Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The National Weather Service in El Paso issued a flood advisory for northeastern Grant County this afternoon. Camp Thunderbird, Bear Canyon Lake and NM 35 north of Camp Thunderbird to Lake Roberts were expected to experience flooding. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall can cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low-lying spots. Remain alert from flooding even in locations not receiving rain as arroyos, streams and rivers can become raging currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall. Remember, most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has implemented a temporary closure effective immediately for the Iron Creek Campground and the Railroad Campground. This closure is for public safety since the entrance to the Iron Creek Campground has flooded out. The Railroad Campground will be used by the New Mexico Department of Transportation as a staging area for repair work and vehicles.
As a reminder, the following roads are currently closed in southwest New Mexico: NM 152 from mile marker 22 to 40; NM 35 from mile marker 5 to 27; and NM 61 from mile marker 12 to 24.
The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held a meeting on Friday, July 28th. The public input section of the meeting was predominantly devoted to complaints about the recent change in the Cancer Center. Board Chairman Jeremiah Garcia responded to the public input and urged the community to trust the hospital trustees. He also emphasized that he has no intention of resigning.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety on Friday announced their search for a missing 43 year-old Deming woman. Hollie Cannon was last seen on July 24th and is considered endangered. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Hollie Cannon is asked to contact the Deming Police Department at 575-546-2655.
WNMU will host their seventh annual Welcome Back Bash on Friday, August 11th for all new and returning Mustangs. As in years past, the bash will be held in historic downtown Silver City. University President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University address at 5:30 inside Syzygy Tile and the downtown party will begin at 6:30.