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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Buddy Walk was developed through the Down Syndrome Society, with the first one being held in 1995. According to Vicki Galindo, organizer of the Buddy Walk in Silver City, the Buddy Walk is an event hosted by the ARC Family Support Networks of Silver City and Deming. Seven groups, including the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and ARC put on the five Buddy Walks in New Mexico. Galindo said more than 250 are held in the U.S. and internationally.

This event in Silver City's Gough Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, a day that began with a chilly wind, brought out more than 100 people in the morning, and some were still arriving as the walk progressed on its three tours around the park.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Opening with a reception, the American Association of University Women and the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering held a joint conference in Silver City housed in the Murray Hotel. The kick-off reception took place Friday evening, Oct. 20, 2017, in the hotel ballroom.

Meetings and workshops were set to take place all day Saturday, Oct. 21, and until noon on Sunday, Oct. 22, in meeting rooms at the hotel.

Reserve, NM, October 23, 2017 – Fire personnel reported smoke on Friday, October 20; the fires are from lightning as a result of thunderstorms that passed through the Gila National Forest on Thursday, October 19.

Eagle Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 1/10 acres.

Peak Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 10 acres.

Both fires are burning in the old HB Fire (1995) burn scar. The fires are moving through downed logs and are cleaning up snags and woody debris within this burn scar.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18 Boys' State organizer John Sterle served as moderator at the ceremony honoring the boys who attended this year's Boys' State from Cliff, Silver City, Glenwood, Mule Creek, Hurley, Hanover and Deming and the girls who went to Girls' State from Silver City and Deming at a banquet held Oct. 19, 2017 at the American Legion Hall.

Also participating in sponsoring boys and girls were the American Legion Post 4 in Deming, and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 in Silver City and Unit 4 in Deming.

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Victor Arambula, Olga Amador, and Richard Esparza attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Amador reported that the Action Committee will host a Halloween carnival on Halloween day. The Cemetery Committee, headed by R. Esparza, reported they are working on a design for flood control on South Bellm.

They also had a miscommunication with the Maintenance department about how the flag would be handled but that has been worked out. Until the light is fully functional, the flag will be taken down every night.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Cheryl Willman, MD, and director and chief executive officer of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, and members of her staff were honored guests at the Gila Regional Medical Center open house on Oct. 19, 2017, to welcome the reopening of its Cancer Center. A UNM oncologist began seeing and assessing patients on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

A request for proposal process last year sought providers of cancer treatment to residents of Grant County and the surrounding region, after negotiations with the at-that-time provider had broken down. Gila Regional received two proposals.

After an evaluation process, members of the committee chose to go with the UNM Cancer Center instead of choosing the former 20+ year provider.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Fire Department personnel were called late Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, to a structure fire at 1835 Little Walnut Road near the old Water Works building. At 7:30 p.m., Fire Chief Milo Lambert, told the Beat, “Yeah, it’s just north of that (the Water Works building). So, luckily it’s not historic. My guys are still out there. They said it’s fairly under control, but it was a sizeable fire.”

An occupied house in front and two sheds in the rear of the property were destroyed by the fire, Lambert said, and no injuries were reported. Six personnel and two engines were on scene. No other stations were called in but some were on notice, he stated.

No cause has yet been determined.

Silver City, NM/Grant County

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Silver City, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that around 1:10 a.m., Grant County Regional Dispatch was notified to be on the lookout for a white 2002 Toyota 4-Runner recently taken from Las Cruces. Dispatchers learned the vehicle was driven by 41 year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City who had cut off a court ordered ankle monitor in Las Cruces, attacked his mother, and stole her vehicle. (This portion of the investigation is being handled by the Las Cruces Police Department.)

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