Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Fire managers are preparing to conduct the Eckleberger Prescribed Fire on the Reserve Ranger District beginning Dec. 1, conditions permitting. The project is approximately 14 miles southeast of Reserve, one mile east of Rainy Mesa Ranch. This 3,000-acre burn will complete the final unit within the Eckleberger project area. Smoke will be noticeable in the surrounding area during days of ignitions and may linger for a few more days as fuels within the perimeter continue to smolder. The objectives of these burns are to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health. Fire specialists follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and humidity that need to be met before the project begins. For more information, please call the Reserve Ranger District at 575-533-6232.
An ATM was stolen from the Javalina Coffee House downtown around 5 o’clock Monday morning. According to Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, stealing an ATM is a federal offense, and the FBI could take up the case. Police were able to follow a trail gouged in the sidewalk to a home near the university, and two men have been taken into custody. Charges are still pending, and a third suspect is being sought.
The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced today that more than $2.2 billion was disbursed to 36 states, counties, and political subdivisions as part of the state share of Federal revenues collected in Fiscal Year 2014 from energy and mineral production that occurred on Federal lands within their borders, and offshore on the Outer Continental Shelf. After Wyoming, New Mexico received the largest allotment of over $579 million.
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City celebrated the December 2014 “Students of the Month” at a special luncheon held at the Silver City Lodge No. 8 this afternoon, with the meal prepared by members of Georgetown Chapter No. 4 OES. The Kiwanis Club of Silver City’s Student of the Month Program recognizes outstanding students as well as most improved. Students are nominated by teachers, and each student receives at special certificate commemorating their achievement.