Here’s a look at today’s news:

Forest Service law enforcement officers and local natural resource conservation officers will be patrolling and enforcing the “Travel Management Rule.” The TMR is mandated across all national forests and prohibits motor vehicle use off designated routes and roads. The Forest Service provides a free motor vehicle use map that serves as the legal document displaying the roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use of the forest. The specialized map is the key to understanding each district’s motorized transportation system and can be used in conjunction with the visitor map to determine which roads are open, and how far visitors can drive off of the road. The (TMR) has been in effect on all six ranger districts of the Gila National Forest since January 1st, 2017, and violations may result in law enforcement action. Free copies of the map are available at all six ranger stations and digitally at the Gils National Forest website.

Luna County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a burglary that took place in Deming. On January 18th, a home located at the corner of Elote Road SW and Calle De Sierra Road SW was broken into and items were stolen. There were approximately 19 firearms taken consisting of hunting rifles, pistols and shotguns totaling an approximate value of over $18,000. Other items listed being stolen include: two guitars; 10,000 rounds of ammunition; a welder; 7 chainsaws; a 25-gallon air compressor; various Craftsman tools; and a progressive press and accessories. If anyone has information pertaining to the burglary or the items stolen, they are urged to call Luna County Crime Stoppers at 575-546-7800 or call Sergeant Investigator Kristopher Seats at the Luna County Sheriff’s Office at 575-546-2655. All callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.

Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, has announced that a proposal to transfer the historic Fort Bayard property to the Village of Santa Clara is making progress in Santa Fe. Morales has initiated several high-level meetings with state officials and the Governor’s administration to make the move to annex and allow a redevelopment plan for historic Ft. Bayard. The plans for redevelopment include the following: additional U.S Forest Service facilities; expansion of the VA national cemetery; upgrades in buildings to create living heritage tourism; and local job creation. The Village of Santa Clara has developed a strong business plan collaborating with several partners to help diversify the economy of Grant County.

Three staff members at Gila Regional Medical Center were recognized for their years of service during a Board of Trustees meeting last month. Mary Ann Aguirre, for 40 years of service in the Operating Room; Gilbert Jaurique, for 25 years in Maintenance; and Veronica Maynes, for 15 years of service in First Born and Beginning Years. Congratulations to all and thank you for all your hard work.