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CDT through hikers take note: Signal Fire closure order remains in effect

SILVER CITY, NM; May 24, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The Silver City Ranger District is keeping the Silver and Signal Fire closure order in effect this season due to health and safety concerns from hazard trees and lack of drainage features along the Signal Peak Road, Lockney Road and Continental Divide Trail. This spring, over 1,200 hazard trees were identified on the Signal Peak Road that have died and have to be removed before the order will be lifted. The Forest Order #06-349 is posted on the Gila National Forest website at http://tinyurl.com/grazy2p 

During the 2016 season, maintenance will be done on the upper portion of Signal Peak Road to remove hazard trees and other work will be performed on the lower portion. In the future, timber from the hazard tree removal will be available for the public to gather as fuelwood under a free use permit.-- Continue reading

Cobre School Board hears about budget deficit

By Margaret Hopper

Cobre School Board's May 23 meeting began about 7:30, with all five directors present, Frank Gomez, Robert Montoya, Frances Kelly, Frank Cordova and Toy Sepulveda, board president. The early, closed session had begun at 6:06 p.m., where they reportedly discussed student identifiable material and limited personnel issues. No decisions had been made, according to Sepulveda.

Under unfinished business, the board acknowledged the second reading of the Emergency Leave Donation Policy, which should see action in the June meeting.

In a financial action, Superintendent Robert Mendoza asked the board to approve a $21,656 budget adjustment required by PED (education department) under the K-3 Plus program; (that is a budget decrease that has roots from mistakes made in years past, now working to the surface in schools today.)-- Continue reading

Grant County Extension Service welcomes new agent

Grant County Extension Service welcomes new agent

By Mary Alice Murphy

"I am very excited to be back in Grant County where I belong." Jessica Swapp, who grew up in Luna and graduated from Reserve High School as valedictorian, has been named new 4-H and extension agent for the Grant County Extension Service of New Mexico State University.

She received a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business from NMSU, and a master's of science degree in agricultural leadership, education and communications, with a focus on Agricultural Extension Education, from Texas A&M University.

"My goals for 4-H are to recruit and retain membership," Swapp said. "My goals for the extension program are to create a better relationship with local farmers and ranchers and with the extension service out of NMSU. I want to build better relationships between extension and the community in general.

"My ultimate goal is to retire from here someday," Swapp said. "This is the job I went to school to do. I did a lot of research and preparation for the interview. I have a lot of freedom to bring new ideas that can be tried, done and implemented."-- Continue reading

Slight change: Speculation rampant on May 26 School Board meeting

Speculation on the brief school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, 6:00 p.m., May 26, is running high at this time. There is much talk and planning in evidence.

Some of the more obvious activity surrounding this event is the open discussion of what must be done, “taking a stand," high profile opinions, Facebook calls, all of which suggest that the announcement has already been made, because this information could only be made by insiders at the board meeting which set up the meeting. 

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Spur Fire Update – 3:00 p.m. 052316

Spur Fire Update – 3:00 p.m. 052316

QUEMADO, NM; May 23, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has grown to approximately 27 acres. It was reported by the Eagle Peak Lookout Saturday, May 21. The Gila Las Cruces Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage the fire.

Forest officials have decided to manage this incident under a confine/contain strategy within an established area north of Reserve. This strategy means personnel will take actions to stop or redirect the fire as it approaches certain boundaries but take less restrictive actions as the fire moves south where it can be managed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health. To date, firefighters have taken actions to keep the fire south of the 3020 Road.

Before making the decision to confine and contain this fire, many factors were taken into consideration such as the roads, trails and natural barriers that could be used to contain the fire and reducing exposure to firefighters. Other issues evaluated were the potential for the fire to spread over time, the location of the incident, previous fire history in the area, and cultural resource concerns.-- Continue reading

Sisters Fire Update – 8 pm 052216

SILVER CITY, NM; May 22, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Fire spread has slowed on the Sisters Fire on the Silver City Ranger District. A coordinated response Sunday afternoon by firefighters, dispatchers,-- Continue reading

Fire lookout spots Spur Fire on Quemado Ranger District

QUEMADO, NM; May 22, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Firefighters are on scene of the Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District. The 18-acre fire is lightning-caused and six miles northeast of Luna. Resourc-- Continue reading

Photos of Sisters Fire from Pinos Altos Road

Photos of Sisters Fire from Pinos Altos Road

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy Taken in quick succession about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016

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