News @ Noon / 10 August 2012

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Small Wildfire Reported on Gila National Forest
(http://www NULL.grantcountybeat NULL.com/news/news-articles/6887-small-wildfire-reported-on-gila-national-forest)
Created on Thursday, 09 August 2012 19:37

Truth or Consequences, NM; August 9, 2012; 6:30 p.m.–A small fire named the Cave Creek Fire was reported at 3:00 p.m. today on the Gila National Forest. Firefighters from the Black Range Ranger District and Wilderness Ranger District have been dispatched this evening to conduct full suppression. Additional firefighters will be dispatched tomorrow morning.

Location: on the southeast corner of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness and seven miles north of the Community of Kingston; location of Kingston is along N.M. State Highway 152 (locally known as the Black Range Road)


MRAC Annual Meeting Set for August 23, 2012
at Seedboat Center for the Arts (http://www NULL.grantcountybeat NULL.com/news/news-releases/6892-mrac-annual-meeting-set-for-august-23-2012-at-seedboat-center-for-the-arts)

Created on Friday, 10 August 2012 05:26

With the close of fiscal year 2011-12, the Mimbres Region Arts Council will be holding its annual meeting on August 23rd at 5:30 P.M. at the Seedboat Center for the Arts, 214 W Yankie Street. Members and other individuals interested in the Arts Council and its mission are welcome to attend.

According to Board President Blake Farley, the MRAC will be unveiling its new Season-at-a-Glance brochure, introducing the 2012-13 programs.

Director Faye McCalmont added, “This has been a successful season with many unique performances, sold out programs, and record outreach to young people. We look forward to sharing the outcomes at our Annual Meeting.” New board members and officers will also be introduced.

Special guests will be Dr. Joe Shepard, Bayou Seco, and Willie Wonka. Baxtalo Beng will provide entertainment.


New Mexico Tourism Awards ACD $40,000 (http://www NULL.grantcountybeat NULL.com/news/news-releases/6894-new-mexico-tourism-awards-acd-40-000)
Created on Friday, 10 August 2012 06:07

The Silver City Arts & Cultural District was awarded $40,000 from the State of New Mexico Department of Tourism for the 2012-2013 Cooperative Marketing Grant program.

The Cooperative Marketing Program is an avenue for New Mexico non-profit, tourism-related organizations, local and tribal governments to apply for grant funds from the Department.  Awarded funds can be used toward direct marketing costs such as electronic, print and outdoor advertising and the production and placement of them.

This is the 2nd consecutive award to the Silver City ACD for their “Find Your SELF in Silver City campaign which utilizes local talent and photographers in their tourism related promotions.


Udall To Co-Host 57th Annual
New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces (http://www NULL.grantcountybeat NULL.com/news/news-releases/6881-udall-to-co-host-57th-annual-new-mexico-water-conference-in-las-cruces)

Created on Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:21

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), announced today that he will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference on Tuesday, August 28 in Las Cruces.

The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus.  The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”

“Water is crucial to our economy and to our way of life,” said Udall. “Unfortunately, New Mexico communities, farms and industry are not getting the water they need to thrive due to drought and infrastructure issues. This is a shared problem, and I’m proud to be co-hosting this policy conference to collaborate on shared solutions.”

While much attention has been paid to the serious short-term drought situation facing farmers in the American Midwest, this annual conference will address issues of water scarcity in New Mexico, as the state continues to be immersed in the worst two-year drought period in decades.

The conference will emphasize the relationship among agricultural, urban, and rural water users in the context of both current demands and projected future needs. Other topics include the current state water budget, deteriorating infrastructure, water markets and rights, basin hydrology, watershed restoration, floodwater capture, and salinity control.

Farmers, ranchers and the general public, as well as academic experts, private water agencies and environmental organizations are invited to hear the presentations and take part in the discussions.


Udall, Bingaman Announce Federal
Drought Assistance Funding for NM Farmers and Ranchers (http://www NULL.grantcountybeat NULL.com/news/news-releases/6878-udall-bingaman-announce-federal-drought-assistance-funding-for-nm-farmers-and-ranchers)

Created on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 22:51

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced that in light of historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to immediately help crop and livestock producers across New Mexico.

First, New Mexico will receive $628,588 from the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices. Second, USDA will transfer $14 million into the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for eligible farmers and ranchers in drought-impacted states for assistance in moving water to livestock in need, emergency forage for livestock and efforts to rehabilitate lands severely impacted by the drought.

“Throughout New Mexico, we have been hearing from farmers and ranchers on the terrible conditions they face due to fires and drought,” said Udall. “Farmers are suffering from depleted crops due to lack of moisture; ranchers are having to rely on feed, causing production costs to skyrocket and forcing them to reduce their herds. This is welcome news for rural communities across our state, and I appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s swift action in providing much needed relief.”

“Farmers and ranchers in our state and across the country are suffering terribly because of this devastating drought. With this funding for New Mexico, it is clear to me that USDA is hard at work trying to assist farmers and ranchers in their time of need,” Bingaman said.


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