Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
In the past two months, the Gila National Forest has responded to 16 lightning-caused fires burning over 25,000 acres of land in a safe and positive manner. Currently burning on the Gila National Forest are the Round Fire, Corral Fire and Straw Fire. The Coral Fire is an estimated 5,550 acres in size. The planning box for this fire is fairly large and extends north to Diamond Creek. The Straw Fire is currently 2,500 acres in size. Both fires are located in the Gila Wilderness. The Round Fire is burning in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The Forest Service wishes to remind the public that fires in the forest don’t necessarily mean closures. The Gila National Forest is open to visitors. Check the Forest Service website for area closures.
Two fires are burning on the Reserve Ranger District. The Teacher Fire is estimated at 325 acres in size. A Type 3 organization has taken over management of this fire. The Gravel Fire is estimated at 1,100 acres and is located in the vicinity of Gilita and Indian Creeks.
Jim Foy, attorney for Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez recently responded to a slew of charges against Estevez in connection with an incident that occurred in June 2016. In the statement, Foy referred to the charges as a political attack against Estevez and claimed the charges “shift the narrative away from law enforcement’s supposed mishandling of the investigation.”
Vincent Montano, 25, and Markie Nicole Smith, 21, both of Silver City, were arrested by Carlsbad Police on Thursday in connection with a robbery that occurred June 6th at the Ace Hardware parking lot. The two allegedly stole a woman’s purse and shopping bag after she left the store. Both suspects will be extradited back to Grant County to answer the charges.
The New Mexico National Guard will transfer the armor readiness center at 11990 Highway 180 East back to the Village of Santa Clara at a transfer ceremony to be held this Thursday at 11:30 am.