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Wilderness Range District fires update 071916

The Wilderness Ranger District continues to monitor the progress of several lightning caused fires in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas.

The Brannon and Timber fires have merged and are now both being called the Timber Fire. The fire is burning in Township 14 South, Range 12 West, Sections 3-12 (T14S R12W S3-12) near the Brannon Park area. The Timber fire was initially detected on July 3, 2016 and the Brannon fire was detected on July 9, 206. Both fires were caused by lightning strikes. The fire has burned through drainages that feed into Rocky Canyon and is creeping slowly through ground fuels, exhibiting low fire behavior. The fire is estimated to be 2,270 acres with 0% containment. The progress of this fire is being monitored and managed for resource management benefits. Crews are working outside the Wilderness boundary on Forest Road 4709C.-- Continue reading

Black Range Complex Fires Update 071916

Silver City, NM; July 19, 2016 – For Immediate Release - The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Range Ranger District consist of four fires: the Kline and Cooney Fires started July 8, the Corduroy Fire on July 17, and the Boiler Fire on July 18. These lightning-caused fires are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM. As these fires burn, pre-determined management areas have been designated for fire management. There are currently 116 fire personnel assigned to the Black Range Complex Fires.-- Continue reading

Governor Susana Martinez celebrates New Mexico Tourism and the opening of Parklet106 in Silver City

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

Many crowded around Parklet106, downtown Silver City, on Monday, July 11, 2016. Present for the grand opening was Governor Susana Martinez, Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, State Representative John Zimmerman, Town Manager Alex Brown, Assistant Town Manager James Marshall and a few members from the Town of Silver City Council. Everyone present celebrated the great accomplishments the state of New Mexico has reached in tourism.-- Continue reading

The Zoo Comes to the Bayard Public Library

Photos and Article by Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

Bayard Public Library and the New Mexico Biological Park Society hosted ZOO TO YOU, a program on wildlife and animals, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Bayard Community Center. Many people were given the opportunity to see and learn about exotic animals, habitats, biomes, and adaptations during the presentations.

Bayard Public Library Director Sonya Dixon stated she wanted to host the program to give something for the summer school children to do. Students in grades Kindergarten through sixth were able to attend the event.

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Three local UNM medical students creating awareness project

Three local UNM medical students creating awareness project

From left are three UNM medical students, who graduated from Grant County schools—Megan McClean, Peter Holguin and Alexandra Edwards.

When most of us think about pie, we think of a delicious dessert to accompany our dinner. For three University of New Mexico second-year medical students doing their rural rotation in Silver City, the word PIE has a whole different meaning. PIE stands for practical immersion experience and it is a clinical rotation that all UNM School of Medicine students participate in the summer after their first year.

PIE is an opportunity for students to learn and immerse themselves in various clinics for six weeks all over New Mexico. For Megan McClean, Peter Holguin and Alexandra Edwards, Silver City is more than another small town in New Mexico. Alexandra and Peter both graduated from Silver High School, while Megan attended Cobre High School. After learning about the opportunity to return to Silver City for PIE, they seized the opportunity.

One of the PIE requirements is a project that challenges students to identify a health-related issue facing the community and to come up with possible solutions regarding the identified issue. Ali, Peter, and Megan decided to address some of the mental health issues in Grant County.-- Continue reading

SCPD Chief holds press conference re D.A. traffic stop.

By Roger Lanse

On Monday, July 18, Silver City Police Department Chief Ed Reynolds held a media press conference in regard to the June 11 traffic stop of 6th Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez. Reynolds read a prepared statement then answered questions. His statement is as follows:

“On June 11, at about 1 p.m., Mr. Rick Ritter called in a complaint of a reckless driver who was possibly intoxicated. The original call for service was given to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, however, by the time sheriff’s officers arrived on Highway 180 West the vehicle was already at the Office of Sustainability in Silver City.-- Continue reading

SBDC Economic Development Course 2016 is underway at WNMU

SBDC Economic Development Course 2016 is underway at WNMU

Most of the members of the WNMU Economic Development course and some of the presenters, who were present Sunday evening. They were applauding the musicians.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Sunday, July 17, 2016, this year's New Mexico Economic Development Course, presented by Western New Mexico University, in cooperation with New Mexico Rural Alliance, New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network kicked off with a course overview and a dinner.

Monday morning early, the students began the course in earnest.

At the dinner Sunday, the Beat talked to a few of the participants.-- Continue reading

Black Range Complex Fires Update 071816


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Silver City, NM; July 18, 2016 – For Immediate Release - The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Range Ranger District consist of two fires: the Kline Fire and the Cooney Fire. These lightning-caused fires started on Friday, July 8, and are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM. As both the Cooney Fire and Kline Fires burn, predetermined management areas have been designated as boundaries for fire management. There are currently 116 fire personnel assigned to the Black Range Complex Fires.

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