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.

Hidalgo County, NM - On December 24, 2019 at about 4:13 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 10 near mile post 1 west of Lordsburg.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by Joseph Portanova (75) of Surprise, AZ was traveling west on Interstate 10 near mile post 1. For reasons unknown, Portanova left the roadway and rolled. Potanova sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts do not appear to have been properly utilized. No additional information is available at this time.

Friday, Dec. 20

Unwanted subject
123 W. 12th Street
Male in a sleeping bag with a dog and a shopping cart on the sidewalk /caller wants him to leave. Officer out with a named male.

S. Pinos Altos Street
Advised there was a $300 transaction on her debit account that she didn’t authorize/would like a phone call at home. Officer advised he called with negative contact/will try again later.

A Veteran Service Officer (VSO) will visit Grant County from Las Cruces on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Armory Building, 11990 US Highway 180 East, Santa Clara NM 88026

The dates are Jan. 9, Jan 23, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 12, March 26, April 9 and April 23.

Bayard Police Department

Friday, Dec. 20

Welfare check
208 Central Avenue
Male(?) wearing all black is lying in the roadway across from The Jerky Store. Officer had contact advising he is awake/en route with one female to Mi Ranchito.

Friday, Dec. 20

Accident-property damage
Highway 180 – MM 118 (Uncle Woody’s Flea Market)
RV vs pickup truck. Deputy requested ambulance for an approximate 20-year-old with nose bleed/airbag deployed.

Criminal trespass warning
11072 W. Highway 180
Caller advised he has a tenant with a pit bull and is not allowed to/would like the male issued a CTW/pit bull bit a person at Space 21.

December 29, at 10:00 am, 3845 North Swan Street – "How Singing Connects Us to Ourselves and Each Other"

Maria Casler will be talking about the role of music in our everyday lives and how, despite a culture that largely defines music as entertainment delivered by professionals, we can reclaim our own unique singing voices. She will also talk about the power of group singing and how singing together brings us closer together, magnifying our joys and easing our sorrows. She will also lead the group in simple, joyous songs with easy harmonies.  

Maria Casler has been singing since she could talk, first with her large and musical family, and then in various choirs, groups, and theater productions.  She loves to bring singing back into the everyday lives of everyday people.

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

“Theater 101,” a Silver City Community Theater (SCCT) workshop, will introduce participants to the jobs, etiquette, and traditions of the various roles of the theater: not only actor but also director, producer, designer, lighting, stage manager, and more,” according to Joe Navan, who has presented this workshop for years to theater groups throughout Arizona. An accomplished actor and man of many roles, Navan now manages The Silco Theater for Silver City Mainstreet Project,” according to SCCT President Thomas Leeper.

 “Come on people let’s make some theater,” says Navon, “join us for “Theater 101” at The Silco Theater, Tuesday, January 14, 6 pm.

Admission is free although a donation may be made at the door, Leeper noted.

“Be the community in Community Theater—join SCCT! Individual and family memberships receive tickets and admission to opening night parties and workshops. Additionally, sponsorships are recognized in programs and other publications,” according to Leeper.

Bayard Police Department

Monday, Dec. 16

Accident-property damage
204 Hurley Avenue
Gray Charger.

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