Fort Bayard annexation passes House Committee unanimously.

This has been a look at some local happenings. Thanks for listening to Silver City Radio. Yesterday the NM House Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee passed HJM 8, a measure that will annex Fort Bayard into the village of Santa Clara. HJM 8 is sponsored by Grant County Representative Luis Terrazas, a long-time supporter of Fort Bayard and Grant County communities. Fort Bayard is the only historic fort in New Mexico that is registered as a national landmark. Annexing Fort Bayard is important to the village of Santa Clara because it will allow for the village to apply for grants, and to work to repair utilities for future community use. The annexation does not relieve the state government of its responsibilities to the national landmark. The measure now moves to the House Chamber for final passage.

The Silver City Ranger District is planning to burn two prescribed fire projects, including the 3,400-acre Willow Prescribed Fire project in the Burro Mountains and the Pinos Altos Prescribed Fire project, which consists of multiple 2 to 20-acre units in the Bear Creek drainage. Both projects will be burned in phases between March 27 and late May 2023. The exact dates of implementation are subject to change based on weather and fuel conditions this spring. For more information, check with the Gila National Forest office.

Put on your calendars the next Pick It Up-Toss No Mas event for Grant County. On March 18th there will be clean-up day. Report to Gough Park at 9am for assignments and help with trash collection. This is a very important volunteer effort to keep our county looking beautiful. You can also bring you large items for disposal for free, courtesy of Copper Country Dumpsters on Saturday, March 18th.

USDA is requesting nominations for AG Air Quality Task Force. NRCS looks to agricultural producers, agricultural industry representatives, researchers, scientists and members of health and regulatory committees in New Mexico to join its Task Force on Ag Air Quality. The Task Force examines the intersection of agricultural production and air quality, and advises the Secretary on scientifically sound, cost-effective, federally supported agricultural solutions that can help improve air quality. To learn more go the website and search for USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.