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collage alexis edited 1A collage of fireworks photos by intern Alexis B. Rico.

Photos by Frank Kenney of the Fourth of July in Animas, N.M., 2018, including a special one-of-a-kind flag raising you should scroll through to see.

Start Date: June 30, 2018
Acres: ~4,786
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Total Personnel: 41

General Information: The Owl Fire began on June 30, 2018. The fire is located on Aspen Mountain and has crossed FR 209 into Frieborn Canyon in an inventoried roadless area (IRA). Heavy fuel loads will continue to hold heat. The fire perimeter is currently 79% contained. The fire transitioned to a Type 4 Incident Management with ICT4 Tony Ybarra. Updates will continue on a limited basis until the fire reaches 90% containment.

The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Richard Maynes and Mayor Ed Stevens.

Public Input was first on the agenda and resident Shar Fisher asked council several questions, from how to report ordinance violations to where to obtain fill dirt. Stevens thanked Fisher for each of her concerns and asked for her information, so council could follow up with her personally.

Rory Barnes was next at the podium, voicing concerns about the water issues. Stevens thanked Barnes as well and said he would follow up.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy at the always fun Fourth of July Ice Cream Social at the Silver City Museum. 2018.

These photos by Mary Alice Murphy offer a sampling of the informational and food booths at Gough Park during the Fourth of July festivities in 2018.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission special meeting on July 10, 2018, which was called for the purpose of making a decision on which of two applicants to recommend for essential air service, commissioners chose the new applicant Advanced Air over the more experienced and successful Boutique Air.

Grant County Airport Manager Rebekkah Wenger put together an information sheet with a comparison on costs and schedules.

She noted that one of the things the U.S. Department of Transportation will consider in its decision is pricing.

PHOENIX – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that it has entered into a Heads of Agreement with the Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) and PT Freeport Indonesia's (PT-FI) joint venture partner Rio Tinto. Under the terms of the non-binding Heads of Agreement, Inalum will acquire for cash consideration of $3.85 billion all of Rio Tinto's interests associated with its Joint Venture with PT-FI (the "Joint Venture"), and 100 percent of FCX's interests in PT Indocopper Investama (PT-II), which owns 9.36 percent of PT-FI.

Inalum will contribute the Rio Tinto interests to PT-FI, which will expand PT-FI's asset base, in exchange for a 40 percent share ownership in PT-FI, pursuant to arrangements that will enable FCX and existing PT-FI shareholders to retain the economics of the revenue and cost sharing arrangements under the Joint Venture. Following completion of the transaction, Inalum's share ownership will approximate 51 percent of PT-FI (subject to an agreement between shareholders to replicate the Joint Venture economics), and FCX's ownership will approximate 49 percent.

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