Here’s a look at some local news:
The Silver Grant County Chamber of Commerce thanks all the July 4th parade participants and all the people who lined the streets of Silver City making this year’s parade and celebration in Gough Park a great success. The theme of the event was “Uncle Sam Wants You”. The winners were as follows: In the Walking Category, first place was awarded to The Blu Can Man a/k/a Jerry Bosell; in the cars, trucks, motorcycles & tractors category, first place went to Mayor Ken Ladner, second place to DAV – Ft. Bayard Chapter 1, and third place was awarded to the Silver City Little League. There was a tie in the Float category between Grant County Pro Life and The Republican Party of Grant County. In addition, the second-place float went to J&A Automotive / Ezy Pawn.
The Owl Fire that started on Saturday, June 30th, located 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain in the Gila National Forest, is comprised of 4,500 acres, and utilizing 210 personnel. The fire is burning south of Aspen Mountain near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area. Heavy fuels will continue to hold heat until substantial rainfall over the area and the fire perimeter is currently 51% contained. On the southwest corner of the fire, crews are assessing direct line construction options to stop the fire spread. Fire behavior has been low to moderate, with single tree torching. Fire spread is primarily to the north and east, and visible from Alma, NM, along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna, NM. Smoke may also be visible in Alpine, AZ and Rancho Grande Subdivision. Increased storm chances and potential for scattered storms with rapid runoff and strong downburst winds may cause hazards. The fire has received some precipitation which has aided in fire suppression efforts.
Volunteers at the Deming Senior center were honored by the staff at the center for their work dedicated to the community. Senior Corps and Americorps Volunteers of Luna County devote countless hours and provide an invaluable service by working with preschool children, aiding the homeless, tutoring and mentoring youth, and offering respite to caregivers. Each volunteer was given a special blue t-shirt giving them “super hero” status. Thank you to all the 183 volunteers at the Deming Senior Center!
The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that New Mexico Highway 152 will be closed at milepost 21 (approximately five miles east of San Lorenzo) and milepost 39 (Kingston) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting Monday, July 16th through Wednesday, July 18th, the New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office has announced. Crews will be performing a chip seal maintenance operation and traffic is expected to detour daily during these times. For updated information go to the New Mexico Department of Transportation at nmroads.com