Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Two men were arrested over the weekend after leading New Mexico State Police, Deming Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, and the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department on a chase along Highway 80, I-10 through Lordsburg and Deming, and north on US 180 near Hurley. The 2-door Honda initially evaded a stop for a traffic violation near Road Forks, and was finally stopped at mile marker 122 near Bayard. The driver and another passenger were arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing from a peace officer, and resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer and were booked into Grant County Detention Center. Two female passengers in the vehicle were handed over to the US Border Patrol. No injuries were reported.
Historic Fort Bayard celebrated it’s 148th birthday this Saturday and drew history-lovers out to lectures, a historic play, and more. Fort Bayard served as a military outpost and treatment and research center for Tuberculosis, and during World War II housed German POWs before reverting to a treatment center. The future of historic old Fort Bayard remains unclear, but the heritage of the fort continues to live on in related books, historic tours, and local stories.
The Rivers, Trails and Conservations Assistance Greenways Continental Divide Trail Connector Coalition met at WNMU last week to discuss Silver City’s future as a Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community. The goal is to build greenways in town and a connection between Silver City and the Continental Divide Trail. The trail will make it possible for Silver City to continue as the first Gateway Community. Other Gateways, or potential gateway communities in New Mexico include Cuba and Chama, but Silver City has been a role model community even to towns in Wyoming since it claimed the title of Gateway Community in April.
The Imagination Library of Grant County has recently become the fiscal agent for the newly formed Imagination Library affiliates in Curry and Harding counties. Grant County donations will not go to pay for the books that are sent out monthly to other counties, but will simply act as the tax-exempt umbrella for the other counties until those county officials can find 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who are willing to become the local champions. Local affiliates are encouraged by the growing awareness of the positive effects of reading to preschool children. The ultimate goal is to create a statewide program with partial funding from the state. For more information contact The Imagination Library of Grant County at 534-9156 or visit their website at www.ImaginationLibraryGC.org.