April 24th, 2014: Helping to Prevent Wildfire

The following was sent by the Silver City Neighborhood Alliance:

As you may have learned at the Symposium, though Silver City is surrounded by vulnerable neighborhoods, Wind Canyon was identified as a priority to encourage to get the fuels out now.   It particularly makes Silver City vulnerable to wildfire because it’s due west and upwind, the topography is extreme, the fuels are very dense, there is no fire hydrant system, and because it lies on the Gila Watershed, water pressure in the wells is low.

All the hard work that Nick Sussillo’s been doing as a volunteer with the SC Fire Department, all that done by the hard-working volunteers of the Wind Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, and that done by Asst Chief Tim Heidrick of the SCFD, and other agency reps, is beginning to pay off.

Contact your Volunteer Fire Department today to see what you can do in your neighborhood. Another informational meeting is coming up: 4/26, 3:30, Bear Mtn Lodge.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen of Wind Canyon,

As you all should know, Wind Canyon has been chosen as the pilot community for the Silver City/ETZ Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP).   I personally am thrilled with this and I know that the rest of the volunteers at the Wind Canyon Fire Station are as well.  This means that if you follow the suggestions to trim up trees and cut grasses away from your home, we actually have a chance to save it in the event of a fire.

Because many of you were unable to attend the meeting Tuesday evening, I am attaching Tonya Vowles’ (NM State Forestry) list of people who can be contacted to help with thinning,  Also, Roger Dombrowski has provided a list of links to web sites that will be helpful to you.

In order to have a starting point, Roger has put together a short questionnaire which will give us an idea of where each of you stand on this matter.  Please take a minute to fill it out.  Hit reply, scroll down to each question and type in your answer, then hit send and this email will return to me.  Let’s try to get this done by next Monday evening March 31, please.   I will assemble all the answers into a summary and send that back to you.

IF YOU OWN PROPERTY IN WIND CANYON BUT DO NOT LIVE HERE, please reply to this email with your intentions for your property.  If you plan to build in the near future, now might be your best time to start making your property defensible.

The following web site will give you a comprehensive list of things to look for and do to help your property survive, specifically pages 7 – 10. http://ofb.ibhs.org/content/data/file/wildfire-checklist.pdf    

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Roger Dombrowski, or Wind Canyon Fire Station Chief, Holly Sytch.

Carol Pickering

GWCNW Coordinator

hoosierhoney@sisna.com

 

GREATER WIND CANYON CWPP QUESTIONNAIRE

Homeowner’s Name:

Property Address:

1.            Have you already made your home and property defensible using guidelines contained in material such as “Living with Fire in New Mexico”, “Firewise”, or “Ready, Set, GO!”

2.            If NO, are you planning to begin a defensible space program?

3.            Are you interested in getting an assessment of your property which will highlight specific areas of concern?

4.            Are you interested in pooling our resources to improve the wildfire preparedness of the entire Greater Wind Canyon area.  Participation in a community-wide effort may make more resources available such as local assistance under the CWPP and grant funding.

5.            Would you serve on a committee or board to organize our efforts to become a recognized “Firewise Community”?

Specific questions concerning your property which will be maintained by the Wind Canyon Fire Station in assessing accessibiity:

A.    Is your driveway accessible with room to turn around a fire truck?

B.    Do you have a locked gate?  If so, Chain/padlock?  Electric lock?

C.   If you have a significant water storage source which could be accessed by fire trucks, are you willing to allow the Wind Canyon Station to use your water?

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April 17th, 2014: DAV Elections and Fundraiser

DAV

The following is a release from the DAV:

Some exciting news from your local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 1 here in Grant County.  First, we had our annual elections this month, and the newly elected officers picture from left to right: Cliff Tavernier (Sr. Vice Commander), Charles Deming (Treasurer/Adjutant), Manuel Portillo (1st Jr. Vice Commander/Master At Arms), Reggie Price (District Commander), and Bryant Jamison (Commander).  Your DAV will be having a Mother’s Day Steak Dinner May 10, 2014 at the VFW post in Arenas Valley.  Tickets are out and about so pick up at least ten or so to help support the DAV and the much needed services it provides to our Veterans.  Phone orders can be placed the day of the event at 575-388-5214, or course walk-ins are welcome.  Be sure to keep a close eye out for upcoming events that the DAV will be hosting, and with your help, we will continue to provide vital services to our Veterans.  The DAV thanks you for all your support.

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April 16th, 2014: Give Grande New Mexico!

Give Grande Poster lifequest

The following is a release from LifeQuest and Give Grande NM:

The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Give Grande NM is one of many giving days happening on May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event.

On May 6, 2014, donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting www.givegrandenm.org. Visitors to the site will also be able to search for nonprofits by name, city, geographic area, and cause and see in real-time what is raised across the state and for each nonprofit. Randy Royster, Executive Director of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, believes that “together we will send a message to the people of New Mexico…Giving is Good! Working together will make our state a better place.” Because Give Grande NM is one of many giving days being held across the country, it is likely to be part of the largest online fundraising event in history.

The Community Foundation Coalition is partnering with 345 nonprofits across the state to meet needs and connect people in the community with the causes they care about. The Coalition consists of the Albuquerque, Taos, Santa Fe, and New Mexico Community Foundations, as well as the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

“Give Grande New Mexico is an opportunity to highlight the culture of giving that has been a part of our state’s identity for hundreds of years. It’s a chance to show that everyone can be a philanthropist and that if we all pitch in together we can make a huge impact. Nonprofits are crucial to the health and well-being of our population and a critical part of our economy. Give Grande will generate even greater support for their important work” said Brian T. Byrnes, President & CEO of Santa Fe Community Foundation. “Every dollar will go further if you give on May 6.”

The Coalition is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist. “A lot of people think you have to be rich to give back, but even the smallest donation can make a big difference to nonprofits,” said Denise Gonzales, Give Grande NM Coordinator. “Give Grande NM is designed to make it easy for donors to connect with nonprofits via a secure and simple website.”

For more information about Give Grande NM and to see a list of the organizations who are participating you can logon to www.givegrandenm.org. The deadline for nonprofits to sign up to participate is March 31, 2014.

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

Advisory

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

Advisory

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

Advisory

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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