Gila National Forest: Doagy Fire, Black Range Ranger District 051521

MAY 15, 2021

Location:  Northeast of Beaverhead Administrative site; near Doagy and Corduroy Canyons, Sierra County, NM

Start Date: May 14, 2021                 Size: ~180 acres                    Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, grass, and pinyon juniper

Resources: 30 personnel, which includes five (5) Forest Services engines, two Forest Service hand crews

Summary:  The Doagy Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest. There is moderate activity on this incident. The strategy for this fire is to manage the lightning-caused fire by allowing it to play its natural role on the landscape By consuming and reducing forest debris, the Doagy Fire will promote a healthier forest and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires to surrounding communities. Objectives include minimizing the impact of fire on wildland firefighters, and public safety, and protecting the natural resources.

Fire information can be found on Inciweb and nmfireinfo.com . For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website.

Grant County Commission hears concerns at work session on mine expansion 051121

[Editor's Note: This is likely to be the first of a multi-part series of articles on the May 11, 2021, work session and May 13, 2021, regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

When it came time for public input at the Grant County Commission work session on May 11, 2021, three residents of subdivisions near the Tyrone Mine had comments for the commissioners on a planned Freeport-McMoRan expansion of the mine.

The residents of subdivisions near the mine were informed recently that a new open pit mine, Emma, would be opened to the north of their homes and the Little Rock Mine would be expanding to south of some of their homes. 

In a letter to the commissioners, they asked the Grant County Commission to consider several issues that the residents feel will severely impact their physical and financial health once work begins on the pit. They also presented at the work session.

Ronald Perry, a resident of the Oak Grove community, spoke in public input. His background is in the physical and biological sciences. "We support a resolution to establish an ordinance to ensure that the health, safety and property values of Grant County residents are protected from mining operations." He said three neighbors would also be speaking in a presentation.

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Grass fire endangers homes

fire off raven st sc 0923 copyFire off Cardinal Lane endangered homes, but no one injured. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

Article by Roger Lanse

On Friday, May 14, 2021, at about 5:33 p.m., eight minutes after they received the call, Silver City Fire Department firefighters responded to a reported grass fire in the arroyo on the east side of Cardinal Lane. According to Capt. Nathaniel Schwarz, the fire scorched about two acres, burning some large cottonwood trees and threatening several homes.

Schwarz told the Beat that three units and six people from SCFD were on the fire, while another three units and 10 people assisted from the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department. The Silver City Police Department sent units and officers to provide traffic control.

No structures were damaged, Schwarz said, although one RV partially melted because of the heat. No injuries were reported.

The fire was extinguished in about two-and-one-half hours and firefighters left the scene at 8:03 p.m.

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 223 new cases, totaling 200,650 - 051421

One additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 223 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

75 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
8 new cases in Curry County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
1 new case in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
9 new cases in McKinley County
10 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
36 new cases in San Juan County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
8 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

The Department of Health on Friday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

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Silver City Mayor clarifies town ordinance on masks

Ken Ladner, Silver City Mayor, clarified that the Town ordinance Sec. 22-30. - Face covering in public only applies to face coverings, applies only to masks, i.e. face coverings.

He noted that one problem with the CDC guidance and the New Mexico updated health order is that there is no way to know whether a person has been vaccinated or not. Law Enforcement cannot ask that question.

"One thing hasn't changed," Ladner continued. "Businesses should continue to follow safe practices, with social distancing and facility occupancy percentages."

He said he had been deluged with phone calls from local businesses and he gave them the same recommendations. Ladner noted that most will likely still require masks within their facilities. 

Updated public health order in effect: New Mexico adopts CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced the state's adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated guidance on facemasks for those who are fully vaccinated. An updated Department of Health public health order, effective Friday, May 14, is attached to this news release.

Per the CDC, in most circumstances, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings. All individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are still required, per the public health order and CDC guidance, to wear a mask in public settings. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet those requirements must continue to wear a mask in public settings.

New Mexicans are encouraged to continue adhering to COVID-safe practices. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities, and individual businesses. The state fully supports businesses and workplaces that may continue to require masks for employees and/or customers on the premises, regardless of vaccination status.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 202 new cases, totaling 200,432 - 051321

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 202 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

73 new cases in Bernalillo County
6 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
10 new cases in Curry County
8 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
32 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
18 new cases in Torrance County
12 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

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Grant County 4-H families donate items to High Desert Humane Society

By Carson Billings, 2021 Grant County 4-H Council Reporter

Grant County 4-H families donate items to High Desert Humane Society

4 h families donate to hdhs

SILVER CITY- In March 2021 Grant County 4-H families and local community members donated items to be given to the Desert Humane Society. Donation items included dog and cat food, pet toys, bedding, treats, along with many other essential items. Grant County 4-H has a proud history of promoting community service. Community service activities have always been an important part of the 4-H experience. In the 4-H pledge, members state that they will strive to use their head, heart, hands, and health to improve their club, community, country, and world. A 4-H member's involvement in acts of service, such as the humane society donation drive, offers an excellent way for youth to practice and enhance their leadership and social skills by working for the common good of their community. Members' participation also helps to build discipline, provide self-satisfaction, foster respect for others, and promote civic responsibility. Community service can also give the youth real world experience in a variety of career fields. Grant County 4-H youth members and leaders are honored and thankful to all those who participated in donating supplies to the local Humane Society.

From left are Madison Miller-2021 Grant County 4-H Council Treasurer. Allie Miller-Wrangler 4-H member. Rylee Evans-2021 Grant County 4-H Council Song and Recreation Leader. 

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