Community Offers Some Relief


Initiated by a local social media post and spurred on by a sincere desire to help those in need, a group of Sierra County residents and business owners teamed up to collect donations Wednesday morning, August 30. The online and word-of-mouth effort was soon welcoming a steady stream of area citizens, who were all eager to lend a helping hand to their Texas neighbors.
Recognizing that so many people in the affected area have lost all their possessions, volunteers focused first on collecting food and daily necessities, However, the group also welcomed donations of clothing, books, games and just about anything else that would help disaster victims get through the stressful days and weeks to come.
The team effort was spearheaded by Destiny Mitchell, Freddy and Lisa Bierner, Jesse Robinson, Keelie Hardin and Michele Crofford, but also included invaluable efforts from a host of other community residents.

County Affirms Call For FS Inquiry

With a unanimous vote September 20, the Sierra County Commission approved Resolution No. 105-030. This measure followed through with the board’s previous decision to stand against the U.S. Forest Service’s (FS) actions in the federal agency’s recent adoption of the Gila Travel Management Plan.
Over the past several months, commissioners have consistently raised concerns and following FS adoption of the travel plan, echoed many county residents in questioning both the agency’s procedures and the decision to move forward with forest access restrictions.