May 31st, 2016: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District as of 10 am was 1,512 acres.  To date, crews have been successful in implementing the confine and contain strategy using Forest Road 3020 on the north, Road 49 to the east and a two track road on the west.  Observed fire behavior remains low to moderate in the interior as the fire moves south against the rocky bluffs of Dillon Mountain.  This type of fire behavior will assist in removing dead and down fuel from the forest floor and raising ladder fuels.

The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District as of yesterday afternoon is at 4,548 acres with approximately 128 personnel on the incident.  The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena.  Increased fire behavior may be observed over the North fire with predicted warmer to dryer conditions.

A trailer load of Carzalia Sweet Onions will be in the Albertsons parking lot this Saturday courtesy of the Grant County Shriners.  All profits from this event will be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a group of 22 hospitals located throughout the United States that provides care and support for children at NO charge.  For additional information about the Hospitals and their specialties, check their website at

Memorial Day weekend was full of exciting events in and around Silver City.  This year’s Memorial Day ceremony held at Fort Bayard National Cemetery drew a large crowd.  At Gough Park visitors enjoyed the music and vendors who were drawn out to the Blues and Bikes Festival presented by the Mimbres Region Arts Council.

Freeport McMoRan announced today that it has completed its previously announced sale of a 13 percent interest in its Morenci unincorporated joint venture to Sumitomo Metal Mining Company for cash consideration of $1.0 billion.  Freeport plans to use net proceeds from the transaction to repay borrowings under its bank term loan to reduce amounts drawn under its revolving credit facility.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced a one-time 30-day extension to the June 1st deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations.  The US Department of Agriculture issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure that everyone has enough time to provide their information under the new rules.

The Internal Revenue Service Friday issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.”  The IRS urges taxpayers to stay vigilant against these calls and to know the telltale signs of a scam demanding payment.

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May 30th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo returns to Silver City this week with stock from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo.  Carr has been recognized as one of the best in Pro Rodeo and is a regular nominee for Stock Contractor of the Year.  In the last three years, no other livestock company has had more animals selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  Also in attendance this year will be Rodeo clown and entertainer Robbie Hodges, who has been nominated as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s clown of the year, entertainer of the year, and the Coors Man in the Can- which recognizes the best barrelmen in the business.

US Border Patrol agents on patrol in Luna County apprehended a total of five subjects on Wednesday, including a convicted sexual offender.  Agents tracked and detained one of five subjects, a female from El Salvador who admitted to having crossed illegally into the States.  Agents later located and arrested four subjects attempting to hide in a pecan orchard.  During processing it was discovered that 34-year-old Mexican national, Juan Antonio Canales Martinez, had a prior conviction for “Sex with a Minor 3-plus years or Younger” out of California, along with other criminal charges.

On Saturday, May 14th, 50 nonprofit organizations in Grant and Luna counties participated in the annual local day of giving, Give Grandly.  The Grant County Community Foundation raised $12,500 in matching funds so that every organization that raised $250 got $250 in matched funds for a minimum of $500.  Of the 50 participants, 46 met the match.  This year the public generously gave to the effort a total of $100,000.  Give Grandly thanks the citizens of Grant and Luna Counties who gave to support our local nonprofits.

The Associated Press is reporting that Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.  Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the Associated Press they would support him at the convention.  Trump has reached 1,238 of 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.  With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7th, Trump is expected to pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland in July.

USDA New Mexico Farm Service Agency Executive Director Molly Manzanares reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.


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May 27th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The five Board Members for the Silver Consolidated School Board met until nearly 10 o’clock last night.  Board President Arnold Torres, in the open meeting, noted that no decisions had been bade and he would entertain a motion to approve the buyout of the superintendent for $60,000.  The Board voted four to one in favor of the buyout, and John Carter was accepted as acting superintendent.  Carter agreed to work with the coaches today in regards to possible reinstatement.

The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District has grown to approximately 815 acres.  New growth is within the perimeter identified under confine/contain strategy.  There are currently no closure orders or trail restrictions in place.  Forest users are being asked as usual to be careful with fire while enjoying the Memorial Day weekend.

The Magdalena Ranger District’s North Fire has grown to 2,530 acres.  The lightning caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits.  To ensure both public and firefighter safety, a temporary Closure Order has been issued in the vicinity of the North Fire.  All National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the closure area are closed to public use.  Closure areas include Trails 92, 91, 36, 37, 37A and 28 and Forest Roads 330, 378, 138, 138A, 56 and 52.  This order shall remain in effect until December 31st, 2016, or until rescinded.

Gila National Forest offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30th.  Offices will resume regular business hours at 8 am Tuesday.  The number of visitors in campgrounds and on trails generally increases over the Memorial Day weekend.  Please plan ahead and be properly prepared for your trip.  Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.  Remember that cell phones are unreliable in many parts of the forest.  Be aware that weather can change very quickly and plan accordingly.  Don’t forget the Catwalk Recreation Trail is opening on Saturday at 10 am.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products.  The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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The 21st Annual Blues and Bikes Festival is this Weekend!



MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Line-up and Special Events

MAY 27th – MAY 29th, 2016

The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s (MRAC) FREE Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival moves into its third decade with Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer, Lifetime Achievement and 2-time Grammy award winner headlining Saturday night, May 28.  

The festival starts Friday, May 27, at 6 pm, in Gough Park with music by Las Cruces Blues guitarist CW Ayon.  At twilight, the Busted Knuckles Harley-Davidson Stunt Tour will perform stunts that include wheelies, acrobatics, jumps, and more. Blues Fest food vendors and W & N’s beer garden will be open for business and will be available during the festival. The Kick-Off Dance will be at Q’s Southern Bistro with blues rockers Harlis Sweetwater Band from 8:30 -11 pm, tickets are $15.00.

Saturday starts with the Kneeling Nun Bike run at 10 am, with music in Gough Park from 12:15 – 9 pm, featuring Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer headlining with his trio.  Throughout the day, Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will perform 3 different stunt shows full of thrilling tricks. The after-hours Blues Jam Session at Little Toad downtown with festival performers, Miller & the Other Sinners, will take place from 9 pm – 1 am, tickets are $15. Proceeds from evening music events help keep the festival free.

Sunday, May 29, there will be music in the park from 12-7 pm with New Orleans’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band headlining.  The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will offer a free limited seating workshop on the history of New Orleans’ music hosted by Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery at 3:00 pm.  Workshop tickets are limited to 50 on a first come first serve basis and are available through MRAC. Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will continue to entertain with 2 different stunt shows.

Also on Sunday, “The People’s Choice Bike Show” will take place with 3 categories: Antique/Vintage, New Custom and Hand Built will be on display down the center of Pope Street in the Bikes market. A $500.00 cash prize in each category along with a handmade trophy created by a local artist will be awarded.  To enter the Bike Show call: 575-538-2505.

Money saving packages are now available.  The Blues Package includes 2 tickets to the Friday Night Kick-Off Dance, 2 tickets to the Saturday night Jam Session featuring festival artists, 2 passes to Faywood Hot Springs, a $20 gift certificate to Vicki’s Eatery and a surprise gift. This 

package is a $110 value selling for $75. The Bikes package includes all of the Blues Package PLUS 1 pass to the Kneeling Nun Bike run, and 1 entry into the People’s Choice Bike Show. This package is a $166 value selling for $100. To purchase a Blues or Bikes package call: 575-538-2505.

Raffles this year include a Dan Swanson handmade guitar, Jean Beffort of ASpace Gallery’s one-of-a-kind mixed media mosaic collage entitled “All Aboard”, featuring the Grant County legend Madame Millie, 2 guitars from The Bedroom & Guitar Shoppe, a guitar from Brandon Perrault Music, a custom carved Blues & Bikes Festival knife from Lloyd Studios along with many raffle packages.  All proceeds benefit MRAC programming, including the newly launched Music Matters program, and supporting music education in area schools.

The Blues & Bikes Festival could not happen without our sponsors.  Our marquee sponsors are: Lawley Toyota of Silver City, Wells Fargo, J & J Signs, The Town of Silver City and the Silver City Sun News. Our hospitality sponsors are the Holiday Inn Express of Silver City, Comfort Inn of Silver City, Copper Manor, Murray Hotel, Adobe Springs Café, Vicki’s Eatery, Javalina and Yankie Creek Coffee Houses.  Media sponsor is Silver City Radio. 

For details, tickets, photos and additional information visit our website at:, like us on Facebook at, or call us at 575-538-2505.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band Workshop this Sunday


New Orleans Dirty Dozen Brass Band Workshop – May 29th 3:00 pm

Presented by the Silver City Blues Society & Mimbres Region Arts Council  

Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery

The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) and the newly formed Silver City Blues Society announce a FREE Workshop Sunday, May 29, at 3:00 pm, with New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band prior to their 5:30-7:00 performance at the 21st Annual Blues & Bikes Festival, Gough Park, in Silver City, New Mexico.

This workshop is hosted by Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery 214 W. Yankie St. Guests will be treated to a brief history of the DDBB and New Orleans musical traditions, sprinkled with sweet musical interludes. This event is FREE, but you must reserve your free ticket in advance.  Seating is limited to 50!

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

“As we continue to do live shows,” Davis concludes, “the challenge is still going to be, how am I going to entertain these people that are in front of me tonight? You have to make that happen at the moment, and that’s what we do best.”

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of New Orleans’ great bands.  For additional information and to reserve your FREE ticket contact MRAC, located in the Wells Fargo Bank building, 1201 Pope St. Tue-Fri, 9-4, or visit our website at:, like us on Facebook at, or call 575.538.2505.


The Mimbres Region Arts Council is a leader in building
communities inspired, enriched, and strengthened by the power of the arts.


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6th Judicial District Court to be Closed June 17th, 2016

The 6th Judicial District Court has received written approval from the New Mexico Supreme Court to close the 6th Judicial District Court housed at the Grant County Courthouse in Silver City, New Mexico, on Friday, June 17, 2016.  The closure is needed for the Couth of Grant’s electrical contractor to complete the electrical upgrade project at the Grant County Courthouse.

The 6th Judicial District Court will reopen for regular business at 8:00 am on Monday, June 20, 2016.

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May 26th, 2016: Local Headlines

Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District, six miles northeast of Luna, was reported about 7 pm last night at around 350 acres with about 80 personnel on the incident.  The lightning-caused fire is being managed under a confine/contain strategy within a defined area north of Reserve.  The increase in acreage resulted from the actions fire crews took Tuesday night to ignite east of the fire to prevent fire from spreading outside the established management area given the forecast for increased southwest winds.

After completing the Gattons Park Prescribed Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District this spring, the next project that fire managers have planned is the T-Bird Prescribed Fire in the fall.  The T-Bird project is 128 acres located west of Camp Thunderbird and south of the private property on Ponderosa Road.  The objectives of the prescribed fires include reducing hazardous fuel accumulation, removing slash from thinning and firewood gathering, improving wildlife habitat and reintroducing fire into the ecosystem.

A motor vehicle and a bicyclist were involved in a crash on Wednesday morning around 9 am on Highway 15 north of Pinos Altos.  According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, one person was flown out for medical attention.  The crash is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announced Wednesday another sign up for the Joint Chief’s Landscape Initiative available to eligible New Mexico agricultural producers within the geographic boundary.  Producers can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application.

The US House of Representatives passed by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 a landmark reform of our nation’s broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.  The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Centuray Act will enable the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the thousands of chemicals manufactured each year and used in common household items – including known carcinogens and highly toxic substances, like formaldehyde, asbestos, lead, flame retardants and BPA.  The Senate is expected to vote later this week, and the White House has indicated that the president will sign the bill.

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May 26th, 2016: Silver City Red Dot Art Walk

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You never know who you will find on Silver City Art Walks!


Hospitality, the “red carpet,” and the “Art” red dots are out across downtown for the Silver City Art Association’s  Sunday “Art Walk.” This Sunday midday, May 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m, come to downtown Silver City for a yummy breakfast or brunch at one of our local restaurants, and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the many art galleries. You will also want to check out the “pop up” art show by the Art Association’s individual artists at 208 Bullard. You may even find special refreshments offered and live music to entertain. But what you will always find is an array of local artists to greet you and beautiful paintings, intriguing photography, pottery, fabric art, mosaics and much, much more! There’s plenty of time to enjoy the Blues and Bikes Festival and also experience the Silver City art scene. Pick up a gallery map at the Raven’s Nest booth in the  park or at the visitor center and then take the tour featuring the work of Silver City’s nationally known and locally loved artists and fine crafters.

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May 26th, 2016: Spur Fire Update


Spur Fire Update – 7:00 p.m.


QUEMADO, NM; May 25, 2016For Immediate Release – The Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District, six miles northeast of Luna, is reported at 350 acres with around 80 personnel on the incident. The lightning-caused fire is being managed under a confine/contain strategy within a defined area north of Reserve.

The increase in acreage resulted from the actions fire crews took Tuesday night to ignite east of the fire along Road 49 when the weather was cooler and calmer. These measures were taken to prevent fire from spreading outside the established management area given the forecast for increased southwest winds. On Wednesday, crews worked to reinforce the northern boundary of the management area west to the 2006 Wilson Fire scar, continued to patrol firelines and examined the trail system surrounding the fire. Fire activity consisted of flame lengths from 12-18 inches burning in ponderosa pine, grass and forest litter.

The Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team is assigned to manage the fire starting Thursday, May 26. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Luna Work Center.

Objectives that managers have outlined for this incident include: keeping fire within the defined management area while minimizing firefighter, aviation, and public exposure and protecting private property, range improvements, and heritage resources from fire damage.

Information is also posted on Inciweb, NM Fire info, Twitter @gilanforest and Facebook

Photo caption: Fire activity Tuesday evening during ignitions along Road 49

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May 25th, 2016: Local Headlines

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The Spur Fire has increased in size to 42 acres on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest.  Approximately 40 personnel including district firefighters, two engines, one engine crew and a hotshot crew are assigned to the incident.  Additional resources have been ordered.  The lightning-caused fire is being managed under a confine/contain strategy within an established area north of Reserve.  Management of the incident will be transferred to the Gila Las Cruces Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team beginning tomorrow.

Four lifetime educators were recently inducted into the WNMU School of Education Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 spring commencement ceremony activities.  Honorees include Ginger Kinsey Masoner, a 1977 and 1985 WNMU graduate who has taught as an elementary teacher for 31 years; Connie Louise Laurent Perez, a 1982 and 1989 WNMU graduate who has also taught in elementary for 31 years; Lucille Duarte Salas, a 1991 and 1995 graduate from WNMU who has taught elementary level for over 20 years; and JoAnn Munson Young, a 1970 and 1976 WNMU graduate who taught elementary for 20 years in the Cobre School District.

Notice is given that a special meeting of the Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education will be held in the Board Room of the Administration Building on Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm.  The agenda will be available in the Office of the Superintendent and online at 72 hours prior to the meeting.  If you are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate, call 956-2000 as soon as possible.

New Mexico State Forestry is sending two crews from the Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighters program to aid wildfire suppression efforts at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. One crew arrived at the park today and a second is pre-positioned in Ruidoso in Lincoln County.  The Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter Program was created to provide veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with training and work opportunities to fight wildland fires. Previously a pilot program, Returning Heroes was made permanent and signed into legislation by Governor Susana Martinez in 2014.

Dismissal times for the Silver Consolidated Schools for the end of the year are as follows: Silver City schools will be in regular session through Thursday, May 26th.  The last day for Kindergarten will be Thursday.  On Friday, grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 9:20 am.  Grades 6-12 will receive report cards through the mail and will not report to school.  Cliff schools elementary students will receive their report cards on Thursday.  Students in grades 7-12 will receive their report cards in the mail.  Cliff students in all grades will have early dismissal on Thursday, with buses running at 12 pm.  On Friday, May 27th, the District will shut down at 12 noon.  All employees will be dismissed at that time.

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