Here’s a look at today’s local news:
Local law enforcement and other agencies are searching for a man who robbed the Fort Bayard Credit Union in Arenas Valley at gunpoint yesterday morning at approximately 9:00 A.M. The suspect reportedly fled the area on foot. According to an FBI alert, the suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male, approximately 5’8” tall wearing a black or gray hoodie, blue jeans, white shoes, sunglasses, and a black bandana. The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 575-388-8840. The investigation is ongoing.
Over 50 local nonprofits gathered together on Saturday in Downtown Silver City in celebration of the 5th Annual “Give Grandly” event put on by the Grant County Community Foundation. Members of the of the public were able to visit the many booths at the event held the MainStreet Plaza or donate online for the 24 hours of giving. The final tally of donations reached over $137,000 for the participating organizations that spanned throughout Hidalgo, Grant, Luna and Catron counties.
The Grant County Planning Department held a “Visioning Workshop” to discuss and receive community input about the future of the old Grant County Detention Center located next to the Grant County Courthouse. Grant County Manager, Charlene Webb, was joined by others specializing in planning, architecture, and environmental protection, along with members of the community as they discussed the possible future of the building that has been vacant for several years. Several suggestions were made for reuse of the property and a summary will be created before any decisions will be made.
A temporary shelter has been set up at the Southwestern New Mexico Fairgrounds in the Deming Industrial Park. Immigrants, mostly comprised of family units from Central America are using the facility to stay in until arrangements are made for their transportation elsewhere in the United States. Volunteers from local churches and organizations have been assisting by donations food, clothing and toys for children.