Fort Apache Agency in Arizona has several large prescribed fires in progress at this time resulting in smoke coming into the Gila area. The image is an screen shot from the following link:
By Mary Alice Murphy
Gabriel Ramos, representing Grant County, has replaced, as chairman of the commission, Alex Brown, Silver City town manager, who has handed his role representing the town to James Marshall, assistant town manager.
Ramos said the main topic of discussion for the day was to hear opportunities for the remaining phases of the Grant County Regional Water Project, which will bring water to Hurley, and in the future, additional water as needed to Bayard, Santa Clara and on to Arenas Valley, Silver City and Tyrone.
[Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address public comment.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Almost half the Grant County Commission special session to hear about airspace optimization on Nov. 14, 2017 was dedicated to public comment. Commission Chairman Brett Kasten had requested that public comment be added to the agenda, and it came last after the presentations and commissioners' questions.
The first to speak was Brett Myrick of Gila, who thanked the presenters for their service. "I served SEAL Team 5." He explained that any four-prop planes people see are C-130s, but he commented: "The sound of a jet over you in the wilderness at 500 feet is not good." In 1998, he called Fort Bliss because he had been brought to the ground by the concussion of sound when he was in a slot canyon in the wilderness. He was told it was done by German pilots.
[Editor's Note: This is the third of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address what the County commissioners asked and the replies from the Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Commissioner Harry Browne asked the first of many questions from the Grant County commissioners at the special meeting held on Nov. 14, 2017 to hear from Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer.
"I hope you get out in the country we're so passionate about," Browne said to Shafer. "We appreciate your apology about leaving us out in the scoping. Can you explain how we got left out?"
"Our Alternative 1 was looking at the Talon Military Operations Area (MOA) near Carlsbad," Shafer said. "Because we fly near Truth or Consequences, that was our second location. For the Lobos MOA in this area, we went for a population area, which was Las Cruces. Three meetings are standard for this size of airspace. We sent a letter to the county administration and to state senators."
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON FOR HIGH FIRE DANGER, RH BELOW 15% AND WINDS OVER 20 MPH FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 055, 056, 111, AND 112...
The National Weather Service in El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 1 PM to 5 PM MST this afternoon.
* AFFECTED AREA...Fire weather zone 111.Fire weather zone
112.Fire weather zone 055.Fire weather zone 056.
* WIND...West Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph
* HUMIDITY...10% to 15%
* High Fire Danger over the warned area.
* IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
[Editor's Note: This is the second of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting addressing the proposal to expand training airspace over the county. This portion will address what the Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer had to say.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
People filled the Commissioners' Chambers in the Grant County Administration Center for the special meeting called by the Grant County Commission to address what members of the commission had felt was oversight on the part of the Air Force not to include Silver City in the scoping process. Commission Chairman asked those present to be respectful of the speakers. "These people here are our guests."
Commissioner Harry Browne asked for respect for everyone.
The Lead Airspace Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Alan Shafer introduced those who had accompanied him, Elliot Sanders from Langley Air Force Base combat command; and Andrew Gomolak, Matthew McGovern, Juan Lavareda-Perez and Donald Hathaway from Holloman Air Force Base.
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