Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Baca Fire located 6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake is currently 6,604 acres in size and up to 13% contained. Yesterday’s rain limited fire spread and gave fire personnel an opportunity to secure the anchor point along the southern containment perimeter near Slaughter Mesa. Today, fire personnel will resume holding and improving the southern anchor point to improve containment lines and may implement firing operations as needed. Chances of additional precipitation will diminish after today and fire activity is expected to return. Fire managers expect Air Quality to be unhealthy for the next few days in the immediate area.
Effective immediately and continuing through June 8 the water supply to TJs and Woody’s Corrals on the Wilderness Ranger District will be shut down due to remodeling of the water system. An alternative water source is available at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center.
The Silver City Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2009 Caterpillar Back Hoe belonging to the Grant County Road Department. The equipment was stolen from a construction site on 32nd Street Bypass. The vehicle was taken sometime between the afternoon of Thursday, May 25th and Monday, May 29th. Anyone with information is asked to call the Silver City Police Department or the Grant County Dispatch. Callers can remain anonymous.
State education officials on Wednesday announced changes to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship for the upcoming school year. In an effort to stretch revenue for the program, scholarships will cover only 60 percent of tuition costs, down from 90 percent previously. Liquor excise tax revenue is being phased out amid the state budget crisis.
Cynthia Morales, 36 of Deming, was arrested in Las Cruces after Police received an alert from LoJack that a stolen 2003 Ford F-250 from Albuquerque was possibly in the parking lot of the WalMart on South Valley Drive. Investigators learned that Morales was with a man who broke into the vehicle, and she had stopped in Las Cruces to pick up her daughter. She allegedly intended to sell the pickup in Deming and split the proceeds with her Albuquerque accomplice.