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By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission met in a lengthy combined work and regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The meeting began at 9 a.m. At about 1 p.m., the commissioners went into executive session for "discussion of disposal of Grant county Property, including Gila Regional Medical Center. After 2:30 p.m. the commissioners came back into regular session. The sole speaker was Commissioner Brett Kasten.

"We spent most of our time going over the questions we had asked counsel," Kasten said. "The answers brought up more questions. We will make no decision today. It has to be done right."

In a statement from GRMC, Chief Executive Officer Taffy Aria, said: “It’s very disappointing that the commissioners were unable to make a decision after this prolonged process. It is the hope that they will be able to come to an agreement in the relatively near future. The process is becoming frustrating for all participants. The physicians and caregivers of GRMC ask that this be resolved quickly so strategic initiatives can be implemented.”

Silver City, NM, June 12, 2018—The Meadow Fire Temporary Area Closure was rescinded June 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Recreationist are reminded to be careful in any post-fire area. Hazards could remain within the fire footprint, included fire-weakened dead and live trees, and stump holes. Fire-weakened trees are more susceptible to falling, especially if it is windy.

A reminder, the Gila National Forest is in in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For more information please refer to Forest Order 06-18-006.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila 

Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM, Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date: June 10, 2018

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Heavy logging slash, dead and down from 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Resources: One Type 3 helicopter, one Initial Attack crew

Size: ~ 400 acres

Containment: 0%

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers were dispatched to a welfare check near Denny’s at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 11. According to Police Chief Freddy Portillo, when officers arrived they found a male with a possible gunshot wound to his left foot.

Portillo advised that the incident possibly occurred at 12th and Swan streets, however, they are still trying to gain the cooperation of the victim, whose name has not been released.

By Hallie Richwine

The City of Bayard Council Meeting on June 11, 2018 began at 2 p.m. after a short work session. Councilors Adrian Ortiz and Eloy Medina attended as well as Mayor Pro Tem Raul Villanueva and Mayor Chon Fierro.

There was no public input, so council moved directly to the consent agenda. After reviewing reports from the different departments in the municipality, council approved the attendance of Kristina Ortiz to Colonias Funding Training in Albuquerque in early July. This is a requirement for receiving the funding for well #3. Council also approved the attendance of Amanda Arrey to the Court Clerk Conference.

Council reviewed and ultimately accepted Resolution 17-2018, the increase of the property tax rate by 3 mil. They also accepted Resolution 18-2018 which declares the CDBG project for 2018 as the drainage improvements on Maple and Elm Streets.

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

Control Line Construction Nearing Completion on Southwest Side of Buzzard Fire
June 12, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 43,009 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 69% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 410

General Information: Firefighters are working diligently to complete control lines to tie together all control lines around the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire progression and conduct firing operations to secure control lines. Crews on the eastern portion of the fire are patrolling to look for remaining hot spots and secure control lines. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation is ongoing.

Ute Park Fire - June 11, 2018 Evening Update -- FINAL


 Ute Park Fire Management Will Transition to Type 3 Team on Tuesday

 Acres: 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch) Percent Containment: 92% 

Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 244 personnel, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines and 4 water tenders

Location: Mile post 38 on US Hwy 180, north of Alma, NM, Glenwood Ranger District

Start Date: June 11, 2018

Cause: Under investigation

Vegetation: grasses

Resources: Engines responding

Size: ~ 25 acres

Containment: 0%

Incident Commander: B. Spivey, ICT4

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