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Mimbres, NM, June 8, 2019 — The Wilderness Ranger District had planned to conduct a prescribed fire in the unit known as L-T East. The planned start date was today, June 8, but due to resource availability it has been cancelled. There is currently no future planned date.

By Mary Alice Murphy

County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez began the budget meeting of the Grant County Commission on May 29, 2019, with the statement: "We recommend the preliminary budget be approved as presented."

She noted that the surplus at the end of the next fiscal year was projected to be $41,691. "We did leave in the step plan for the Sheriff's Office and put in a $25,000 increase for special elections because of the law changes. The Clerk's Office hopes to get new revenue in the manner of reimbursement for managing more elections. I also put in the $8,000 request for the Bayard Library."

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Alfred Ogas, Vietnam veteran 1968-69, served as the master of ceremonies and the guest speaker for the annual Memorial Day event at Fort Bayard National Cemetery.

Marines from the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps Detachment 1328 posted and retired the colors.

Reynolds Fire

Location: West of Bill Lee Mesa, Quemado Ranger District

Start Date: June 5, 2019 Size: ~28 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine

Resources: Two Type 6 engines, 5-firefighters

Incident Commander: C. Pierson, ICT5 Strategy: Full suppression

Strategy: Fire personnel continue to secure perimeter.

Roaring Fire

Elk FireLocation: southeast of Mangas Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM
Start Date: June 6, 2019
Size: ~10 acres
Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: ponderosa pine; stringers pinyon juniper and grasslands
Resources: ICT4 and 3 Firefighters
Incident Commander: Derral Thomas


Silver City, NM, June 6, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District is lifted Forest Order 06-19-006 Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire Closure effective 8:00 a.m. on June 7, 2019.

Please use caution in any area that has been recently burned. Rolling rocks can be a hazard in a burn area. Footing could be tricky. Trails may have hazardous trees whose root systems could be weakened. 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.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Hundreds of people descended on Gough Park over Memorial Day Weekend to enjoy listening to a variety of blues performers. There were artists’ and vendors’ booths around the perimeter of the park, a play area for children and of course, the food court.

Spring Fire – Black Range Ranger District

Location: Adobe Canyon, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 5, 2019

Cause: Lightning

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Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let editor@grantcountybeat.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.

Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it

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