The Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District is planning on burning the slash pile at the Reserve Community Slash Pit, weather and fire conditions permitting. According to a news release, “Following last year’s pause of prescribed fire operations, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore released the USDA Forest Service National Prescribed Fire Review on Sept. 8, outlining actions that Forest officials must take before prescribed burning can resume. Forest officials have followed those steps, updating prescribed fire burn plans with the most recent science and key factors affecting fire behavior.” The Reserve Slash Pit is located between Reserve and the Rancho Grande subdivision, west of New Mexico Highway 12 on National Forest System Road 578. Smoke and firefighter activity may impact forest road access. If this occurs, road guards will be in place. Smoke will be visible in the area and may linger in the valley at night and early in the morning. The Forest Service will coordinate with the New Mexico Environment Department and follow smoke management guidelines.

AARP Tax-Aide will again be preparing and submitting Federal and New Mexico income taxes for seniors and anyone with low income. These free services will be administered following pandemic safety procedures. Individuals can call for an appointment at 575-342-8930 for Silver City and 575-342-1892 for Bayard residents.

How the West Was Fun Film Series continues with the showing of “The Lone Ranger Begins” at the Santa Clara Armory. The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce this week’s film, “The Lone Ranger Begins” with Clayton Moore. The film will show tomorrow evening February 2nd, at the Santa Clara Armory, doors opening at 6 P.M., with the screening at 6:30 P.M. Admission is free.