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NM Wildfire Updates, 7.13.16., 4:30 PM

246 Fire: Approximately 10 acres of private land burned just north of Capitan in Lincoln County. The fire is 100% contained. All resources have been released. This is the final notification.

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Bayard City Council names new fire chief

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The City of Bayard held its regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 2:04 p.m.

The Council approved a number of items at the meeting. Among the items approved were the agenda for the meeting; the appointment of fire chief, Freddie Gonzales; the appointment of fire department officers; the hiring of Mike Sayer as maintenance mechanic at an hourly rate of $15 per hour and upon successful completion of all pre-employment exams; the increase in wages of $0.25 per hour for Marlena Valenzuela and Samantha Fletcher for acquiring Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Certification, which will be effective on the date that the MVD Bayard Office resumes business.-- Continue reading

NM Wildfire Updates, 7.13.16., 9:55 AM

NM Wildfire Updates, 7.13.16., 9:55 AM

246 Fire: Approximately 20 acres of private land have burned just north of Capitan in Lincoln County. The fire is 95% contained. Resources continue to conduct mop up.

Black Fire: No updates to the size or activity of this fire in the Gila National Forest have been reported. This lightning-caused fire has burned 167 acres of federal land. Resources continue fire suppression activities.

Black Range Complex: A Type III organization is in place for this complex fire within the Gila National forest. No changes to the fire’s size or activity have been reported. The fire is being federally managed for multiple resource benefits.-- Continue reading

CORRECTED: Silver School Board takes first steps toward superintendent search

By Margaret Hopper

In a special meeting of the Silver District school board, all five members were present Monday for a 6:00 p.m. gathering. Frances Vasquez, Mike McMillan, Chris Arvidson, Tony Egan and president Arnold Torres, sat in a Skype interactive session with Dan Patterson of the New Mexico School Board Association.

The purpose of that meeting was to review how Patterson could help them initiate a superintendent search, and learn what the conditions and expenses would be. The board had previously looked up a number of search groups, and this in-state offering appeared to be both effective and economical, according to John Carter, acting superintendent. So they had scheduled the Skype session for July 11.

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Council hears about street improvements

By Roger Lanse

At its July 12 meeting, The Silver City Town Council heard from Town Manager Alex Brown that the repaving project on Little Walnut Road in the vicinity of Chavez Lane that started on Monday, July 11, should be completed on Wednesday, July 13.

Brown also said that the drainage improvement project at Vista de Plata Subdivision, including new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and streets, is well on its way to completion. This project will connect 10th Street with Kelly Street.

In Public Input, speakers asked council to repair loose bricks around two trees at the Silver City Museum for safer seating; and expressed views involving the dangers of fluoride in town drinking water.-- Continue reading

Old Fort Bayard hospital demolition continues 071116

Old Fort Bayard hospital demolition continues 071116

Photographer Dave Schuhmann took photos at Fort Bayard on Monday, July 11, 2016, that chronicle the continuing work to demolish what remains of the old Fort Bayard hospital.

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Photos of Black Fire taken from Arenas Valley shared

Photos of Black Fire taken from Arenas Valley shared

A photographer, who wishes to remain anonmymous, wishes to share his photos of the Black Fire taken from Arenas Valley on Monday and Tuesday morning.


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Black Fire Update-Gila National Forest

Black Fire Update-Gila National Forest

Silver City, NM; July 12, 2016 – For Immediate Release-The Black Fire, a lightning strike ignited fire located on the southern slope of Black Peak on the Silver City Ranger District, is currently at 167 acres and is being fully suppressed by 95 fire personnel and multiple aviation resources. The Silver City Interagency Hotshots and Silver City Ranger District fire personnel worked yesterday and through the night to successful slow forward movement of this fire towards private land inholdings and electronic sites on Black Peak. Fresh incoming firefighters will be continuing line construction and fortification of existing defenses. Resources contributing to the suppression effort include:

  • 3 National Interagency Hotshot Crews
  • 1 20 person handcrew
  • 1 10 person rapid initial attack crew
  • 1 Type 6 Engine
  • 3 Single Engine Air Tankers
  • 3 Type 2 Air Tankers
  • 1 Type 1 Air Tanker
  • 1 Medium helicopte
  • 1 Heavy helicopter

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