Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant will be used to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 80 residences across the state – helping disabled veterans to adapt their homes to better meet their daily needs. According to a news release, “funding from HUD’s Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Program allows veterans to make physical modifications to their homes-such as wheelchair ramps, reconfigured bathrooms, and new bedrooms for caretakers.”
The Forest Service, Gila National Forest has issued an update on three fires on the Black Range Ranger District. According to the release, the lightning-caused “Bear Fire” is approximately 1,200 acres, burning on National Forest System lands on the Black Range Ranger District in Sierra County. The fire is demonstrating low fire behavior with scattered precipitation throughout the area. The lightning-caused “Skid Fire” is approximately 155 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness with moderate fire activity that was observed by using the Silent Falcon drone. The lightning-caused “Middle Fire” was reported yesterday and is burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness southwest of the area of the Skid Fire. Aerial reconnaissance, using the Silent Falcon drone, will verify acreage on today.
The Silver City Public Library located at 515 W. College Avenue, will be closed this Saturday, July 20th, for renovations. According to a release from the library, the windows of the ‘Southwest Room’ will be replaced with more energy efficient windows. For the safety of both patrons and contractors, the library will be closed only this Saturday, July 20th, with normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. resuming on the following Monday, July 22nd.