Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Slaughter Mesa Prescribed Fire in the Gila National Forest may be underway again this week as environmental conditions reach appropriate levels for managers to resume the project. The 2,500-acre project is eight miles southeast of Quemado Lake on the Quemado Ranger District. Fire managers plan to continue operation on Slaughter Mesa through April 30 pending favorable conditions.
Residents of Hanover Mutual Water Domestic Water Consumers Association recently asked the Bayard council to remove a $400 fee that Hanover pays for Bayard water since their well ran dry last year. Despite having to cut the complaint short due to time constraints, Bayard Mayor Charles Kelly advised the secretary of the Water Association that she should call the City Clerk to set up a meeting to work through the problems with Hanover’s water situation.
Early Monday morning, Silver City Police Department responded to a man who flagged down the officer claiming that he had been robbed at knife-point. The Copper Manor Motel Night clerk told the officer a man had demanded money out of the cash drawer and safe with the threat of slitting the clerk’s throat. The man is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, over six feet tall, thin and clean shaven with a star tattoo on the right side of his neck and tattoos covering his arms. Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to contact the Silver City Police Department at 538-3723.
The Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday night meeting approved a gross receipts tax increase of 0.25 percent, which brings the total GRT to 8 percent. The increase is scheduled to being July 1st. The tax increase will be used to maintain the present service and keep projects like the museum and library viable. Mayor Michael Morones informed those in attendance that council members and staff heavily discusses the town’s services, staff, and projects but mentioned no cuts specific to the fiscal issues that precipitated the new tax.
The Grant County Commission heard several reports at their Tuesday work session. GRMC CEO Brian Cunningham gave a report about the hospital’s finances and the partnership with a Family Practice under Dr. John Stanley and CNP Cindy Morena. He also said the hospital was going through a request proposal process for Cancer Center providers, but that they plan to stay with New Mexico Oncology and New Mexico Hematology.