Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District is pleased to announce that the Dipping Vat Campground waterline has been repaired and potable water is now available. The Dipping Vat Campground is located adjacent to the west side of Snow Lake approximately 52 miles southeast of Reserve. Campgrounds on the Gila National Forest are first-come, first serve and have a 14 day stay limit.
We have an update on the Whiterock and Tower Fires. The Whiterock Fire, located 4 miles west of mile marker 37 on Highway 180 is approximately 20 acres in size. The fire was caused by lightning on July 10th and is currently being monitored. The Tower Fire is located 5 miles west of mile maker 37 near the Whiterock Fire. The fire was started by lightning yesterday and is currently about 10 acres in size. The fire is being monitored and has received rain. Smoke is visible from both fires in the area of Glenwood and Alma.
New Mexico State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on I-10 near the state line at mile marker 6. Leroy Turner and Sharon Buckner, both of Texas, were involved in the crash involving three vehicles. Mr. Turner stepped out of his vehicle and was regrettably struck by a passing commercial motor vehicle. He succumbed to his injuries while en route to the helicopter for medical transport. Ms. Buckner was treated at Gila Regional Medical Center, and two others were transported to Mimbres General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
For our Deming listeners, an incident occurred in the area of First Savings Bank earlier today. Local, state and federal law enforcement were all involved in an investigation beginning shortly before 11 am. The undisclosed incident involved officers cordoning off the two blocks surrounding First Savings Bank, helicopters circling overhead, and officers going door to door in the surrounding neighborhood. Local police have declined to make a statement at this time, and the investigation is believed to be ongoing.