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September 26, 2018
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June 18: Fire being contained near Smokey Bear's home (Listen)
(2012-06-18)
U.S. Forest Service
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Firefighters have made good progress against the Little Bear fire near Ruidoso. The latest report puts it at 60-percent contained. The fire has already burned more than 200 homes. The devastation covers 38,000 acres in a 59-square-mile area.

It has been burning in the Smokey Bear Ranger District where the famous bear cub was discovered and rescued in the 1950s. Smokey went on to become the symbol of the U.S. Forest Service.

Meanwhile, the state's biggest fire in the Gila National Forest is said to be 75 percent contained at just under 300,000 acres.

The latest local and statewide jobless numbers are out and the trend continues to improve. Santa Fe had an unemployment rate of just under 5 percent compared with nearly 6 percent last year. For the state as a whole, unemployment stands at 6.7 percent, down slightly from last year's number.

New Mexicans have until mid-August to comment on a proposal for the Valles Caldera National Preserve has issued a proposal that. The preserve's board has put out a proposal that offers different options for expanding public access to the area. The options are for different-sized visitor centers and different methods of public travel into and through the area.

The Lone Ranger may be riding again, but he's over budget. That's the word from the Hollywood Reporter, which says New Mexico's wind and dust and expensive sets has put the Disney movie is well over its $215 million budget. The film is also weeks behind in its shooting schedule. The Lone Ranger started shooting in New Mexico at the end of February. It's scheduled for release next year at this time.

Weather is going to be dry as far ahead as we can see. Look for highs all this week in the low to mid 90s.

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