Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Ranch Fire that started last Thursday, June 21st , located approximately 4 miles north of Saliz Pass in Catron County, caused residents in Glenwood and other communities in Catron County to be without power for most of the weekend. The fire burned some power lines belonging to Navopache Electric Co-Op resulting in a power outage. According to Marta Call, the Forest Public Information Officer, most customers now have power, but there are several residents that will be waiting until the Ranch Fire is futher suppressed in order to have electrical power restored. The Navopache Electric Cooperative lost 6 structures and an additional 2 crossarms. As of the time of this report, 370 acres haven impacted by the fire and there is a 75% containment.
The Town of Silver City no longer has a market to sell single stream recyclable materials, and starting in August, residents will only be able to place cardboard in the recycle bins or be subject to a fine. All plastics, aluminum, and paper will no longer be allowed in the recycle bins and will have to be added into the regular blue trash containers. The Town has been sending all recyclable materials to a company in Tucson, but they are no longer accepting deliveries because China has banned imports of plastic waste. The Town will be initiating an ad campaign to get the word out in the community. In addition, since the former recyclable materials will be added to the weekly trash, it is expected that waste bills will increase.
The 2nd Annual Fiesta Latina held at Old James Stadium at WNMU was a great success and drew a healthy crowd all three days of the event. A popular and unique aspect of the event was the “Artisan Mercado”, whereby onlookers could watch artisans from all over Mexico display and create their works. In addition, guests were given the opportunity to view a film series that highlighted featured artisans and were able to talk and share stories after the presentations. There was also a clay workshop in collaboration with the Silver City Clay Festival, tequila tasting, live music and dancing, and plenty of food vendors.
Peppers Supermarket in Deming celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a customer appreciation day on Saturday, and served fresh ribeye steak sandwiches from the grill in their parking lot. Peppers Supermarket was founded in 1996 and stands as Deming’s only locally owned grocery store. Proceeds from the $5 a plate meal are donated back into the local community through charitable means.
The Grant County Clerk’s Office will be conducting a recount of the PRC District 5 ballots this Thursday beginning at 8:00 A.M. The public is invited to view this process.