Here’s some local news:
A Burned Area Emergency Response team is assessing post fire conditions for the Buzzard Fire, located in the Reserve Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The team addresses situations in burned areas to recommend emergency treatments to protect life, property, water quality, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest lands. In addition, the team does not seek to fix or replace what is damaged by a fire, but rather to reduce further damage to forest lands that have experienced a loss of watershed function. Some of the emergency treatments that have been approved are as follows: aerial seeding of approximately 2000 acres of high severity burn areas in stands of mixed conifer trees; removing debris from roadside ditches, water diversion ditches, and culverts along 23 miles of roads within and surrounding the Buzzard Fire; and Installing warning signs on roads and at trailheads to alert visitors of burned area hazards.
Luna County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in the 1500 block of O’Kelley Road, south of Deming on Monday. An adult male victim was discovered at the scene and transported to Mimbres Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The victim is listed by the Luna County Sheriff’s office as being 37 years old with a birth date of March 1981. If anyone has information about this case, please call the Luna County Sheriff’s Office at 575-546-2655 or leave a tip at P3TIPS.com. All tips remain anonymous.
The Silver and Cobre School Districts are offering a free summer lunch program for children through the end of July. The Silver program serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at five locations that include: G.W Stout Elementary, Virginia Street Park; the Silver City Recreation Center; Silver City Public Library; and Gough Park from 12 noon to 1:00 P.M. In addition, The Silver City Recreation Center serves free breakfast for children from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M., and G.W Stout serves breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. The Cobre program provides a free lunch to children from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday at Bayard Park, Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara, Hurley Elementary School, and San Lorenzo Church. Facilitators of the program state that many children do not get enough to eat over the summer months when school is not in session, and that this meal program assures they will at least one meal a day.
Village of Santa Clara Mayor, Richard Bauch, has suggested that the village consider hiring of a public safety aide to assist police officers in patrolling the area. The safety officer would work from 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. to patrol the area and check on buildings while police officers are busy with arrests and other tasks. The salary for the safety aide position would be obtained from the general, water, and fire department fund.