Fire burning near Timberon

From the Alamogordo Daily News - By Duane Barbati, Staff Writer - U.S. Forest Service firefighters on Saturday continue to build containment lines around a one-acre fire burning about six miles east of Timberon. Forest Service, Mayhill and Weed firefighters initially responded to the fire around noon Saturday, but Mayhill and Weed firefighters were released from the fire around 8 p.m.
     Forest Service spokeswoman Loretta L. Benavidez said no structures are threatened at this time, but firefighters are working on building containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. Benavidez said Forest Service firefighters will have two engines staying on the fire throughout the night. She said the fire was caused by lightning and is burning on Lincoln National Forest land.
     The fire is demonstrating low to moderate fire behavior, Benavidez said. She said the fire is located under the Carrisa Lookout in the Lincoln National Forest. Benavidez said the fire is located in an area with varying degrees of slope and fueled by a mix of conifer, ponderosa pine and grass. Read more

Martinez weighs in on Magdalena water situation

From - By: Jeffery Gordon, - Governor Susana Martinez says the water well in Magdalena was not maintained for more than 45 years. KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to the governor about the water issues in the town over the weekend.
     Engineers think there is a chance they may be able to rehab and re-use an old well that was shut down to fix the issue. Meanwhile the water authority is sending truckloads of water to the town every day.
     “This isn't the best way of doing things but we're making sure they have water every day and have plenty of water and that's the truck loads that are going up there,” says Martinez. Read more