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IMG 2208Youth Conservation Corps members, from left are Kaleb Lambert, Nathaniel Woodruff, Supervisor Jon Bjornstad, and Coordinator Dave Chandler. Interim Coordinator Deb Preusch not pictured.

Photo and article by Roger Lanse

Lee Gruber, from the Silver City Arts and Cultural District, spoke before the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, June 27, meeting, about “the problems that we encounter in the Big Ditch. That should be our glowing attraction here in our historic downtown,” she said. “We have to figure out a way together to make that a safe, inviting place for people to be. We have to take back the Ditch, just take it back as a community.”

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017 Size: 7,269 acres Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 89

Containment: 10% (managed for multiple resource objectives)


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Corral Fire

The Corral Fire is estimated at 19,850 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers. The fire received just under ½ inch of rain during Saturday's precipitation. This fire is showing low behavior which is 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.

Forest Service Road 150 is open to motorists. Huddleston-Lorton requests “that motorists use caution, maintain a “heads-up” approach and defer to instructions from the fire crews on the road."

Straw Fire

Reserve, NM, June 27, 2017- The Reserve Ranger District has 3 fires on National Forest System lands in Catron County, NM.

Teacher, Gravel and Seven fires have transitioned to Type 4 organization. Fire activity is minimal with interior smoke. Teacher fire remains at 3,555 acres, Gravel at 2,880 acres and Seven Fire at 1,189 acres. There has been some moisture on the fires, but we do not anticipate full suppression/containment until monsoon season. Thus far, these fires are serving the objective of maintaining and restoring fire's natural role in the ecosystem.

Lydia and Caroline Baldwin 2017Lydia and Caroline Baldwin 2017 before the Air Race Classic (Courtesy Photo)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Caroline Baldwin and her daughter, Lydia Baldwin, are the twosome of the Baldwin Family Flyers for the 2017 Air Race Classic, an all-women small plane air race across part of the U.S.

This year, in a break with the usual race from west to east, they chose to go from east, starting in Frederick, MD to Coshocton, OH to Indianapolis, IN to Decorah, IA, to Bemidji, MN, southward to Spencer, IA, to Abilene, KS, to Plainview, TX to Edgewood, NM and ending in Santa Fe, NM.

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Courtesy of Grant County Airport Manager Rebekah Wenger
By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Airport hangars sustained some damage during the Saturday later afternoon storm.

Rebekah Wenger, airport manager, said about 5:30 p.m., she received a call from a Forest Service helicopter pilot, who told her: "One of your hangar roofs is coming off."


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