By Lorie Hildebrand and Alexis Rico
The City of Bayard Council met for a work session followed by a regular session meeting on June 10, 2019, at the Bayard City Hall. Mayor Chon Fierro, Councilor Raul Villanueva, Councilor Eloy Medina, and Councilor Charles L. Kelly were present for the meetings.
After calling the regular meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Chon Fierro asked for any public input. The Hanover Water Association thanked the Mayor and Council Members for their support of providing backup water to Hanover residents. Their only request was for a slight increase in the water amount allowed each month by Bayard. Clerk/Treasurer Ms. Ortiz stated that as long as there were no leaks or waste problems, Bayard had no problem supplying the water needs of Hanover. The rates would stay the same but total payment due for the water would increase as need did.
By Roger Lanse
Steven Escobar, 30, of Hurley, appeared at three consecutive dispositional hearings in the 6th Judicial District Court in Silver City on Monday, June 10, 2019; the first for two state charges for being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon occurring on Jan. 5, 2019; a second for two state charges for trafficking in, and possession of, a controlled substance occurring on Jan. 7, 2019; and a single federal charge of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon occurring on Jan. 8, 2019, when he barricaded himself inside a house in Hurley. All charges are fourth-degree felonies except the trafficking charge which is a second-degree felony.
Mario Quintana and team members accept a proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner, recognizing the 2019 National Senior Olympics Team. The team will be in Albuquerque to participate in the games June 14-24.
Article and photo by Roger Lanse
District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. re-introduced his notice of intent ordinance at the June 11, 2019, town meeting, to amend the Silver City Traffic Ordinance regarding off-highway motor vehicles. His proposed ordinance, the same one introduced last year and defeated 3-2, would allow ROVs (recreational off-road vehicles) on town streets, excluding highways 15, 90, and 180. The vehicles, popularly called side-by-sides, would be required to have certain features and drivers would have to be 18 or older.
Location: southeast of Mangas Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM
Start Date: June 6, 2019 Size: ~660 acres Cause: Lightning Containment: 48%
Vegetation: Transitional moving up Mangas Mountain from piñon-juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine, and dry mixed conifer to wet mixed conifer with aspen.
Resources: Two Type 3 helicopters, 4 IHC (Hotshot)crews, 2 Type 2 IA Crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, various overhead resources, 240 total personnel.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser, IC2
Fire Activity: Fire activity over the last 24 hours has diminished, however, smoke was visible during the afternoon as winds and dryer air moved into the area.
Location: Adobe Canyon, Black Range Ranger District
Start Date: June 5, 2019
Vegetation: ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper, grasslands, heavy dead and down from previous fires
Resources: 1 Type 6 engine and a 10 person hand crew
Size: 3,556 acres
Incident Commander: Clark & Verthein (trainee)
By Mary Alice Murphy
On Monday, June 3, 2019, most of the administrative staff of Advanced Airlines, which provides Essential Air Service to Grant County Airport, stopped in Silver City to talk to the community about the service and to get feedback from passengers of their airline, which has been providing service since Jan. 6, 2019.
Levi Stockton, president and founder, told the people gathered that the airline since it started in Grant County this year has had a 100% completion rate, with no flights canceled. Ontime performance has also been high at an average year-to-date of 98.12%, with delays due to weather, a few mechanical issues and some logistical problems.
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Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it
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