about end of life options, Compassionate Care.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com