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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Wildfire Submitted by GNFI Silver City There are two kinds of fire that forest officials deal with ev- ery year. A Wildland Fire is any non- structure fire that occurs in the wildland. There are two types of wildland fires. They are wildfires and prescribed fires. Wildfires are unplanned ig- nitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. Some wildfires that occur naturally, by lightning, can be managed to achieve resource management objectives• Prescribed fires are,planned ignitions. They are ignited by management actions to meet spe- cific objectives. Fourteen new wildfires have been reported since May 28. All fires were lightning-caused. Most fires, with the exception of the Diamond fire, were suppressed and contained or controlled at less than one acre. ++Diamond fire: Wilderness Ranger District in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Detected 5/ 28/09, located 25 miles north of Mimbres, NM. The fire is now estimated to be about 300 acres in size and it is exhibiting low to moderate fire behavior• This fire will be managed to achieve resource objectives, in- cluding public and firefighter safety and ecosystem health. A combination of responses can be used to meet these objectives• The Diamond fire is burning within an area that has natural barriers that have been created by old burns from wildfires that burned during previous years. The fire has mostly been burning with tow intensity "creeping" and cleaning out fuel build-up on the ground. This naturally-.ignited abounds in GN fire can be used as a tool to bring fire back to the landscape while increasing protection for re- sources such as the Gila Trout. This is done by eliminating or reducing the potential for high intensity fires that may burn if the fuel build-up remains untreated. The fire is currently staffed with approximately 30 firefighters. -- ++If a Wildfire starts natu- rally, we can use different strate- gies and tactics in different parts of the fire. Some examples might be: • The part of a wildfire where homes and wildland vegetation mix will have our very highest priority, and where actions will be taken to protect life and prop- erty. • Another flank of that same fire that is not threatening life and property, and helping the ecosys- tem might be watched or moni- tored closely, but not fought. The decision to take this action is based on the Gila National Forest's Land and Resource Man- agement Plan. Local conditions and the needs of neighbors and cooperating agencies will also weigh in on the decision. • Our objectives on a fife can fluctuate due to weather, people's needs and different jurisdictions. • In some cases the need to protect sensitive wildlife habitat, critical watershed areas, or even transportation corridors and com- munication infrastructure to include roads and towers, may drive the strategies and tactics that are being used on a fire. The Forest Service will con- tinue to suppress all human- caused wildfires to protect pub- lic and firefighter safety• Community pride, spirit evident at Jesse Darnell tournament By LORENZO ALBA, JRdfor the Herald " This past weekend, I made it out to the Jesse Darnell 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Maverick Gymnasium. I was over- whelmed by the sense of community that lingered in the air as I entered the gym and made my way to find a seat. The effort made by the families and organizers are unsur- passed to any event this town has ever seen. I felt this sense of nostalgia for the young man that this tournament is named after. Jesse Darnell's spirit was there and the entire place was feeling his presence. As a formal" sports-reporter, .photographer and editor;, I~ recall Jesse'Darnell's competitiveness and great sportsmanship. ThOugh it is sad that he's no longer with us, the families have found a way to keep his spirit and memory alive and well in the community. What better than a basketball tournament, one of the sports he loved and played very well. The community misses him but by participating and Supporting an event such as this one and what it stands for, helps keep his memory alive. Kudos to Lordsburg and Hidalgo County ! I went to see my nephew and niece play and ended up staying for a while longer and watching a few other games• There were as many as four games going on at the same time. And from my understanding some 121 games played in total. That is a l(gt of competitive basketball. There was so much excitement you could hear the ghost of Knute Rockne yelling, "Boards, Boards, Boards." The ages were from 5 to middle age and that competitive spirit and sportsmanship seen and felt was sure to have made Darnell smile in heaven• The young men and women and boys and girls played with pride...but more than anything else to have a good time and to remember• I feel it is important to thank the families and organizers for bringing "community" back into our community. Thank the teams and players for showing sportsmanship and competition. Grati- tude to the officials and all volunteers for making this event a huge success is definitely a must as well• Lordsburg needs more events such as this one to bring that longing ~or community back to our community! Alfred Tennyson said, "I am a part of all that I have met." Well Lordsburg, meet the Annual Jesse Darnell Basketball Tournament. Fire and Smoking Restrictions There are no fire restrictions in place on the Gila National For- est ,~tt,3his time. ,~gformation about ali current fede, r~l and state land restrictions and ~osures in New Mexico and Arizqma can be found by visiting the f~llowing websites: • New Mexico: http:/ /ww,~:;n mfi rein -:Arizona: h t t p : / / wwvf~jazfirein For more information about current fire activity on the Gila National Forest, contact the fire information officer at 575-388- 8245 or visit the website at http:/ / Southwest Area courtesy of the NM DEPT of GAME & FISH BEAR CANYON: Fishing was slow. BILL EVANS LAKE: Fishing was good using worms, jigs and wet flies fot bluegill. Trout fish- ing was slow-to-fair using power bait, salmon eggs and spinners• BURN LAKE: Fishing was fair using hot dogs, liver and worms for catfish. CABALLO LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good using grubs, tubes, crank baits, jerk baits and min- nows for white bass and 'walleye and an occasional crappie. A few catfish were taken by anglers 'us- ing liver and cut bait. ELEP~NT BUTTE: Fishing was good using grubs, sassy shad, crank baits, spoons and minnows for white bass. We had good re- ports from Rock Canyon, near Kettle Top and McRae Canyon. Fishing was fair-to-good using bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs, grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using minnows, grubs and tubes for crappie• Fishing was fair-to-good using top water lures, senkos, jerk baits, crank baits and spinner baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. was slow-to-fair using~!i~e bait, ~m- brella rigs and jigs for striped bass. Fishing was good using liver and cut bait on trotlines for catfish. GILA RIVER: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 44cfs. Fishing was slow. LAKE ROBERTS: was slow-to-fair using power bait, wooly buggers, spoons, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing for cat- fish was fair using liver and hot dogs. We had no reports on other species. PERCHA DAM: Fishing was slow for all species. QUEMADO LAKE: Trout fish- ing was fair. using power bait and Pistol Pates. Fishing for tiger musky was slow-to-fair using jerk baits and large streamers. RIO GRANDE: Water flow be- low Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,610cfs. Fishing below El- ephant Butte was slow-to-fair us- ing spoons and grubs for white bass. Fishing below Caballo was fair using grubs for walleye and white bass and liver for catfish. SNOW LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week. CHARACTER COU S Animas, Gift card winners from Lordsburg High School urg stud nts win in Teen M By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Hidalgo County Herald After a successful Teen Maze, the kids from Lordsburg and Animas Schools who partici- pated in the maze were awarded gift cards. During the maze, kids were given slips to fill out every time they made a good decision and at the end of the maze, they were able to turn those slips in. These slips, which had the kids' drawing names on them, were drawn in order to win gift cards. Kids learned that making good deci- sions pays off because each of the consequences such as go wear a fatsuit, or wear a belly. In reality, though, consequences aren't silly 40 gift cards was worth $25! The choices that may seem the The point of the Teen Maze - most fun at the moment, can have was to inform kids on how good the worst consequences dow~the and bad decisions they make road. The kids who made ~ood now can affect their futures later decisions in the maze learned on. Sometimes, it was fun to make that making these decisions can the wrong decisions in the maze pay off greatly later. because you got to have the silly , Animas High School winners An!mas Middle School winners DSB LITTLE LEAGUE 2009 SCHEDULE Friday, May 29 Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks 6:00 PM Texas Rangers vs. Phillies 7:30 PM Monday, June 1 Cubs vs. Cardinals 6:00 PM Diamondbacks vs. Phillies 7:30 PM Wednesday, June3 Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 6:00 PM " Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals 7:30 PM Monday, June 8 Cubs vs. Phillies 6:00 PM Rangers vs. Diamondbacks 7:30 PM- Wednesday, June 10 Cubs vs. Diamondbacks 6:00 PM Texas Rangers vs. Cardinals 7:30 PM Monday, June tS Cardinals vs. Cubs 6:00 PM Philties vs, Diamondbacks 7:3OPM Wednesday, June 17 Texas Rangers vs. Cubs 6:00 PM Diamondbacks vs Cardinals 7:30 PM Monday, June 22 Phitlies vs. Diamondbacks 6:00 PM Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers 7:30 PM Wednesday, June 24 " Phillies vs. Cardinals 6:00 PM Rangers vs, Diamondbacks 7:30 PM Thursday, May 28 Lugnutsvs• Rockhounds 6:00 PM Sidewinders vs. Scorpions 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 2 Sidewinders vs. Angels6:00 PM Lugnuts vs. Scorpions 7;30 PM Thursday, June 4 Scorpions vs. Sidewinders 6z00 PM Rockhounds vs. Lugnuts 7:30PM Tuesday, June 9 Lugnuts vs. Angels 6:00 PM Sidewinders vs. Rockhounds 7:30 PM Thursday, June 11 Lugnuts vs. Sidewinders 6:00 PM Rockhoun~ vs. SCorpions 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 16 ~U: Angels vs. Rockhounds 6:00 PM Sidewinders vs r,&~gnuts 7:30 PM Thursday, June 18 L~,5~ Scorpions vs. Lug'~uts 6:00 PM Rockhounds vs Sidewinders 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 23 AndLs~ Scorpions vs. 6:OO PM Lugnuts vs Rockl~nds 7:30 PM Thursday, June 25 ~-.- Sidewinders vs Scorpions 6:00 PM Lugnuts vs. Rockhounds 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 30 Scorpions vs. Angels 6:00 PM Lugnuts vs. Sidewinders 7:30 PM ' Bees vs. Braves 7:30-PM Tuesday, June 2 Bees vs. Astros ~:30 PM - Storm vs. Sand Gnats 7:30 PM Rattlers vs. Muckdogs 8:30 PM Thursday, June 4 Rattlers vs. Bees 6:30 PM Braves~s. Storm 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 9 Muckdogs vs. Rattlers 6.'30 PM " Astros vs. Sand Gnats 7:30 PM Bees vs. Storm 8:30 PM - Thursday, .June 11 Storm vs. Rattlers 6:30 PM Braves vs. Muckdogs 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 16 Asttos vs. Bees 6:30 PM s• Sand Gnats 7:30 PM Rattlers vs. Muckdogs 8:30 PM Thursday, June 18 Storm vs. Rattlers 6:30 PM Muckdogs vs. Braves 7~30 PM Tuesday, June 23 Muckdogs vS. Sand Gnats 6:30 PM Bees vs. Astros 7:30 PM Rattlers vs. Braves 6:30 PM Thursd 25 vs. Braves 6:30 PM 30 PM 6:30 0 PM Muckdogs vs. Bees 8:30 PM