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Bayard City Council Discussed and Approved a Notice of Intent to Adopt an Ordinance that Would Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV’s) to be Operated within City Limits - 07/22/2019

By Alexis Rico

The City of Bayard Council met for a work session followed by a regular session meeting on July 22, 2019, at the Bayard City Hall. Present for both meetings was Mayor Chon S. Fierro, Councilor Adrian Ortiz, Councilor Eloy Medina, Mayor Pro-Tem Raul Villanueva, and Councilor Charles L. Kelly.

Coal Fire
The lightning-caused Coal Fire is approximately 1 acre, burning on National Forest System lands, Grant County, NM. This fire lies within the boundaries of the Hells Hole Wilderness Study Area, west of Mule Creek and south of NM Hwy 78. This fire is continuing to smolder and burn in heavy dead and down timber. The smoke is visible from NM Hwy 78.

Whiterocks Fire
The lightning-caused Whiterocks Fire was reported today, is approximately .25 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, Catron County, NM. This fire is This fire can be seen from U.S. Hwy 180, northwest of Alma, New Mexico, near the Blue Range Wilderness.

Fire is exhibiting low to moderate effects and received some light precipitation last night. Crews will be scouting to gather information on size and assessing potential for growth. Weather forecast show a chance of the fire areas receiving precipitation over the next several days.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Pinos Altos Road, New Mexico 15, opened to two-way traffic for the first time since late spring 2018.

The stretch of the highway, within Silver City town limits, from Silver Heights Blvd. to 32nd Street, has been totally reconstructed—pavement, street lights, new drainage systems, curb and gutter, new bike lanes, a new entrance to Bosworth off P.A. Road, with the former entrance off Ranch Club now closed. A four-way stop at Pine Street and P.A. Road stops all traffic. With left-turn lanes in various spots, yields off 32nd Street, the first time you drive the road going northward or southward may shock those who are used to it being like it used to be.

Although this author hasn't had the chance or need to drive it at night, she has been told it's very well lighted.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3, and the long final article of a multi-part series that covers the July 23, 2019 work session and the July 25, 2019 regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission work session on July 23, 2019, after county department head reports and a presentation on Literacy Link-Leamos, County Manager Charlene Webb began a review of the regular meeting agenda for July 25, 2019. The first article can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/52265-grant-county-commission-holds-work-session-hears-presentation-072319

Santa Clara Village Trustee Meeting
Thursday July 25, 2019 6 p.m.

By Lorie Hildebrand

The Santa Clara Village Trustee meeting took place Thursday night at Santa Clara City Hall. On the agenda were four budget resolutions including the final budget. All were approved by the council. In the Mayors Report, Richard Bauch announced that Viola Stone Park will be closed for up to two weeks due to the construction project taking place in that part of Bayard Street. Movies in the park are now over. Also on that thought, the Mayor recognized and thanked all the donors that have offered or already given movie screens to the village to replace the one stolen a few weeks ago.

HMS had an open house at the Santa Clara Senior Center last week and around thirty people were there to welcome them to Santa Clara.

Incident Start Date: July 25, 2019 Cause: Lightning
Acres: ~.10 Containment: 0%
Vegetation: Pine, brush, and Pinyon Juniper
Strategy: Monitor Incident Commander: L. Trujillo, ICT5

Summary:
The lightning-caused Scout Fire is approximately .10 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, Grant County, NM. This fire is north of Signal Peak Road and burning in the 2006 Skates Fire scar.

Incident Start Date: July 25, 2019 Cause: Lightning
Acres: ~9 Containment: 0%
Vegetation: Grass and pinyon juniper
Strategy: Monitor Incident Commander: S. Manning, ICT4

Summary:
The lightning-caused Canteen Fire is approximately 9 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, Grant County, NM. This fire lies within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness, east of Mogollon Creek and north of the Gila River Box Canyon area.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The appointment of three Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustee members was discussed at the work session on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 and made at the regular meeting on July 25, 2019, but not without further discussion and divided opinions.

The GRMC Board of Trustees appointments at the work session elicited discussion among the commissioners on how to proceed with the process.

Commissioner Javier Salas suggested that the seven finalists be ranked in the same way that the commissioners ranked the original 11 applicants. "If [Executive Assistant] Bernadette (Coleman) is willing to compile the rankings."

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