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Mark Valenzuela, school bond advisor, presented at work session

By Margaret Hopper

The regular Silver School Board June meeting on June 20, 2017 was preceded by a work session at 5:30 to allow Mark Valenzuela of George K. Baum & Company, the firm assisting the board with the planning on the bond issue, and Alicia Edwards of the Wellness work, to present more lengthy information on their presentations before the main business meeting. The work session went on past its time, ending about 6:30 and breaking into the period set for the regular board meeting.

Those present included Justin Wecks, Patrick Cohn, Ashley Montenegro, Frances Vasquez and Mike McMillan, board president. In the absence of the superintendent, Audie Brown, Candy Milam, assistant superintendent, presented information for the administration.

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017 Size: 6,577 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Five wildland fire modules, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 96.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

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Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Americorps students whom you have met in these pages before are still on the job doing work out at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark.

Other articles can be found at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/36913-an-update-on-americorps-team-and-the-work-at-fort-bayard  and http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/36342-americorps-volunteers-welcomed-to-fort-bayard-041917 

By Roger Lanse

Firefighters from the Silver City Fire Department and the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a grass fire on Coleman Drive near Little Walnut Road at approximately noon on Sunday, June 18.

According to SCFD Chief Milo Lambert, the fire was also in the treetops of cottonwoods in the area. No structures were threatened and no injuries reported. Lambert said fire suppression personnel left the scene about 3:30 p.m., after extinguishing the fire.

However, no sooner had they returned to base, when firefighters from the SCFD were called out again, at about 5:30 p.m., together with Whiskey Creek and Tyrone volunteer fire departments, to a single-wide mobile home at 1450 Highway 90 that was engulfed in flames. According to Lambert, an insurance adjuster will determine if the structure was a total loss, but “there was nothing left,” he said.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Fiesta Latina, held at Western New Mexico University, last weekend, brought hundreds of visitors to the Gardens and later Saturday evening to Hunter Hall.

In spite of hot temperatures, visitors lined up to purchase goods from the many vendors from all over Mexico. 

Spectators watched the Mariachi Plata and Folklorico dancers in and beside the gazebo at the Gardens below Light Hall.



Incident Name: Encino Fire

Start Date & Time: 6/18/17 1400

Start Location: Northern and Encino Roads, Rio Rancho

Cause of Fire: Unknown

Area Vegetation: Grass, brush, juniper

Corral Fire (map below)

The Corral Fire is estimated at 16,321 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers. The fire received some precipitation and thunderstorms are expected through Thursday. Operations for the next 3-5 days included continuing to prep FR 150 and Middle Mesa Trail to the boundary of the Gila Wilderness. This fire is behaving as it should in a fire adapted ecosystem. The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem. This fire is now under a Type 3 Organization.

Straw Fire (map below)

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