[Editor's Note: This author was out of town when the meeting took place. Thanks to Sandra Michaud for recording it for purposes of this article.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Trustee Mike Morones served his first meeting as chairman of the board and welcomed recently appointed new member, Ed Wilmot.
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments received the Star of the Southwest Award for the Renewable Energy Project which was awarded by the Economic Development Administration at the Southwest Region Executive Directors Association. The Southwest Region Executive Directors Association (SWREDA) is a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts across a five-state region. The Star of the Southwest Award showcases the effective work of Councils of Governments/Economic Development Planning Districts.
Hidalgo County, NM - On July 28, 2018 just after midnight the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on New Mexico State Road 338 around mile post 7 north of Animas, NM.
The initial investigation indicated a 2000 Nissan Xterra was traveling south on State Road 338. For reasons unknown, the Nissan left the roadway and rolled. The driver Sola Kay Fisher (59) of Animas, NM sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The City of Bayard Council Meeting on July 23, 2018 began around 2 p.m. after a work session that was approximately 30 minutes long. Councilors Zeke Santa Maria and Eloy Medina attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva and Mayor Chon Fierro.
Susan Beck spoke to council about the Hollomon Air Force Base Training Flights. Beck is a retired Air Force colonel and a resident of Grant County. Hollomon AFB received F-16 units a couple of years ago from Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ for pilot training. The Air Force is reviewing its training airspace and announced last fall they were considering the Gila National Forest airspace as a possibility. At this time the airspace is used by the New Mexico National Guard however if the Gila airspace is chosen as a training area that would add an additional 10,000 flights per year.
Glenwood, NM – The Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District is lifting the Owl Fire Temporary Area Closure lifted effective 1:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018. This rescind order includes Forest Road (FR) 209 and County Road 13 (FR 232 Pueblo Park Road) to Arizona.
FR 209 will continue to see debris flow during heavy rainfall events. Please use caution in any area that has been recently burned. Rolling rocks are always a hazard in a burn area as monsoon rains may loosen materials that may be holding them. Footing can be tricky and this area has seen several fires. Trails may have hazardous trees whose root systems have been weakened by fire. Often, burnt branches and tops fall from these trees and could cause serious injury or death. Always be aware of your surroundings, watch your footing and look out for hazards.
The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Harry "Rocky" Hildebrand as well as Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza and Mayor Richard Bauch attended.
Esparza gave the Safety Committee update. They met that morning to discuss an incident involving a runaway grader. They suspect the brakes went out. Esparza asked for signs to be ordered to put up when the barrels are out to deter people from driving through them. Esparza also reported the training for 2018 has ended and the classes for next year begin in August.
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