Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Grant County Commission listened to representatives from renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy LLC last week, concerning a proposal to create “The Great Divide Wind Farm” that would encompass 23,000 acres of land 14 miles east of Lordsburg. Discussions included: tax incentives and the economic impact; where the power generated would be sent; and the affect the project would have on local avian wildlife. Developers have estimated that the 250 megawatt facility could supply power to 100,000 New Mexico Homes, although it is possible much of the power would be sold out of state. The County Commission will be continuing the conversation regarding the project with the Boulder, Colorado based energy developer.
The Tu Casa substance abuse and mental health treatment facility opened last week in Silver City and served over 50 patients in its first week of operation. Once appropriate licensing is received from the New Mexico Department of State, the facility will be able to operate 24/7 and be designated as the state’s first “Crisis Triage Center”. The center is comprised of three sections that include, an office section, therapy wing, and a medical wing. Tu Casa is located behind the Department of Human Services complex on 32nd Street Bypass in Silver City.
Luna County Commissioners in a unanimous vote, terminated County Manager, Ira Pearson’s contract. The termination was prompted when a criminal case was opened involving Pearson and 3 other county employees allegedly were involved with using a Luna County credit card to purchase $845 of plumbing supplies to use at Pearson’s private residence in August of 2017. Pearson has been on paid administrative leave since charges were filed in early August of this year. Gloria Juarez, Assistant County Manager, was appointed Acting County Manager during the commission meeting last week.
The Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest plans to begin prescribed burning operations starting the week of October 22. Based on weather conditions prescribed burning could continue thru the end of October. The area targeted for pile burning is in the area known as Armijo Springs. The area consists of piled activity slash generated from mechanical treatments. Approximately 110 piles covering over 900 acres will be burned. If you have any questions in reference to the prescribed burning activities contact Emily Irwin, District Ranger, at 575-773-4578.