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Urgent: Fire Weather Watch - Saturday April 12, 2014

Urgent - fire weather message
national weather service el paso tx/santa teresa nm
642 am mdt thu apr 10 2014

...critical fire weather conditions expected saturday as extremely
dry conditions continue...

.very dry conditions and above normal temperatures will persist
through the remainder of the week with minimum rh values dropping
into the single digits even in the higher terrain. Overnight
recovery will be very poor. These dry conditions will persist
through saturday when an approaching upper level disturbance will
bring increasing southwest winds to the area. The addition of
winds to the already dry conditions will lead to critical fire
weather conditions saturday.


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Grant County Commissioners on 040814 Review Agenda for Regular Session

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first item of business to be considered at the Thursday, April 10, regular meeting is the financial report. Expenditures for the month, since the last Commission meeting about a month ago, were $1,808,982.07.

According to County Manager Jon Paul Saari, they include two payrolls, a payment of about $144,000 to Presbyterian Health Care insurance for county employees, and a payment of $61,000 to the Public Employees Retirement Association. "We are also finishing construction projects, such as the North Hurley sewer project, by drying out the former sewage ponds, so they can be cleaned out, which is the same situation in Tyrone. We have finished the front of our building; we are fixing the sewer system at the Cliff Fairgrounds, and waiting for state capital outlay to build the bathrooms. Those who have rented the building will not be impacted by the construction. We have the drawings and will begin soon on the Sheriff's Department Vault."

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Whitewater Fire Information - 4/9/14 - 7:45 pm update

Situation: Crews have been able to stop the forward spread of the fire, preventing it cresting a ridge that would have let it threaten additional homes. An air tanker from Alamogordo made one retardant drop, which helped give crews on the ground time to get ahead of the fire and secure fire lines. Crews will continue to mop up the burn area and work to hold containment lines. Crews will be on the fire throughout the evening looking for hot spots. So far, no containment percentage has been reported tonight. It may be tomorrow before one is given, to make sure containment lines hold through the night.-- Continue reading

Whitewater Fire Information from New Mexico Forestry

Situation: Volunteer and USFS Fire Crews are responding to the Whitewater Fire, burning south of Tyrone in Grant County. Several residences are threatened at this time, but there are no evacuations being called for. The fire has burned two outbuildings. Currently the fire is burning uphill toward the crest of a ridge. Crews are attempting to cut off its progress there. Should the fire crest the ridge, more structures could become threatened. The fire is being driven by heavy fuel loads, low humidity and strong winds.-- Continue reading

Assessor Explains Notice of Value

Mary Guthrie, Grant County assessor, and Eric Morales, deputy assessor, held, on Monday at noon, the first of four informational meetings to "let people know how important their notice of value is." The second was held later that day.

Guthrie explained how to read the notice of value, so that a property owner can estimate how much his or her property tax will be.

The protest period for those believing their valuation is not correct have 30 days after receipt of the notice to protest the value.-- Continue reading

Battle of the Books 2014 Winners Announced

Several area students were on winning teams at the 2014 Battle of the Books last Saturday. About 350 students and 62 teams registered for the event.

The annual New Mexico Battle of the Books competition is designed for elementary- and middle school-aged students who enjoy reading, having fun and demonstrating their knowledge of books.

Photos Courtesy of Karen Murphy

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2014 Glenwood Dutch Oven Cookoff over for this year

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

 At the 12th Annual Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook Off, cooks from all over New Mexico and several from Arizona took over the Community Park in Glenwood, to set up their "camps" and cook everything from stews to breads to desserts in Dutch ovens over wood fires.-- Continue reading

GRMC puts out RFP soliciting ER proposals


Editor's Note: This article about the GRMC Board of Trustees Meeting of March 28, 2014, was written from the draft minutes, which have not yet been approved by the board.

Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Kelly recognized Lisa Laws for her 25 years of service to GRMC. Her daughter, Jennifer Melon, accepted a plaque and a service pin on her mother's behalf.

Liz Beilue, Auxiliary president, reported that additional hours had been added to the volunteer number presented in her report, which was in the board's packer.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham said the hospital has sent a letter to EMCare, the Emergency Department medical provider group, stating GRMC would use its termination by either party without cause option to end the contract effective Dec. 31, 2014. GRMC has also put out a request for proposals to ER groups, local and across the country, soliciting proposals for the next 30 days. A review committee, consisting of GRMC leadership and the physician community, would begin the process of choosing the next ER group.

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