Evacuations on the Black Fire Expand Afternoon update 052122 3 p.m.

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Afternoon Update 5/21/2022 3:00 p.m.
Announcement: Effective immediately, additional evacuations have been implemented due to the Black Fire.

Evacuations: In coordination with Grant, Catron, and Sierra counties, the following areas are under evacuation status:
GO – Area 2: New: A portion of Area 1 is now in go, including Taylor Ranch and Alexander Peak. The line extends north along the Titanic Road, then east approximately eight miles before heading southeast, tying back into Area 2. The rest of Area 2 remains in Go. The rest of Area 1 remains in Set, and encompasses parts of Catron and Sierra Counties, including Beaverhead and Poverty Creek.

GO – Area 6: Change: Area 6 east of Forest Road 150 is now in Go. The area west of Forest Road 150 remains in set. This area is in Grant County.
GO – Area 4: No Change: Areas in Sierra County, including Hermosa and Mud Spring Mountain.
GO – Area 5: No Change: Areas in Grant County, including 150 corridor 1.5 south of Tom Moore Trailhead.
SET: Area 7: Change: Area 7 east of Forest Road 150 is now in Set and includes the Continental Divide Scenic Trail. The area west of Forest Road 150 remains in Ready, including the Rocky Canyon Campground.

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Black Fire Daily Update 5/21/2022

Crews continue constructing fireline as some containment is achieved on the Black Fire

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Acres: 120,785 acres (Infrared Flight Friday night)

Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 4%
Personnel: 615

Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass

Fire Update: On Friday, the Black Fire showed active fire behavior with wind-driven uphill runs and spreading to the north, east, and south. The east side of the Continental Divide continued to show most activity overnight while the fire moves south through previous fire footprints, including the Silver Fire area. Firefighters also scouted and worked on containment lines while crews assessed the number of structures threatened.

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Candidate forum for sheriff Grant County, 051722

By Lynn Janes

On May 17, 2022, the candidate forum for the primary took place at the Western New Mexico University Besse-Forward Resource Center. The forum had incumbent sheriff Frank Gomez and challenger Raul Villanueva face off for Grant County sheriff Democratic nominee. Whoever wins the primary will essentially win in November unless a Republican steps forward to run against him.

Nick Seibel, Silver City Daily Press publisher moderated the forum. The candidates received questions from the audience, Facebook and the Press. Each would answer the same question and had two minutes.

Seibel asked each candidate to introduce himself and tell the audience a little bit about them. They each had three minutes for the introduction.

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Road Closure for Black Fire - Amended Closure

WINSTON –The following road closure is in place. This route is closed to the traveling public. At this time it will remain open for residents and emergency staff only. 

-NM 59 “Poverty Creek Rd.” is closed between mileposts 0 (Jct. of N.M. 52 and N.M. 59) and 31, end of State route. 

For more information on wildfires, please visit https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/

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

Crews Construct Fire Line as Red Flag Warning Continues on Black Fire update 052021

Crews Construct Fire Line as Red Flag Warning Continues on Black Fire 

Community meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in Truth or Consequences 

Acres: 104,969 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 475
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human caused, under investigation 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass

Announcement: The public is invited to the community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ralph Edward Civic Center, 400 West 4th St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. It will also be live-streamed on the Gila National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest. You do not need a Facebook account to view the meeting.
Fire Update: On Thursday, the Black Fire showed active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting on the north, east, and south flanks. The fire's east flank exhibited more activity from the evening hours overnight to just before sunrise. Fire personnel continued to actively assess the number of structures threatened.

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Empire Zinc Mine strike 72nd anniversary commemoration 051422

Most photos and article by  Lynn Janes and a photo courtesy of Christopher Saxman

Saturday May 14, 2022, a large gathering of people came together in Fierro, New Mexico, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Empire Zink Mine strike in 1950 – 1953. The ceremony commemorated a newly placed plaque on Iglesia Street just across the bridge on the right-hand  side of the road.

Marivel Medel, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and master of ceremonies welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced Fred Baca (LULAC). He introduced and said without Albert and Delores Castrillo Sr. the event would not have happened. He presented them with a proclamation from Grant County for the event. 

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Road Closure for Black Fire

WINSTON –The following road closure is in place. Please be advised that this route is open for evacuation only, no reentry is allowed.

-NM 59 "Beaverhead Rd." is closed between mileposts 0 (Jct. of N.M. 52 and N.M. 59) and 31, end of State route.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind all motorist that these routes are available for evacuation only, no re-entry is allowed. For more information on wildfires, please visit the link above or https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/.

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Lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a child by a former Silver City priest has recently been settled

By Mary Alice Murphy

A lawsuit that was issued in August 2020, alleging sexual abuse in the 1990s of a minor by a former Silver City priest has just been settled, according to the law firm of the plaintiff.

The background information, which this author has recently become aware of, addresses a lawsuit against St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Diocese of Las Cruces to benefit a plaintiff, who as an adult says that he, as a minor child, was sexually abused by a former priest at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Silver City.

As the following legal document tells in graphic terms the reason for the lawsuit filed in 2020, it also lays out the perhaps often complete trust that parishioners have in their priests.

Please see the links and PDF below for details.

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