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NM Wildfire Updates, 6/16/16 at 12:35 PM

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New Mexico Wildfire Updates for 6.16.16.

**Please note: information about the Dog Head Fire will be relayed separately. **

Escondida Fire: The Escondida Fire in Socorro County is expected to reach full containment this afternoon. Unless there is a significant change in the fire’s size or activity, this will be the final notification.

McKenna Fire: No updates have been provided for this ongoing fire in the Gila National Forest. It is being federally managed for resource benefit.

North Fire: There are no updates to this ongoing fire in the Cibola National Forest. The fire is being federally managed for resource benefit.-- Continue reading

The other side of the Estevez story

By Mary Alice Murphy

Saturday afternoon, Francesca Estevez, 6th Judicial District Attorney, while traveling to Silver City, had a front right passenger tire rupture and blowout. As a result of this tire blowout the vehicle seemed to fishtail and swerved sharply to the left and then to the right. Estevez said she was eventually able to get control. She pulled over and noticed a man in a white pick-up, behind her. She was hopeful he would help her, however he kept going.

Estevez was able to bring the vehicle to a speed where it wasn't shaking and made it to town. She made contact with Ptl. Leticia Lopez for help. By that time the vehicle was parked. She then realized the extent of the tire damage. There was no vehicle damage nor did she sustain injuries.

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All lanes now open:CRASH -Deming Area- 061516

CRASH -DEMING AREA
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

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