News 01-07-15

There is a rash of burglaries happening in Silver City.  According to the Silver City Police Department Captain Hernandez, in a recent burglary around $6000 in jewelry was taken.  There has been 11 burglaries since December 18th.  This rash of crimes has happened over just a few weeks and has included two businesses and nine homes.  The areas affected have been P.A. Road, Cactus street area, one on 15th Street, one on 19th street, all in a similar area.  The investigation is ongoing.

In news about the recent ATM theft from Javalina Coffee house, charges have been dropped against Katherine Aleckson for her alleged involvement in the December crime based on lack of evidence. However, charges are still being pursued for the others previously reported on Max Peru and Arturo Cruz.

Silver City Town Council position candidates have completed their filing to run in the March 3rd election. In District 1, current councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison will face challenger Ronald G Perez.  In District 3, Jose A Ray Jr. has filed for his intent to run. He will be unopposed.

An update on the Silco Theater Donation Match incentive—Overall, the incentive for year-end fund raising was a success.  Main Street raised $6,709.46 toward the renovation of the historic movie theater in downtown Silver City.

At Tuesday’s work session of the Grant County commissioners a discussion of three public hearings pursued.  The public hearings will be on an ordinance to benefit low-income property taxpayers for taxable years 2015-16, an ordinance granting a franchise for cable services to Comcast of New Mexico and an ordinance governing the connection to the public sanitary sewer in the extraterritorial area surrounding the town of Silver City, within Grant County.  Also during the meeting, county financial officer Linda Vasquez presented financial reports, discussion on Emergency Medical Service Fund application, a resolution on the application to the New Mexico Finance Authority concerning the North Hurley Road.  For more information on the regular meeting scheduled on January 8th at 9am and on the work session, check out

The Aging and Long-Term Services Department Capital Project Bureau is offering Capital Outlay Application training for the 2016 application process.  The training in Silver City will take place Thursday, January 22nd from 1:30-5pm at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.

In regional news, the Las Cruces 16 year old teen, Rosa Hurtado, who had gone missing December 10th has now been found and is back with her family. She was found in El Paso.  Rosa’s search has been covered considerably by the news and many have searched for her. Rosa had called home on the 19th wanting to come home, but before she could explain anything or where she was, the phone connection was lost.   Several tips finally led authorities to her location in El Paso.  No criminal charges have been filed.

Today, US Senator Martin Heinrich joined US Senator John Barrasso to introduce the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.  LNG stands for liquefied natural gas.  This legislation will speed up approval process for exports of LNG to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States.

This has been a look at the local and regional news.