Cobre Schools Superintendent Jeff Spaletta meet and greet 061622

Photos by Lynn Janes and Mary Alice Murphy and article by Murphy

Grant County Prospectors on June 16, 2022 at the Bayard Community Center hosted a meet-and-greet with Cobre Schools new superintendent Jeff Spaletta.

Wayne Sherwood, Prospectors vice president and director of Aldo Leopold Charter School, welcomed Spaletta to the community and to the organization. "Prospectors is a group that goes to Santa Fe to support our legislative agenda. We're bringing people together."

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Broadband hearing session took place 060922

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the meeting, Kitty Clemens, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments economic recovery specialist, asked people to speak about their concerns with broadband or lack thereof.

"Our purpose is to capture citizen's comments," Clemens said. "It is important to record public engagement. New rules now allow new opportunities for service providers. What you say tonight will support a statewide map of unserved and underserved areas for broadband."

She introduced Dianne Lindstrom of the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, and Paulo Pedreschi, the NMPSFA operations manager.

"We ask you to come to the podium and face the audience with your comments," Clemens said, "and say why you are here."

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Black Fire June 19, 2022 Daily Update English y espanol

Containment climbs on the Black Fire

June 19, 2022 Daily Update
Acres: 325,042 acres 
Containment: 64% 
Total Personnel: 1,203 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass 
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 

 Highlights: Successful suppression efforts and favorable weather conditions have resulted in increased containment on the Black Fire. As fire activity decreases, firefighters are beginning to repair hand lines and dozer lines around the perimeter.     

New Mexico Highway 152 is now open from milepost 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). Please continue to use caution in the area and be mindful of firefighters working in the area and increased fire traffic. 

To learn about t the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra CountyCatron County, and Grant County

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SE Group held public input session on Grant County Outdoor Recreation Plan

img 3943Checking out the posters and giving input

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Outdoor Recreation Master Plan led by SE Group help several public input meetings June 7, 8, and 9, 2022 in various locations in the county. The last one on Thursday evening too place at the Grant County Administration Center, with probably a dozen people showing up while this photographer was there.

These photos are of some of their posters where they sought input from members of the community. To take the survey online, please go to

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Black Fire June 18, 2022 Daily Update English y espanol

Rain falls over the Black Fire, New Mexico Highway 152 reopens June 18, 2022 Daily Update 

Acres: 324,909 acres 
Containment: 58% 
Total Personnel: 1,300
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass 

Highlights: Rainfall amounts are varying throughout the fire. In areas where ground soil is dry, the moisture is evaporating quickly. In other parts of the fire, heavier rains may cause erosion, flash floods, and debris flows down hillsides and onto roads.  

New Mexico Highway 152 is now open from milepost 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). Please continue to use caution in the area and be mindful of increased fire traffic.  

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County. 

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NM 152 roadway is scheduled to reopen

SILVER CITY –The Southwest Team 4 for the Black Fire has announced the NM 152 roadway reopening.

NM 152 from mileposts 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo) is scheduled to be reopened on Saturday, June 18 at 6:00 a.m. Please continue to use caution in the area.

For more information on wildfires visit:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and appreciates your cooperation during this time. For the latest road information visit: The New Mexico Department of Transportation at or call 511.

Black Fire June 17, 2022 Daily Update English y espanol

Additional containment added to the Black Fire June 17, 2022 Daily Update 

Acres: 324,132 acres 

Containment: 50% 
Total Personnel: 1,315 
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass

Highlights: Thanks to successful firefighting efforts, the Black Fire is now 50% contained. Additional containment lines have been secured from Hermosa running south to Round Mountain and Animas Creek on the east side. On the west side, containment lines have been established in the Bloodgood Place going south to Kelly Mesa.   

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County,Catron County, and Grant County.

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US Forest Service and National Weather Service Flooding Advisory

The Black Fire Management Team has issued an advisory for possible flash flooding due to high chances of rain in the forecast beginning Friday June 17, 2022. The advisory was issued as a result of the current and extended forecast by the National Weather Service for the Grant County area.

Beginning tomorrow (Friday 6/17/22) the following is advised:
• National Weather Service is forecasting scattered-to-widespread thunderstorms and rain with locally heavy downpours possible, this includes the Black Fire burn zone; This is expected to last through Tuesday
• USFS Fire Management Staff are cautioning the possibility of flash flooding in both the Mimbres & Gila River drainages
• Mimbres headwaters is the source for the Mimbres Valley
• East Fork of the Gila River and the McKnight area are the sources for the Gila River through Turkey Creek, (Mogollon/Upper) Box Canyon, the Gila Valley, Redrock Valley and Lower Box areas
• If moderate-to-heavy rain occurs (even locally), strong headwalls of debris-laden slurry are possible in feeder tributaries and the main river courses
• These headwalls, debris/sediment-laden slurry flows and flooding present an EXTREME hazard to people, livestock and vehicles/property
• The stated areas are to be AVOIDED unless having LEGITIMATE business in them!

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