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Baca Fire, May 15, 2017 at 0930 Alternate routes for CDT hikers

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 12, 2017 Size: 330 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Grass

Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM

Resources: 1 engine, 2 Type 2 crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, and 2 Hotshot crews.

Incident Commander: Pete Valenzuela IC3-- Continue reading

Grant County commissioners discuss preliminary budget for FY2018

Things are tight on the financial front

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first portion of the fiscal year 2018 budget hearing for Grant County looked at the Maintenance Department.

Jason Lockett is the new facility and grounds maintenance superintendent.

Financial Officer Linda Vasquez led the discussion and answered many of the questions.

"The maintenance department pays for all the departments' phone service and postage," Vasquez said.

Commissioner Alicia Edwards asked how the county was planning to reduce utilities costs. Vasquez said the trend over the past few years has been downward. "I think it was overbudgeted."

Lockett said new air-conditioning units and new lighting fixtures that have been installed recently are more energy efficient.-- Continue reading

HMS scholarships presentation 050917

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy (unless otherwise noted)

Hidalgo Medical Services Chief Executive Officer Dan Otero welcomed the scholarship recipients and their families and friends.

"I'm blown away about what these students accomplish," Otero said. "We believe it is crucially important for us at HMS to give out scholarships."

He read the HMS mission: Hidalgo Medical Services positively impacts the health, well being and quality of life for those we serving providing comprehensive, integrated, affordable healthcare and education of patients and healthcare professionals.-- Continue reading

Baca Fire, May 14, 2017 at 0930

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 12, 2017 Size: 300 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Grass

Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM

Resources: 2 engines, 2 Type 2 crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module

Incident Commander: Pete Valenzuela, IC3-- Continue reading

Kerr Fire – May 14, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.

Location: 17 miles northeast of Reserve, New Mexico

Start Date: May 1, 2017 Size: 2,765 acres

Contained: 17% Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Gamble Oak, Pinon/Juniper

Resources: Engines: 3, Type 1 Crew: 1, Type 3 Helicopter: 1, Total personnel: 45

Summary: Minimal fire behavior was observed yesterday, Engine personnel hand ignited interior pockets of unburned fuels on the northeast flank of the fire. The Type 3 organization assumed command this morning.

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Baca Fire near Quemado Lake 051317

Baca Fire, May 13, 2017 at 1400

Location:

Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake

Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date: May 12, 2017 Size: 200 acres

Cause: Lightning

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Silver City resident to have 3-D animated versions of her book series shown at Cannes next week

Grant County resident Angela Sommer-Bodenburg is the author of the world-acclaimed The Little Vampire series of children's books.

The latest animated version of The Little Vampire, in 3-D, will receiv-- Continue reading

Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing council May 2017 meeting

By: Margaret Hopper

Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing council met at the school on May 11, 2017, with a full slate of members present; Crista Osborne, Martin Maxwell, A. J. Sandoval, Mary Gruszka, Shauna McCosh, Dale Lane, Ken Stone and Dave Peck, chairman, present. The meeting was called to order about 5:35 p.m.

Gruszka noted that the student council report was very brief. The staff report followed with Allison Heneghan telling of end of course exams, finals next week, a field day, and graduation.-- Continue reading

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