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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - April 19, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county volume to number 47 los Lunas . 87031 20 pages april 19, 1973bureau keeping tabs on the Rio Grande there a water in the Rio Grande and a lot of people Are keeping a close watch on it. They Are also keeping tabs on weather forecasts. Jack Koogler of the state engineering department has asked the county commission to project potential damage which could occur because of flooding the East Valencia firefighters Assn. Is planning emergency locations for fire trucks and the Bureau of reclamation has stepped up its patrol of the Valley area. Ernest Sanchez of the Bureau s Belen irrigation Branch told the news tuesday a Check of the water on monday showed a Rise of 2,700 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 5,000 cubic feet per second. A we done to see any immediate danger a Sanchez said a but there s a lot of Snow up North and Well be keeping a close watch. Fie said the Way the water is running now it is moving the Silt because it is Swift. The Silt is moving out and the in or bed is getting deeper. Of the run off is slow it brings a lot of Silt. Simms buys Valley farm former governor and mrs. John Simms announced today the moving of their permanent residence from Albuquerque to Valencia county. The Simms have acquired a 60-acre irrigated farm from or. And mrs. Robert Vann. The Purchase Price of the transaction was not announced. The farm which will be known As the chair slash ranch is located three and a Hall Miles South of the Valencia a by Quot on nm-47 almost immediate West of Al Cerro de Tome. The Simms family has Long been associated with farming and ranching in Colorado new Mexico and Arizona. Their new Valencia county farm will feature registered Black Angus cattle and purebred polish arabian horses. The cattle Are sired by the famous Bull great Northern. Mrs. Simms has made several trips in recent years to import arabian horses. The Simms have six children. John f. Iii. Ranching in Australia Quita Simms Benton of Bryan Tex. Joshua a Junior banker in Albuquerque Charlotte Tom and Casey at Home. Or. And mrs. Fred Quiller and their four children will assume the managerial duties at the new chair slash ranch. The quilters managed the Simms columbian ranch in fort Garland Colo. Eugenio Gallegos a Long time Simms employee and his wife Josephine will be farm Foreman. Mrs. Simms the former Ruth Raynolds of Albuquerque has been for Many years National recognized As a talented horsewoman and breeder of arabian horses. Simms in addition to his agricultural interests is involved in his kiss practice banking and real estate. Simms when contacted for comment said. Quot we Are really looking Forward to being Bona fide full time taxpaying and voting members of a wonderful area and Hope to make you Good because there was Little run off last year the Silt has built up and at los Lunas it has been just a few feet below the Bridge. Sanchez explained that it is blow Sand so it moves easily. A but if the run off should come All at once there May be trouble a Sanchez said. A Well be keeping an Eye on it and patrolling More he said the Peak usually hits about the first of May but it could come sooner this year. Quot we have a number of places we can turn to. As we have in the past like the corps of engineers and the National guard a he said. The lines of jetties can be built up along both sides in the River Levy he said. Meantime the East Valencia firefighters Assn., also aware of potential flooding is planning emergency measures. The group is scheduled to meet tonight thursday to plan emergency locations for fire trucks in each District. Two of the trucks Are radio equipped and the association plans to locate one on the Mesa West of the River and the other on High ground East of the River. The association s comprehensive plan for emergency preparedness has been submitted to the state As a tentative plan for civil defense in the county. A plan is needed in order to get funds for an emergency preparedness program. The county commission has made application for funding asking for $28,256 which would include the salaries of a coordinator his assistant and a Secretary and monies for office expenses. Commissioner Wilfred Chavez at monday night s commission meeting reported that damage in the Western part of the county was surveyed recently and it was estimated it would take $71,000 to repair Bridges culverts and roads. Chavez and Ralph Abeita of the count Road department accompanied state and Federal officials on a helicopter flight Over the damaged area Between Fence Lake and inscription Rock. Chavez said livestock losses also were High. He said in one area the Rushing water washed a pickup truck Down an Arroya and against the Bank. The water was so High it was flowing through the cab of the truck he said. A lifetime resident of Marquez told him the damage was the worst he had Ever seen. The commission approved plans for a 22x30 court room addition to the sub office in Grants. District judge file m. Sedillo spoke Brief on the need for the addition noting the increase in the number of cases and Lack of space. County clerk Pat Heth told the commission Koogler had asked tor the information on potential flood damage. Count manager Milton Sanchez was directed to gather the data for the state. . Lyons representing residents of the Rancho subdivision in Bosque farms told commissioners three acres of that area had been subdivided into three Quarter acre lots and approved by the commission last october. Residents Felt the area was intended to remain in one acre lots and asked the commission what they could do. Commission chairman John Berman Sanchez said it would have to be handled through Legal channels but the commission would assist in any Way it could rising water in the Rio Grande is being checked frequently by the Bureau of reclamation. A sudden run off could swell the River to flood stage. Anxious for games to be Over and refreshments to be served is Maria Victoria Maez daughter of or. And mrs. Elias Maez jr., at the easter party Given by the los Lunas future homemakers of America for head Start youngsters. Maria was a visitor. The easter egg Hunt is pictured on Page 17

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