Grant County Commission held work session 060623, part 1

[Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on June 6, 2023 and the regular meeting on June 8, 2023. This one begins with reports and updates at the work session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first report at the Grant County Commission work session came from Hidalgo Medical Services Chief Executive Officer Dan Otero, DBA. “In the medical division, we have 15 primary care physicians between Hidalgo and Grant counties. We are still recruiting because we want to get to 21. We have openings at all locations. We also have two contract providers, one in Lordsburg, and by July 1, one at the Mimbres Clinic. We are in the process of replacing the clinic in Mimbres and hope to have it open in November or December. The Animas Clinic will open in July or August. I am happy to announce we have a site director for the residency program, who just got certified. In the best-case scenario, we will take on residents again in summer 2024 or possibly 2025.”

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Hurley continues discussion on Big Muddy

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a special meeting June 6, 2023, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes and councilors Nanette Day, Reynaldo Maynes and Keana Huerta.

The council approved the agenda.

The council continued the discussion concerning the plans for the Big Muddy property.

Reynaldo Maynes asked if they had sent out a survey to the residents. Lori Ortiz, city clerk said they had asked residents to give them any ideas of what they would like to see in the park.

Stevens said he would like to see a basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. He also said they needed to be placed so they didn't have to fight the sun. He went over some of the past ideas at the meetings. They had talked about having fruit trees and placement of the music venue to mitigate the noise to residents.

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Santa Clara names Kevin Vigil new assistant fire chief

By Lynn Janes

The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting May 25, 2023. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trustees, Olga Amador, and Peter Erickson attended. Arnold Lopez and Mayor Richard Bauch did not attend

The council approved the agenda with the addition of adding the full name of the village to an agenda item.

The council approved the minutes from the May 11, 2023, meeting.

Mayor's report none currently

New Business

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Hurley holds special meeting for Big Muddy

By Lynn Janes

The town of Hurley held a special meeting May 24, 2023, beginning with the roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes and councilors Nanette Day and Keana Huerta. Reynaldo Maynes didn’t attend.

The council approved the agenda.

The council continued the discussion concerning the plans for the Big Muddy property.

In previous meetings they had gone over a preliminary sketch done by an architect showing the location of the train depot that would be moved from its current location to the Big Muddy and the sketch also included walking paths, theater area, basketball courts, etc. 

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LS Mesa Fire fully contained - final notification

Strong aerial support and quick action by ground crews were the recipe for success

SILVER CITY, NM, June 13, 2023 – The LS Mesa Fire, which ignited Friday, June 9, due to an unknown cause, is 100% contained at 132 acres.

“A strong aerial attack on Saturday set up ground crews for success on Sunday and Monday,” said New Mexico Forestry Division’s Incident Commander, Jose Ramos. “The retardant lines surrounding the forward fire flank gave crews time and opportunity to surround the fire perimeter with containment line and then mop up any remaining hot spots within the fire’s interior.”

No additional smokes were visible within the fire perimeter yesterday evening. This will be the final notification unless there are significant changes.

More information about the LS Mesa Fire is available at Wildfire | InciWeb For New Mexico Forestry Division, contact George Ducker, Communications Coordinator at 505-699-0601, or For Gila National Forest, contact Maribeth Pecotte, Public Affairs Officer at 575-388-8211 or


Wild, Wild West Rodeo Finals 061023

Photos, article and video by T.A. Niles

Day 3 of Silver City’s Wild, Wild West Rodeo

After three consecutive days in the Wild Wild West Rodeo stands, I can now legitimately say, “This ain’t my first rodeo,” because I’ve been there, done that thanks to JoAnn Miller and Carol Parra. A big shout out to Brandon and Christine Brown of Wener Tires (one of the event sponsors) for letting me park my rump in their rodeo box, and huge gratitude to the Biebelles. If it weren’t for the tremendous 2022-23 New Mexico Junior High Rodeo Association (NMJHRA) season that Clair (14) and Amy (11) Biebelle had, I might not have thought of going to my first live rodeo.  

Prior to last weekend, I had only watched the PBR on TV. Well, I found out that there’s a whole lot more going on at a live rodeo than bull riding. Sure, bull riding is a crowd favorite, but every event seemed to be a favorite, given the crowd responses to the variety of events held at Southwest Horseman’s Park in Silver City. I think my personal favorite was the Mutton Bustin’. I’m just a sucker for kids. I don’t know how old the eldest rider or roper was who participated in this rodeo, but I do know that we had some as young as 2-years-old taking part in the Mutton Bustin’. Phenomenal!

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Jacob Bennett DAR chapter celebrates 120th anniversary 061023

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy and Lucy Whitmarsh - the final three photos are Courtesy of Whitmarsh

The Jacob Bennett Daughters of the American Revolution Silver City chapter celebrated 120 years since its founding.

The Founder's Day celebration took place at the Fort Bayard National Landmark Theater. Lucy Whitmarsh, DAR state historian and vice regent of the local chapter, served as master of ceremonies.

New Mexico District 29 Rep. Luis Terrazas gave the invocation.

Next came the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

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LS Mesa Fire Update for June 12, 2023

Containment is at 60%

SILVER CITY, NM, June 12, 2023 – Crews established containment lines around all sides of the LS Mesa Fire yesterday, declaring the fire 60% contained today. It is located approximately 9 miles east of Gila, New Mexico on public lands managed by the New Mexico Forestry Division, the Bureau of Land Management, and Gila National Forest. Driven by gusty winds, the LS Mesa Fire remains at 132 acres in size and its cause is under investigation.

Today, ground crews have continued identifying and extinguishing sources of heat that could threaten to escape the fire's perimeter. Responding crews include one New Mexico Forestry Division engine and three Forest Service fire engines, two Forest Service 10-person fire suppression modules, a New Mexico Forestry Division 5-person initial attack module, and the 20-person Silver City Hotshot crew. Available air resources include two Type 3 helicopters and a Type 1 helicopter, two single engine air tankers, two large air tankers, and a very large air tanker, along with a fixed-wing air attack platform to oversee aerial resources.

The weather forecast over the fire area this week projects high temperatures in the 80s to 90s, with gusty winds and no precipitation in the forecast.

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