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.

Friday, Mar. 8

Highway 152 – Santa Rita
Caller was just threatened by a named female and her boyfriend. Deputy spoke to (redacted) via telephone/(redacted) stated girl tried moving into boss’s house/left skateboard at residence/left it for a year.

Palo Verde Drive
Walk-in complaining on (redacted).

Friday, Mar. 8

Loud music
Fowler Avenue
Officer had contact advising subjects will be shutting it down/clear.

Suspicious vehicle
3130 E. Highway 180
Officer out with owner of an older primer-gray Buick. Owner works at Southwest Collision and is moving the vehicle.

scbg 7 17 dsc 5679It may not feel like spring, but it’s not too early to think about what to plant in your garden. A great variety of attractive native plants are available to order at the Gila Native Plant Society’s 17th Annual Native Plant Pre-Sale. How does it work? You order plants in March and they will be ready for pick-up in late April, just before Earth Day. Choose from a wide selection of native trees, shrubs, flowers, cacti and grasses.

Why grow native plants in your garden? Once established, native plants conserve water and require less care than non-natives. They are more likely to resist disease and predation (many are even deer resistant!). Since they are adapted to our climate, they are more cold-hardy than non-natives and can withstand our strong sun. And they support local varieties of birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators important to our region’s vitality.

For the week, beginning Monday, March 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and ending Monday March 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.,Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to 220 calls for service, had 365 self-initiated activity, and made 19 arrests. Of those arrests, 1 was for distribution of a controlled substance, 2 were for possession of a controlled substance, 3 possession of drug paraphernalia, 1 DWI, and 1 battery on a house hold member.   

Included in the above calls for service are 14 alarm, 2 fight calls, 2 domestic disturbance, 1 criminal sexual penetration, 3 criminal damage to property, 4 agency assist, 5 loud music, 1 unattended death, 1 battery, 1 narcotic violation, 9 suspicious vehicle, 4 shoplifting, 1 DVO violation, 8 harassment, 18 welfare checks, 24 animal complaints, 10 reckless driver, 6 unwanted subjects, 8 suspicious person, 28 citizen assists, 4 text harassment, 2 vehicle accident no injuries, 2 accident property damage, 1 hit & run accident, 3 private property accident.    

Luna County, NM - On March 8, 2019 at around 5:45 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on 8th and Coyote Road in Deming, NM.   

The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant, driven by a forty-one-year-old Deming woman, was traveling south on 8th street. For reasons still under investigation the Mitsubishi left the roadway and rolled. The passenger of the Mitsubishi, Tammy Plant (31) of Deming, was ejected from the vehicle,  sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

The driver was airlifted to an area hospital with unknown injuries. Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be involved and seatbelts do not appear to have been properly utilized. The crash is still under investigation and no additional information is currently available.

March 17, at 10:00 am, 3845 North Swan Street - "Faith: You Better Believe it"

Heidi Ogas will share this sermon written by her late stepfather, the Rev. Joseph Willis.  He explores the question, “What do you believe faith is?” and discusses the conflict between faith and reason.  One of his premises is that even atheists can have a faith. The sermon is based on his book, “Finding Faith in the Face of Doubt, A Guide for Contemporary Seekers.” 

Although this is not a Family Program Sunday, there will be childcare available.

There will be coffee and conversation after the service, and visitors are always welcome.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City is a diverse group of religious independents seeking knowledge, spiritual sustenance, fellowship and opportunities for service to others. Our programs encompass humanism, liberal Christianity, earth-based spirituality, Buddhism and many other traditions. If you’d like to find out more about the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, emailuufellowshipofsilvercity@gmail.com, visit our website at here.

bayou secoKen Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Sells, AZ. with fiddles made by Ken. (Courtesy Photo)On March 21, from noon to 1pm, in the Silver City Museum courtyard, renowned local music duo Bayou Seco will present a boot-stompin’ program of cowboy songs and western dance tunes learned from cowboy friends across the state, and some from old collections of cowboy songs and from the Lewis Family in Crow Flats, NM.  

Bayou Seco, a.k.a. Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, have been entertaining New Mexico and many parts of the world since 1980.   Bayou Seco's roots are in the southwest, but their branches reach around the globe. In addition to performing professionally they have a long history in the research and preservation of American roots music.

This program ties into the Silver City Museum’s exploration of Ranching in Grant County, the title of our nearly year-long exhibit on display in the Dodge Gallery.

When the final gavel strikes to adjourn the monthly meeting of the Grant County Democratic Party on Wednesday March 13, it will be a moment of change. After four years as Chair and Vice Chair, Frances Vasquez and Shelby Hallmark will be stepping down. “It’s time to pass the gavel,” says Vasquez. “Shelby and I have been honored to serve the community in this capacity, but now new folks with new ideas and new energy are going to take Grant County and the Democratic Party to even greater heights.” Hallmark added, “Our annual Convention, at the Brown Derby in Santa Clara on March 30, will pick a new Chair, Vice Chair, Precinct and Ward Chairs, along with State Central Committee Delegates. This Wednesday meeting provides a great opportunity for those interested in serving to announce their candidacy. And it’s a good time for all Democrats to learn the who, what, when, how and whys of the County Convention.”

Vasquez and Hallmark are proud of the increase in voter turnout during their time in office. Particularly since Grant County voters helped turn New Mexico blue again.

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