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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.

Silver City, NM, September 16, 2019 -- The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has several vegetation projects planned for the fall and winter months. These projects are related to hazardous fuels reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, watershed function enhancement, and wildland urban interface treatment.

The Jaybird Prescribed Fire is planned for the first available weather opportunity after October 1. The 2,565-acre project is adjacent to NM Highway 15 and Meadow Creek. This low intensity prescribed fire will treat critical Mexican-spotted Owl habitat by reducing the chances of high severity fire through a reduction in accumulated forest vegetation. Land managers will factor in several variables including the dryness of the fuels and weather patterns to determine the appropriate time to begin ignitions. Smoke is expected to settle in the upper Mimbres Valley and potentially impact NM Highway 15 and 35. Visitors are asked to use caution if they see firefighters or signs related to prescribed fire. The area around Meadow Creek Road will be closed to public use during the prescribed fire to protect public and firefighter safety.

(SANTA CLARA/DEMING, NM) – The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) will make veterans benefits outreach visits in the coming weeks to Grant and Luna Counties to provide benefits assistance to veterans and widows of veterans.

A DVS Veterans Service Officer will be at its Santa Clara office, located at 11990 U.S. Hwy 180 East, from 9am-3pm on the following dates:

  • September 25
  • October 10
  • October 23

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word, in conjunction with WNMU, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL), has announced that it will sponsor the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Lecture. The lecture, in honor of WNMU’s former scholar-in-residence, will take place annually and will be on a topic connected with Latino/a issues. The lecture will be administered by the committee of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, Sept. 9

Welfare check
Poplar and Pine streets
Mom is not supposed to have contact with his 8-month-old son and she took him last night. Caller advised the child is a protected party on an active DVO. Officer had negative contact with the baby at a Pine Street address.

Monday, Sept. 9

Welfare check
Burnham Street
Intoxicated male walking near the highway/he is weaving into the highway.

Welfare check
Camino Tolteca – Tyrone
Caller advised he is feeling suicidal and wants a deputy to respond/he is intoxicated.

Monday, Sept. 9

Harassment
510 N. Bullard Street
Caller advised a named male verbally threatened him. Officer had negative contact/caller is now at SCPD.

Welfare check
1605 W. Market Street
A named female with development issues is stating she is stressed out. Unable to find out what is going on.

ihle pictureDistrict Ranger Beth Ihle will be the speaker at the September 17 Silver City Rotary Club. She will talk about the forming of the Gila National Forest, including the first designated wilderness area in the United States.

Members of the public are always invited to attend Rotary Club meetings that are of interest to them. The Silver City Rotary Club meets every Tuesday for lunch in the Sunset Room of the WNMU Student Cafeteria in the WNMU Student Memorial Building at 1000 College Avenue. There is no charge to attend the meeting, but guests are asked to contribute $10 if they wish to join the Rotarians in eating a lunch with a hot entree, salad, and dessert. The lunch line opens at noon; the meeting begins at 12:15 p.m.; the presentation starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

The Silver City Public Library will soon install a glass partition wall to establish a new teen area. The wall will be located near the library’s Information Desk, enclosing a low-ceiling area where public computers have previously been housed. The wall will be installed on Saturday, September 28. The library will be closed to the public on this day to allow the construction to take place.

The dedicated space for teens will feature computers, comfortable furniture for socializing and studying, and equipment for video games. The area will be comfortable and inviting for teens, who are encouraged to express their own ideas about what should be included in the new space and how it will be decorated.

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