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Fire Season on the Gila National Forest predicted to end soon

Silver City, NM, June 24, 2017—The National Weather Service (NWS), Santa Teresa Office, is predicting widespread shower and thunderstorm activity this weekend and early next week. These storms may produce very heavy rains, hail and strong winds. The areas that do receive the wetting rains should see a significant reduction in fire danger in the short-term. The NWS also predict that warmer and drier weather will return next Wednesday through Friday.-- Continue reading

Round Fire – June 24, 2017 @ 1000

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017 Size: 7,269 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 101

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)-- Continue reading

Kiwanis Aktion Club holds fundraiser 062417

Kiwanis Aktion Club holds fundraiser 062417

Kiwanis Aktion Club of Silver City members at their fundraiser on Saturday, June 24, 2017. From left are Danny Watkins, Ray Carrillo, Sandy Grieve, Patty Jackson, Kendra Parra and Jerry Teague

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Air Quality reports 062417

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GRMC Board of Trustees hears mixed financial news, talks contractuals and elects officers

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the Gila Regional Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Friday, June 23, 2017, three caregivers were recognized for their multiple years of service to the hospital.

Linda Bluestone, who accepted a plaque of appreciation in person, has served Gila Regional for 30 years, and is now providing service in the Recovery Room.

Jennifer O'Dell, not present, has served the hospital for 15 years, and is now serving in the Recovery Room.

Holley Hudgins, not present, has also provided service to the hospital for 15 years, formerly in the Marketing Department and now as the director of cardiology and the cancer center.

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House fire turns into standoff

By Roger Lanse

The Sunday, June 18, house fire at 1450 S. Highway 90, the Beat reported on earlier in the week, turned into standoff between a subject’s knife and an officer’s firearm.

When a Silver City police officer arrived at the burning single-wide mobile home at about 5:30 p.m., the officer noticed a male, later identified as James Anthony Castillo, squatting down in the trees to the west of the structure fire, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant. When the subject came to the officer at the officer’s request he identified himself only as “Jimmy,” and refused to give his last name.-- Continue reading

Maps, photos:Corral Fire and Straw Fire – June 23, 2017 @ 1000

Maps, photos:Corral Fire and Straw Fire – June 23, 2017 @ 1000

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Corral Fire

The Corral Fire is estimated at 17,029 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers. Recent operations have been working to keeping fire from crossing FR 150 and monitoring fire behavior. Wilderness District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton stated “I am very pleased with the effects this fire is having in the wilderness.” This fire is showing low to moderate behavior which is as it should in a fire-adapted ecosystem. The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem.

Forest Service Road 150 is open to motorists. Huddleston-Lorton requests “that motorists use caution, maintain a “heads-up” approach and defer to instructions from the fire crews on the road."

Straw Fire

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Revised:Air Quality reports 062317

The Gila National Forest public affairs officer, Marta Call, said the air quality changed after the report was run before 7 a.m. She said the smoke in the area is the direct result of drift from the Frye Fire on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

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