Front Page News

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Lower Colorado Region and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) are preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the New Mexico Unit (NM Unit) of the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The proposed NM Unit would be a water diversion, storage, conveyance and delivery system for agricultural use. The NM Unit would divert water from the Gila River or its tributaries in New Mexico including the San Francisco River and convey it for storage in off-stream storage sites in the Cliff-Gila Valley, along the San Francisco River and in the Virden Valley in New Mexico, and deliver it to the target New Mexico water users.

The attached newsletter announces the public scoping period, during which Reclamation and the NMISC are soliciting public comments and gathering input on the issues to be analyzed in the EIS. Eight scoping meetings are scheduled during the scoping period beginning on June 12, 2018. Comments will be accepted until July 20, 2018. Issues raised by the public will be used to focus the analysis of the EIS and formulate additional alternatives, if needed. These alternatives will be analyzed within the EIS in addition to the proposed action and the No Action alternative.

Jemez Springs, NM — The San Antonio Fire began earlier this afternoon on Valles Caldera National Preserve. The lightning-caused fire has burned over 100 acres in the northwest corner of the preserve. Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to suppress the fire burning in ponderosa pine and Douglas fir stands.

Resources on scene and en route include multiple engines, one hot shot crew, air tac, helicopter, and two air tankers. A Type 3 fire team has been ordered and will assume command Friday morning.

Cottonwood Fire - June 14, 2018 4:45 p.m.


Acres: 20 acres Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: June 14, 2018 Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: Private Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Origin Location: Vermejo Ranch area, Raton, NM, 12 miles north of Cimarron, NM
Latitude: 36.44 35
Longitude: -104 55.07
Resources: 1 crew, 2 helicopters, 4 engines, additional resources ordered

Caroline Baldwin and her daughter Lydia will be participating in the Air Race Classic again this year – again, as race team #29. Caroline's granddaughter Cara is not racing. Cara is now an employee with SkyWest and is training for co-pilot / first officer position.

"Lydia and I depart on Friday morning (June 15) from Silver City for Sweetwater, TX," Caroline said. "After a few days of briefings, plane inspections, and banquet, we will all be anxious for race start on Tuesday, June 19." 

In cooperation with Air Race Classic partner MAProgress, the ARC website will display the 2018 race course overlaid on a map of the United States. Each stop is clearly marked; race fans can watch the racers’ progress as they proceed along the course.

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

Increased Smoke Due to Firing Operations
June 14, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 44,402 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: 384

General Information: As control lines were connected and completed on the southwest side of the fire, crews conducted firing operations to burn out and secure the lines. These operations along with the fire burning in heavier fuels increased the smoke in the air on Wednesday. Local residents can expect a greater amount of smoke settling into low land areas during the evening and early morning hours. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire’s progression and prepare for further firing operations as needed to keep up with the fire’s spread.

Acres: 574 acres Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: June 10, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Lightning
Jurisdiction: Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Origin Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM Fuels: Timber (Litter and Understory)
Resources: 56 personnel
General Information: The Willow Fire is burning on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire is currently burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness.

A weather pattern forecast is lining up to produce precipitation over the fire area Friday and Saturday. Along with the rain may come lightning, strong down draft winds and unstable weather conditions.

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

Start Date: June 11, 2018

Cause: Human Caused

Vegetation: grasses

Resources: 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 engine, 1 Type 2 IA Crew, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 SEATs, and 1 Utility Chase Truck

Size: ~ 80 acres

Containment: 100% as of June 12.

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

Start Date: June 10, 2018

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Heavy dead and down mixed conifer, ponderosa pine; and in burn scar from 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Resources: 1 IHC crew, 1 Wildfire Use Module, 1 Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter

Size: ~ 375 acres

Containment: 0%

Incident Commander: J. Hammer, ICT3, M. Cornwell, ICT3t

General Information: The Willow Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on Glenwood Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It is on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire has crossed Crest Trail #182. The fire is burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and downed fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness. Area Closures are in effect.

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

For those of my subscribers who may be in the Eurozone, the Beat has updated its Privacy Policy and its Terms of Service to comply with GDPR.

For those of you who don't have a clue what GDPR is, I didn't either until a few days ago. It stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and it unifies data privacy requirements across all members of the Eurozone. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat redership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Note: This is another component that is in progress of going to a different software to make it easier for you to use and find classifieds that interest you. Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com