Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Black Fire 18 miles north of Silver City in the Gila National Forest has burned 167 acres.  Multiple ground and air resources continue to progress with fire suppression activities.  Other fires burning in the state include the 246 Fire burning north of Capitan in Lincoln County, the Black Range Complex Fire in the Gila National Forest, the Clavel Fire near Roy in Harding County, the Eggert Fire near mile marker 56 on Highway 120, the Puertocito Fire in the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands, the School Fire near the Bear Fire Burn Scar on the Gila National Forest, the Vista Fire near Nogal in Lincoln County, and the Westfall Fire near Arabela in Lincoln County.

Lackeys Welding recently donated a 16-foot tall flag pole to Hidalgo Medical Services Silver City Community Health Center.  Jared Lackey, owner of Lackeys Welding, felt compelled to provide the flag pole at no cost because he is a US Marine Corps Veteran.  Jason Locket, HMS Facilities Manager, stated “we want the team at Lackeys Welding to be recognized for this generous donation.  The materials and quality of workmanship of this flag pole are second-to-none.” HMS CEO Dan Otero said “HMS appreciates this donated flag pole (and) sincerely celebrates the contributions of all US Armed Forces personnel, including Jared Lackey and his co-worker Justin Gerleve.”

The Silver City Town Council yesterday heard from Town Manager Alex Brown that the repaving project on Little Walnut Road was expected to be completed today.  The drainage improvement project at Vista de Plata Subdivision is also nearing completion, and will eventually connect 10th street with Kelly Street.  Also at the meeting District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. stated that he is proceeding with an idea to allow 4-wheelers on city streets

Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Separation of Powers Restoration Act:  “New Mexicans know the consequences of an overly powerful Executive Branch that rules through executive fiat. The Separation of Powers Restoration Act seeks to restore proper boundaries between the branches of the United States government and stop the Executive Branch from overstepping its bounds. Separation of powers is one of the fundamental principles that allow our government to work and one the Founding Fathers held particularly important. The current Administration has consistently sidestepped the Constitution and is costing New Mexico jobs as a result. Today, my colleagues and I stood up to defend the Constitution by supporting this legislation that ensures that you, as citizens, have a government that works for you,” said Congressman Pearce.