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Location: South of Grapevine Campground, west of NM Highway15, Wilderness Ranger Dis

Start Date: April 5, 2019

Cause: Probable human-caused

Vegetation: Riparian area with cottonwood, ponderosa pine and pinon juniper

Resources: Silver City Hotshots, Type 2 helicopter, district fire crew

Size: 10 acres

Containment: 0%

Alum Fire

Location: South of Grapevine Campground, west of NM Highway15, Wilderness Ranger District

Start Date: April 5, 2019

Cause: Probable human-caused

Vegetation: Riparian area with cottonwood, ponderosa pine and pinon juniper

Author: Leslie Bronken, Deming, NM

Photo credits: Wayne Le Blanc, Deming, NM

On March 31, 2019, a small group of people from New Mexico and Arizona met with Martha Boneta, a Policy Advisor and Commentator In Washington DC (she is also a farmer) and members of the Johnson family, who own a very large ranch and farm directly on the US Mexico border.

In 2017, Martha toured the border and the cattle crossing area in Santa Teresa, Dona Ana County, NM, which is a more populated area close to El Paso, TX. Martha was also sent to McAllen, Texas, to report on the border status earlier this year. This time Martha toured the border in Luna County, where we have illegal border crossings involving drug and human trafficking, and who knows what else coming across the border.

Martha quickly grasped the magnitude of the problem once she saw the remote area and distances involved. Martha wanted to live stream images of the border and interviews of the Johnsons, however, cell phone signals are mostly non-existent along the southern border area in this part of New Mexico.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico National Guard donated an M42 Twin 40mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) vehicle, called a "Duster," from the Doña Ana Range, thanks to efforts of three Vietnam veterans, who are also New Mexico state representatives.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

WNMU Ceramics Department periodically holds fundraising sales of potters' works. This one was held on March 23, 2019.

Article and photos by Mary Alice Murphy

A group of Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society members and friends gathered on Friday, March 22, 2019 for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Fort Bayard Visitor Center in the Santa Clara Armory Building.

By Etta Pettijohn

During the 54th legislative session that ended in mid-March Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) saw the passage of a couple of bills she sponsored, and both the failure and adoption of others she voted against.

One bill particularly close to this child educator’s heart is House Joint Memorial 10 (HJM), a measure she sponsored.

County staff taking great care of taxpayer dollars.

[Editor's Note: This is part eight and final part of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session on March 19, 2019 and regular meeting of March 21, 2019.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The review of the regular meeting agenda brought work session discussion on several items, which have been covered in previous articles.

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