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Photos by Frank Kenney

Before the bull riding event Wednesday evening, photographer Frank Kenney caught the riders in stages of preparation and relaxation. 

The 1st New Mexico Bank Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo has a new provider of this year—Hi Lo Pro Rodeo.

Photos by Frank Kenney

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18 hosted Joe Martinez, representing Congressman Steve Pearce, as he presented certificates of Congressional Recognition of Achievement and American flags that had flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., at the request of Pearce.

June 16, 2018 10:30 AM

San Antonio Fire Statistics
Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 495 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%

Moisture Slows the San Antonio Fire

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is located within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary. Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant lines along the fire perimeter. Today’s forecasted rain and higher humidity are expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander
Buzzard Fire

Cooler Temperatures and Higher Humidity Have Decreased Fire Activity
June 16, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 47,370 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 74% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 274

General Information: More moisture continues to move over the fire area. The fire area received nearly a half an inch of rain overnight. The Gulf moisture that arrived yesterday moderated fire activity with higher relative humidity, cooler temperatures, and small amounts of rainfall. Low intensity fire was observed yesterday as the fire continued to slowly back down in drainages where it is burning mainly in stands of pine. Crews are taking advantage of these moist conditions to continue to strengthen and secure control lines. As these lines are secured, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation efforts continue and additional needs are being planned in the southwest portion of the fire.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Monday, June 11, 2018 meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, the third item of business addressed the details of the project confirmation package for the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process toward development of the New Mexico Unit, as set forth in the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004.

Howard Hutchinson, representing the San Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District, was the first to comment. "I read through this letter. I made the comment that the chairman would have to have the gavel ready to make sure I didn't go outside the standards of protocol. I tried to decide whether it was the Bureau of Reclamation and the Interstate Stream Commission trying to derail our project. Or it was just a sign of incompetence. Or maybe another alternative, maybe the joint leads are simply not familiar enough with the process to have delineated this stuff previously."

By Mary Alice Murphy

As there was no public input at the beginning of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018, after preliminary approvals of agenda and minutes, the members got straight into the business of the day.

The first item of old business was to discuss the changed language in the second amendment to the joint powers agreement.

Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, pointed out that some of the signatory names on the document were incorrect.

Chairwoman Darr Shannon agreed that several changes needed to be made.

 San Antonio Fire Statistics 

Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 426 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%

San Antonio Fire in Valles Caldera Grows

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres and is located in the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and northern boundary. Resources consist of over 100 fire personnel. The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team is on scene and expected to take command tomorrow at 8:00 AM.

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander
Buzzard Fire

Fire Suppression Repair Begins on Southwest Side of Buzzard Fire
June 15, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 45,151 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 74% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 362
General Information: Trace amounts of rain and higher relative humidity caused the fire activity to lessen on Thursday. With control line construction completed and minimal fire activity on the southwest side, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation are beginning. Firefighters are monitoring the fire’s growth and assessing suppression repair needs. Seeding has been completed on control lines on the eastern portion and crews continue to work with an excavator to repair and rehabilitate control lines. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin assessments of the fire area to recommend emergency treatments for erosion control.

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