Here’s a look at some local news brought to you by Silver City Radio.

At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 31,372 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases with 17,766 tested as recovered. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County has risen to 134 total cases with 54 recovered; Luna County has risen to 458 total cases with 187 recovered; Hidalgo County has risen to 103 total cases with 75 recovered; and Catron County remains at 9 total cases with 5 recovered. The total case count consisted of 426 new cases statewide, making the total the second highest daily case count since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gila National Forest will be reopening two more developed recreation sites this weekend. According to a release, some of the factors considered when deciding to open a site include state and local health and safety guidelines, seasonal availability, and facility conditions. The sites that will be reopening are Head of the Ditch Campground on Quemado Ranger District and Grapevine Campground on Wilderness Ranger District.

The Cow Canyon Fire located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District, and as of the time of this report has reached the size of 18,903 acres and is 12 percent contained. Primary objectives are to provide protection for private property, cultural resources and historical sites. Although smoke may be visible in Springerville, and Clifton, Arizona, areas in Southwest New Mexico have been affected as well. The Cow Canyon Fire was lightning caused and has been burning since August 18th and involves multiple jurisdictions across two states and two national forests.

This has been a look at some local news. Thank you for listening to Silver City Radio.