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By Roger Lanse

According to a Silver City Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to Gila Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at about 4:46 a.m., in reference to an aggravated battery. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department, had previous contact with the male, identified as Joseph Chavez, of Santa Clara, in Hurley prior to the incident on an overdose on heroin call, where Chavez refused treatment. The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised that Chavez had left the scene in a white Chrysler 300.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On a perfect morning for an outside event, the Red Hot Children's Fiesta brought out hundreds of children and parents. At least 39 official booths had activities for kids; Walgreen's provided free flu shots at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van outside Penny Park; and entertainment included dancers from Melinda's Conservatory of Dance, Western New Mexico University's award-winning Mariachi Plata, and karate demonstrations by members of Oni Ken Karate.

By Roger Lanse

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, at about 8:14 a.m., the Santa Clara Police Department and the Santa Clara Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the Carmen and Norma Reyes home on North Cleveland Street in reference to a house fire. The fire was electrical in nature, according to SCFR Chief Joe Gallegos, and originated from an overloaded extension cord lying underneath carpet, causing fire and smoke damage to the interior of the home.

No one was home at the time of the incident, Gallegos said, and the family is presently not able to occupy the dwelling. Five people were thought to have lived in the home.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce held its luncheon at Bear Mountain Lodge, as it does annually. This year, it was held on Thursday, Sept. 6, and featured Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard and Grant County Manager Charlene Webb, both speaking about the importance of supporting general obligation bond questions that will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballots.

img 7866Shepard said Bond D, if it passes throughout the state, will provide about $6 million dollars to WNMU. The funding is to construct or renovate campus infrastructure.

By Roger Lanse

Brad Farrington, 31, of Silver City, at a Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 sentencing hearing, was given the mandatory term of life in prison by Judge Jared Hofacket in Silver City’s 6th Judicial District Court. According to George Zsoka, lead prosecutor, Farrington will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

Farrington was convicted by a 12-person jury on Aug. 16, 2018, in front of the same judge and in the same court, of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Cassy Farrington, in October 2015.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The first day of September dawned chilly and wet, but by the time The Taste of Downtown event started, the skies had cleared. It was a beautiful day to wander in downtown Silver City, sampling the wares of 17 local restaurants. The offerings ranged from sweet to savory, with many imaginative variations of old recipes.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of old business at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project entity regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, addressed the second amendment to the joint-powers agreement with the Interstate Stream Commission.

The second amendment seeks to allow utilization of some of the funding allocated to the entity for a New Mexico Unit for other water projects in the area.

The funding, out of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund, was allocated to the four southwest counties of New Mexico – Grant, Luna, Catron and Hidalgo—by the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004, along with an allocation of 14,000 acre-feet of water diverted from the Gila and San Francisco rivers to be put to beneficial use in the area.

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