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Belen, NM - Please cancel the Amber Alert for Marissa Bibiano. She has been located by the Belen Police Department and is safe. Please contact the Belen Police Department for more information.

Belen, NM - The following is information for the distribution of an Amber Alert from the Belen Police Department.

Marissa Bibiano, abducted allegedly by mother, Alicia TrejoAlicia Trejo, alleged abductorThe Belen Police Department is asking the public's assistance in locating Marissa Bibiano, a five year old female, three feet tall, weighing approximately forty pounds, with black hair and brown eyes (photo attached). Marissa Babiano was last seen last night in Belen, NM wearing a black dress.

Marissa Babiano was abducted from a residence by her mother, Alicia Trejo, who has no legal custodial rights. Ms. Trejo broke into the residence of the child's grandmother, committed a battery against the grandmother, was intoxicated at the time, and abducted the child. Ms. Trejo left the area on foot.

Alicia Trejo is a Native American female, thirty-six years of age, five feet one inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, with long brown hair, and brown eyes (photo attached).

Marissa Babiano is believed to be in DANGER if not located immediately. Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Amber Alert is asked to call the Belen Police Department at 505-866-2460.

Photo of Zack Taylor courtesy of Tom Vaughan of FeVa Fotos

By Mary Alice Murphy

A forum on border control and immigration, hosted by the Grant County Federated Republican Woman, took place Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and featured retired Border Patrol agent Zack Taylor.

Don Luhrsen, president of the Grant County Republican Party, introduced Taylor and said he had served in the Border Patrol for 26 years.

Taylor asked the attendees, of which there were 75 to 85, to pick up a copy of the Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform, which was created by the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, a national, non-profit, public interest organization of concerned citizens.

The message from the chairman of the NAFBPO stated, although the officers are retired, "we recall our oath of office and we share a common bond and heritage with our brothers and sisters who still serve our country as members of the Department of Homeland Security. With that oath and bond in mind, we submit to you" this proposal.

Luna County

On Tuesday May 23, 2017, around 7:28 p.m. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a call of a man lying on the side of I-10 west bound at mile post 63.

The man told the officer he was a transient and while going through trash bins at Bowlin's Gas Station near I-10, had a verbal confrontation with two males. After leaving the area one of the males shot a firearm at the victim resulting in a bullet fragment striking him in the eye. Once officers arrived on scene the victim was transported to University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque with non-life threatening injuries.

The public is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at (575) 382-2500 if they have any information regarding this incident.

Tuesday May 23, 2017, 5:25 a.m. /Luna County

Yesterday morning, May 23, 2017, around 5:25 a.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to Interstate 10, mile marker 46 in reference to a fatal motor vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Minivan driven by Ashley Henriquez (26) from Las Cruces New Mexico, passenger Joseph Henriquez (27) also of Las Cruces New Mexico, along with three children were traveling east on I-10 when the vehicle entered the median and overturned several times.

By Roger Lanse

At Tuesday's, May 23, town meeting, and citing “a whole lot of uncertainties about our revenues for the next fiscal year,” and the requirement to adopt a preliminary budget by the end of May, Town Manager Alex Brown recommended approval of a resolution to increase property tax rates for residential and nonresidential properties within the town by one mil. According to County Assessor Raul Turrieta, the increase on a $50,000 property valued for tax purposes at $16,000 would be $16, and on a $150,000 property with a taxable value of $50,000 the increase would be $50. Brown hedged a bit by saying, “As Mr. Turrieta reminded us at the last meeting we do have a deadline of July 15 to rescind this resolution if we don't need it. But, we're just doing this to be proactive just in case it is necessary to be imposed so that we're not put behind the eight-ball, and have to come up with a bunch of additional revenue this next year.” Council approved the resolution.

On Monday May 22, 2017 around 8:15 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer was notified of a vehicle crash on State Road 90 at mile post 37. While en route to the scene, the responding officer learned that the situation had escalated.

When the officer arrived on scene, he learned that Michael Aguirre, (40) of Silver City, NM, had driven his vehicle and deliberately forced another vehicle off the road, causing the crash. Mr. Aguirre then threatened the passengers of the second vehicle, who were family members, including three children, with a fixed-blade knife while attempting to gain access to the vehicle. The incident was the culmination of an ongoing domestic dispute.

The Grant County 4-H shooting sports county contest was held April 12-15 which determined the teams for the state competition. Several 4-H members competed for coveted spots on the shooting sports teams competing at state. All 4-H members did exceptionally well during the grueling county competition and at the State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM.

Archery is the most popular shooting sports discipline in Grant County. Numerous members competed at the county contest. Taylor Brown, Tanna Goar, Parker McMillan, Cooper Miller, Ian Valenzuela, Julian and Javiel Garcia, Bristan and Jacobi Lockett, Morgan Bighley and Riley Brabson all competed in the archery contest at the county level. At the end of the day, Riley Brabson, Julian Garcia, Jacobi Lockett and Morgan Bighley qualified to move on to state for team one. Qualifying on team two was Javiel Garcia, Ian Valenzuela, Cooper Miller and Bristan Lockett.

Liz Nations, at right, with some of her Coding Club students, Isaac, Sergio, Mica and Keana

Photos and article by Margaret Hopper

Cobre school board members were all present Monday evening for the May 22, 2017 meeting, which began at 7:22. The earlier session began at 6:02, according to Toy Sepulveda, board president. Others present were Gabriel Holguin, Gilbert Guadiana, Frank Gomez and Frank Cordova.

Liz Nations' special project students were moved up on the agenda to get them home sooner. Four of her 5th and 6th graders were on hand to demonstrate the games they had developed electronically under the topic of “Coding Club Presentation.” In its unfinished business, Alicia Edwards was back to help the board finish preparing the Healthy Kids Healthy Community work that has the plan to put all policies into one organized unit by the end of this June.

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