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The southwest slope of Apache Mountain, on National Forest System Lands, Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest, Catron County, NM

Incident Start Date: September 4, 2019 Size: ~10-15 acres Cause: Lightning
Percent Contained: 0 IC: Gabe Castanon, ICT4

Summary: The Apache Fire was reported on Wednesday, September 4. It is located on the southwest slope of Apache Mountain, at approximately 8,500 feet elevation. The fire is located in very steep, 90-100% slope, inaccessible terrain. The fire is currently burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine with heavy amounts of down and dead material. Due to the extremely steep terrain and the desire to minimize firefighter exposure, fire managers are assessing options to confine and contain the fire in terrain where the probability of success is high.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Families, both children and adults, learned how to make their own repujados, a traditional form of metal embossing, at the Silver City Museum Saturday afternoon. Instructors showed them how to emboss the metal from stencils, or using their own free-form designs, and how to cut and color them. Participants were able to take home their finished repujados.

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Two of the many events this Labor Day Weekend took place Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019; the Taste of Downtown and Love Local.

From 11:30 to 2:30 folks were able to get delicious samples from 15 different downtown restaurants and a bonus taste from the Silco Theatre. There was also a free drawing for the ticket holders who turned their tickets in at the Taste of Downtown headquarters at The Hub.

thToday is the ninth anniversary of the founding of The Grant County Beat on Sept. 4, 2010.

Thank you to all Beat readers for supporting me and my growing team as we head into our 10th year.

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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Carnitas, musica y mas, a new event this year, took place at Gough Park, beginning Friday evening, Aug. 30, 2019 and took place Saturday and Sunday, too. Vendors sold food and drink, everything from Mexican hamburgers, to carnitas too barbecue. Shave ice was welcome on a warm afternoon, and a cold drink could be had in the beer garden. 

Silver City CLAY Festival's Founder & Director, Lee Gruber, is to be honored at this year's New Mexico Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The first day of the annual Gem and Mineral Show hosted by the Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society took place on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. It continued through Sunday, Sept 1 and Monday, Sept. 2. Every day the free event featured several rooms full of vendors of all sorts of items related to gems and minerals, from jewelry to fossil-laden stones, to sculpted stone, photographs, jewelry making tools and, lunch for sale by the Silver City Lions Club. Every day, field trips took interested folks out to look for stones and at least one featured speaker a day gave a talk on history to specific attributes of gems and minerals. 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

According to Karen Stephenson, who organized the show, 34 bird art pieces, entered by 17 articles vied for ribbons. Another 37 bird photos, sculptures and paintings were shown among each artist's work at the Grant County Art Guild Sixth Annual Southwest Birds Show. The exhibit was hosted in the organization's gallery at 316 N. Bullard St. The show will remain up through Sept. 29.

 Here are the winners:

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