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April 1-15, 2014

Blazing fire in Aztec destroys house
By Katee McClure

On Friday evening March 21st, an abandoned house on East Blanco was engulfed in flames. By the time neighbors saw the blaze the roof was a raging inferno.
Fifteen firefighters from Aztec, Center Point & Flora Vista had the fire completely contained within 15 minutes according to Aztec Fire Chief Kevin Simpson.
The building has been vacant going on thirty years said Simpson. The Aztec Fire Dept has used it for training purposes in the past so the inside of the home no longer had any interior walls. Back in September when the wicked rain storm did so much destruction in town a large tree limb came down on the structure and put a hole through the roof. Says Simpson, “once the fire started there was nothing to slow it down.”
There was a report of some kids running out of the building before the fire. The police department was told that the cause of the fire was suspicious so there is an ongoing investigation to find the culprits.
A while back there were huge cottonwood trees on the property that had been cut down. The surrounding neighbors were thankful for that during the fire because it may have been an entirely different scenario if the trees had caught fire. Immediate proximity homes were evacuated and the occupants stood across the street watching as the firefighters did their job.
Thankfully no one was hurt and the only property damage was to the abandoned home.
The Aztec Fire Department is an “All Volunteer” department.
If you are over 18 and are interested in helping your community, the Aztec Fire Department is actively seeking more volunteers.
To join, come by the fire station at 200 North Ash (behind Blake's) any Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Your help is needed and you can make a difference!

Who is Northwest New Mexico Seniors, Inc.?

Northwest New Mexico Seniors, Inc. is a private non-profit organization and has been incorporated since 1991. For nearly 20 years, Northwest Seniors has been providing services to seniors in San Juan County.
7 programs are managed by Northwest Seniors:
Congregate Meal Program
Home Delivered Meal Program
Transportation Program
Homemaker Program
Respite Program
Senior Employment Program
Senior Companion Program
Northwest New Mexico Seniors, Inc. operations are guided by the Older Americans Act and the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging.
There are 5 seniors centers under the auspice of Northwest Seniors that provide direct services with meals and transportation in San Juan County: Aztec Senior Community Center, Blanco Senior Center, Bloomfield Senior Center, Bonnie Dallas (Farmington) Senior Center, and Lower Valley Senior Center.
The Aztec Senior Community Center is open Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Fridays. We serve lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 daily. We also provide a variety of activities and offer volunteer opportunities. Please call us at 505 334 2881 or come pick up an activity calendar. You can also find information on our website:

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