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 Silver City -- The holiday season is here and Silver City Police and Fire officials are urging the public to be aware of potential hazards and to take extra precautions to insure a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, some 30% of house fires and nearly 40% of home fire deaths occur between December and February. Holiday dinners with friends and family are a cornerstone of holiday gatherings. Fire Chief Milo Lambert warns that most house fires start in the kitchen, and he urges homeowners to make sure they have a fire extinguisher rated for cooking fires on hand, and that they know how to use it.

img 2730 copyFrom left are Det. Jason Jordan, Administrative Assistant Lynn Baca, Sheriff Frank Gomez, Undersheriff Captaincies. Jesse Watkins, Deputies Zack Blazer, John Vavrecan, Randy Orosco, and Lindsey Griffin, representing donor Griffin Propane Inc.. Photo by Mary Alice MurphyThe personnel of the Grant County Sheriff's Office put together 20 boxes of items for Thanksgiving to deliver to families. They personally delivered each box to the recipient family.

Donors included Dr. Clay Allred of Arena Valley Vet Clinic, Cassie Health Care, Thunder-1 Rod Design, Albertson's and Griffin Propane Inc.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 held it's annual birthday ball. This year marked the 244th birthday of the Marine Corps. The event is always full of tradition, including reading the first official Marine Corps birthday message, the current commandant's message, honoring those who were or are prisoners of war or missing in action, the ceremonial cake, which honors the oldest and youngest Marines present, and a speech by the guest of honor. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias introduced the hospital's newest surgeon.

"There are lots of things I do every day," Arias said, "but the most enjoyable is bringing top-level physicians to your hospital. You deserve the best. I am pleased to introduce Dr. James 'Butch' Rosser."

img 7455Ilo Louck, 105-years-young and her great-granddaughter, Jasmijn.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Ilo Louck, who now lives with her son and daughter-in-law in Silver City was born in Ohio On Nov. 5, 1914. "We then moved to Pennsylvania, to New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Wyoming. I've lived all over the place. I was 91 when I moved to Silver City," she said.

On November 16, 2019 at approximately 11:46 a.m. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling on Kirkland Rd. observed a black motorcycle with no license plate. Deputies attempted a traffic stop at which time the driver made a U-Turn and tried to evade at high speed. Due to the number of Deputies in the area, the driver of the motorcycle stopped and fled on foot, abandoning it. The driver, later identified as Brandon Villegas, was apprehended in the area shortly thereafter.

He was booked into the Grant County Detention Center without incident. It was later determined the motorcycle was reported stolen from the Albuquerque Metro Area. It was recovered pending return to the registered owner. Villegas was charged with multiple misdemeanor and felony offenses.

On November 15, 2019 at approximately 9:30 p.m., A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a male subject in the parking lot of the Snappy Liquor in Bayard, NM. The Deputy recognized him as Dominick Duran. He attempted to elude him. A short time later Central Dispatch confirmed that he had a violent felony warrant. Dominick led the Deputies into the Hurley city limits where he then fled leading the Deputies in a foot pursuit. Deputies were able to apprehend Dominick and he was later booked into the Grant County Detention Center.

Dominick’s charges include Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, Aggravated Assault (household member), Felon in possession of a firearm, False Imprisonment, Battery (household member), Criminal Damage to Property of a household member, Failure to comply with conditions of probation, Violation of conditions of parole, Aggravated Fleeing and Resisting or Evading a police officer.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy


Crosspoint Church held its annual bazaar on Nov. 1 and 2, 2019 with vendors selling handmade and other products. Lunch was available and pies were for sale.

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