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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.

First three photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy; the rest of the photos are courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 18


Paulo Veltri has promoted creating a Veterans' Resource Center at Western New Mexico University for several years. This year it came to fruition and is open near the patio by the Fitness Center, which is part of the PE Complex on campus.

A grand opening took place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. On hand were veterans, including Medal of Honor awardee Drew Dix, who lives in Grant County. He serves as an honoree all over the country. He was on hand for this celebration.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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