[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a combined report on the work meeting and regular sessions of the Grant County Commission this week. It addresses the fire season prediction report by the Gila National Forest fire staff officer.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Grant County commissioners at their work session on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 heard a report of present and predicted fire conditions for the area from Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest fire staff officer. He talked about the Southwest Coordination Center, located in Albuquerque. SWCC is the logistical and decision support center for wildland firefighting in New Mexico, southwest Arizona and federal units in West Texas. It mobilizes resources for wildland fire, prescribed fire and all risk incidents, according to its website.
[Editor's Note: This is part three and the final report on a meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity held March 5, 2018. It was the first of seven meetings this author attended this week.]
NM CAP Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez asked, at the regular monthly meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, for approval of a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation Phoenix Office and the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with some questions from the entity.
[Editor's Note: This is part two of a multi-part series of articles on the meeting on March 5, 2018. It addresses several of the new business items.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The first item of new business at the monthly New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018 addressed the Bureau of Reclamation Notice of Intent document describing the proposed action brought to Reclamation by the entity.
"I received the description of the proposed action in the way the agency needed it," NM CAP Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez said. "I had one comment on the identification on the San Francisco, which I forwarded to the Bureau of Reclamation. We also had a discussion on storage, conveyances and environmental mitigation."
Silver City, NM – State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending. He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop corruption and waste in their tracks,” says State Auditor Wayne Johnson. “Taxpayers expect their hard-earned dollars to be used wisely, and that’s why this is so important. Our job is to make sure government works the way it’s supposed to.”
By Hallie Richwine
The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, March 8, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador, Victor Arambula, Harry "Rocky" Hildebrand, Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza, and Mayor Richard Bauch attended.
Bauch reported the library has opened to the public, operating from 9 am to 11 am Monday through Thursday and until 3:30 pm on Friday. "All the people involved did a wonderful job," said Bauch, "I'm hoping the community utilizes it. There are lots of books for the young people." Bauch also said he looks forward to the day when the village has a new building for the library.
By Hallie Richwine
Silver Consolidated Schools Superintendent Audie Brown welcomed a full public audience Wednesday night. He thanked the attendees for taking the time to attend.
Among the panel were board member Ed Flores, Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert, Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Ramon Terrazas, and Grant County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Fermin Lopez.
Brown began, "I'm sickened that we even have to have this (forum), to have to prepare for this. Silver Schools have been proactive, responding quickly after Aztec and before the incident in Florida."
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