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Courtesy Photos of suspected bank robber and his hands and weapon used in the robbery

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank at 1201 Pope Street on Friday, May 19, at approximately 5:33 p.m., in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.

According to a SCPD incident report, bank employees and witnesses told officers that a tall, Caucasian male wearing all green camo, a camo fishing hat, and dark glasses entered the bank through the north side doors, walked up to a teller, pointed a black handgun at her, and aggressively demanded money from the teller. The frightened teller handed the robber the tray from the top drawer, and the male grabbed the money from the tray and ran out the north side doors, the report stated.

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake

Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 12, 2017

Size: 672 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, grass, and mixed conifer

Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM

Resources: 1 Wildland Fire Module

Incident Commander: Felix Valdez IC4

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A rotating group of members of the Republican Party of Grant County and the Grant County Repupblican Women held a pro-Trump rally to support the President of the U.S., Donald J. Trump.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Last Thursday, this author went out to Fort Bayard to see what has transpired while the Americorps team members are working in Grant County until July 7.]

Several of the participants were at a couple of houses in Officers' Row.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first elected official to present his report at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on May 18, 2017, was Sheriff Raul Villanueva

"In April we had 643 calls for service and two motor vehicle accidents," the sheriff said. "We are doing planning for the Blues Festival and then the Pro Rodeo. My staff has been extremely busy. We are still covering Santa Clara and Hurley quite a bit.

"We are fully staffed, but three of my officers have applied to State Police," Villanueva continued. "We have been doing in-house training to save money. This is Law Enforcement Week, so we are giving them lunch today."

Commissioner Alicia Edwards asked what the difference in pay was between the Sheriff's Department and State Police.

Commissioners Billings, Kasten, Ramos, Browne and Edwards give a proclamation on Fiesta Latina to Raul Turrieta, Manuel Rodriguez, Rosemary Grijalva, Monica Cuevas and Faye McCalmont.

Photo and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The first person to give public input at the Grant County Commission regular session on May 18, 2017, was Glen Navarro of Loma Verde subdivision, which recently had its roads improved.

"I have talked to the manager, but at the intersection of Loma Verde West and Ventana going south, it doesn't made sense to have a stop sign," Navarro said. "They chopped down trees to clear the view for drivers at the intersection. I walk the road all the time and I have gotten hit twice. I would like both stop signs removed. There is no need to have them there. I also talked to Earl about the ice, and he said it was from a groove from putting water on the road. The manager told me the stop signs were according to the uniform traffic code."

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Over 100 people attended the “50 Years Ago in Silver City” reception celebrating the opening of the Silver City Museum in July 1967. The special exhibition features items from everyday life 50 years ago, as well as examples of life in Silver City and Grant County from around 1962 to 1976. Museum personnel and visitors alike wore vintage clothing from that era and enjoyed the music and various exhibits. The special exhibition will continue through December.

Photographer Dave Schuhmann took these photos Saturday, May 20, 2017. He said the roof is essentially on. People were working on the roof and inside.

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