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The U.S. Forest Service, Gila National Forest has announced that the Emergency Area Closure for the Johnson Fire has been lifted. The fire, located in Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park and 11 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, was lightning caused on May 20th and at the time of this report covered 88,918 acres with 75% contained. According to the Forest Service, the fire is showing minimum activity and aerial reconnaissance shows no smoke or any other fire activity in the area. At this time, certain trails are not recommended due to erosion, logs, and hazards from falling trees. These trails include: #182 Crest Trail; #153 Mogollon Trail; and #189 Rain Creek. The Forest is posting signage at other popular wilderness trailheads to remind visitors of hiking and recreating hazards due to recently burned areas. The Johnson Fire will be monitored until it is 100% contained and called out.

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services has announced that they have reopened their offices statewide to the public on an appointment only basis beginning today. For this initial re-opening phase, veterans or their eligible dependents must make an appointment with a DVS veterans service officer (VSO) prior to their visit. All unvaccinated veterans or their family members who visit DVS offices must wear a protective facemask. Individuals may contact the Las Cruces office by calling 505-216-8782.

The Silver City Woman’s Club selected two local students, Bristan Lockett and Imari Saucedo, to receive Western New Mexico University Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. Bristan, is a graduate of Silver High School and is a Sophomore at WNMU with a major in Forestry and Wildlife/Law Enforcement. Imari, is a graduate of Cobre High School and has attended WNMU during high school through dual enrollment and has earned her CNA license. She plans to pursue an education in nursing. Both students received $1,000 scholarships.

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