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May 9, 2016 Bayard City Council Meeting Highlights

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The Bayard City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The Cobre High School band was in attendance for the meeting. The band was honored with a proclamation making the month of May Cobre High School Band month.

The proclamation stated:

“WHEREAS, it is the mission of the Cobre High School Band to teach student music as well as the discipline and life skills necessary to be successful in their adult lives; and

WHEREAS, the Cobre High School Band is important to the extracurricular activities of Cobre High School and the City of Bayard by providing the community with entertainment, service and support; and-- Continue reading

Update: Escondida Fire in Socorro County 061116

Update: Escondida Fire in Socorro County
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:00 AM

The Escondida Fire in Socorro County has burned approximately 1,000 acres. Two residences and an estimated 12 other structures-- Continue reading

Aldo Leopold Charter School chooses new director at governing council meeting 060916

Aldo Leopold Charter School chooses new director at governing council meeting 060916

From left, are Eric Ahner, retiring ALCS director, and Wayne Sherwood, new ALCS director

By Margaret Hopper

Aldo Leopold has chosen a new director and the transition period has begun. The Governing Council, with four of its six councilors present, voted in Wayne Sherwood of Silver City at the appropriate time on the agenda. Council members present included Mary Gruszka, Dale Lane, David Peck and Ken Stone. Shawna McCosh was absent. Jose Herrera was available by phone from out of state.-- Continue reading

Escondida Fire in Socorro County 061016


Update: Escondida Fire in Socorro County
Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:55 PM

The Escondida Fire in Socorro County has burned an estimated 75-80 acres. Multiple structures on the east-- Continue reading

Silver City Arts and Cultural District meeting features special guests from Plata Studio

By Mary Alice Murphy

The members of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council meet monthly to share information and sometimes feature special guests and reports. On Thursday, June 9, they heard two reports.

Bob Wilson, in the first report, showed a rendering of proposed improvements to the Visitor Center parking lot, adding some greenery and more defined parking places.

Lucy Whitmarsh, Silver City MainStreet Project manager, said some changes had been requested for the area before it goes into construction.

The next speakers were from the Plata Studio, an effort merging students from Woodbury University's Architecture School and from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture, using facilities at Western New Mexico University. This is the second year the students have spent in Silver City. Tim Castillo, who grew up in Grant County and went on to become an associate professor of architecture at UNM wanted to give back to the community that raised him, so he came up with the idea to help Silver City make some improvements, and asked his students to help and asked Woodbury students to join in the project.-- Continue reading

CORRECTED: NM Historic Sites Division to reorganize

Editor's Note: This is not local news, but was of interest because of Grant County's Fort Bayard. An upcoming meeting at the Santa Clara Armory will feature the newly completed business plan of the village of Santa Clara to highlight the "Future of Fort Bayard." Santa Clara has requested the state to turn over the 468 acres of Fort Bayard to the village to manage and promote. However, the state has not come back with a definitive answer.

By Mary Alice Murphy

"In an effort to 'improve efficiency and decrease payroll costs,' New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Historic Sites Division will be reorganized in the following manner: All Historic Sites managers will be terminated (except one at Bosque Redondo) in a reduction of force and manager jobs will be dropped from the rolls. Three new Regional Manager jobs will be created to oversee combined historic sites (Stanton/Lincoln, Selden/Camino, Jemez/Coronado). This is to take effect August 3, 2016 pending final State Personnel Board approval."

The Grant County Beat received a forwarded email with the above information and called the site manager listed in the message.

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The North Fire at 15,940 Acres 061016

Below is the US Forest Service's news release about the North Fire in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands for today, Friday, June 10, 2016.

Magdalena, NM; June 10, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District increased in size yesterday and is now 15,940 acres; at 25% containment. Acreage will increase daily as ignition operations continue. The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Crews conducted a burnout operation around the Withington Lookout yesterday, removing hazardous fuels, and creating a more diverse landscape. Hand ignitions continued along FR 138 north, which is locally known as the “Crest Road.” Unburned pockets of remaining hazardous fuels were ignited. The fire is still activity burning in pine and mixed conifer throughout the management area. Fire behavior continues to smolder and creep along the ground through grass and brush. Aerial ignitions were conducted along the ridge tops of Potato Canyon, with fire backing down ridge lines to improve forest health. Crews worked with archeologists to protect heritage resources including historic cabins, an historic spring house, and corrals.-- Continue reading

Turkey Fire Update 061016

MIMBRES, NM; June 10, 2016 – For Immediate Release – An estimate from today’s flight over the Turkey Fire in the Gila Wilderness shows the fire at approximately 1,682 acres. The fire is lightning-caused and about eight miles southwest of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Today, two crews will improve Trail #151 from Woody’s Corral to the junction of Trail #403 and east to the Gila River to prevent fire spread from Highway 15 and the Gila Hot Springs area. Chainsaws are authorized in the Gila Wilderness as needed for firefighter safety and to maximize efficiency of operations. Packers are providing support for the crews in the wilderness.-- Continue reading

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