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In Brief - Local News - July 19, 2013

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By The Staff

Councilman gets certification

 Las Vegas City Councilor Joey Herrera has received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League, the organization announced this week. He will receive the official designation at the New Mexico Municipal League’s 56th Annual Conference in Taos in August
The Institute was founded in 2003 to give New Mexico municipal officials the knowledge and tools necessary to provide effective and ethical leadership to the citizens of their communities.
Participants must complete three programs of instruction: Education Program consists of two basic education sessions plus electives; Governance Program focuses on necessary traits for effective leaders; and, the Leadership Program is a course of self-directed electives. Certification can only be obtained after satisfying the Institute’s required curricula.

Crews working on flooding issues

The Tres Lagunas Burned Area Emergency Response team and Forest Service crews have been busy this week dealing with flooding around the burn scar and implementing projects to lessen the danger to the public.
Crews cleared Forest Road 122 in the Holy Ghost area, removing thousands of small rocks, ash, mud and burned trees that had flooded the road during monsoon rains.
The team also posted signs throughout the Pecos Canyon, warning visitors of the potential for sudden flash floods, falling rocks  and falling trees.  Crews are also installing gates that prevent the public from entering hazard areas. While much of the Santa Fe National Forest has reopened, camping and day use sites along the Pecos River remain closed because of potential flooding.