Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Baca Fire continues to burn on the Quemado Ranger District 6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake. Forecasted moisture that was predicted has not materialized over the fire area. Yesterday fire activity led to firing operations south along FR13 to Salvador Canyon to keep the fire within the identified confinement area. The Baca Fire is 8,800 acres and 14% contained.
The Black Range Ranger District on the Gila National Forest had a successful prescribed burn on Area 74. A total of 9,200 acres were ignited over a three day period beginning May 28th, with an additional 600 acres to be burned at a later date when weather and fuel conditions align. The effort of managing fire in this large of an area involved the support of personnel from Silver City, the Gila, Apache-Sitgreaves, Cibola, and Coronado National Forests, Forest Service, NM DOT, and BLM Albuquerque.
In sports news, WNMU juniors Tristan Da Lio and Vladimir Gnilozubov were ranked seventh nationally in tennis as a duo. They claimed the ITA South Central Region doubles title and finished third at the Oracle Cup. They have also claimed All-American status. As a team, the Mustangs ranked 25th and at one point in the season were ranked 22nd – the highest in program history.
New Mexico Legislators on Saturday welcomed the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that it has completed the Environmental Impact Assessment for the relocation of two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and the creation of a new Formal Training Unit. The assessment cleared the air for the new planes to be moved from Utah to New Mexico later this summer.
Despite the return of higher-education funding after the conclusion of the special legislative session, the WNMU Board of Regents approved an amendment to the budget retaining a 5% tuition increase. The increase was kept in part due to a 9% cut in University budgets over the past two years, and in part due to anticipated continued budget woes in the state as the bill comes in from the Rail Runner transit line and anticipated changes to health care under the Trump Administration.