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brown 7345Audie Brown, Silver Schools superintendentBy Mary Alice Murphy

Derek Ratcliff, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board president, moderated the lunch meeting held on Feb. 1, 2018.

He introduced the featured speaker Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent Audie Brown, a native of Grant County.

"I came back to help Silver Schools solve some problems and get it back to the excellent education that I received before I graduated," Brown said.

2018 0202 gene enjadyThe following is information for the CANCELLATION of a Silver Alert from the Las Cruces Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Las Cruces Police Department at (575) 526-0795.

Mr. Enjady was located safe and in good health. The Las Cruces Police Department wishes to thank all those who shared information on this missing person case.

SILVER ALERT - Gene Enjady

The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Las Cruces Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Las Cruces Police Department at (575) 526-0795.

Sen. Howie Morales has sponsored a Senate Joint Memorial 23 to transfer more than 300 acres of Fort Bayard to the village of Santa Clara. It is currently in the Senate Rules Committee. Everyone who loves Fort Bayard and hates to see its deterioration is encouraged to contact New Mexico representatives and senators to approve and pass the bill, so that the property can be conveyed.

The following link goes straight to the legislation, which has less than two weeks to get through the Senate and House.  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/18%20Regular/memorials/senate/SJM023.pdf      

By Roger Lanse

Allen Malone, 64, whose address is listed as 8 Spring Creek Road, Silver City, crashed his 2005 Toyota Camry into a tree on Rosedale Road, Monday morning, Jan. 29. According to a Silver City Police Department crash report, officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 9 a.m. and Malone was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

According to the report, witnesses interviewed did not see the crash but came upon the crash site afterward. However, the witnesses said they did not closely inspect the crashed vehicle and did not see anyone in the vehicle as they walked or drove by.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds reported that total computer assisted dispatch calls were down in 2017 from 2016, 35,849 from 41,052. The 2017 total is the lowest since 2007, although tied with an equal number in 2015. Motor vehicle collisions, arrests and citations issued were also down from 2016 numbers.

Reynolds stated, stolen motor vehicle calls were up in 2017 over 2016, but so were the number recovered. Larceny from a motor vehicle stats were up in 2017, but shoplifting calls were down. Residential burglaries were up but commercial burglaries were down. Murder and forcible rape calls remained the same in 2017 as in 2016, 1 and 9, while robbery calls numbered 4 in 2017, and 2 in 2016.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The regional Science Olympiad, which took place at the Western New Mexico University gym on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, brought 12 teams from 8 high schools, some of which had two teams.

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner began the competition in Silver City, while he was teaching at Western. This was the 27th time it had been held. "I directed it for about 10 years, then Bill Norris took it over. Now Eric Casler is running it. I still help every year. It's important to get students involved in these activities."

dsc9982 31 1024x683The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Pictured from left are Jerry A. Walz, Arlean Murillo, Dr. Carl Foster, Janice Baca-Argabright, and Dr. Dan Salzwedel.

Regents Discussed Legislation Pertaining to Higher Education, Approved Audit Report

By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Victor Arambula attended as well as Mayor Richard Bauch. Trustee Richard Esparza joined via speakerphone, and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza was absent.

Bauch reported that he is hopeful the Fort Bayard legislation goes well this year. After being in Santa Fe for Grant County Days he believes the transfer will happen during this legislative session.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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