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Every day, the nation’s Law Enforcement officers work to make our communities and citizens safer – both on and off duty. The following is an example of a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy who acted quickly to help a citizen in-distress and likely saved a life.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The annual TommyKnocker bicycle race, put on by Zia Rides, took place on 12 miles of Fort Bayard trails on March 9, 2019. The day before it rained and snowed a bit, which kept the dust down for the 260 riders who signed in to do laps during the 10 hours of racing between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The number of laps and the time those laps were completed determined the winners. For a list of age group individuals and teams that placed visitt http://ziarides.com/event-register/tommyknocker10/ 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The vendors of guns, from handheld to long guns, revolvers to rifles and shotguns gathered in the two large rooms of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10 for the annual gun show hosted by the High Desert Sportsmen Club. Other vendors sold ammunition and accessories for guns, as well as knives,  jewelry, books, woodworking items and other choices for anyone willing to spend some money.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The featured speaker for the luncheon was Rusty Tolley, board member of SASS—Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services.

"Sexual assault is one of the most traumatic, devastating and confusing things to happen to people," Tolley said. "Funerals and sickness in a hospital have protocols."

By Mary Alice Murphy

Members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity met on March 5, 2019 to hear and discuss, among other agenda items, a presentation by Gila National Forest Supervisor Adam Mendonca and Forest Planner Matt Schultz on the issue of the potential Wild and Scenic designation of segments of the Gila River.

One person gave public comment prior to the presentation. Benjamin Segovia of the New Mexico Farm Bureau introduced himself. "Part of my responsibility is dealing with water issues. I'm looking forward to working with the Interstate Stream Commission and this board."

The Grant County Sheriff's Department is updating this news release because of continuing issues with mail theft. Local law Enforcement agencies and the US Postal Service is advising all area residents who receive mail delivery in an unsecured mailbox or receptacle to take any/all precautions against theft of their mail. Area agencies have received increased reports of mail theft, all of which remain under active investigation.

Examples of targeted mail include checks, credit card or financial services solicitations, bank/credit card statements, mail with personal information and packages.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business at the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 22, 2019 was the usual Safety Moment. Kelly Rodriguez, interim chief nursing officer, said home visits would be arranged at the office to keep visitors safe.

Three staff members were recognized for their years of service. Mary Ann Aguirre has served 40 years in the Operating Room; Gilbert Jaurique, 25 years in Maintenance; and Veronica Maynes has spent 15 years of service in First Born and Beginning Years.

No one signed up for public input.

Credits Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Support for Advancing the Plan

(Santa Fe, NM) – Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales today announced that a proposed transfer of historic Fort Bayard property to the village of Santa Clara by the State of New Mexico is making strong progress during discussions he facilitated in Santa Fe. Since taking office in January, Morales has initiated a series of high-level meetings between State officials of the administration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, which controls the Fort Bayard site, and key legislators and representatives of Grant County communities. Reversing years which saw no discernible State interest in cooperating on the annexation and redevelopment plan, Morales credited promising signs of a breakthrough to the support of the new Governor and her cabinet team.

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