News @ Noon / 1 August 2012

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Aerial Mulching Continues –
Whitewater-Baldy Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER)

Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:02

July 31, 2012, Silver City, NM:
The aerial seeding of 26,200 acres of severely burned area within the Whitewater Baldy Fire burn area is complete. The native seed is growing with the assistance of the monsoonal rains. Aerial mulching of approximately 14,200 acres of the seeded area is now underway. The aerial mulching is done to provide extra soil stabilization and protection of burned watersheds in areas with the highest risk.

There are currently three helicopters spreading mulch with as many as nine aircraft expected by the end of the week. Operations are scheduled to be finished by the end of August.

Six ALERT precipitation monitors (early detection warning systems) were installed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in and near the Whitewater-Baldy Fire area. They are located at: Mogollon Baldy Lookout, Hummingbird Saddle, Bear Wallow Lookout, Sheridan Corral, and in Whitewater and Mineral Creeks.

Rainfall data is transmitted from the monitors to the National Weather Service who will issue flood advisories or warnings to the Catron County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s office will then inform local residents of the flood advisory or warning.

The full article with agency contact information is posted on Grant County Beat

COG directors discuss capital outlay with Morales
Created on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:02

Tuesday morning, the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments hosted COG directors of the New Mexico Association of Regional Councils from around New Mexico at their quarterly meeting.

As part of the proceedings, Sen. Howie Morales sat in to ask questions and answer some.

Hubert Quintana, executive director of the Southern New Mexico COG in Roswell, said he and others had written a white paper on capital outlay.

“We are trying to educate legislators to take a different approach on how they allocate capital outlay,” Quintana said. “The COGs would vet the projects in their area and rank them from E to A. The As would have their preliminary engineering reports and studies done, so they would be ready to start Monday morning.”

Jeffrey Kiely, Northwest New Mexico COG executive director, drew a diagram showing the developmental process from idea stage E to stage D, which has a bit more development and a location to stage C, with plans, cost information and a bit of engineering. B plans would be more fleshed out progressing to A, the most ready for funding.

“It’s like a triage process,” Kiely said. “Right now the legislators and the executive administration get projects all the way from E to A and give them the same rank. They are spending time on ones that will not get done, even if they receive funding.

“When you get to grade B, the projects have specs, the PER and are well thought out, but perhaps they don’t have the matching funds,” he continued. “The grade A ones are implementable immediately. The COGs have to help move the projects from E to A.”

“If we can help everyone in the system to know what stage they are and what they need to do to get to B or A, it would be much more cost effective,” Kiely said.”I appreciate the COGs taking the initiative on this,” Morales said. “You guys get results. There is a lot of discussion about capital outlay reform. I appreciate this.”

Morales than asked how the E to A system would work for smaller communities with little funding.

“We will help them find planning money for Phase I, to get ready for construction,” Kiely said.

“As a result of the Colonias Fund, we realized we needed planning funding,” Quintana said. “The New Mexico Finance Authority had loans, but some communities could not qualify for loans. We told NMFA to do grants for planning. Beginning this year, NMFA is making up to $50,000 grants.”

This extensive article is posted in full at Grant County Beat

A Weekend of Events @ Seedboat Center for the Arts
Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:10

Light and Texture
Seedboat Center for the Arts presents a combined show spanning the disciplines of painting and ceramics. Painter Mimi Peterson contributes a collection of new abstract work that is vibrant, colorful, and exciting. Dave Roberts’ ceramic pieces exhibit his technical skill as a fine potter along with an artist’s eye for shape and color.

The artists will attend an opening reception on Friday, August 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The show continues at Seedboat Gallery through September 27.

Silver City Clay Festival
That same weekend, August 3–5, Seedboat Center for the Arts hosts events of the Silver City Clay Festival. Clay artists Katherine Allen, Dave Roberts, and Marcia Smith will demonstrate their creative technique in the Seedboat courtyard on Friday and Saturday. Dave will present Wheel Throwing Techniques & Altered Forms on Friday, August 3, from 9:00 to noon. Also from 9:00 to noon on Friday, Marcia Smith will demonstrate Carved Tile Techniques. On Saturday, August 4, from 9:00 to 10:30, Kathryn Allen will present Bas Relief Custom Window Surround Installation. From 10:30 to noon, Kathryn will demonstrate Ceramic Mural on Wood Installation.

All day Friday and Saturday, from 9:30 to 5:30, renowned experts and accomplished artists will present lectures about clay at the Seedboat. All lectures are free and open to the public. For the lecture schedule, visit the Clay Festival website at

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