Here’s a look at some local headlines:
The Grant County Commission met in a combined work and regular session meeting yesterday with the expectation of deciding the future of Gila Regional Medical Center. The commission went into “executive session” and returned to regular session with the statement that they could not reach a decision at this time. Commissioner Brett Kasten, stated that answers they have received have brought up additional questions that need to be addressed before a decision is finally made.
At approximately 2:30 A.M. Monday morning, Silver police officers were called to a welfare check near Denny’s restaurant at 708 Silver Heights Boulevard, and found a male subject with a possible gunshot wound to his left foot. Police Chief, Freddy Portillo, stated the original incident may have occurred in the area of 12th and Swan Streets in Silver City. The victim received medical services and currently there are no suspects. The investigation will remain open and anyone with information is urged to call 575-538-3723.
The Bayard City Council has approved a 3-mill property tax increase in addition to raising their wastewater rate $3.31 during their monthly meeting this week. The reason for the increases stem from reports that the city’s insurance for property and law enforcement liability have increased by 5%, city employee health insurance has increased by 4%, and the city received $46,000 less from state government funding. It is anticipated that the increase will bring in an additional $70,000 to the city, which translates to an increase of $50 or $60 per year based on the value of the home.
New Mexico Attorney General, Hector Balderas, has issued an alert regarding scammers that are targeting seniors. The caller will inform the victim that they have won a sweepstakes or lottery and that they must keep their winnings confidential. Later, they will receive a phony check to deposit in their account and in addition are directed to purchase a gift card or write a check to cover fees. The Attorney General is advising all consumers to not cash the check they may receive from the scam phone call and to not release any personal or financial information to the scammers. If anyone is in doubt of a phone call they have received, they are urged to contact the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer and Family Advocacy Services Division of the Attorney General’s Office by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deming Elks Lodge 2750 is hosting an evening of fun in the pool during the “Summer Splash” free swim from 5:30 to 9:00 tomorrow night at the Sam Baca Aquatic Center located at the corner of Buckeye and 8th Streets in Deming. The event is the product of a collaborative effort between the Elks Lodge and the City of Deming with the goal of reaching out to area youth. The event is for children ages 12 and under and must be accompanied by an adult. In addition, the Elks will be providing food, prizes, and musical entertainment.
The High Desert Humane Society has installed a flag pole at their location of 3050 Cougar Way in Silver City, and in celebration, has requested the American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18 to conduct a flag raising ceremony this Friday at 10:00 A.M. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. This week is National Flag Week, a time when Americans can reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedoms. People across the United States celebrate Flag Day tomorrow to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. In addition, the United States Army will be celebrating its 243rd birthday.