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By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Victor Arambula, Olga Amador, and Richard Esparza attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Amador reported that the Action Committee will host a Halloween carnival on Halloween day. The Cemetery Committee, headed by R. Esparza, reported they are working on a design for flood control on South Bellm.

They also had a miscommunication with the Maintenance department about how the flag would be handled but that has been worked out. Until the light is fully functional, the flag will be taken down every night.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Cheryl Willman, MD, and director and chief executive officer of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, and members of her staff were honored guests at the Gila Regional Medical Center open house on Oct. 19, 2017, to welcome the reopening of its Cancer Center. A UNM oncologist began seeing and assessing patients on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

A request for proposal process last year sought providers of cancer treatment to residents of Grant County and the surrounding region, after negotiations with the at-that-time provider had broken down. Gila Regional received two proposals.

After an evaluation process, members of the committee chose to go with the UNM Cancer Center instead of choosing the former 20+ year provider.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Fire Department personnel were called late Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, to a structure fire at 1835 Little Walnut Road near the old Water Works building. At 7:30 p.m., Fire Chief Milo Lambert, told the Beat, “Yeah, it’s just north of that (the Water Works building). So, luckily it’s not historic. My guys are still out there. They said it’s fairly under control, but it was a sizeable fire.”

An occupied house in front and two sheds in the rear of the property were destroyed by the fire, Lambert said, and no injuries were reported. Six personnel and two engines were on scene. No other stations were called in but some were on notice, he stated.

No cause has yet been determined.

Silver City, NM/Grant County

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Silver City, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that around 1:10 a.m., Grant County Regional Dispatch was notified to be on the lookout for a white 2002 Toyota 4-Runner recently taken from Las Cruces. Dispatchers learned the vehicle was driven by 41 year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City who had cut off a court ordered ankle monitor in Las Cruces, attacked his mother, and stole her vehicle. (This portion of the investigation is being handled by the Las Cruces Police Department.)

Lordsburg, NM - On Friday, October 6, 2017, around 5:00p.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that just prior in the afternoon, Lordsburg Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Gale Street in Lordsburg. The officers made contact with the suspect, 34-year-old Winston Ford of Lordsburg, who had a pistol in his waistband.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a three-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commissioner Alicia Edwards requested removal of a resolution prior to the approval of the agenda at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Commission Chairman Brett Kasten said: "It's your resolution and your right to remove it."

The resolution requested support of the County Commission for a proposal to include the Heart Bar property in the U.S. Forest Service Priority list for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Edwards said at the work session that when advocates for the Forest Service to acquire the property go to the Forest Service, such support would be helpful.

Edwards said questions had come up "that we need answers to."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission regular session on Oct. 19, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias presented her monthly report to the commissioners at the regular meeting of the Grant County Commission on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

"Folks from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center are in town," Arias said. "We announced a board meeting, as there is likely to be a quorum of trustees when the UNM group is introduced. From 10 to 12 noon, we are holding a public open house to meet the UNM staff, to talk to them and voice concerns."

Closure removed, roadway is now open.


US 180 both lanes are closed at mile post 79 (between Buckhorn and Cliff) due to an accident. Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, use extreme caution. Please expect delays.

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