Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect through 7 o’clock this evening. This includes Fire Weather Zones 110, 111, 112, and 113, wich includes the southwest mountains, southwest deserts and lowlands, south central lowlands and the Capitan and Sacramento Mountains. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 45 miles per hour with humidity around 8 to 14 percent mean critical fire weather conditions are occurring, and any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Mapping of the McKenna Fire, located roughly eight miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings, shows the fire had grown to approximately 9,000 acres on Friday. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, and recently transitioned to a Type 3 management team. The fire is spreading at a low to moderate rate northwest and southwest. Visitors to the Gila Wilderness need to be aware of an increase in animals on the trails around the McKenna Fire during management of this incident. Smoke from the fire is moving to the northeast, and there may be smoke drifting into the Silver City area from other wildfires in the region.
The Catwalk National Recreation Trail will reopen on Saturday, May 28th at 10 am. The Catwalk has been closed for public safety during construction after parts of the trail were damaged due to flooding and rockslides.
The Silver City Police Department is asking the public for help identifying the subject or subjects involved in a string of vehicle damages. Since May 4th, 11 vehicles have been damaged by BB gun in Silver City. The incidents are happening either late in the evening or early morning hours. It is believed the subjects are driving around the area shooting at vehicles. The locations have included the 3800 block of N Silver St, 2700 block of Leslie Rd, 1500 block of N Silver St, 700 block of 41st St, 4100 block of N Gold St, 1000 block of Highway 180 E, and 1700 block of Virginia. Anyone with information is urged to call the Silver City Police Department at 538-3723. That’s 538-3723.
The WNMU Board of Regents met for its annual spring meeting last Thursday at the Silver City campus. The board approved several items, including tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year and the Tuition Guarantee program. Regents also heard a presentation on a proposed photovoltaic system to be installed on campus.