Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Gila National Forest has released a preliminary draft plan for feedback as part of the Forest Plan Revision process and would like feedback from the public. The public is invited to a series of Community Open House events at locations in Glenwood at the Glenwood Community Center on Tuesday, March 20th, Silver City at the WNMU Global Resource Center on March 21st, the Mimbres Valley at the Roundup Lodge on Thursday March 22nd, and in Reserve at the Reserve High School Gym on Monday, March 26th. The public is welcome to drop in any time at scheduled locations between 4:00 and 6:30 P.M.
Governor Susana Martinez and the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association have announced that New Mexico’s “Chile Capital of the World” license plate is the 2017 winner of America’s Best License Plate Award. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division has issued 140,000 chile themed license plates since the July 2017 launch. The “Chile Capital of the World” plate is offered as a standard plate and requires no additional fees on registration in contrast with a specialty plate which requires an additional $35 fee. Seventeen license plates were nominated for the award with Hawaii ranking in a distant second place, followed by Wyoming and Oklahoma. This is the second time New Mexico has received the award. In 2011, the state won the award for the turquoise Centennial License Plate.
Several fires that burned along Pinos Altos Road and NM 15 last month have been reported as being intentionally set according to Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert. The five fires that occurred on February 26th in grassy areas along Pinos Altos Road just passed the intersection at 32nd Street near Silver City Fire Station #2; along NM 15 heading towards Pino Altos, in addition to a location on Fuller Drive; were all thought to have been ignited by a trailer dragging a chain. Later, a citizen reported witnessing a person throwing burning debris from a white Chevrolet pickup driving north on Pinos Altos Road. Currently, law enforcement has not located the suspected vehicle.
The City of Deming Streets Department will be crack sealing the road on Country Club Road from Florida to Dona Ana Road this week. Traffic in the area will be limited to one lane at times during the project. Motorists are urged to use caution in the work areas, slow down, watch for workers and follow traffic signs. Additional information on the road repair work is available by calling the City of Deming at 546-8848.