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.

Monday, May 13

11797 E. Highway 180
Teller hold up alarm. Male with black/white bandana, black sunglasses and black hoodie. He was given money and he did have a silver handgun. Caller didn’t get a description because she was told to stay on the ground in her office. Alarm company called to advise of hold up. Caller advised she and one other employee were in the building/no customers.

Weapons fired
Burro Springs Road – Redrock
Walk-in advised she was just notified by a neighbor that another neighbor just shot and killed her livestock. Deputy advised contacted the livestock inspector as this was an ongoing issue.

Monday, May 13

703 Silver Heights Blvd.
A named male eating at Denny’s is being harassed by a named female.

W. Highway 180 and Alabama Street
Caller advised some sort of dispute is going on/disconnected the line after repeating the word, “Alabama, Alabama, Alabama.” Officer had negative contact.

college ave v1Local infrastructure improvements scheduled to begin this year include Ridge Road, and streets in the Chihuahua Hill neighborhood. Peter Peña, director of the Silver City Public Works Department, said recently completed College Avenue improvements set a new standard for local streets. "College Avenue turned out really well," says Peña. "Not only does it look nice, but it functions well, creating a safe street for all types of users - people who live there, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists." College Avenue improvements were made possible through a collaboration between the Town of Silver City and Western New Mexico University.Ridge Road, Chihuahua Hill and Downtown Sidewalk Repairs Scheduled

Silver City -- Warming weather heralds the annual roll-out of the orange barrels, marking the start of a
number of local infrastructure improvement projects in Silver City, this year to include new paving and
improved drainage on Ridge Road and in the Chihuahua Hill neighborhood, as well as new downtown
sidewalks. New sidewalks with improved ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access will be constructed on the following blocks in the historic downtown area:

The Silver City Museum seeks volunteers and cake donors for the Ice Cream Social from 11am-4pm on July 4th.

Every July 4th, Museum volunteers mingle with Independence Day celebrants, serve them refreshments, sell tickets, listen to live music, play traditional children’s games, dress up in costume, and set up tents and chairs. 

Volunteers will be provided catered lunch as well as free tickets good for a variety of treats and games. Shifts are available for many positions throughout the day. 

Mimbres, NM, May 16, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District has one temporary additional fuelwood area available on the district.

There are approximately 80 acres of small diameter juniper and mixed size ponderosa pine on the ground in Gatton’s Park, Unit 4. This area was being thinned through a Collaborative Forest Restoration Project to improve forest health, reduce fuels in and around the Upper Mimbres area, and improve wildlife habitat. Wood cutters may not cut dead, standing trees or standing green trees of any species or size due to wildlife concerns. The best access is off Hwy 35 near Mile Marker 17 where there is a jeep trail west of Spotted Horse Ranch. FSR 4085V & 4085U bracket the unit. This unit is available from May 15 – September 1. (Unit 4 map attached)

Summer Internship for 8 th -12 th graders

[SILVER CITY, NM, May 5, 2019—] For six weeks beginning June 3, The Commons: Center for Food Security and Sustainability presents its paid summer internship program, Rooted: Youth Growing Change. This internship will bring together 8 teens (grades 8 - 12) to study how our food goes from farm to table.

The Commons will be hosting the internship this summer from June 3 - July 10. Participants will have the
opportunity to grow, prepare, and market local foods. The weekly schedule will be Mondays and Tuesdays
from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Work will be focused on preparing
produce and food to bring and sell at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market (Ace Hardware parking lot from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Mondays will be dedicated to working in the gardens: harvesting, tending, and maintaining the crops. Tuesdays will be spent in the commercial kitchen, preparing for Wednesday Farmers Market. The teens will work together as a team to learn farming and business skills, experience nature, explore issues of hunger and community, challenge themselves, and have fun!

Three Silver City not-for-profit organizations recently benefitted from a charitable remainder
trust fund of more than $280,000. The trust fund was established by long-time Silver City
residents John A, (Jack) and Arley Reece 20 years ago, with the interest going to family
members for 20 years, and the remaining capital to then be divided among four entities upon
the trust fund’s maturity.

The three New Mexico beneficiaries are:

Silver City, NM, May 15, 2019—For Immediate Release.  The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District plans to conduct a broadcast burn during the week of May 21, conditions permitting. The project plan is to conduct prescribed burning on approximately 950 acres in the Cameron Creek Unit, located between Trail 243 (Wagon Wheel) and Forest Service Road 4241N. Burning will occur over a two-to-four day period. The fuels in this area include pinyon-juniper and grasslands. The district is closely monitoring onsite fuel conditions and forecasted weather. The Forest has implemented a temporary closure order, (Forest Order 06-19-006, map attached) which will prevent visitors from traversing the Big Tree Trail system. 

Objectives for the Cameron Creek Prescribed Burn include:

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