Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation along with Southwest Concrete & Paving will begin north side ditch grading, east of and including the Iron St/Florida St. intersection in Deming. Traffic will encounter equipment on the shoulders and a closure on Iron St. will be in effect. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Baca Fire northeast of Quemado Lake is currently 900 acres in size. Fire personnel will continue to conduct firing operations along FR 4187 to help secure control lines while monitoring fire behavior and weather.
The Kerr Fire on the Reserve Ranger District is 10,500 acres in size and 58% contained. Fire managers intend on completing firing operations by Saturday and transitioning to a Type 4 organization. Each day leading up to the weekend should see a decrease in smoke as fire fighters conduct the final stages of burning out.
The Silver City Town Council at its meeting last night, Town Manager Alex Brown recommended approval of a resolution to increase property tax rates for residential and nonresidential properties within the town by one mil. There is a deadline of July 15th to rescind the resolution if it is not needed, but the vote was cast in case it is necessary to adjust for changes to the state’s budget. The Council also approved an application to vacate a portion of the old Rio Vicente Subdivision and approved the preliminary budget.
The Town of Silver City will offer a Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Course from Friday, June 2nd through Sunday June 4th. For more information about the course, contact the Public Works Office at 575-388-4640.