Cross Point Church hosted a Veterans appreciation Luncheon. June 11, 2023

Courtesy Photos

Sam Saucedo, who organized the event, served as master of ceremonies

Ronnie Trappman drove his 1940's military truck down from Albuquerque for this event and served as keynote speaker

Trrappman spoke on the importance of having God in your life and told his own story.

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How to create a NEWS RELEASE for the Grant County Beat

By a Frustrated Editor

I've been nice and posted Rules for Submissions to the Grant County Beat, but I continue to get pretty graphics instead of NEWS RELEASES. 

I'm guessing that no one knows how to write a news release any longer. Pretty graphics have taken over. 

How to Create a News Release for the Grant County Beat
And Make the Editor Happy!

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Wild, Wild West Rodeo 061023

Photos and videos by Lynn Janes

The final night of the 2023 Wild, Wild West Rodeo had plenty of action. The Wild, Wild West Drill Team joined the rodeo again and performed at the beginning. Flag bearers took part in the opening Grand Entry ceremonies. All the competitors lined up for a group photo. Upcoming Stars paraded into the arena. And then the action began. Bronc riding began the competitions. Well-trained dogs, many of whom were saved from shelters, put on an entertaining show for the crowd. Always a favorite kids mounted sheep for the mutton busting competitions. Barrel racing and bull riding closed the event.

See several videos of the action below. 

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LS Mesa Fire Update for June 11, 2023

Crews are constructing containment lines and mopping up hot spots

SILVER CITY, NM, June 11, 2023 – The LS Mesa Fire is located approximately 9 miles east of Gila, New Mexico on New Mexico state lands and the Gila National Forest. Driven by gusty winds, the LS Mesa Fire grew to an updated 132 acres yesterday, following fuels and terrain to the northeast.

Retardant lines laid down by fixed-wing aircraft yesterday have stalled further growth of the fire, aiding with containment along the east flank. All ground crews are engaged in containment line construction, making good progress on all sides of the fire perimeter. Working in the interior, they are identifying and extinguishing sources of heat that could threaten to escape the fire’s perimeter.

The fire was reported Friday night by the Signal Peak Lookout. A combination of state and Forest Service firefighting resources are aggressively suppressing the fire, whose cause is under investigation. Responding crews include one New Mexico Forestry Division 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 Silver City Hotshots. 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. One additional hand crew has been ordered.

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Silver City's Wild Wild West Rodeo: Day 2- 060923

Photos and article by T.A. Niles

If you measure success by the crowd's size and enthusiasm, Day 2 (Friday) of the Casper Baca Wild Wild West Rodeo at Southwest Horseman's Park in Silver City was an unmitigated success. That's no surprise given that we are in the southwest and that the rodeo offers something for anyone remotely connected to or interested in southwest culture. Ah, not to mention food, drink, and merchandise in vast variety.

I'm relatively new to the southwest and brand new to rodeo, but it's clear that as much fun as it is, the organizers, the participants, and the spectators take all elements of rodeo seriously…while having a blast, of course. From the git-go, it smacks you right in the face that pomp and circumstance are not just for graduations. The rodeo kick-off features the national anthem, flag waving, an invocation and participant processions (including the livestock). It is quite a spectacular sight.

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Fire crews responding to LS Mesa Fire near Gila, New Mexico

Fire burning in grass, brush, pinon and juniper, driven by gusty winds

SILVER CITY, NM, June 10, 2023 – A new fire ignition was spotted Friday evening by the Signal Peak lookout, approximately 9 miles east of Gila, New Mexico on the Gila National Forest. Driven by gusty winds, the LS Mesa Fire has grown to about 125 acres, following fuels and terrain to the northeast.

Incident Commander Ed Huerta said, "Recent hot, dry and windy conditions have made fuels more receptive to fire, which is consuming heavy grasses in a pinon/juniper woodland."

The fire started on New Mexico state land in the Dorsey Mesa area and moved onto Gila National Forest. A combination of state and Forest Service firefighting resources are aggressively suppressing the fire, whose cause is under investigation. There are currently four fire engines, two 10-person suppression modules, a 5-person initial attack module responding, along with two Type 3 helicopters that are being used primarily as crew transport, and a Type 1 helicopter dropping buckets of water to cool flare ups and slow the fire's advance. Two single engine air tankers, two large air tankers, and a very large air tanker are laying down retardant. A fixed-wing air attack platform is overseeing aerial resources. Two additional hand crews have been ordered.

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Gila National Forest Incident Commander – Manny Martinez Pass Fire Daily Update June 10, 2023

See map and Spanish update below.

 Information Phone: 575 297-0790 Hours: 8 am-8pm

Acres: 48,750
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 54
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

Widespread cloud cover resulted in lower fire activity yesterday. Most of the fire activity was burning into pine stringers in Indian Creek, where the fire will most likely run into rock bluff and stop. Firefighters, using an unmanned drone, flew an operational recon mission yesterday afternoon over the southwest area of the fire.

In the southwest portion, between Brothers West and House Log Canyon, fire moved towards the Middle Fork, and continues to back through grass and available fuels towards middle fork, as expected. The Middle Fork is one of the natural barriers used to keep the fire within the perimeter.

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Silver City’s Wild, Wild West Rodeo: Day 1 - 060823

Photos and article by T.A. Niles

They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and while I often ponder the truth of that saying, in this instance I hope it will suffice. Here are a few images from Day 1 of the Renegade Rodeo tour stop hosted by the Southwest Horseman’s Association and presented by Casper Baca Rodeo Company.

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