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.

Following months of preparation, the Village of Santa Clara and the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Visitors' Center in the former National Guard Armory, located north of US Highway 180, across from the Village.

The formal opening will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, and the Center will be open to the public from then until 1:30 p.m. The Visitors Center displays historic photographs and exhibits that trace the history of Fort Bayard from its founding in 1866 up to the present. By 1868, the Village of Santa Clara had sprung up a short distance to the south of the military post. The stories of the fort and the village have been intertwined ever since. The Visitors Center tells the Santa Clara story as well, and features historic photographs donated by the Village through the generosity of Dillon and Jimmy Stone.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Mar. 8

Unwanted subject
Hurley Street
Caller advised that a named male is refusing to leave her residence/he does not live there/he has been drinking. Officer issued the male an indefinite CTW for the address.

Quemado, NM, March 12, 2019— The Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District is temporarily closing the Head of the Ditch Campground. This campground is located about 1.5 miles west of Luna, NM and is located at the head of an irrigation ditch. The district ranger has implemented a temporary closure for the safety of any visitors due to possible flooding over the banks of the ditch.

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

Silver City, NM, March 12, 2019—For Immediate Release. Outfitters and guides provide unique services to the public and the Gila National Forest values this contribution. We are now in our fourth year of using the outfitter and guide proposal process implemented by the Forest in the spring of 2015. Forest officials are reminding the public that the special use permit administration process requires that forest-wide outfitter and guides comply with the following guidelines:

firing mar11aStudents and faculty of Western New Mexico University’s clay department will hold their 14th Annual Friends of Clay Pottery Sale on Saturday, March 23, from 9am to 3pm, at 206 N. Bullard in downtown Silver City (two doors down from The Pink Store).

The sale will feature a great selection of pottery and clay art works donated by current and former WNMU clay students, faculty, and professional potters. All proceeds from the sale will be used for the benefit of Western’s clay program.

Widowed and Single Persons of Grant County monthly meeting is Monday, April 8, 2019, 10:30 am at Cross Point Assembly of God Church, 11600 Hwy 180 E. Our speaker is Karen Beckenbach, President of Community Concert with updates for the season. Cost for lunch is $12. All singles are welcome. For information call 575-537-3643.

Glenwood, NM, March 11, 2019—For Immediate Release.  Forest Order Number 06-19-001 Catwalk Recreation Area Temporary Health and Safety Closure Order has been signed. This closure order is effective immediately and is in effect until December 31, 2019, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Due to recent rainfall and rapid snow melt, the Whitewater Creek has been running very high and the low water crossing just before the Catwalk parking area continues to flood. This location is a road which dips down to the level of a stream channel. Large amounts of water and debris are coming down Whitewater Canyon. 

Per the National Weather Service’s NOAA website, “Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.”  Please “Turn Around Don’t Drown”!

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

Silver City, NM, March 11, 2019— The Travel Management Rule (TMR) has been in effect on all six ranger districts of the Gila National Forest since January 1, 2017. The TMR is mandated across all national forests and prohibits motor vehicle use off designated routes and roads.

The motor vehicle use map (MVUM) is the legal document displaying the roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use of the forest. The MVUM is the key to understanding each district’s motorized transportation system and can be used in conjunction with the visitor map to determine which roads are open, and how far you are allowed to drive off of the road. The MVUM is free of charge, and is available at all six ranger stations and digitally here.

Just a reminder, Forest Service law enforcement officers and local natural resource conservation officers will be patrolling and enforcing the rule. Violations of the TMR may result in a law enforcement action. 

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

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