Here’s a look at some today’s local news:
The Public Information Officer for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department has released an announcement that the reward for information regarding the Fort Bayard Credit Union robbery that occurred in the morning of May 13th in Arenas Valley has increased from $1,000 to $4,000. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, white shoes, sunglasses and a black bandana over his mouth. The Sheriff’s Department has described the suspect to be armed and dangerous and should not be contacted or confronted under any circumstances. People with information about the robbery are directed to call the FBI, Grant County Central Dispatch, or the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
A resolution approved by the Deming City Council during an emergency meeting last week, will allocate $1 million in funding to shelter migrant asylum seekers. It has been reported that the funds are coming from the fiscal year 2018-19 General Fund. The Deming Chief financial officer states that the funds used for emergency relief will be reimbursed through state funding and possibly through federal dollars in the future. Items contained in the budget include overtime for city employees and other expenses. Deming has been housing asylum seekers from mainly Central America at the Southwestern New Mexico Fairgrounds and hangars at the Deming Airport. Most of them stay for a few days while making travel arrangements to other parts of the United States.
The Indian Fire has been burning on National Forest System lands in Catron County since May 26th. The area is located southwest of Coffee Pot Reservoir within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness. The helicopter will be drawing water from Snow Lake. The size of the fire is 6 acres and believed to have been caused by lightning. Fire information can be found at nm fire info dot com.
The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 24th annual Silver City Blues Festival took place in Gough Park over the Memorial Day weekend. The event featured local and distant performers in addition to many vendors, a beer garden and the Gila Glass Classic Flame-off, a glass blowing competition. The event was a success and attracted hundreds people.