April 15th, 2014: Roadwork on NM 90 between Silver and Lordsburg


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Brasier Asphalt, Inc. will be conducting a Nova Chip process along NM 90 from mile marker 27 to 33.8 in Grant County.  This process will entail an overlay on the existing pavement which is intended to extend the longevity of the roadway.

Motorist traveling between Lordsburg to Silver City will encounter minor delays with a reduction in speed and lanes within the work zone.

The contractor will start the week of April 15th and is scheduled to be complete by May 2nd with working hours to be from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Check www.nmroads.com for updates.

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April 14th, 2014: Fire Updates

The Elkhorn Fire 12 miles east of Reserve that started on Thursday and burned 175 acres is now 100% contained.  Fire crews will remain in the area today to monitor for hot spots.

Grant County and USFS Fire Crews have stopped the spread of the Georgetown Fire 13 miles east of Silver City in the vicinity of the Georgetown Cemetery,  and are mopping up the fire area. They will remain on the fire through the evening, patrolling the perimeter and dealing with hot spots. No structures are threatened. Final acreage is 6.12 acres.  The fire is 50% contained.

The Whitewater Fire that burned south of Tyrone last week is inactive.


For more information about current wildfires in New Mexico, visit www.nmfireinfo.com

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April 10th, 2014: Whitewater Fire 60% Contained

A fire was started on Whitewater Road east of Hwy 90 south of Tyrone around 3:15 on April 9th.  The fire has been determined to be human caused: started when burning trash in a burn barrel escaped in the wind and ignited nearby vegetation.

Fire personnel worked through the night to secure the fire perimeter, and only a few hot spots remain today.  Two engine crews remain in the area strengthening the perimeter, mopping up and patrolling for hot spots.

An estimated 30 to 40 acres were burned, and two out-buildings destroyed.  This morning the fire was 60% contained.

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April 9th, 2014: Tour of the Gila Seeking Volunteers

TOTG Call for Volunteers

Silver City’s Tour of the Gila is still seeking volunteers and are requesting your help.  To learn how you can help, contact Michelle Geels, C0-director of Silver City’s Tour of the Gila, at 590-0203. 

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April 3rd, 2014: Kiwanis One Day – Eliminate MNT

Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. In 2014, Kiwanis One Day is April 5th. It’s a global effort, but it’s made of personal commitments. The Kiwanis Club of Silver City and The Kiwanis Key Club of Silver High School are inviting you to attend a Walk-a-thon to help Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, also called MNT.

Please join them on Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 to 12 Noon at the Silver High School Athletic Field Track, to Walk in order to Save lives all over the world. Just $1.80 saves a life of a child and it’s mother. Registration is just $6.00 (saves 3 lives) for Ages 12 and up AND $2.00 for Ages 12 and Under (saves one life).

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

All proceeds will go to Project Eliminate, and everyone is welcome to participate. So come out, save some lives and get some exercise! We will also be accepting donations if you decide not to walk. For More Information, call 575-538-3787 or 575-574-2543.

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April 2nd, 2014: I-10 Outside Lordsburg Temporarily Closed


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with law enforcement will be closing I-10 in the Lordsburg area from mile marker 5 to 20. Motorists will be detoured in to the City of Lordsburg, and will be advised at the Arizona border alerting the public of the closure.

Motorists are encouraged to proceed with caution as a Weather Advisory is still in effect for southern New Mexico.

Traffic updates will be posted on the department’s web www.nmroads.com which can also be retrieved by calling 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 out of state.

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April 1st, 2014: Weather Advisory for Southern New Mexico


The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be motoring roadways as a high wind advisory will be in effect. The National Weather Services is reporting there will be two separate troughs moving through southern New Mexico. The first surge will sweep through Wednesday and will continue through early Saturday morning. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed until conditions change, as low visibility will impact traffic due to strong winds increasing as predicated by local meteorologists.

Below are recommended driving tips.

  • Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be aware of weather conditions and travel at a safe reduced speed limit.
  • Maintain at least a three-quarter full tank of gas.
  • Notify someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
  • Carry an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle.
  • Brake slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
  • Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
  • When pulling off the road, make sure you exit on to the shoulder far enough to where your vehicle is not on the road.
  • Carry plenty of food and water and all necessary medications.
  • Avoid driving through dust storms.
  • Motorists are advised to safely move over in order to allow emergency response vehicles to pass.


Roadway notifications will be posted on the department’s web site www.NMroads.com, and can be retrieved by calling 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 out of state.

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April 1st, 2014: Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt

easter eggs

The Kiwanis Club of Silver City is having a free Easter Egg Hunt for the fun and enjoyment of area children on Saturday, April 19, at Penny Park in Silver City. There will be separate hunts for age groups as follows: 9:30 a.m. (ages 4 and under); 10:00 a.m.(ages 5 and 6); 10:30 a.m. (ages 7 and 8); 11:00 a.m. (ages 9, 10 and 11); 11:30 a.m. (ages 12 and over). Please remember to bring your own basket. There will be 1,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes for the hunt and also free face painting and other fun activities. Easter photos of children or the family (bring grandmother too!) with the Easter Bunny will be available from 9:30 till noon for $5.00 a photo.

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March 28th, 2014: MRAC Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday


The following is a release from the MRAC:

The Mimbres Region Arts Council will host its Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the MRAC/Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, 1201 North Pope Street in Silver City.

Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items will fill the gallery space – many sell out quickly.  The sale will feature an extensive selection of handmade weavings created by Guatemalan artisans and offered for sale by Sonia and Curt Porter – longtime vendors of Guatemalan textiles and supporters of MRAC.

Items for sale will include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry, backpacks and  purses, place settings and tablecloths, pants, skirts, blouses and belts, Santos, and so much more!  Prices start at just $1 and modestly go up from there.

Proceeds from the March 29 Mercado benefit both the Guatemalan artisans and the Mimbres Region Arts Council events and programming.

Faye McCalmont, MRAC Executive Director says “Some of our shoppers have been coming for several years.  They share their enthusiasm with newcomers.  there is something for everyone and the prices are so affordable.  This is a wonderful way to support these women weavers in a developing country as well as the Arts Council.”

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the MRAC offices in the Wells Fargo Building at 1201 North Pope Street in Silver City, call 575-538-2505, or visit them online at www.mimbresarts.org.

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March 25th, 2014: Turkey Federation Dinner

Take your jennies, jakes, hens and gobblers to the Gila Gobblers 11th Annual Hunting banquet to be held on March 29th, at the Grant County Convention Center on Highway 180 East, next to Ace Hardware.  Take out the whole flock this Saturday,  March 29th, doors open 5:30 sharp.  Enjoy a great dinner, silent and live auctions, plus raffles and games! The Buffalo Bar will be serving beer and wine, so you must be 21 years or older.  For more information call Roddy Rogers 538-1500 or call Donny Fell, at 313-2977.  Check them out on Facebook at NWTF Gila Gobblers.

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