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Top Stories for Thursday, July 24th, 2014:


f U.S. 180 between Bayard and Hurley was blocked off for about 45 minutes Wednesday due to a vehicle accident. Cars turned around, people got out of their cars and some even walked closer to the scene to get a better glimpse of what happened. According to some family members, the male victim was on the shoulder of the road on his motorcycle when a truck hit him. About a dozen police cars from Bayard, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and New Mexico State Police were at the scene, as well as ambulances and a helicopter. The victim was flown to a hospital in El Paso, according to a family member. The New Mexico State Police are handling the investigation, but could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

More developments will come as information is released.


(Press Staff Photo by Stewart McClintic)


By STEWART McCLINTIC

Daily Press Staff

Many plants bloom annually; they grow flowers and bear fruit for a while, cease, and, sure enough, the next year it happens again. This is not the case with the Agave Americana or “ century plant.'

Thirty years ago, Florencio and Magdalena Garcia were visiting their nephew Richard in Alamogordo. Florencio noticed that his nephew was growing this plant and really liked it. So, Richard decided to let Florencio take some of the baby...




By BENJAMIN FISHER

Daily Press Staff

Newly selected Silver City Fire Chief Tim Heidrick has been working with governmental entities at all levels to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the town.

“ The idea of the wildfire plan isn’t brand- new,' he said. “ According to State Forestry, every community could use a plan. Grant County has had one since 2009.'

Heidrick said that — working with the town, county, State Forestry, the Forest Service, and Bureau of...




The Silver City Daily Press and the Silver City- Grant County Chamber of Commerce were victims of break- in attempts Tuesday night at their offi ces on U.S. 180 East.

A windowpane was cracked on the Daily Press building after several apparent attempts to pry the window open. The Chamber of Commerce’s front door showed evidence of someone trying to kick it in. Both attempts failed. The attempts resulted in police reports being filed.

Jim Nennich, of W & N Enterprises, who...