Datil, NM

Bear Trap Fire burning 1,209 acres; 0% contained

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Bear Trap Fire started burning May 1, 2022, around noon in Bear Trap Canyon in the San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District in the Cibola National Forest. Start Date: May 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Location: Bear Trap Canyon Containment: 0% Size: 1,209 acres Structures Threatened: No Structures Burned: No Evacuations: No […]
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New wildfire burning on Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation

Officials are reporting a new wildfire start on the Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation around 1:38 p.m. on April 28. It has burned 10 acres and is 0% contained. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of Datil, Pie Town, Alamo, and Magdalena. Start Date: April 28 around 1:38 p.m. Location: 4 miles east of […]
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Pine Park Fire northwest of Datil in Datil Mountains, Cibola National Forest; 15-20 acres, 0% containment

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A fire started April 21, in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. The fire started three miles northwest of Datil, New Mexico. Officials report moderate fire behavior with isolated torching. There are 65 Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest, Datil, Horse Mountain, Pie Town and Quemado Fire Departments are on scene […]

Gloria Ann Nichols

Gloria Ann Nichols, age 69, died of natural causes at the home of a close family friend in Las Cruses, NM on Saturday, March 26th surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Marianna, Florida on August 25, 1952. Gloria was a long time resident of Pie Town,...
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Inflation and COVID make accessing dialysis harder

Lee Guerro has never missed a dialysis appointment. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past two years, Guerro and his girlfriend of 20 plus years, Rainy Chackee, have risen before dawn to start their drive from Alamo. Driving slowly to avoid elk, they’re at the clinic in Socorro by 5 a.m.
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Cougars make it a game against Eagles

It looked like a blowout as the 17-4 Evangel Christian Academy Eagles came out hot and were up by 20 after the first quarter. The Alamo Navajo Cougars fought back and made it a game, but it was not enough as the Eagles won 66-52. The game was closer than the scoreboard showed.
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Ground broken at new community garden

Volunteers spread mulch across the 12,000 square feet of Socorro’s newest community garden Saturday. The plans for the garden include 12 vegetable lots, eight fruit trees, pollinator plants, bush plants, vining plants and sunflowers. Socorro County already has two community gardens, one behind the Teen Center in Socorro and...
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Athlete of the Week: Edmond Apachito

Senior Edmond Apachito is a key part of the Alamo Navajo Cougars team. Question: How long have you been playing with the Cougars?. Answer: Around three years off and on. A: I just got into getting on the court. Looking at my older sister Lucita playing really made me want to play for Alamo.
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No stop in sight for the Steers

It was a mismatch for the Alamo Navajo Cougars when they had to face the 1-loss Magdalena Steers in their house. Freshman big man Joseph Zamora scored on the first possession and the route was on as the Steers took down the Cougars 72-15. “I didn’t see much,” Steers head...