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Local News Releases

These releases come from other sources than the Grant County Beat. This category will include events in and news releases from Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument announces that the national monument, including the Gila Visitor Center and the trail to the cliff dwellings, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The closure is in effect to allow employees and volunteers to enjoy the holiday with their friends and families.

The visitor center and cliff dwellings trail will open Friday, November 23. The visitor center will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on the Friday and the cliff dwellings trail will reopen at 9:00 a.m.

The November 22 closure will not affect Gila National Forest or Gila Wilderness trails or corral facilities.

Silver City, NM, November 16, 2018—For Immediate Release. All Gila National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed on Thursday, November 22. Regular business hours will resume Friday, November 23.

Despite the office closure, law enforcement officers will be on-duty on the holiday for the safety of visitors.

Know Before You Go. Check the weather for the specific part of the forest you will be visiting here. Remember to practice good campfire safety and respect your public lands by packing out your trash.   

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website here.

Bernice Ende, in collaboration with Farcountry Press and her publicity team, is pleased to announce The Lady Long Rider Speaking Tour. The ambitious presentation tour will occur over eight months, span 18 (+) states, and retrace multiple legs of Bernice Ende’s most celebrated long rides. The tour will conclude with a long ride in the northeastern U.S.

Along the way, Bernice will promote her new memoir, Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback. “Traveling with Truck and trailer will be a much different long ride experience which I look forward to, I'll be traveling not 20 miles a day, but 200!” Bernice shares. In preparation for her trip, Ende, best known as Lady Long Rider has recently completed a tour of speaking engagements at multiple Montana libraries. “After all these years of long riding, 1000's of spirits have climbed into my saddle and ridden vicariously with me,” Bernice continues, “My book tour offers an opportunity of reconnecting and once again sharing my travels with those that kindly helped me."

With this tour, Bernice has created an all-new slideshow and will share her presentation with many outlets, including libraries, senior centers, books stores, veterans’ organizations, and more.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, Nov. 12

Domestic disturbance
N. Canyon Street
Caller advised the next door neighbor is yelling and caller needs to leave but is afraid/the neighbor is in the front yard/he isn’t outside any longer. Officer had negative contact with anyone in the area.

Monday, Nov. 12

Criminal damage to property
11820 Highway 180
Caller advised she just arrived at the store and the front door is broken.

Unwanted subject
11820 Highway 180
Units clear/subjects leaving the property.

Monday, Nov. 12

Unwanted subject
S. Pinos Altos Street
Caller advised a male is taking off his clothes and lying in the middle of the roadway and yelling at her. Dispatch advised open line/can hear screaming and yelling. Officer requested ambulance for 47-year-old male bleeding from the head.

Domestic disturbance
Cactus Street
Caller advised her neighbors are outside yelling and fighting/can hear female yelling at male telling him to leave her alone and get away from her. Officer on scene.

WHERE: At Aldo Leopold Charter School, 1422 Highway 180 E. 

WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 28th 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Students with community internships have made a poster board presentation of their experience. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) will be presenting on the work they’ve done in our area. 

Silver City, NM, November 15, 2018—For Immediate Release.  Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Gila National Forest will again be available at all ranger district offices starting Monday, November 19. Families can obtain their permit and cut the family Christmas tree during the Thanksgiving holiday along with any visiting family or friends and avoid the after Thanksgiving Day rush. 

Permits sell for $5.00 each (for any species) with a limit of one permit per household, or free permits are available for the aromatic piñon trees. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut.  

A Christmas tree tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations, and maps of designated cutting sites are included with the permits. The Gila NF accepts debit/credit cards, checks and cash (exact change please).

The Gila National Forest is also pleased to announce that all four graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park initiative.  In support of this initiative, the Forest Service is making available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with a fourth grade pass or paper voucher. For additional information about the initiative and how to obtain a pass, visit here. To be eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from the Gila National Forest, all fourth graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth grade pass or paper voucher.

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