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New Mexico Forestry wild land fire information-Percha Creek Road Fire

Fire Information

Situation: 8 Sierra County Fire Engines are responding to a bosque fire near the Percha Creek Dam.Sierra County Sheriff's Officers as well as NM State Police are stationed on I-25 in case of smoke or safety issues


Incident Name: Percha Creek Road

Start Date & Time: 4-22-15 1600

Start Location: Near the Percha Creek Dam on the Rio Grande in Sierra County

Cause of Fire: under investigation-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council members hear about one another's sectors

Editor's Note: This is part two and the final part of the Monday, April 20, quarterly meeting of the Grant County Community Health Council.

The first member to give her sector report was Marilyn Alcorn, who represents Silver Adult Care Services. "We facilitate adult care. We will offer caregiver respite training. We need volunteers to commit to at least one four-hour shift a week to allow family caregivers to get a break and to help senior clients with depression and social isolation. And to an earlier comment on Bridge Community and its plan to bring in a long-term care facility, the town of Silver City has offered support for the organization and they are looking at properties."-- Continue reading

Grant County Community Health Council hears from Sen. Morales and GRMC CEO Brian Cunningham

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Community Health Council, after hearing from Health Council community partners on projects, they heard a report from Sen. Howie Morales on the recent legislative session, and also heard from Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham on recent hospital challenges.

In the community partners reports, on the topic of adult substance abuse, Ron Hall, representing the group working on a Substance Abuse Prevention Center, said the group has chosen a name for the facility—Tu Casa, which in Spanish means Your House.

"Every document we have read, whether local, state or national, has said Grant County has a terrible problem of drug and alcohol abuse," Hall said.-- Continue reading

Disabilities Resource Center opens its doors

Disabilities Resource Center opens its doors

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) Coordinator Tracy Agiovlasitis gives a demonstration of the Merlin Enhanced Vision device to WNMU Social Work Student Intern Mackie Thoutt at the grand-- Continue reading

Warrior Hikers feted on eve before their CDT hike begins

Warrior Hikers feted on eve before their CDT hike begins














From left are Sterling Deck, warrior hiker on the CDT; Rick Phillips, support crew; Dana Phillips, warrior hiker and Rick's wife; Brian Leppek, warrior hiker; Kristi Black, CDT town coordinator; Sean Gobin, Warrior Hike national coordinator, and Jon O'Dell, warrior hiker. Not picturtured are Andrew Dyer, warrior hiker, and his girlfriend, who will also hike the CDT, Kim Geisreiter.

Photo and Article by Mary Alice Murphy

Four of six hikers, five of whom are veterans, called warrior hikers, gathered at VFW Commander Jim Zawacki's home in Silver City, the afternoon before they began the hike from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the Continental Divide Trail.

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WNMU Great Race held Saturday

Article and Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Marshall Moore, a Western New Mexico University alumnus, said the Great Race started after his time at the university. "But ever since I've been back, since 2007, I've been an official."  He described it as one of the neatest events. "And now the students have taken control. I think that's the way it should be."-- Continue reading

Earth Day 2015

Although the day was blustery and partly cloudy, plenty of folks showed up to hear from various representatives of organizations. The Sustainability Office offered electronic recycling and paper shred-- Continue reading

2012 Murder in Hurley Still Unsolved

By Roger Lanse

The evening of Friday, April 20, 2012 was starlit and calm. The night was no different from many other evenings that year in Hurley—quiet, not much going on. But, that was about to change.

Western New Mexico University student Roberto Armando Garcia Benavidez, 22, was in Hurley visiting his mother, Kathy Benavidez, that evening when Roberto discovered his dog had escaped from his mother's yard. He left walking to find his dog and never came back. Someone bludgeoned Roberto to death that calm and starlit night and left him in a pool of blood in the middle of the street in the 300 block of Aztec Avenue. The evening had changed.-- Continue reading

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