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The Gila National Forest has lifted campfire, welding and smoking restrictions effective yesterday, based on the arrival of the seasonal summer monsoons, accompanied by higher relative humidity’s and lower temperatures which have reduced fire danger across southern New Mexico. The forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on April 26th to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire during extreme drought conditions, low fuel moisture levels and high fire danger. Although Stage I restrictions on campfires and smoking have been lifted, forest managers urge visitors to continue to use extreme caution around campfires and other potential ignition sources by following campfire safety procedures that include not leaving the campsite until the fire is completely extinguished and cold to the touch. As a reminder, violators of regulations that prohibit abandoning a campfire are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If an abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs.
Members of the Grant County Youth Conservation Corp are near completion of an 80-foot long, cob-construction “wave wall” which will serve as a backdrop for campsites on the property of the Town of Silver City’s historic Waterworks Building located on Little Walnut Road. According to a release from the town, the site is being restored as a layover point along the Continental Divide Trail through a partnership between the Town and the local non-profit Southwest New Mexico Arts, Culture and Tourism. This particular site will offer residents and visitors camping and other outdoor recreation activities.
The Silver City Rotary Club awarded two $500 scholarships in Technology to students attending Western New Mexico University. The recipients are Joshua Lara and Charles DeMars-Conoly. Both students are majoring in Electrical Technology. One scholarship remains available at this time and interested individual can obtain further information by going online to foundation.wnmu.edu/scholarship
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