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12 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 Camps provide support, home to firefighters By BENJAMIN FISHERSilver City Daffy Press While the Hotshot crews work on the front lines of fires, there is an entire society operat- ing behind the scenes to make success at those lines possible. A small army of cooks, accoun-tants, security, communi- cation specialists, and more has moved onto the Incident Com- mand camp in the Gila National Forest around Fort Bayard since May 12. This mobile city acts as a home and a support system for many of the firefighter crews working out in the field, keeping homes and the forest safe. Also, the people who run it have to leave their homes for weeks at a time to do so. "It really is a militia organiza-tion," said Public Infor- mation Officer Brad Pitassi. "We all have o.ur nine-to-fives and families, but when that call comes, we come together just like that." Pitassi is one of around 650 people who have left their homes to camp out in the Gila National Forest for weeks and use their in- LOCALLY OW00dED & 00RATED 575-494-1385 www.ppcnrnm .... dividual expertise to fight the Signal Fire. When he isn't out on an inci-dent, he works for the Maricopa, Ariz., Fire Department, also as a public information of- ricer. "As a PIO it's our mission to be the conduit between the pub- lic and the fire," he said, "what- ever that may be." Public information officers like Pitassi and trainee Liza Simmons act as the face of the Incident Command team, whether that is sending out daily updates, answering questions for citizens who call, guiding news reporters on tours of the bum area, or organizing the nightly and much-praised information meet- ings. Pitassi and Simmons aren't the only ones camping out at In- cident .Command, though. The meadow behind the old Fort Bayard grounds has become a tent city. Aside from the personal tents scattered all over the area for a little privacy, each specialty unit has its own "yert" which acts. as its office during the day -- fi- nance, supplies, dining, com- mand. In fact, the whole opera- tion runs as smoothly as it would in an office building. It just hap- pens to have better views. Sometimes, the Incident Command tent is just too far from the fire, though. In those cases, command sets up "spike camps" closer to the lines so firefighters can move quickly when and where they're needed. Frankie Martinez and his Type 2 Initial Attack unit are camped at the Meadow spike camp off of New Mexico 15 just east of Signal Peak. They wait for their orders during the morning and then" make their way to their designated sections working with saws and axes to fell dangerous, still smoldering trees to make it safe for the Hotshots on the front lines to do their jobs. "We're just making sure their back door is covered with mop- up operations while they're work- ing the line," Martinez said. "Sounds official, doesn't it?" Despite the serious, some- times grim nature of their work, folks at both the spike camps and Incident Command smile far more than not and seem to really love the life "Part of it," Pitassi said, "is that it's really like a fam-ily. We may not see each other for five or six months, but when we come together we fall back into the life like we never left." t00eeping cilizens informed. If you want EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS from Hidalgo County, visit and click on the COI)E RED image to register. Diseases Electrocardiogram (ECG) Holter Monitor Event Monitoring Mobil Cardiac Outpatient Echocardiography (TIE) Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) ECHO Stress Test Dobutamine Echo Stress Test Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing Stress Tests Cardioversion Wilderness Society hails monument designation for New Mexico's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Submitted by WILDERNESS SO- CIETY/Washington, DC President Obama this week announced plans to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area in New Mexico as America's newest national monument. The Wilderness Society praised the President for using his authority to protect public lands for future generations. The White House plans to hold a signing ceremony for the new monument on Wednesday. "With this designation, Presi- dent Obama has shown great lead- ership in protecting public lands and vigorous support for the New Mexico communities that have long advocated for this national monument," said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness So- ciety. "This national monument will conserve the cherished cul- tural, historic and recreational values as well as the priceless wildlife habitat of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks." "We also praise New Mexico's Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for their leader- ship in Congress on behalf of pre- serving the Organ Mountains- Desert Peaks," Williams added. The President's use of the Antiquities Act came about after open public discussion and thor- ough collaboration with the lo- cal New Mexico communities that want to protect these lands for their historic and cultural val- ues. In recent years, sites honor- ing America's military and out- door heritage as well as African American and Hispanic leaders have been designated under the Antiquities Act, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific, Fort Monroe,and Fort Ord, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad and the C6sar E. Chivez National Monuments. "This national monument designation is the result of a de- cade-long community-driven ef- fort supported by ranchers, His- panic leaders, Native Americans, veterans, hunters, small business owners, faith congregations and conservation groups," says Michael Casaus, New Mexico director of The Wilderness Soci- ety. "I grew up hiking and ex- ploring these public lands, and this new monument status pre- serves the outdoor heritage of the area and ensures continued access for hunting, grazing and outdoor recreation. The Organ Moun- tains-Desert Peaks National Monument will boost southern New Mexico's economy and pro- tect our culture and way of life for generations to come." According to an August 2013 study by BBC Research and Consulting for the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, national monument status is also expected to produce economic benefits from additional tourism and outdoor recreation, includ- ing creation of more than 80 new jobs and an increase of approxi- mately $7.4 million annually in regional economic activity. The designation of New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte as a national monument one year ago pro- duced a 40 percent increase in visits over the previous year along with corresponding local tax revenue and business receipts increases. Continued Access to the Public Lands The national monument pre- serves access to public lands for hunting, which would continue to be managed by the state. Ex- _ I I isting roads will remain open to motorized access. Livestock grazing will not be affected and issuance of grazing permits will continue. Law enforcement ju- risdiction will not change nor will Border Patrol or other law en- forcement operations be impeded due to the national monument designation. In fact, the U.S. Cus- toms and Border Patrol issued a letter of support as have several local ranchers. Historical Significance The Organ Mountains- Desert Peaks National Monument protects significant historical and cultural landmarks along the Camino Real, the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Billy the Kid's Outlaw Rock, the Gadsden Pur- chase Boundary, Apollo astro- naut and World War II Army Air Corps training sites, .and thou- sands of petroglyphs and archeo- logical sites. The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation orga- nization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound man- agement of our shared national lands. www. !1 II I I . _L On your 8th Grade Promotion May 23, 2014 We are so proud of you! Love, Grandma & Grandpa Turner Hello, my name is David Justice and it will be my privilege to be your next Sheriff. I believe that the Sheriff Office belongs to the people. By electing me your next Sheriff you will empower me to run your office. As Sheriff I work for you the many not the few. The Deputies, all staff in the office and I will treat everyone with the utmost respect and dignity. We are there to serve and protect. Your community is my priority. I know that you have high expectations from your office. We will meet these expectations through training, video reviews and Sheriff or my designee riding with Deputies. I will measure our progress by setting goals and listening to your comments. My door will be open to all. If you have any ideas or compliments they will be appreciated. Should you have complaints you can bring them to me without fear of retaliation. I will ensure all complaints are investigated and dealt with fairly. I believe our children and communities are our future. We will serve the schools, towns and businesses and meet with the public with high visibility patrols. I have assisted with preparing and presenting the office budget. I have written grants, for the office, and received the money I requested. I was responsible for submitting quarterly reports in a timely manner that showed expendituresand productivity. It will be my privilege to bring respect, honor and pride back to law enforcement and our community. I will appreciate your vote and support to elect me your Sheriff so that together we can make our county a place we can be proud of and a model for others. Thankyou "TAKE BACK YOUR OFFICE" DAVID JUSTICE 575-313-0745 facebook.c0m/justice4sheriff HONOR RESPECT PRIDE YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED Please remember to vote, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 mi nombre es David justicia y ser mi privilegio ser tu pr6xima Sheriff. Creo que la oflcina del Sheriff pertenece al pueblo. AI elegirme su pr6xima Sheriff empoderar a correr su oficina. Como Sheriff trabajo para usted los muchos no los pocos. Los diputados, todo el personal en la oficina y yo tratar de todo el mundo con el mayor respeto y dignidad. Estamos alli para servir y proteger. Su comunidad es mi prioridad. S que tiene altas expectativas de su oficina. Nos encontraremos estas expectativas a travs de capacitaci6n, video comentarios y Sheriff o mi representante con diputados. Medir nuestro progreso estableciendo metas y escuchar sus comentarios. Mi puerta estar abierta a todos. Si tienes cualquier idea o cumplidos que sern apre- ciados. Si usted tiene quejas puedes traerlos a mi sin miedo a represalias. Velar por todas las quejas son investigadas y tratadas con bastante. Creo que nuestros hijos y las comunidades son nuestro futuro. Nos servir, las escuelas, ciudades y empresas cumplir con el ptiblico con patrullas de alta visibilidad. Yo he asistido con la preparaci6n y presentaci6n del presupuesto de la oficina. He escrito becas, para la oflcina y recibi6 el dinero que ped[. Fui responsable de presentar informes trimestrales de manera oportuna que mostraron los gastos y la productividad. Ser un privilegio para aportar respeto, honor y orgullo a nuestra comunidad y aplicaci6n de la ley. Apreciar su voto y apoyo al elegirme su Comisario para que juntos podemos hacer que nuestro pais un lugar que podemos estar orgullosos y un modelo para otros. Gracias "TOMAR SU OFICINA VIRTUAL" DAVID JUSTICE 575-313-0745 HONOR RESPETO ORGULLO SU APOYO ES APRECIADO Por favor acu00rdese de votar, Martes, 03 de Junio de 2014 4