Violent winds from a passing storm whipped through Sierra County Wednesday afternoon July 19, kicking up dust and debris leaving a trail of damage in its wake.
First reports centered most of the apparent heavy damage in Truth or Consequences, where a post-storm tour found numerous fallen trees, broken limbs and roof damage to a several structures.
Contractors unloaded several pieces of heavy equipment and began site preparation for first phase construction of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) new facilities Monday morning, July 17. The project’s initial phase will include relocation of the hospital’s helipad, construction of new parking facilities, as well as a variety of preliminary tasks that will pave the way for major construction in phase-two of the initiative. With equipment arriving the east side parking lot will be closed for at two weeks. Clinic patients are encouraged to use the front parking lot and a shuttle service will be provided to the clinic.
An observant neighbor is credited with calling police and reporting a burglar in a nearby vacant house in the 400 block of Oak St.
Truth or Consequences Police responded to the area of Fourth and Oak when a young man was seen on his skateboard with his jacket before leaving the items on the side of the road and entering the back yard of the vacant home on Saturday, July 11 just before 9 p.m.
When officers arrived they