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On 06/22/2018 at around 0006 hours Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to a welfare check on the 200 block of F Street. While on scene, officers observed a male subject lying on his left side, the male subject had injuries to his face and head and was unresponsive. Officers identified the male subject as Clyde Perry. Mr. Perry was flown to University Medical Center of El Paso because of his injuries. On 6/23/18 at around 0145 hours Mr. Perry was pronounced dead.

Throughout further investigation, it was later determined that the incident was a homicide.

These are the final photos by Mary Alice Murphy of the 2018 Fourth of July parade in downtown Silver City.

These are photos by Mary Alice Murphy, unless otherwise noted, from the middle part of the Fourth of July Parade in downtown Silver City.

By Roger Lanse

An amended notice of intent ordinance termed a superceding NOI because it supercedes the NOI passed by a 3-1 vote at their last meeting, was introduced by its sponsor, District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr, at council’s Tuesday, July 10 meeting. Ray was hopeful amendments relating to street definitions, fines, safety equipment, hours of operation, and other factors would be sufficient to persuade the remaining three councilors to go along with the proposed ordinance, which would allow ROVs, popularly called side-by-sides, to be driven on city streets. However, there were still concerns levied at the superceded NOI.

District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith continued her questioning of Ray’s NOI stating the original intent of state legislation regarding ROV use was to allow farmers who might be on an ATV and had to travel on a paved road to get to their fields. “The governor also when she signed it said that ‘I want to be clear that the intent of this bill is not to replace or substitute vehicle usage for day-to-day transportation,’” Aiman-Smith said. According to her, the different license plates would make it ‘awkward’ for law enforcement. She expressed concern over the cost of enforcement and the confusion over what is a city street and what is a state or federal highway.

Start Date: June 30, 2018
Acres: ~4,786
Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 142

By Roger Lanse

According to a criminal complaint issued July 2, Brawn Aguirre, 33, of Silver City, has been charged with aggravated battery against a household member (great bodily harm), false imprisonment, and interference with communications in reference to a June 30 incident. Grant County Assessor Raul Turrieta told the Beat that Aguirre is employed at the assessor’s office.

In the criminal complaint, a New Mexico State Police officer stated as he was in the Ridge Road Chevron on June 30, at approximately 10:40 p.m., he observed a red Toyota 4Runner with a female driver pull into the gas station and park. As the officer was leaving the gas station, he saw the female exit the vehicle appearing to be upset and crying. The officer also saw at that time another vehicle with a male driver pull into the gas station and park near the female’s vehicle. The officer identified the male as the female’s brother.

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on July 9, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. All councilors attended as well as Mayor Chon Fierro.

Edith Lee of HMS presented, requesting financial support for the Senior Food Program. Lee oversees family support services at HMS which includes programs for seniors. The senior program has been in Hidalgo county for the past 10 years and expanded to include Cliff, Mimbres, Silver City, and Santa Clara. The program receives federal and state funds and has chosen to approach municipalities about support after receiving a 10% federal cut, with more cuts to come.

The Senior Food Program provided over 21,000 meals to seniors in the mining district last year. Their services include hot lunches served at the senior centers and delivered meals for those who qualify. They also provide rides to appointments.

Start Date: June 30, 2018
Acres: ~4,543
Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 209

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