San Miguel County, NM


Northern New Mexico Is Facing a Flood Threat

In San Miguel and Mora County, residents are warned that they may need to evacuate sooner than later in the case of floods. "Sandbags are piling up in Mora. Crews are building temporary flood barriers est of Las Vegas, and San Miguel and Mora county officials are warnings residents to ready to evacuate at a moment's notice." —Theresa Davis.

Weather radio outage jeopardizes flood alerts in fire zone

With New Mexico’s monsoon season and a historic fire season now both underway, there is a serious risk of flash flooding on the fresh burn scars. One way to receive emergency weather alerts is through a weather radio. But a key transmitter serving the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire zone is damaged.

Federal assistance approved for Colfax, Mora and San Miguel counties

President Joe Biden has approved expanding federal assistance eligibility for Colfax, Mora, and San Miguel counties. These areas have been affected by the Hermit's Peak and Calf Canyon fire damage. Previously, these three counties were not eligible for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This was due to damage...
Santa Fe Reporter

President Biden Approves More Fire Aid Categories; Mora Residents Sue Forest Service Over Public Records

Biden expands fire funds, Mora residents sue Forest Service. In advance of a planned visit to New Mexico Saturday to discuss the impact of wildfires in New Mexico, President Joe Biden has approved a request from the state’s congressional delegation to add federal assistance eligibility in Colfax, Mora and San Miguel counties in five additional categories that include roads, bridges, public utilities, parks and other types of public buildings and facilities. The delegation continues to press the Biden administration to waive a 25% non-federal cost share requirement for federal assistance. “I welcome this much-needed expansion of federal funding that will provide resources to repair our infrastructure, including roads, bridges, acequias and water facilities,” US Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández said in a statement. “Even so, these fires have caused irreparable damage to our economy, heritage, and culture,” added the 3rd Congressional District representative, who last week called for an independent investigation of the protocols and processes behind the prescribed burns that led to the fires. Dozens of Mora residents also want answers about the prescribed burns, and earlier this week filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the US Forest Service in which they say the agency violated the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to provide documents related to the Las Dispensas prescribed burn that became the Hermits Peak Fire in early April.

Clock ticking to apply for wildfire-related emergency food and unemployment assistance

New Mexicans affected by wildfires may be eligible to receive disaster food benefits and unemployment assistance, but the deadlines to apply are rapidly approaching. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is for low-income residents in five New Mexico counties: Colfax, Lincoln, San Miguel, Mora and Valencia. But the deadline to apply is June 13.