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Reynolds Fire

Location: West of Bill Lee Mesa, Quemado Ranger District

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

Vegetation: Continuous ponderosa pine

Resources: Type 3 helicopter, Type 1 helicopter, one seven-person handcrew, two Type 6 engines,

Incident Commander: M. Burnham Strategy: Full suppression

Roaring Fire

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[Editor's Note: This was a long meeting that this author will try to synthesize into a reasonable article. Not everyone will be quoted, and a new format is being used. The name of the person speaking will be indicated at the first of each paraphrased comment followed by a colon. After the first full name, just the last name will be used. A considerable amount of information will not be included.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County budget hearing took place on May 23, 2019, with four commissioners present. Commissioner Billy Billings was not available.

Jason Lockett, Maintenance Department director: My budget is flat except for the capital outlay of $165,000 we are requesting for the roof at the airport fuel base operations. Another item adjusts the amount for insurance. The airport roof item is on the ICIP (Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan) for next year. We have funding only for maintenance at Bataan Park and the Fairgrounds.

Location: West of Bill Lee Mesa, Quemado Ranger District

Start Date: June 5, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Continuous Ponderosa Pine

Resources: Type 3 Helicopter, Type 1 Helicopter, one FS Engine, one seven–person hand crew

img 0238Commissioner Alicia Edwards, with the proclamation, and Stout Elementary School students and teachers join with the four other commissioners to celebrate the check for $1,000 that the school earned by gatherin, in two weeks, more than 300 pledges, more than any other school in the state, in the Kids for Smoke Free Air Challenge.

[Editor's Note: This is part 7 of the multi-part series of articles on the work and regular sessions of the Grant County Commission on May 14 and 16, 2019. This one covers the officer memorial presentation by Lt. Mike Burns and the discussion on the PNM Solar Direct project and completes the series.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission regular meeting of May 16, 2019 began with a presentation from Lt. Mike Burns of the Sheriff's Office.

Silver City, NM, June 5, 2019—Warmer temperatures and high spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila National Forest.

A fire danger rating of HIGH is defined as “all fine dead fuels ignite readily, and fires start easily from most causes.”

Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly, and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted.

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 and the final part of the Grant County Commission work session of May 14, 2019. It covers the review of the regular meeting agenda on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and will include the decisions made at that meeting on the items not discussed in more detail. Part 7 will complete the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the presentations and the discussions on the preliminary budget at the Grant County Commission work session of May 14, 2019, the commissioners heard a review of the regular meeting agenda, which would take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched to the Lintero Apartments at approximately 10:06 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, in reference to a shooting. According to a police narrative, when officers arrived they saw Bryson McNeill, 32, of Silver City, lying on the floor near the front entrance to the apartments with a Grant County deputy applying pressure to McNeill’s right shoulder and collar bone area, waiting for EMS to arrive.

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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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