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Spur Fire Update – 10:00 a.m. 052716

LUNA, NM; May 27, 2016 – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has grown to approximately 815 acres. New growth is within the perimeter identified under confine/contain strategy. Punky Moore, Public Information Officer explains, “The confine/contain 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.” Fire crews will continue to prepare forest trails 33 and 34 to the west and hold fire south of Forest Service Road 3020 and west of 49 (Toriette Lake Rd).-- Continue reading

Silver School Board holds short meeting, long closed session 052616

By Margaret Hopper

The doors of the Silver Consolidated Schools administration building were locked before 5:00 Thursday evening for the school district special meeting, while cars filled the parking lots, front and back, and people milled out front, waiting for entry. The crowd continued to grow and the wait was long. The most significant commonality was the sports uniforms so many wore: softball, baseball, football, track – the owners wore them proudly. And, for a change, so many of them were high school kids, although a number of adults there were wearing them, too.

Word came that the doors would open at 5:45 p.m., in time for the meeting. Knowing seating could be limited in the boardroom, those standing at the front did not move far; those in back could mill around, but those near the doors didn't risk losing those places. Time ticked slowly by.-- Continue reading

North Fire Temporary Closure Order

Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2016 - To ensure both public and fire fighter safety, a temporary Closure Order has been issued in the vicinity of the North Fire. All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the closure area are closed to public use. The closed areas are as follows:

  • Trail 92, Trail 91, Trail 36, Trail 37, Trail 37A, Trail 38
  • Forest Road (FR) 330, FR 378, FR 138, FR 138A, FR 56, FR 52-- Continue reading

Silver School Board makes decisions 052616

Bu Mary Alice Murphy 

School board chooses $60,000 buyout of Superintendent Lon Streib's contract, chooses John Carter as acting superintendent, and he promises decision on coaches by noon Friday.

More detailed article on Friday.

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The North Fire is now at 2,530 acres

Magdalena, NM; May 26, 2016 - The Magdalena Ranger District’s North Fire has grown to 2,530 acres. Approximately 96 personnel are assigned to the incident. This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. The North Fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. Weather conditions were favorable yesterday for fire managers to use aerial ignitions (dropping incendiary devices from a helicopter) were used to remove fuel from the fire’s path. The introduction of fire into the ecosystem helps reduce hazardous fuels, removes fuel ahead of the fire and prepares the fire perimeter for restoration and modified vegetation of wildlife enhancement. This action occurred along the Crest Road (Forest Road 138).-- Continue reading

Give Grandly 2016 by a Whisker Raises $100,000 !

On Saturday May 14, 50 nonprofit organizations gathered at 7th and Bullard in Silver City and at Leyendecker Plaza in Deming. They informed and engaged active citizenry about their organizations. The social issues and unmet needs, that these nonprofits are working every day to address, were the reasons individuals gave grandly. Apparently the public was so impressed they generously gave to the effort a total of $100,000, according to Barrett Brewer, Chair of the Grant County Community Foundation and Peggy Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Foundation. For the third year in a row, The Grant County Community Foundation was the sponsoring organization for the entire event, which benefits the member organizations of The Southwest New Mexico Nonprofit Coalition.-- Continue reading

Old FBMC demolition continues 052516

Old FBMC demolition continues 052516

Photographer Dave Schuhmann says progress continues on the demolition of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center.

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ALCS Governing Council approves FY 17 budget, hears reports

By Margaret Hopper

Aldo Leopold's Governing Council met Tuesday evening, May 24, to complete some policies and approve the budget and other funding applications on the agenda. All six counselors were present, at least at the beginning: Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh, David Peck, Jose Herrera, Dale Lane and Ken Stone, chair.

Harry Browne gave the business manager's report. The projected amount of 2016-2017 revenue was reported at $2,348,317, with an equal amount of projected expenditures for personnel services, supplies, materials and the like.

A number of budget adjustments (BARs) were listed, $2000 for supplies and materials, $1500 and $2000 for salaries' expense, $500 and $1000 for employee and other travel, $2500 for contract services, $500, other charges and $1261, instructional materials.-- Continue reading

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