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Town of Hurley 061416 Meeting Highlights

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The Town of Hurley held its regular meeting on June 14, 2016 at 5 p.m.

The Hurley Pride report included a report on the final bills being paid and that they were able to trade some services for sponsorships that saved them money. Out of their $2,367 budget, they only spent $1,271.78. They are looking into some research for a cover for the playground equipment. They stated the research was pretty intensive and would be easier with grant money for a solar cover, which is expensive. They would also ask the city of Deming about their canopies in their search for the playground cover.-- Continue reading

Copper Flat Mine visit, come along for photos

Article by Mary Alice Murphy; photos by Mary Alice Murphy and Intern Alexis Rico

A field trip, organized by the New Mexico Business Coalition, to the Copper Flat Mine led legislators, interested business people and interested individuals on a visit to the mine, which is in the process of seeking permitting to reopen the mine. 

The Copper Flat Mine, which operated in the early 1980s for a short time, is now owned by New Mexico Copper Corporation (NMCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of THEMAC Resources Group, a public corporation traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

NMCC is now seeking permits to reopen the mine, which is expected to operate for 12 years under the current plan, and may be extended as the deposit is developed further. The Company’s main metal of interest is copper, along with economic amounts of gold, silver, and molybdenum.

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Council approves lodgers tax allocations

By Roger Lanse

Monday, June 27, the Silver City Town Council approved recommendations from the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board regarding fiscal year 2017 lodgers tax distributions. Board members are Chairman Sandra Hicks, Vice Chairman Mitch Hellman, Nancy Johnson, Michelle Carrillo, and Janey Katz.

Before approving the community promotions proposal, Town Manager Alex Brown explained that lodgers tax funds are authorized by state statute and were adopted by the town of Silver City. The current lodgers' tax rate in Silver City is five percent of whatever is spent on lodging. If $100 is spent for a hotel room, $5 is added to the fund. The town uses these funds principally to promote tourist attractions and events and pay for related police, fire, and sanitation services. The LTAB advises council on how the lodgers' tax should be awarded. Council then awards 90-95 percent of the total lodgers' tax receipts to applicants, while the remainder goes to the Silver City Museum, overtime pay for the police and fire departments for activities that go on throughout the year, startup costs for new events, and sanitary services.-- Continue reading

Baldwin Family Flyers place 7th in Air Race Classic

Baldwin Family Flyers place 7th in Air Race Classic

Courtesy Photo.

Caroline Baldwin of Silver City,at right, her daughter Lydia Baldwin, center, and granddaughter Cara Baldwin, placed in the top 10 of the annual all-female Air Race Classic. Classic Ra-- Continue reading

Fire Update in Gila National Forest 062716

Silver City, NM; June 27, 2016 

Over the past week 26 fires have been reported to the Silver City Interagency Dispatch Center. Firefighting efforts were brisk late last week until the daily scattered thunderstorms covered significant areas of the forest. According to fire officials even without areas receiving any appreciable rain the dew point and relative humidity increased to the point that new fires had moderate fire behavior, and in some cases burned themselves out. All fires were ground fires staying below the forest canopy. An aerial reconnaissance flight observed only 4 fires putting up any noticeable smoke.

The Burnt Fire was detected last Thursday night near Sheep Mountain, 9 miles east of Upper Black Canyon Campground in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas and has burned approximately 20 acres. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives including hazard fuel reduction and improving forest health.-- Continue reading

NM Wildfire Updates, 062716 at 4:45 PM

Blue Hill Fire: This fire in Harding County is 100% contained. All resources have been released. This is the final notification.

 Dog Head Fire: This fire remains at 90% containment. Rehabilitati-- Continue reading

USFS News Release: North Fire, 062716

Below is the US Forest Service's news release about the North Fire in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands for today, Monday, June 27, 2016.

The North Fire Increases to 42,102 Acres

Magdalena, NM; June 27, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District increased in size to 42,102 acres; at 69% containment. The lightning-caused fire started on May 21 and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits.-- Continue reading

Dog Head Fire update 062716 –8 a.m.-rehabilitation nearing completion


Below is the content of the ABQ Zone Incident Management Team's news release about the Dog Head Fire for today, Monday, 6.27.16.

DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE – 6/27/2016, 8:00 A.M.
Acres: 17,912
Containment: 90%
Cause: Human - under investigation
Start Date: June 14, 2016
Jurisdiction: Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM
Location: 6 miles NW of Tajique, NM
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands
Damage Assessment: 12 single residences and 44 other minor structures
Total Personnel: 266-- Continue reading

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