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img 2314Mario Quintana and team members accept a proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner, recognizing the 2019 National Senior Olympics Team. The team will be in Albuquerque to participate in the games June 14-24.Mario Quintana and team members accept a proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner, recognizing the 2019 National Senior Olympics Team. The team will be in Albuquerque to participate in the games June 14-24.

 Article and photo by Roger Lanse

District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. re-introduced his notice of intent ordinance at the June 11, 2019, town meeting, to amend the Silver City Traffic Ordinance regarding off-highway motor vehicles. His proposed ordinance, the same one introduced last year and defeated 3-2, would allow ROVs (recreational off-road vehicles) on town streets, excluding highways 15, 90, and 180. The vehicles, popularly called side-by-sides, would be required to have certain features and drivers would have to be 18 or older.

Location: southeast of Mangas Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM
Start Date: June 6, 2019 Size: ~660 acres Cause: Lightning Containment: 48%
Vegetation: Transitional moving up Mangas Mountain from piñon-juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine, and dry mixed conifer to wet mixed conifer with aspen.
Resources: Two Type 3 helicopters, 4 IHC (Hotshot)crews, 2 Type 2 IA Crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, various overhead resources, 240 total personnel.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser, IC2
Fire Activity: Fire activity over the last 24 hours has diminished, however, smoke was visible during the afternoon as winds and dryer air moved into the area.

Summary:

Location: Adobe Canyon, Black Range Ranger District
Start Date: June 5, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper, grasslands, heavy dead and down from previous fires
Resources: 1 Type 6 engine and a 10 person hand crew
Size: 3,556 acres
Containment: 100%
Incident Commander: Clark & Verthein (trainee)

Summary:

By Mary Alice Murphy

On Monday, June 3, 2019, most of the administrative staff of Advanced Airlines, which provides Essential Air Service to Grant County Airport, stopped in Silver City to talk to the community about the service and to get feedback from passengers of their airline, which has been providing service since Jan. 6, 2019.

Levi Stockton, president and founder, told the people gathered that the airline since it started in Grant County this year has had a 100% completion rate, with no flights canceled. Ontime performance has also been high at an average year-to-date of 98.12%, with delays due to weather, a few mechanical issues and some logistical problems.

Location: Adobe Canyon, Black Range Ranger District
Start Date: June 5, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper, grasslands, heavy dead and down from previous fires
Resources: 1 Type 6 engine, 6 smoke jumpers, 10 person hand crew
Size: 3,556 acres
Containment: 90%
Incident Commander: Gill
Summary:The Spring Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands in Sierra County, New Mexico. This fire is burning in an area that has had both natural and prescribed fire. The values include multiple historic structures, private lands, wildlife, and fencing. The strategy for this fire is confine and contain. A transfer of command took place yesterday morning; Incident Commander Trainee Gill is in charge of the fire.

Smoke is anticipated to be minimal today due to yesterday’s higher humidity, but small pockets of interior fuel are expected to continue to burn for the next few days. Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins.

For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire . Fire information can be found at http://nmfireinfo.com  or on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6377/ .

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

Location: southeast of Mangas Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM
Start Date: June 6, 2019 Size: ~660 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Transitional moving up Mangas Mountain from pinyon juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine, to dry mixed conifer to wet mixed conifer with aspen.
Resources: Two Type 3 helicopters, 4 IHC (Hotshot)crews, 2 Type 2 IA Crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, various overhead resources, 173 total personnel.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser, IC2
Fire Activity: Fire activity over the last 24 hours has been low to moderate intensity, with dead fallen trees and brush piles burning. Late afternoon showers diminished fire behavior.

Summary:

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation held a fundraising golf tournament at the Silver City Golf Course, now run by Western New Mexico University. 

Eighteen teams took part in the tournament held Saturday, June 1, 2019.

[Editor's Note: The Board of Trustees held a long meeting on May 31, 2019. This is the second and final report of the meeting and covers most of the administrative and committee reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the several presentations as part of Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias' report, the next article covers the rest of the administrators' monthly reports.

The CEO report can be read at: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/51540-grmc-holds-board-of-trustees-meeting-053119 

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Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let editor@grantcountybeat.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.

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