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TIME EXTENDED: Arroyo And Small Stream Flood Advisory For Grant County 071114

TIME EXTENDED: Arroyo And Small Stream Flood Advisory For Grant County 071114

Flood Advisory
National Weather Service El Paso Tx


Grant Nm-Hidalgo Nm-
101 Pm Mdt Fri Jul 11 2014

The National Weather Service In El Paso Has Issued An

* Arroyo And Small Stream Flood Advisory For...
Grant County In South Central New Mexico...
Northwestern Hidalgo County In Southwest New Mexico...

* Until 300 Pm Mdt Time extended to 4 p.m.

-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission, lifts some fire restrictions, holds public hearings, hears public input

Editor's Note: This is part one of a multi-part report on the Thursday, July 10, 2014, regular meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Commission Chairman Brett Kasten opened the meeting with a request for a moment of silence to honor the Robinson and Burgess families. Interim County Manager and County Attorney Abigail Robinson's father died in Kansas on Monday morning, so she was not at the meeting.

Public hearing No. 1 addressed a proclamation declaring extreme or severe drought conditions and imposition of fireworks restrictions.-- Continue reading

Flood Debris Burning Planned for Catwalk National Recreation Area

Flood Debris Burning Planned for Catwalk National Recreation Area

July 11, 2014, Glenwood, NM- Fire personnel from the Glenwood Ranger District will be burning the remaining flood debris at the Catwalk beginning Monday, July 14th. The wood debris is the result of clean-up efforts in the picnic area at the Catwalk Recreation Area. Whitewater Creek sustained high volume flows during last year's monsoon season, bringing down trees, stumps, and driftwood. Personal use wood permits were made available to the public allowing most of the debris to be used for fuelwood and other purposes.-- Continue reading

Town of Silver City Lifts Fire Restrictions

PUBLIC NOTICE

July 9, 2014 – With the onset of summer rains, and a decrease of fire weather, the Silver City Fire Department will be lifting the current fire restrictions, allowing residents to practice in permitted open burning to reduce yard waste such as weeds and tree limbs. Although the restrictions have been lifted for the Town of Silver City, citizens are required to pick up a "Burn Permit", and participate in fire safety. Do not burn during periods of high wind and be courteous and aware of the effect of smoke to neighbors and other citizens in the area. Always have a shovel and/or a water hose available and place your fire away from low hanging branches and dry grasses. As always, when finished burning make sure all fires are fully extinguished before leaving the area unattended.-- Continue reading

Flood advisory for Northeastern Grant County and West Central Sierra County 071014

Flood Advisory
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
134 Pm Mdt Thu Jul 10 2014


Sierra Nm-Grant Nm-
134 Pm Mdt Thu Jul 10 2014

The National Weather Service In El Paso Has Issued An

* Arroyo And Small Stream Flood Advisory For...
Northeastern Grant County In South Central New Mexico...
West Central Sierra County In North Central New Mexico...

* Until 330 Pm Mdt

-- Continue reading

Grant County commissioners hear county reports, including GRMC update

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday, June 8, work session, Grant County commissioners heard county reports.

Brian Cunningham, Gila Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, gave an update. "This is from the end of May," Cunningham said. "We want to thank the community for their participation in the foundation's Golf Classic, where almost $20,000 was raised for much needed equipment for the hospital."

He said the linear accelerator for radiation treatment for cancer patients has been installed and saw its first patients June 11. A grand opening saw about 75 people attend. "Rep. (Rodolpho "Rudy") Martinez carried the bill for the funding two legislative sessions ago, and with support from Sen. (Howie) Morales and others got the funding. It was a complex project but we met all deadlines. The technology is not available anywhere else in New Mexico."-- Continue reading

WNMU Cornali Field Dog Park to reopen with conditions

In consultation with the WNMU leadership team, Western New Mexico University has decided to reopen the dog park on the following conditions:

1) Effective immediately the following temporary rules shall be established. The dog park shall reopen when the necessary signage posting the following rules is installed:

a. Dog defecation is to be immediately removed by owner.
b. Aggressive dogs are not allowed in the park. Dogs exhibiting unusually aggressive behavior are to be removed from the park at once.
c. In the event of dog bite or injury, owner/guardian must exchange current tag information and phone number.-- Continue reading

Federal government lists two snakes as "threatened"

By Jim Owen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added two rare types of garter snakes to the list of "threatened" animal species that qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The narrow-headed and northern Mexico garter snakes reportedly live in some drainages of the Gila and San Francisco rivers in Grant, Catron and Hidalgo counties.

Researchers have determined that the biggest threats to the snakes are water sedimentation resulting from erosion, fires and livestock grazing; and competition for prey by invasive species like the American bullfrog, sunfish and bass.

Non-native crayfish feed on the snakes, and vegetation loss along streams resulting from grazing leaves them vulnerable to predation, according to the USFWS.

In 2007, a recovery plan drafted for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stated that "the majority of the populations" of the narrow-headed species were on national-forest lands. However, the document acknowledged that "potential habitat might be found on private property."

Surveys conducted at 16 sites a decade ago concluded that the "most robust population" of narrow-headed garter snakes were in Whitewater Creek (part-- Continue reading

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