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By Mary Alice Murphy

The article starts with local races, most of the contested ones. Note that all vote totals are from Grant County ONLY.

For Magistrate Judge-Grant-Division 1, Democratic Primary Maurine Laney has received 2,709 votes to Robert E. McDonald's 1,711.

In Magistrate Judge - Grant-Division 2, Hector Grijalva is the only candidate.
County Commissioner- Grant District 1, Democratic primary, Luis Terrazas has 265 to 285 for Donald "Jesse" Franklin-Owens and Chris Ponce's 335. The winner will face Republican Sheila A. Hudman in the General Election.

Silver City, NM, June 5, 2018—To protect public health and safety due to increasing fire danger, the Gila National Forest will implement Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective Wednesday, June 6, at 12:01 a.m., and in addition, is raising the Fire Danger to Extreme. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

· Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. Devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off are the exception.

EMNRD-Forestry Division
Ute Park Fire - June 5, 2018 Morning Update

Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1

Bea Day - Incident Commander

Critical Fire Weather Returning

Acres: 36,664 acres Percent Containment: 25%
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders

A community meeting will be held today at 4 pm at the Cimarron High School, located at 165 N. Collison, Cimarron NM 87714. The meeting will be livestreamed at https://facebook.com/uteparkfireinfo . Additional community meetings are also being planned to keep local residents informed.

Acres: 36,964
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused
Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 49%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass, and understory)
Total personnel: 561

General Information: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will see some of the hottest days so far on the fire with continued dry weather conditions. A slow push of moisture will move into the area on Friday, which will bring a chance for afternoon isolated showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend. By Thursday, winds will be lighter across the fire and driven by local terrain. This means that the firefighters will be challenged by the weather. Due to the warm temperatures and a trail re-route around the fire closure area, the Gila National Forest is caching water to assist hikers and bikers on the Continental Divide Trail.

EMRD-Forestry Division Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1

Bea Day - Incident Commander

Cimarron Residents Returning
Ute Park Fire - June 4, 2018 Evening Update

Acres: 36,664 acres Percent Containment: 25%
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders


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Silver City NM, June 4, 2018—The Gila National Forest has issued Forest Order #06-18-007 Meadow Fire Temporary Area Closure Order for firefighter and public safety. See map below

All roads and trail interior the boundary described in the Forest Order and indicated on the attached map are closed with the exemption of:

· Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission

Firefighters’ Efforts Protect Eagle Peak Lookout
June 4, 2018 Daily Update

Acres: 34,709
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused
Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 49%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass, and understory)
Total personnel: 583

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