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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

About 30 runners, walkers and bicyclists took part in the opening Torch Run on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, leading to the National Senior Olympics competition in Albuquerque in June.

The participants took off from Gough Park, went down Bullard to Broadway and back to Gough Park. Several groups took off in turns.

Photos by Sandra Michaud; Article by Hallie Richwine

The Grant County Community Foundation hosted the 6th annual kickoff breakfast for the planning of the Give Grandly event this May. The breakfast took place at Bear Mountain Lodge with around 50 people in attendance from various local non-profit organizations. Barrett Brewer, the foundation’s founder and chair, opened the meeting and then turned it over to Carol Fugagli.

“I remember a cold, dark day in December of 2013 when I was filling out an online form for an event called Give Grande,” Fugagli said. “I thought, this is interesting, an online event to raise money for organizations throughout the state.” Fugagli said, at first, she thought there would be competition among the non-profits for donations. “Fortunately, there were people with a broader vision than myself, because look at us now.”

According to a Grant County Sheriff’s Department news release, on Thursday, Jan. 17, at approximately 4:07 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Ridge Road and Partridge Drive regarding a multi-motor vehicle accident. When they arrived three vehicles were found involved – all disabled in the roadway. Assisted by the Silver City Police Department, the incident was investigated, the release said, and the vehicles removed from the roadway. Minor complaints of injury were reported and one driver was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center. The other two were examined on scene by EMS.

Impaired driving is suspected as a contributing factor, the release stated. The incident remains under investigation.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Sunny505 will promote Silver City as a tourism destination.

Assistant Town Manager James Marshall said the firm was chosen as a contractor to provide services to Silver City as part of the New Mexico True brand of the New Mexico Department of Tourism.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Photos Courtesy of John Sterle

Ray Davis has served the American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18 in Silver City for many years, in many positions. He's not exactly retiring, he said, as he will continue to serve veterans and is presently the vice commander of American Legion District 7.

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.

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