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By Roger Lanse

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department blotter for Wednesday, Mar. 20, that appears in Saturday’s Beat, stated a young female around 10 to 12-years-of-age was reported by a caller to be sitting on the side of Highway 180 at the junction of Highway 61. A deputy advised contact was made and stated she was walking to Silver. No other information was given in the blotter.

Additional information received from GCSD revealed the “10 to 12-year-old” was actually an approximate 30-year-old female, known to the GCSD as being a semi-transient, who refused any assistance.

Grant County Commission hears presentations at its work session 031919

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a slight change in the order of the work session agenda to place the Census Committee update at the top of the presentations, commissioners heard county reports at the Grant County Commission work session of March 19, 2019.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting this morning, Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees members approved a letter of need to send to the New Mexico Finance Authority to start the process of issuing a revenue bond to go toward a new PET (positron emission tomography) scanner to aid the diagnosis of diseases.

At present the hospital has a contract with a business that brings in a PET scanner every two weeks.

This acquisition will facilitate much quicker service for patients needing the test.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Holloman Air Force Base Commander Col. Joe Campo and Chief Master Sgt. Sarah M. Esparza, Command Chief, visited Silver City, along with a contingent of other staff members and Alamogordo residents, including the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director GB Oliver and Sen. Bill Burt.

At noon, they spoke at the Rotary luncheon.

Esparza introduced herself as the enlisted arm of the command.

Campo is the wing commander at Holloman AFB. "I'm the senior officer there. We have about 10,000 including families, kids, spouses, schools. It's like running a small town. I've been there eight months."

By Roger Lanse

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019, a Bayard police officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Street in response to a female caller screaming and providing little information to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority dispatcher. According to a Bayard Police Department narrative report, when the officer arrived at the address, screaming could be heard from the 900 block and a named male ran from that residence holding a child. The male said he was getting his niece out of the house because his cousin was bleeding.

By Mary Alice Murphy

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One business owner contacted the Beat about her concerns about the mess being left behind by the closing of Bosworth at one end and the new entrance into the street off Pinos Altos Road.

Frances Higgins, owner of Pampered Pet Care, said TLC, the construction company in charge of the rehabilitation of Pinos Altos Road, told her the problems were caused by a design oversight, with fixing the drop offs not making it into the plans. The company was not given the blueprints to fix the issues.

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, representatives of Honor Flight arrived in the snow from Las Cruces to talk to veterans and invite them to participate in the Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. to visit the military memorials.

Elaine Prickett and John Poland represented Honor Flight of southern New Mexico and El Paso.

"Originally, our program was just for World War II and Korean War veterans," Prickett said. "We have extended it to Vietnam veterans.Each hub throughout the country has different ways of doing things. Some, with more money, have expanded to the Iraq War, for instance."

By Roger Lanse

On Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019, at about 5:30 p.m., a domestic disturbance call came into the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority stating a male was outside of a car on Ridge Road looking like he had a lot of anger. Caller advised she saw him throw a rock at the dog and was yelling at the female. Caller called back advising the male and female were walking around the Tres Casitas.

At about 6 p.m., a caller from the ER at Gila Regional Medical Center stated a named female was involved in a domestic on the Ridges and her nose was ‘busted’ and her legs hurt.

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