Here’s a look at today’s local news:

In the Gila National Forest, the Reynolds Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Quemado Ranger District in Catron County. The fire at the time of this report, is comprised of 28 acres. The full suppression strategy includes hand crew response and helicopter water drops due to proximity to private land. The helicopter will be drawing water from Luna Lake.  Values include structures on private property and critical habitat for Mexican spotted owls. Probable cause of the fire is lightning.  In addition, the Roaring Fire was reported starting on Wednesday, lightning caused and comprised of 17.5 acres located ½ mile southwest of Bishop Park on the Quemado Ranger District. For more information on local fires, visit

A 14- year old freshman from Deming High School volunteered to rescue a 4- week old kitten that was trapped underneath in the tunnels below Marie’s Italian Grill located at 110 South Silver Street in Deming. Samantha Jurado, was able to manage the tight space with her small frame to rescue the kitten and was awarded for her good deed by Silver Whiskers Thrift Store, a business owned and operated by Deming Animal Guardian’s DAGSHIP Rescue. In addition, the group acknowledged Marie’s Italian Grill for calling for assistance in the rescue effort. The kitten has been named Sammy after his rescuer Samantha, and is available for adoption. June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

Sunshine Haven Nursing Home in Lordsburg has announced that they will permanently close as of August 3rd. The facility has operated in Lordsburg for decades as is currently owned by Preferred Care based out of Plano, Texas. Preferred Care filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017 citing several multi-million- dollar lawsuits. The New Mexico Department of Health is working to relocate residents currently living in the facility. Sources reported that the closing will result in the loss of approximately 15 jobs.