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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.

The Dutch Oven Cooking Team from Southwest Texas "Pecos County Iron" (from Pecos County, TEXAS) is returning this year to cook at the 2019 Dutch Oven gathering in Glenwood (Catron County) on Saturday, April 13. Cook Teams at this event will be there all morning and afternoon preparing their special meals for Dutch Oven Gathering attendees. Meal Tickets are $15 per person and the Cooking Teams will have their meals ready to be served to Meal Ticket Holders by 2 PM. 

Pecos County Iron is headed up by Peery & Stacey Holmsley and Bill & Teresa Everett of Pecos County, Texas and we invite everyone to come to our cook camp and visit with us anytime during the day. Come make new friends here or renew friendships made last year and sample our Dutch Oven cobbler which we are making special for anyone who wants to come early to the Dutch Oven gathering and watch how we get it all done! It would make Pecos County Iron very happy to have visitors at our cook camp this year. We thank Molly Bryan (who organizes the Dutch Oven gathering in Glenwood, NM) for inviting us back to this very fun and family-friendly event. 

Friday, Mar. 22

Suspicious vehicle
Whispering Hills – 1:40 a.m.
Caller advised a truck is in the yard that he does not want there. Deputy advised that (redacted) is there with (redacted) helping him at the house.

Mental health complaint
Wright Road – Upper Mimbres
Caller stated her 70-year-old husband is having mental issues/he is yelling at her and being belligerent. Deputy had contact advising with one male en route to GRMC for voluntary evaluation.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, Mar. 18

Welfare check
Empire Street
Caller is unable to reach the mom and her 6-year-old child has not been to school in a week. Officer located the trailer/negative contact with anyone.

There will be a beginning line dance class Mondays and Tuesdays commencing April 1, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Murray Hotel Ballroom. The fee will be $10.00 a month. Please arrive 30 minutes early prior to first class. For more information and to register for the classes, please call Lucy at 575.538.9143.

Friday, Mar. 22

Accident-property damage
Highway 180 @ Wrangler’s
Two red SUVs/no injuries.

Harassment
2501 E. Highway 180
Walk-in advised she was leaving Del Taco when an elderly lady driving a brown Toyota almost caused an accident and then began flipping caller off. An officer was asked to follow-up with the other driver.

The Department of Finance & Administration-Local Government Division (DFA-LGD) in collaboration with the NM Association of Regional Councils (NewMARC) invites you to participate in the Annual ICIP Training Workshops. 

The Training Workshops are free to the public, and will assist communities and local government officials in understanding and developing their Fiscal Year 2021-2025 ICIP.  Five (5) training workshops will be offered with a full day of training to include information and details on the ICIP and exciting  presentations on project types to include Water/Wastewater, Transportation, Public Facilities, and Senior Citizen Center Facilities. You will also hear from ICIP users on their success and challenges using the ICIP process.

All Counties, Municipalities, Tribal Governments, Special Districts, Senior Citizen Center Facilities, Government Officials, and NM Legislators are encouraged to attend.

For the week beginning Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:00 am and ending Monday March 25, 2019 at 8:00 am, Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 252 calls for service, had 401 self-initiated activity, and made 32 arrests. Of those arrests, 3 was for possession of controlled substance, 2 possession of drug paraphernalia, 1 DWI, and 5 battery on a house hold member.

Included in the above calls for service are 11 alarms, 1 burglary, 4 fights, 16 domestic disturbances, 3 accidents w/property damage, 0 Aggravated Assault, 2 larcenies, 4 criminal damage to property, 0 criminal trespass, 0 agency assist, 3 loud music, 2 traffic complaints, 1 assaults, 1 battery, 1 narcotics violation, 8 suspicious vehicles, 0 Arson, 3 weapons fired, 0 fraud/embezzlement, 0 disturbances, 1 shoplifting, 0 game and fish, 2 DV Order violation, 1 parking violations, 3 abandoned 911 calls, 7 harassment, 23 welfare checks, 20 animal complaints, 3 civil standby, 17 information complaint, 0 breaking and entering, 5 reckless driver, 6 motorist/citizen assists, 2 abandoned vehicle, 6 unwanted subjects, 15 suspicious persons, 0 identity theft, 0 smoke, 1 civil matter, 40 requests for public service, 0 public assist, 3 criminal trespass warnings, 13 suspicious activity, 19 citizen assists, 3 child exchanges, 0 text harassment, 3 lost property, 0 vehicle burglary, 4 private property crashes, 1 noise complaint, 1 overdose, 3 hit and run accidents, 1 vehicle accident no injury, 0 vehicle accident with injury.  

Silver City, NM, March 25, 2019 - An environmental cleanup will begin this week at the Royal John Mine and Mill located in the Silver City Ranger District of the Gila National Forest. The mine site is east of San Lorenzo, New Mexico in Grant County on the western slopes of the Black Range of the Mimbres Mountains.

Past lead and zinc mining activities left over 90,000 cubic yards of tailings and waste rock material along the upper reaches of Cold Springs Creek. The USDA Forest Service is performing the first phase of a two-part environmental cleanup to remove waste with elevated levels of lead. Contaminated tailings and waste rock material will be removed to an on-site consolidation cell where it will be permanently capped during Phase 2. This will provide a long-term reduction in direct exposure to the contaminated material and will decrease the potential for the contaminants to move from the tailings and waste rock material to the surrounding environment.

The environmental cleanup will require heavy construction equipment during daylight hours. The Royal John Mine Road will be closed to the public on the National Forest past the intersection of Silver Creek Road on National Forest System land. The closure will be in effect from April 1 to approximately June 28, 2019. Silver Creek Road (FR 523) will remain open.

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