Five rabid animals identified in southwest New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has confirmed rabies in five wild animals recovered in southwest New Mexico. All five of the rabid animals were reported at or near a residence and acted aggressively towards people.

They include a fox and a bobcat both in reserve preservation land areas, a bobcat near Mimbres in Grant County, a fox from the Kingston area in Sierra County, and a fox near Datil in Catron County.

"Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be prevented, but not cured. The virus lives in the saliva of rabid animals and is spread to people or other animals through a bite," said Tim Hanosh, State Public Health Veterinarian. "Any person or animal who comes in contact with saliva from a rabid animal can be at risk of getting rabies too and should seek medical treatment immediately."

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Congresswoman Yvette Herrell announces winner of NM 2nd District - Lordsburg artist

Congresswoman Yvette Herrell announces 2022 Congressional Art Competition of NM 2nd District: Alicia "Zoom Zoom" Jaquez of Lordsburg .

Her piece "Mimbres Heritage" is a mesmerizing celebration of Indian artwork and folklore, which will be seen by thousands of visitors to the US Capitol complex.
(I have it on good authority that Alicia's artistic talents are matched by her athletic achievements in Track and Field--hence her nickname. Keep up the great work, Zoom Zoom!)

Triple Fatal Rollover on Interstate 10 in Luna County

Luna County, NM – On May 21, 2022, at about 10:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a triple fatal rollover crash on Interstate 10, around milepost 68, west of Deming, NM.

The initial investigation indicated that a GMC Yukon SUV with four occupants was traveling east on Interstate 10 towing a Nissan SUV with four occupants. For reasons still under investigation, the two vehicles left the roadway and rolled. Three passengers in the Nissan were ejected and suffered fatal injuries. They were pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. They are identified as Raymundo Cruz Herrera, 53, of El Paso, TX, Jose Luis Guerrero, 41, of El Paso, TX and Abraham Calderon, 27 of Anthony, TX. The driver of the Nissan was airlifted from the scene, and the four occupants in the GMC were transported by ground ambulance. Their conditions are not known.

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Cloud Cover to Cause Increased Smoke on Black Fire - Daily Update 5/23/2022

Community Meeting will be held tonight at the Winston Country Church at 7pm

Daily Update 5/23/2022
Acres: 146,679 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 8%
Personnel: 661
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass
Structures Lost: 2

Announcement: There will be a community meeting tonight, in person, at 7 pm at the Winston Country Church, 2899 Highway 52, Winston, NM, 87943. Please bring your own chair if you would like to sit during the meeting.

See map and smoke outlook report at bottom of article

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Grant County Commission holds work session 042622, part 2

[Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a series of two articles on the Grant County Commission second work session of April, held on April 26, 2022. This concludes the meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The third presentation at the Grant County Commission April 16, 2022, work session came from Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest fire staff officer. “I will be giving you a fire status on where we’re at and where we’re headed over the next couple of months.”

He noted the energy release component is significantly above average at most of the stations. “They are exceeding historical maximums for most of the past week – we’re nearing 95 percent. That’s a big indicator of where we’re at. The ERC tells us the available energy per unit square foot within the flaming front of the head of a fire.”

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Additional evacuations issued on the Black Fire Afternoon Update 5/22/2022 4:00 p.m.

Announcement: Effective immediately, additional evacuations have been implemented due to the Black Fire.

See evacuation map at the bottom of this article.

Evacuations: In coordination with Catron, and Sierra counties, the evacuation status for the following areas have changed: An additional portion of Area 1 has been moved to GO. Starting from Taylor Peak northeast to Kline Mountain, then east to Turkey Creek, following the Bear Creek Road southeast tying back into the north end of Area 3. Area 7 west of Forest Road 150 has been moved to SET; Area 7 east of Forest Road 150 has been moved to GO. Area 8 has been moved to Set.

The current evacuation status is:

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Lake Roberts and Doc Campbell's open for business - no impact by Black Fire

Lake Roberts General Store.

There is a lot of misinformation regarding the fire out on the news. Lake Roberts is open as are all the campgrounds SW of the divide . The store and cabins are open as well as Doc Campbells Post but we have had NO business because of the bad press.

We have no smoke and the weather is great . Somehow this needs to be pointed out to the news stations because Google picks up their info from them and they are saying the area is evacuating! Both Docs and we here in Lake Roberts count on the campers and with the holiday coming we will end up going out of business if this info is allowed to continue.

Please spread the news to the powers that be to let them know this area is not near the Black fire and the area is open for camping but with stage 2 restrictions.

Black Fire Daily Update 5/22/2022

Firefighters increase containment; Cause under investigation

Acres: 130,224 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 6%
Personnel: 616
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass
Structures Lost: 2

See Map and smoke outlook at bottom

Overview: The Black Fire is human caused and law enforcement is Investigating. Firefighting resources have been working to suppress this fire since it was discovered, and are building fireline to contain the Black Fire as efficiently and effectively as possible, while providing for both firefighter and public safety.

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