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By Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Board president Sabrina Pack had everyone in the Zoom room introduce themselves.

The featured speaker was Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, who gave an update on his activities and those going on in town.

Location: 12 miles north of Silver City Start Date: June 6, 2020
Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 88
Containment: 50% Size: 11,146 acres
Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral
Incident Commander: Marcus Cornwell, ICT3

SUMMARY: The Tadpole Fire, was ignited by lightning and reported on June 6. The fire increased by 57 acres yesterday to 11,146 acres and is 50% contained. The fire started on the southwest portion of Tadpole Ridge, on the Gila National Forest. The fire is burning in timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral.
A wildfire module completed a small firing operation and some direct line around the private inholding; other crews went direct in Wilson Creek to contain the last of the fire flanking across the slope.

By Hallie Richwine

Update includes four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 225 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
50 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
7 new cases in Curry County
36 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
74 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Union County
2 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Friday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

Location: 12 miles north of Silver City Start Date: June 6, 2020
Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 89
Containment: 45% Size: 11,089 acres
Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral
Incident Commander: Marcus Cornwell, ICT3

SUMMARY: The Tadpole Fire, was ignited by lightning and reported on June 6. The fire increased by 100 acres yesterday to 11,089 acres and is 45% contained. The fire started on the southwest portion of Tadpole Ridge, on the Gila National Forest. The fire is burning in timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral.

Location: between Blood Canyon and Brushy Mountain, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: June 6, 2020 Size: ~ 14,100 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon Juniper Containment: 39%

Current Information: This lightning-caused fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. Wind and heat have caused the fire to grow. There is minimal fire behavior on the ground. The fire growth continues towards the east and south/southwest in the direction of Brushy Mountain.

Strategy:

[Editor's Note: This is the final installment, part 5, of two lengthy meetings the commissioners held last week at the work session on 061620 and at the regular meeting 061820.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the virtual work session of the Grant County Commission on June 16, 2020, County Manager Charlene Webb said she had no report.

General Services Director Randy Villa said, in reference to the earlier discussion on Essential Air Service to the Grant County Airport, that he echoed the recommendation of letting the U.S. Department of Transportation know that the county wanted service from Advanced Air.

Photos and articles by Roger Lanse and Mary Alice Murphy

D.A.R.E. officers, along with Silver City Police Chief and Sheriff Frank Gomez delivered bicycles to two winners of the essay contest on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Martin Perrault, 10, soon-to-be sixth grader at Calvary Christian Academy in Silver City, was awarded a new bicycle for submitting one of the two top essays in the DARE program's essay contest.

IMG 2513From left are: Deputy Alice Black; Officer Anthony Flores; Martin Perrault; Officer Manny Jaure; Capt. Jess Watkins, back row (GCSO); AJ Tow, Twin Sisters Bicycle and Fitness; Daren the DARE Lion; Sgt. Manny Maldonado, Coordinator of GCSO's DARE program; Deputy Jade Benavidez; Detective Daniel Tavizon (SCPD); Sheriff Frank Gomez; and, Chief Freddie Portillo. (Photo by Roger Lanse)

A parade of emergency and private vehicles brought a DARE lion and members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Silver City Police Department, Silver City Fire Department to Martin’s home to personally deliver the bicycle to him.

 Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Sky Hussey, a student at G.S. Stout, was the other essay winner. 

IMG 0094From Left to right are: SCPD Chief Freddy Portillo, Deputy Jade Benavidez, GCSO Captain Jess Watkins, SCPD Detective Daniel Tavizon, Daren the Lion, kneeling Deputy Alice Black, winner Sky Hussey, Officer Anthony Flores, Martyn Pearson Gila Hike and Bike, GSCO Sergeant Manuel Maldonado, Sheriff Frank Gomez.The same parade of emergency and private vehicles announced its arrival several blocks away with sirens blaring.

Sky knew they were coming, but a wonderful look of surprise went across her face when the bicycle was pulled out of the back of a pickup. She smiled and smiled and smiled. Her thank yous were frequent and genuine, even before her mom reminded her to say: Thank you, which she did once again, right before, still smiling, she turned the bicycle and walked it into the driveway.

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