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.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Mar. 15

DV order violation
East Street
Advised that a named male texted him yesterday and he was served a restraining order yesterday.

Friday, Mar. 15

Suspicious vehicle
1235 E. Highway 180
Officer giving driver a ride to a N. Swan Street address.

Suspicious vehicle
1201 Pope Street
They need to move the tan F350 Ford pickup to open up the bank.

Skeeter the Clown will be visiting children in the Mining District during their spring break. On Tuesday, March 26, Skeeter will be at the Hurley Community Center at 9:30 a.m. and at the Bayard Community Center at 10:00 a.m.  

A free show for all children of all ages. Skeeter will engage her audience with slight of hand and stories of the circus as well as a couple of surprises. She is visiting us from the Culpepper-Merriweather Circus that will be arriving the following week on April 7.

Glenwood, NM, March 18, 2019 — On March 11, 2019 the Gila National Forest implemented a temporary closure order for the Catwalk National Recreation Area. The reasoning behind this temporary closure was for public safety.

The Whitewater Creek currently does not have a streamflow monitor, but the USGS Current Conditions for Streamflow is indicating that stream flow discharge rate is 30-40 cubic feet/second (CF/S) and the flow is normally below 5 CF/S.  The water in this area is coming from the western slopes of the Mogollon range which has received quite a bit of snow this winter. In addition, the last crossing into the Catwalk’s parking lot is in a streamflow channel, and the water brings down a lot of sand, gravel, and other forms of large debris.

The Glenwood Ranger District is visually monitoring the water flow and the USGS Current Conditions for Streamflow. The weather predictions for the upcoming week includes scattered showers and thunderstorms which could contribute to the snow pack melting and add more water to the streams. Once the Gila National Forest is assured that the Catwalk Recreation Area can be entered safely, the temporary closure can be lifted.

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

Quemado, NM, March 18, 2019— Historically, the Quemado Lake Recreation Area, located on the Gila National Forest, has opened the campgrounds every year on May 1. In order to have the campgrounds ready for visitors, the water system must be started up several weeks ahead of the opening date to comply with State regulations and allow time for routine maintenance.  In the past, when the water system was opened this early in the spring, the district ran the risk of faucets, valves and pipelines associated with the system freezing and bursting, which caused additional delays in opening the campgrounds.

The District Ranger has decided to push back the seasonal opening of the Juniper and Piñon campgrounds to the weekend of Mother’s Day. Those campgrounds will be open the Friday before Mother’s Day, which will be May 10 this year, to allow forest visitors time to find a campsite and enjoy their weekend. The El Caso campgrounds in the Quemado Lake Recreation Area are open year-round for your camping pleasure.

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

For the week beginning Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8:00 am and ending Monday March 18, 2019 at 8:00 am, officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 196 calls for service, had 310 self-initiated activity, and made 9 arrest. Of those arrests, 1 was for possession of controlled substance, and 3 was for Possession of drug paraphernalia, 0 DWI, 0 battery on a house hold member, 0 Aggravated assault on a house hold member, and 0 shoplifting.   

Included in the above calls for service are 9 alarms, 2 burglaries, 2 fights, 6 domestic disturbances, 3 accidents w/property damage, 0 Aggravated Assault, 2 larcenies, 0 criminal damage to property, 1 criminal trespass, 2 agency assist, 1 loud music, 1 traffic complaints, 0 assaults, 2 battery, 2 narcotics violation, 13 suspicious vehicles, 0 Arson, 3 weapons fired, 2 fraud/embezzlement, 3 disturbances, 5 shoplifting, 0 game and fish, 2 DV Order violation, 0 parking violations, 1 abandoned 911 calls, 6 harassment, 9 welfare checks, 25 animal complaints, 0 civil standby, 7 information complaint, 1 breaking and entering, 5 reckless driver, 3 motorist/citizen assists, 0 abandoned vehicle, 12 unwanted subjects, 12 suspicious persons, 0 identity theft, 1 smoke, 3 civil matter, 14 requests for public service, 0 public assist, 2 criminal trespass warnings, 15 suspicious activity, 22 citizen assists, 5 child exchanges, 0 text harassment, 1 lost property, 0 vehicle burglary, 4 private property crashes, 0 noise complaint, 0 hit and run accidents, 3 vehicle accident no injury, 0 vehicle accident with injury.  

marigold ofrenda orange varietySaturday’s Marigold Seed Exchange will feature Ofrenda Orange seeds donated by Grant County Master Gardener Kendra Milligan. Monday, March 18, 2019; Silver City, NM: On Saturday, March 23, residents can help keep the Silver City’s Día de los Muertos community ofrendas decorated with marigolds by participating in the Marigold Seed Exchange from 1 to 4 p.m. at Javalina Coffeehouse, located at 117 W. Market Street.

“The Marigold Seed Exchange is a good way for the community to get more involved and prepare for making the event more vibrant and energized,” said Diana Ingalls Leyba, one of the organizers for Silver City’s Día de los Muertos celebration.

The community is invited to bring their own marigold seeds to exchange and share, thus growing a wider variety of marigolds to bestrewn the community and family’s ofrendas. All marigold varieties are welcome! Participants can fill out an informational card about their donated seeds and select other seeds during the exchange.

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