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Signal Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Work Continues


Silver City, NM July 1, 2014--As soon as the smoke settled on the Signal Fire, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team members were on the ground assessing the burned areas and recommending emergency treatments to minimize threats to life, property, and natural and cultural resources. BAER is the "first aid"–immediate stabilization treatments--to reduce threats to health, safety, life, property, and downstream values at risk from wildfires.

The BAER Team's recommendations for the Signal Fire area included:

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UPDATED: Diego Fire Information - 6/30/14 - Evacuation Information


Situation: The communities of Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring are also being evacuated along with Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu, located near the junction of HW84 & SR554.

Community meeting tonight at the Coyote Elementary School @ 7:30

Fire crews continue to fight the 1,000+ acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote, NM. This afternoon, the fire began making a run to the southeast, which has led to the evacuation of the small community of Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Rural Event's Center in Abiquiu, NM.

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Celebrating Light and Life at St. Mary's Spirituality Center

Service held to transfer ownership of St. Mary's to Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Article by Mary Alice Murphy; Photos by Shirin McArthur, Mary Alice Murphy and one Courtesy of Mark Erickson

Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and others, who have been affiliated with St. Mary's over its long history in Silver City, celebrated the transfer of the church and hall's ownership from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, to the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity in a service held Saturday afternoon.-- Continue reading

Town and Country Thrift Store celebrates grand re-opening

Customers flocked to the Town and Country Garden Club Thrift Store, which held its Grand Re-opening on Saturday.

Photos by Shirin McArthur

Diego Fire Information - 6/30/14 - southeast of Coyote, NM

Diego Fire Information - 6/30/14

Situation: Community meeting tonight at the Coyote Elementary School @ 7:30

Fire crews continue to fight the 1,000+ acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote, NM. Currently the Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the fire, but they will be transitioning to Nieto's Type II Incident Management Team this evening. Dry, hot and windy weather is causing extreme fire behavior and long range spotting, but at this time, no structures are threatened. Heavy fuels and bug-kill are also aiding in the extreme fire behavior. Several campers on private land were asked to evacuate as a precaution, but no structures have been evacuated.-- Continue reading

Restricted Hours at Catwalk National Recreation Area

Silver City, NM June 30, 2014-- Due to predicted heavy rains and thundershowers starting this week, hours of use at the Catwalk National Recreation Area, on the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New Mexico will be restricted starting Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Hours of use will be between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. From 1:00 pm to 8:00 a.m., the entire Catwalk National Recreation Area is closed due to the continued threat of high water flows along NM State Highway 174's low water crossings, plus the high risk of not being able to alert visitors in a timely manner to immediately vacate the area when flooding is forecast.-- Continue reading

John Kavchar memorial held Friday evening at Little Walnut Picnic Area

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the John Kavchar memorial, people spoke of their love and respect for him, as well as remembering his jokester self.

Frank Merritt served as the moderator for the speakers, after the about 100 people who attended had their fill of food and drink.

"This will give us a chance to share our stories about John," Merritt said. "I've heard a lot of stories already being shared one-on-one during the meal. We have people here from out-of-state and out-of country."-- Continue reading

Fireworks Safety Tips from New Mexico State Forestry

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July, but in New Mexico, drought conditions have made the use of fireworks extremely dangerous.

Check with your local law enforcement or fire departments to see if there are restrictions in your area.

Esitor's Note: Silver City and Grant County do have fireworks and fire restrictions in place.-- Continue reading

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