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All lanes now open:CRASH -Deming Area- 061516

I-10 westbound traffic is being diverted due to a commercial vehicle rollover at the 71 mile post. Traffic is rerouted using Exit 81 in Deming are using detour on Hwy 418 to the Savo-- Continue reading

UNPROVEN and removed:“Islamic Refugee” With Gas Pipeline Plans Arrested in New Mexico Border County

Editor's Note: After vetting the article, this editor removed it, because it was unproven. We will try to be more careful next time.

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New Hands Free Ordinance in Silver City, New Mexico

The Town Council for the Town of Silver City passed a “hands free” cellular and radio-telephone usage ordinance on June 14, 2016, at the regular town council meeting.

The ordinance is designed to prohibit the use of hand-held cellular phones and radio-telephones while operating any motorized vehicle or bicycle. This does not preclude a person from making an emergency call for the purpose of summoning police, fire or emergency medical services.-- Continue reading

Local district attorney involved in traffic stop

By Roger Lanse

On Saturday, June 11, a little after 1 p.m., the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority received a call about a dark blue Dodge Charger traveling east at a high rate of speed on W. Hi-- Continue reading

Town council passes ordinance prohibiting texting and talking while driving

Town council passes ordinance prohibiting texting and talking while driving

Town Manager Alex Brown accepts certificate of appreciation on Silco support from MainStreet's Patrick Hoskins.

By Roger Lanse

An ordinance, sponsored by District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., prohibiting the use of handheld communication devices while driving, was passed by the Silver City Town Council at its June 14, 2016 meeting. Ray stated he has received many complaints about drivers texting and talking on their phones. “Somebody is going to get hurt,” Ray said, “Although the penalty may be high, we have to send a message.” The police and fire departments will be exempt from the ordinance while conducting business, and residents will generally be exempt from the ordinance when experiencing ‘dire emergencies.’

Mayor Ken Ladner asked that the town go slow on issuing citations for the new ordinance, stressing a period of public education is needed to familiarize residents and especially tourists. He also suggested issuing warnings for a period of time before “we start slapping on fines.” Council agreed.

Patrick Hoskins of the Silver City MainStreet presented a certificate of appreciation to the town for their support of the Silver City MainStreet’s Silco Theater project. “You accomplished something special,” he said. Town Manager Alex Brown accepted the award.

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SCPD warns of scam attempting to use Silver City as collector

The Silver City Police Department received a report of a scam involving a person attempting to obtain money by using the Town of Silver City as the collector.

On June 14th, 2016, at about 5:00 pm, a p-- Continue reading

The North Fire Increases to 23,915 Acres 0061516

USFS News Release: North Fire, 6.15.16.

Below is the US Forest Service's news release about the North Fire in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands for today, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

The North Fire Increases to 23,915 Acres

Magdalena, NM; June 15, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District grew in size yesterday and is now 23,915 acres; at 30% containment. 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.

Limited ignition continued off FR 138 from Monica trail west toward Monica Saddle. Active fire behavior was observed later in the day with increased southwest winds between upper Monica Canyon and AL Peak. Crews implemented black line operations from Chavez Canyon to FR 56 on the east side of the fire perimeter. The fire continues to actively burn in fire adapted ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, mixed-conifer and grass. Fire behavior and effects are continuously being assessed to insure incident objectives are being met. The southeastern perimeter of the fire remains in patrol/monitor status. There are currently 140 personnel assigned to the incident.-- Continue reading

New Mexico Wildfire Update for 6.15.16. at 10:30 AM

Black Lake Fire: A fire burned a half-acre of private land located approximately two miles northwest of Black Lake in Colfax County. Use of fireworks caused the fire. Resources were able to protect a threatened structure. As of yesterday evening the fire is 100% contained. This is the final notification.

Chamita Fire: A fire burned 1.5 acres near Chamita in Rio Arriba County. The fire was on state trust land that is surrounded by tribal land. It has been fully contained. This is the final notification.

Dog Head Fire: The Type III team continues to manage this fire on federal and tribal lands in Torrance County, but the incident will transition to Type II management later today. The incident command post is at the Estancia High School. A public meeting will take place at 7:00 PM this evening at a location to be determined. No changes to the fire’s size or activity have been reported.

Escondida Fire: The Escondida Fire in Socorro County is 85% contained. Remaining resources are suppressing a few remaining hotspots.-- Continue reading

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