Candidate forum for representative district 39, 051622

By Lynn Janes

On May 16, 2022, the candidate forum for the primary took place at the Western New Mexico University Besse-Forward Resource Center. The forum had Rodolfo (Rudy) Martinez and challenger Karen Whitlock face off for New Mexico representative district 39 Democratic nominee. Whoever wins the primary will face off with the Republican incumbent Luis Terrazas for the election in November.

Nick Seibel, Silver City Daily Press publisher moderated the forum. The candidates received questions from the audience, Facebook and the Press. Each would answer the same question and had two minutes.

Seibel asked each candidate to tell the audience a little bit about them. They each had three minutes for the introduction.

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Gila National Forest moves to stage 2 fire restrictions

SILVER CITY, NM - May 18, 2022— The Gila National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022. The restrictions are necessary to reduce human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and persistent severe fire weather conditions. Forest Order #03-06-00-22-004 and Exhibit A are on the forest website:

Under Stage 2 fire restrictions the following activities are prohibited:

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Type 2 Incident Management Team Takes Command of Black Fire

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Type 2 Incident Management Team Takes Command of Black Fire

Daily Update 5/18/2022

Acres: 77,529 acres (Infrared flight Tuesday night)

Location: 24 miles north of Mimbres

Containment: 0%

Personnel:  Over 250, including crews, engines, and support personnel

Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Fuels: timber, tall grass

Overview: The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5, Incident Commander Mark Bernal, assumed command of the Black Fire at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Interstate 10 in Luna County

Luna County, NM – On May 15, 2022, at approximately 9:41 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 10, near milepost 73, west of Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicates a 2021 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a 2022 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) were both traveling west in the right lane on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons, as the driver of the motorcycle, Colby R. Lord (20) of Coxasckie, NY, attempted to pass the CMV in the left lane, he struck the right rear end of the CMV's trailer. Lord sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. The 50-year-old driver of the CMV was uninjured.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Seatbelts were properly used by the driver of the CMV. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.


Photos added: Give Grandly 2022 last day to donate - May 18,2022

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy 

Be aware that Wednesday, May 18, 2022, up until midnight, is the last day to donate to your favorite non-profit through the Give Grandly 2022 project, a program of the Grant County Community Foundation.

The link to see the non-profits that request your support and the donation buttons can be found at this link:

Luna County inmates sentenced for assaulting corrections officers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jacob Merkel, 23, and Victor Sanchez, 25, were sentenced in federal court on May 16 after pleading guilty to assault upon a person assisting federal officers involving physical contact.

Merkel, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 7, was sentenced to one year and three months in prison, with nine months consecutive to his prior sentence of 13 years and 10 months for robbery and discharge of a firearm. Sanchez, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 9, was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, with 12 months to run consecutive to his prior eight-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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BLACK FIRE UPDATE Tuesday, May 16, 2022 9 a.m.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2022
9:00 a.m.

Location of Origin: 24 miles north of Mimbres in the Gila National Forest
Start date: May 13, 2022, 9 p.m. MDT
Size: 56,132
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Undetermined
Resources Assigned: 153 personnel 11 crews, 3 helicopters, 5 engines, 1 water tender
Closures: Partial closure in effect for portions of Forest Road 150, Forest Service Trails 708, 713, 716
Safety: Please use extreme caution when using a source of spark or fire. With very low humidity and gusty winds, any new wildfire start can grow very quickly.

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Grant County Commission holds work session 042622, part 1

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi-series of articles on the Grant County Commission second work session of April, held on April 26, 2022. This begins with the first two presentations.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation of the Grant County Commission work session on April 26, 2022 came via Zoom from Marilyn Alcorn, volunteer Grant County Community Health Council chair. "As we close out the first year of the Covid equity grant we received, we are planning to form a seamless relationship with the new county Health Coordinator. County recommendations will help us toward fulfilling our grant requirements and to solidify community partnerships. Their strengths show us where the council can improve. We will return to open and public meetings, and we will hold them in person and via hybrid meetings. We plan to hold a quarterly public meeting and smaller monthly meetings to increase health care awareness of what we will need to do for the public."


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